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Batista introduces legislation to reform Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights
Rep. José F. Batista today introduced legislation to reform the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBOR) to empower police chiefs to enforce discipline for misconduct within their departments in a timely manner.

Legislation enacted temporarily lifting 90-day limit on retired teachers serving as substitutes
New law is temporary measure to address crisis-level shortage
With final passage by the General Assembly Tuesday and the governor's signature, a new law sponsored by Sen. Bridget Valverde and Rep. William W. O’Brien will help address the current shortage of educators in Rhode Island schools. 

Chairwoman DiMario bill would promote affordable, clean, reliable energy
Sen. Alana DiMario is proposing an innovative plan to ensure renewable energy projects such as solar farms are built without increasing electric rates or clearing Rhode Island’s forests.

Felix and Acosta introduce bill to reform solitary confinement
A new bill by Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) and Rep. Leo Felix (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket) (2023-S 0617, 2023-H 6161) would establish an oversight committee to monitor the use of solitary confinement in Rhode Island. The bill would also lay out clear guidelines for when solitary confinement could be used and when it couldn’t.

Speaker Shekarchi announces 14-bill package of housing legislation
House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi today announced a 14-bill package of legislation to address Rhode Island’s housing crisis.

The bills being introduced today build upon housing packages that Speaker Shekarchi shepherded into law each of the last two years sessions by continuing his efforts to streamline housing development while increasing production.
Whip Kazarian and Chairwoman Sosnowski’s bill calls for more school social workers
House Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian and Senate Commerce Committee Chairwoman V. Susan Sosnowski have introduced a bill that would bring more highly needed social workers into our schools.

Ajello introducing bill to reinstate law requiring traffic stop racial data collection
Saying Rhode Island should be making every effort to identify and address racial disparities in policing, Rep. Edith H. Ajello is introducing legislation today to reinstate statewide collection and analysis of data about the races of drivers stopped and searched by police.