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6/13/2022 Media Advisory: Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on firearms bills tomorrow
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled votes tomorrow on three firearms bills.

The committee meets tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 313 on the third floor of the State House for votes on:

·         2022-S 2637 — Sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), this bill increases from 18 to 21 the minimum age for sales of firearms or ammunition.
·         2022-S 2653 — This bill sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) prohibits any semi-automatic firearm magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. 
·         2022-S 2825 — Sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), this bill would prohibit the open carrying of loaded rifles and shotguns in public.

At this meeting, the committee will also consider advice and consent of William J. Lynch and Zachary M. Mandell to the Committee on Judicial Tenure and Discipline and Chief Matthew Moynihan to the State Traffic Commission.

The committee also meets following the Senate session (sometime after 5 p.m.) tomorrow in Room 313 to consider a variety of bills, including:

·         2022-S 2219 — This bill sponsored by Senate Minority Whip Jessica de la Cruz (R-Dist. 23, North Smithfield, Glocester, Burrillville) defines any act of sexual penetration or contact perpetrated by an individual with a position of authority upon a person between 14 and 18 as third-degree sexual assault.
·         2022-S 2221 — Sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), this bill requires a criminal records check for applicants for employment with the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals or any facility or program it operates with routine unsupervised contact with patients, residents or clients, and requires that it another check be completed every five years of employment.
·         2022-S 2711 — Sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Goodwin, this bill exempts $500 from a person’s savings from attachment during bankruptcy proceedings.

Both meetings will be streamed live by Capitol Television at
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For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Director of Communications for the Senate
State House Room 112
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558