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3/18/2024 MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Finance and Education Committees meet tomorrow to hear Education Dept. budgets and education legislation
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Finance and Education Committees will hold a joint hearing on Tuesday, March 19 at the RISE of the Senate (approximately 4:45 p.m.) in the Senate Lounge of the State House to hear testimony on a department budget, a FY 25 budget article and on several pieces of legislation relating to education.
The Finance Committee is chaired by Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) and the Education Committee is chaired by Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket).
The joint committee hearing will hear testimony on the FY 24 Supplemental and FY 25 budgets for the Department of Education.  Testimony on Article 8 in the FY 25 budget, relating to education, will also be heard.
Among the legislation scheduled to be heard are:
  • 2024-S 2168, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln), directs the Department of Education to develop and adopt regulations for energy capable school buildings.
  • 2024-S 2053, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Jessica de la Cruz (R-Dist. 23, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Glocester), establishes a new educational program that allows students to enroll in public and private schools of their choice.
  • 2024-S 2310, sponsored by Sen. Frank A. Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, Johnson), restores longevity payments of 5% of base salary for employees after 10 years of service and increase to 10% of base salary after 20 years of service, beginning July 1, 2024.
  • 2024-S 2546, sponsored by Sen. Bridget G. Valverde (D-Dist. 35, North Kingstown, East Greenwich, South Kingstown), modifies the current law to allow for approval of construction projects within school districts, rather than needing the project to be commenced by a certain date, permitting the municipality to take advantage of the state's enhanced school bonuses.
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:
Greg Pare, Director of Communications for the Senate
State House Room 112
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558