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5/15/2023 MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on EACA Tuesday
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to meet three times this week; on Tuesday, May 16, at 3:45 p.m., and on Tuesday, May 16, and Thursday, May 18, at the rise of the Senate (sometime after 4:30 p.m.). All meetings will take place in Room 313 on the third floor of the State House.

At the first meeting on Tuesday, the committee will vote on one bill:
  • 2023-S 0032 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Bridget Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South Kingstown), would provide for abortion coverage in the Medicaid program and repeals the abortion coverage exclusion for state employee insurance plans.
At the Rise of the Senate on Tuesday, the committee will hear 11 bills, including the following three on mitigating lead poisoning:
  • 2023-S 0804 — This bill, introduced by Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown), would require landlords to register certain identifying information on a statewide registry and, for properties constructed prior to 1978, provide a valid certificate of conformance with the lead hazard mitigation act.
  • 2023-S 0739 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Valarie J. Lawson (D-Dist. 14, East Providence), would allow for a property owner who fails to comply with lead hazard mitigation provisions to be subject to damages and reasonable attorneys' fees.
  • 2023-S 0729 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Tiara Mack (D-Dist. 6, Providence), would establish an escrow account for tenants to deposit their rent whenever the leased property is not compliant with the lead hazard risk reduction provisions in state law.
On Thursday at the rise of the Senate, the committee will hear 16 bills and provide its advice and consent for the appointment of:
  • Terrence D. Gray, Christopher J. Behan and Christopher B. Zeeman to the Fort Adams Foundation.
  • John S. Justo to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.
The meetings will be televised by Capitol Television, which can be seen on Channels 15 and 61 for high definition by Cox Communications subscribers, Channel 15 for i3Broadband (formerly Full Channel) viewers and Channel 34 for Verizon subscribers. Livestreaming is available at

For more information, contact:
Fil Eden, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903