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5/22/2023 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Finance Committee meets three times this week to hear legislation; including life science hub and gaming bills
STATE HOUSE – The House Finance Committee will meet three times this week to hear testimony on a variety of legislation, including legislation introduced by Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) which would create a life science hub in the state.

On Tuesday, May 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will vote on legislation (2023-H 6294) sponsored by Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) which would allow the governor to determine the salary of the director of the Department of Children, Youth and Damilies for the year 2023.

Also, on Tuesday. May 23 at the RISE of the House (approximately 5:30 p.m.) in Room 35 of the State House, the committee will hear testimony on Speaker Shekarchi’s legislation (2023-H 6426) which would create the Rhode Island Life Science Hub, a quasi-public corporate body and agency of the state to coordinate life science initiatives on behalf of Rhode Island.

The committee will also hear testimony on the following bills relating to gaming:
  • 2023-H 6313, sponsored by Rep. Jacquelyn Baginski (D-Dist. 17, Cranston), would amend the definitions of "collegiate sports or athletic event" and "sporting event" within the chapter on "video lottery games, table games and sports wagering.”
  • 2023-H 6348, sponsored by Rep. Gregory J. Costantino (D-Dist. 44, Lincoln, Smithfield, Johnston), would legalize iGaming by patrons located in Rhode Island.
On Wednesday, May 24 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 6359, sponsored by Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry), establishes the Rhode Island Marine Mammal Stranding and Response Program funded by the General Assembly to support rescue and rehabilitation for marine mammals stranded in the state.
  • 2023-H 6375, sponsored by Rep. Susan R. Donovan (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth), establishes a new, temporary process in the Department of Children, Youth and Families, for the hiring of social workers and child protective investigators at the department for a one-year period commencing August 1, 2023.
  • 2023-H 6403, sponsored by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston), provides that interest payments made by municipalities on approved school construction projects would be eligible for state reimbursement starting with the date of the first interest payment.
All the 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