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Current Legislation

Throughout the legislative session, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks the budget and other bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly and presents policy information and data-based testimony to General Assembly committees. 

The Rhode Island General Assembly meets from January to July. During the legislative session additional bills are added on a rolling basis.

To read the full text of a bill, click on the bill number, or track the progress of a bill by visiting the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website and entering the bill number.

Below is the current legislation that is being tracked by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT in each policy area:

Child Welfare Legislation

House Bill No. 7111

BY  Casimiro, Roberts, Donovan, McNamara, Jackson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Provides that every superintendent of schools creates an annual report on the progress and status of academic achievement of foster care youth.)

{LC3631/1}

01/15/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7135

BY  Williams, Craven, Knight, Alzate, McEntee

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE - COURTS - FAMILY COURT (Expands jurisdiction of family court related to custody or guardianship of immigrant children to include immigrant persons between 18 years and 21 years of age for purposes of abuse and neglect determinations in accordance with federal law.)

{LC3273/1}

01/16/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7137

BY  Williams, Alzate, McEntee, Knight, Vella-Wilkinson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT (Requires all foster parents to undergo sensitivity training regarding the culture of their foster child.)

{LC2982/1}

01/16/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

Early Learning & Development Legislation

House Bill No. 7050

BY  Millea, Jackson, Hawkins, Lombardi, O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHING A CLASS SIZE MAXIMUM FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWO (2) (Mandates 20 students per classroom for kindergarten through second grade. Exceptions for emergencies and temporary situations, not to exceed 3 days and mid-year enrollments.)

{LC3161/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Economic Well-Being Legislation

House Bill No. 7055

BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS -- PAYDAY LOANS (Caps the APR for payday loans at 28%. Requires 90 day maturity date. Prohibits fees/interest payments in excess of 60% of principal. Requires monthly payments of no more than 25% of original principal amount.)

{LC3200/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 7157

BY  Bennett, Lima, Canario, Jackson, Blazejewski

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Increases the minimum wage starting on July 1, 2020, from the present amount of $10.50 each year until July 1, 2024 where it will reach $15 per hour.)

{LC3138/1}

01/16/2020 Introduced, referred to House Labor

Education Legislation

House Bill No. 7043

BY  Chippendale, Costantino, Millea, O'Brien, Newberry

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FIELD TRIP FUNDING (Allows parents to be asked for funding of school sponsored field trips as long as the district provides funding to any student whose family cannot afford the trip.)

{LC3049/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 7045

BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh, Lyle, Fogarty

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Directs the council on elementary and secondary education to develop recommendations for a high school curriculum to prepare students for successful postsecondary education and careers in computer science.)

{LC3181/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 7047

BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh, Lyle

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Requires school committees to provide transportation for any student who resides two (2) or more miles from school.)

{LC3179/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 7048

BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh, Fogarty

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Requires the department of education to develop and make available for school use a mental health curriculum. Schools would be required to provide four (4) hours of mental health instruction to seventh grade students.)

{LC3180/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 7050

BY  Millea, Jackson, Hawkins, Lombardi, O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHING A CLASS SIZE MAXIMUM FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWO (2) (Mandates 20 students per classroom for kindergarten through second grade. Exceptions for emergencies and temporary situations, not to exceed 3 days and mid-year enrollments.)

{LC3161/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 7054

BY  Diaz, Slater, Ajello, Alzate, Mendez

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- COUNCIL ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION [SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT] (Creates the "Rhode Island Student Success Act" which would identify those students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition at public universities, colleges or community colleges.)

{LC3374/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 7069

BY  McNamara, Caldwell, Noret, Ackerman, Lyle

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Allows a school district to assess or request a contribution of money from a student or the student's parent or legal guardian to pay, in whole or in part, for the cost of district-sponsored field trips, dances, and clubs.)

{LC3008/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 7070

BY  McNamara, Casimiro, Lyle, Roberts, Ackerman

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires the development of curriculums/policies/programs relating to the health risks of e-cigarettes.)

{LC3061/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 7071

BY  Ruggiero, Amore, O'Brien, Serpa, McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Directs the department of elementary and secondary education to conduct a review and revision of the statewide bullying policy.)

