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MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Judiciary Committee to meet twice this week
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Committee on Judiciary is scheduled to meet twice this week; on
Tuesday, May 23, and Thursday, May 25, at the rise of the Senate (sometime after 4:30 p.m.). Both meetings will take place in Room 313
on the third floor of the State House.
At the Rise of the Senate on Tuesday, the committee will hear 17 bills, including the following four on the Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (LEOBOR) and policing:
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence), would amend LEOBOR to provide greater accountability in the disciplinary process over law enforcement.
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Tiara Mack (D-Dist. 6, Providence), would repeal LEOBOR, Chapter 42-28.6 of the General Laws, in its entirety.
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), would create a process and procedures similar to the protections afforded to law enforcement officers under LEOBOR that would be applicable to municipal police chiefs.
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), would specify and restrict the use of excessive physical force by peace officers, require various reporting requirements of the incident and create a civil action for violations of constitutional rights as well as impose a duty to intervene on peace officers at the scene of the incident.
On Thursday at the rise of the Senate, the committee will hear 18 bills, mostly relating to vehicles, including:
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis (D-Dist. 33, Coventry, West Greenwich), would increase the sentences, fines or both for driving so as to endanger, resulting in death or personal injury.
— This bill, introduced by Senator Raptakis, would extend the lookback period for repeat offenses involving driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and for repeat offenses related to failure or refusal to submit to chemical tests from five years to ten years.
— This bill, introduced by Senator Raptakis, would increase the penalty for anyone found guilty of eluding a police vehicle in high speed pursuit to a felony punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of between five thousand and ten thousand dollars, a loss of license from one to two years and a possible forfeiture their motor vehicle.
— This bill, introduced by Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown), would regulate electric bicycles in the same manner as human-powered bicycles, classify electric bicycles into three classes and require all electric bicycles to have a label affixed to the bicycle and be equipped with a speedometer.
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:
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
Lt. Governor's Office
Secretary of State
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