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1/29/2024 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Education Committee meets on Wednesday to hear several bills
STATE HOUSE – The House Education Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 31 at 3 p.m. in Room 101 of the State House to hear testimony on several bills.
The committee is chaired by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston).
The following bills will be heard by the committee:
  • 2024-H 7147, sponsored by Rep. John J. Lombardi (D-Dist. 8, Providence), requires the Department of Education to develop a mental health curriculum and to make it available for all schools.  School districts would be required to provide four hours of mental health instruction to seventh grade students.
  • 2024-H 7196, sponsored by Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter), requires public school districts to adopt a policy for responding to the death of a student or staff member. The bill also amends the title of chapter 16-21.7 to "The Nathan Bruno, Jason Flatt, and Alicia Biros Bereavement Act."
  • 2024-H 7214, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty (D-Dist. 35, South Kingstown), requires the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Health to adopt policies/rules/regulations for the administration of seizure rescue medications for children who have been medically identified as having epilepsy/seizure disorder.
  • 2024-H 7232, sponsored by Chairman McNamara, incorporates the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's SurveyWorks school climate indicators for evaluating the performance of local education agencies and individual public schools.
The meeting will be televised live by Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox channel 61, on i3Broadband channel 15 and on Verizon channel 34. It will be live streamed at     

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 322
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466