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4/8/2024 Media Advisory: Senate Environment Committee to hear animal bills
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee will meet Wednesday to vote on two bills and hear numerous bills concerning animals.

The Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House to vote on two bills:
  • 2024-S 2153 — This bill introduced by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown) would establish the Rhode Island lake management program and a restricted receipt account as a find within the Department of Environmental Management to aid with lake and pond management issues relating to the control of aquatic invasive plants.
  • 2024-H 7657 — This bill introduced by Rep. Gregory J. Costantino (D-Dist. 44, Lincoln, Smithfield, Johnston) permits Smithfield to enact ordinances to allow the animal control officer to issue citations which could be paid by mail and to prescribe penalties for violations of the town’s ordinances regulating dogs.
The committee is also scheduled to hear several bills related to animals, including:
  • 2024-S 2812 —This bill sponsored by Sen. Jacob Bissaillon (D-Dist. 1, Providence) would regulate pet insurance.
  • 2024-S 2744 — Introduced by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), this bill would increase the penalty for violations of the care of dogs statute to a minimum fine of $100 and a maximum fine $1,000.
  • 2024-S 2150 —Sponsored by Sen. Gordon E. Rogers (R-Dist. 21, Foster, Coventry, Scituate, West Greenwich), this bill would exempt egg-laying hens kept for commercial egg production purposes from the protections from unlawful confinement until Jan. 1, 2034.
Written testimony must be submitted to the committee clerk at prior to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in order for it to be provided to the members of the committee at the hearing and to be included in the meeting records. Sign-up sheets for in-person testimony will be available in the hearing room.

The meeting will be televised 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:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923