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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 30, and Thursday, June 1, 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 vote on 16 bills, including:
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), would remove a current exemption for pre-1978 rental dwelling units that are comprised of two or three units, one of which is occupied by the property owner, thereby requiring these property owners to implement lead hazard mitigation.
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence), would ensure that communications between court appointed interpreters and limited-English-proficient individuals involved in legal proceedings in the courts are confidential in nature and only disclosable by consent of the person making the communication or by court order.
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Melissa A. Murray (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), would provide that a patient would not be denied appropriate care on the basis of age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, marital status, familial status, disability, religion, national origin, source of income, source of payment or profession.
On Thursday at the rise of the Senate, the committee will vote on 11 bills, including:
— This bill, introduced by Sen. Mark P. McKenney (D-Dist. 30, Warwick), would provide that rights and privileges of shore may be exercised, where shore exists, on wet/dry sand/rocky beaches up the natural vegetation line to be determined by CRMC, with limited liability for abutters.
— 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 pre-1978 properties, provide a valid certificate of conformance with the lead hazard mitigation act. For landlords who do not comply, this act establishes civil penalties and prevents the landlord from suing a tenant for non-payment of rent.
— 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.
— 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 mitigation law and which rent would be released to the property owner upon compliance with the lead hazard mitigation law.
In addition to these votes, the committee will hear 15 bills Tuesday and 33 bills Thursday.
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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