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4/24/2023 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Finance Committee meets three times this week to hear legislation
STATE HOUSE – The House Finance Committee will meet three times this week to hear testimony on a variety of legislation.

On Tuesday. April 25 at the RISE of the House (approximately 5 p.m.) in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear a variety of legislation, including the following bills:
  • 2023-H 5007, sponsored by Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence), establishes a lead water supply replacement program for public and private service lines and requires disclosure to tenants and buyers of real property of the presence of lead service lines.
  • 2023-H 5198, sponsored by Rep. Michelle E. McGaw (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton), defines light duty, non-emergency, emergency and zero-emission vehicles and requires the state to convert its fleet of vehicles to no less than 50 percent of vehicles in those categories by the year 2031.
  • 2023-H 5237, sponsored by Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown), repeals the exemption granted to pari mutual facilities and casinos from the smoke free workplace requirement contained in the Public Health and Workplace Safety Act.
  • 2023-H 5620, sponsored by Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland), limits the assessment of interest to four calendar years prior to the date on which notice of the delinquent payment is sent to the taxpayer.
On Wednesday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear a variety of legislation, including the following bills:
  • 2023-H 5389, sponsored by Rep. Leonela Felix (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket), provides local education agencies hiring site-based specialists for reading and math to receive state reimbursement based on enrollment and specific guidelines.
  • 2023-H 5396, sponsored by House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence, Pawtucket), provides for an appropriation by the General Assembly in the amount of $2 million to the various school districts and municipalities to employ additional social workers.
  • 2023-H 5628, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung (R-Dist. 15, Cranston), establishes a new categorical funding category for school security.
  • 2023-H 6023, sponsored by Rep. David Morales (D-Dist. 7, Providence), authorizes the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish a program to expand the issuance of teaching certificates to bilingual dual language and world language teachers in urban and urban ring schools.
On Thursday, April 27 at the RISE of the House (approximately 5 p.m.) in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear a variety of legislation, including the following bills:
  • 2023-H 5789, sponsored by Rep Kathleen A. Fogarty (D-Dist. 35, South Kingstown), requires the Department of Education and the DCYF to develop a procedure to ensure that the municipalities where group homes or other residential facilities are located are reimbursed for the educational expenses above the cost allocated.
  • 2023-H 6000, sponsored by Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), requires the Office of Cannabis Regulation to issue requirements pertaining to the sale of the cannabis product known as "cannagar".
  • 2023-H 6120, sponsored by Representative Morales, requires the Department of Health to contract with medical debt relief entities for the purchase and forgiveness of medical debt.
  • 2023-H 6312, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer A. Stewart (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket), requires the State Investment Commission to identify pension fund investments in military weapon manufacturers whether held directly or indirectly.
All three meetings will be televised live by Capitol Television, which can be seen by Cox Communications subscribers on channels 15 and 61 for high definition, on channel 15 by i3Broadband viewers, and channel 34 for Verizon subscribers. Livestreaming will be available at For information on how to submit testimony in House committees, click here.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 322
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466