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5/8/2023 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Finance Committee meets twice this week to hear a variety of legislation
STATE HOUSE – The House Finance Committee will meet twice this week to hear testimony on a variety of legislation.

On Tuesday. May 9 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 5239, sponsored by Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick), creates a sales tax holiday on August 12 and 13, 2023.
  • 2023-H 5397, sponsored by Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski (D-Dist. 17, Cranston), exempts from the sales and use tax the sale of beer and malt beverages at retail.
  • 2023-H 5468, sponsored by House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence, Pawtucket), allows a deduction from federal adjusted gross income for interest payments on outstanding student loans.
  • 2023-H 5470, sponsored by Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence), raises the earned-income tax credit from 15 percent to 50 percent for the tax years 2024 and beyond.
  • 2023-H 5642, sponsored by Minority Leader Michael W. Chippendale (R-Dist. 40, Foster, Glocester, Coventry), reduces the sales tax rate to five percent.
On Thursday, May 11 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 5471, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer Boylan (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence), bans state purchases of plastic bottles, bags and polystyrene. It would also require state funds to be used to lease or purchase alternative fueled vehicles and renewable energy efficient technologies for use on state property.
  • 2023-H 5622, sponsored by Rep. Leonela Felix (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket), prohibits the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) from imposing any fares and/or charges for service provided to the general public.
  • 2023-H 6107, sponsored by Rep. Megan L. Cotter (D-Dist. 39, Exeter, Richmond, Hopkinton), allows a taxpayer to donate residential renewable energy system tax credits to nonprofit organizations and subtract the corresponding amount of credits from federal adjusted gross income.
  • 2023-H 6259, sponsored by Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett), requires RIPTA to review existing routes in rural communities to identify gaps in service, authorize paratransit vouchers, establish a one-year pilot program to study expanding services and provide vouchers to those with disabilities in those areas.
Both 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