{LC3218/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 7077

BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Millea, Shekarchi, Solomon, O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Requires that the amount of tuition for any child attending school in an adjoining city or town shall not exceed the local per pupil funding amount of the adjoining city or town.)

{LC2989/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance


 

House Bill No. 7084

BY  O'Brien, Craven, McEntee, Caldwell, McKiernan

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENTS OF STATE GOVERNMENT (Requires that the secretary of EOHHS, the secretary of commerce of the commerce corporation and the commissioners of elementary and secondary education and postsecondary education be appointed subject to the approval of the senate.)

{LC3597/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


 

House Bill No. 7111

BY  Casimiro, Roberts, Donovan, McNamara, Jackson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Provides that every superintendent of schools creates an annual report on the progress and status of academic achievement of foster care youth.)

{LC3631/1}

01/15/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Health & Dental Legislation

House Bill No. 7041

BY  Diaz, Caldwell, Alzate, Serpa, Casimiro

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CHILDREN (Raises the legal age for persons to purchase or be sold or delivered certain tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems and liquid nicotine containers from eighteen (18) years of age to twenty-one (21) years of age.)

{LC3470/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7048

BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh, Fogarty

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Requires the department of education to develop and make available for school use a mental health curriculum. Schools would be required to provide four (4) hours of mental health instruction to seventh grade students.)

{LC3180/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7049

BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh, Fogarty, Lyle

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- COMMISSION ON STANDARDS AND TRAINING (Requires mandatory training standards for police officers and trainees, in identifying, responding, and handling all incidents involving any person with a developmental disability.)

{LC3177/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7053

BY  McNamara, Jackson, Ackerman, Alzate, Casimiro

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION (Exempts home health care products from taxation.)

{LC3009/1}

01/09/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7070

BY  McNamara, Casimiro, Lyle, Roberts, Ackerman

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires the development of curriculums/policies/programs relating to the health risks of e-cigarettes.)

{LC3061/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7127

BY  Ruggiero, Craven, Blazejewski, Marszalkowski, Shanley

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- LICENSING OF HEALTH CARE FACILITIES (Mandates notice by hospital before planned procedure by out-of-network doctor emergency service charges limited to in-network rates.)

{LC3066/1}

01/16/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7128

BY  Corvese, Canario, Vella-Wilkinson, Azzinaro, Ucci

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS (Requires drug manufactures to establish fund and manage state approved drug take back programs, free of charge to the consumer and pharmacy.)

{LC3065/1}

01/16/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7129

BY  Corvese, Canario, Vella-Wilkinson, Azzinaro, Ucci

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CERTIFIED NURSE-TEACHER (Requires that only certified nurse-teachers may be employed as school nurses in elementary and secondary schools.)

{LC3153/1}

01/16/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Housing & Homelessness Legislation

 

Juvenile Justice Legislation

 

Safety Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2004

BY  Coyne, Ruggerio, Lynch Prata, Goodwin, McCaffrey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Prohibits the manufacturing, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, or transfer of any firearm that is undetectable by metal detectors commonly used at airports and public buildings including 3D printed firearms as defined herein.)

{LC3405/1}

01/08/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

01/17/2020 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/21/2020)

01/17/2020 Proposed Substitute


House Bill No. 7071

BY  Ruggiero, Amore, O'Brien, Serpa, McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Directs the department of elementary and secondary education to conduct a review and revision of the statewide bullying policy.)

{LC3218/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7085

BY  Serpa, Ackerman, Caldwell, McKiernan, Speakman

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Prohibits the manufacturing, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, or transfer of any firearm that is undetectable by metal detectors commonly used at airports and public buildings including 3D printed firearms as defined herein.)

{LC3579/1}

01/10/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7101

BY  Mattiello, Marszalkowski, Barros, Johnston, Alzate

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - STATEWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH RECORDS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (Establishes a statewide public safety computer aided dispatch records management system.)

{LC3423/1}

01/15/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

01/20/2020 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/22/2020)


House Bill No. 7102

BY  Serpa, Caldwell, McEntee, McKiernan, Blazejewski

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Prohibits the manufacturing, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, or transfer of any firearm that is undetectable by metal detectors commonly used at airports and public buildings including 3D printed firearms as defined herein.)

{LC3660/1}

01/15/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

01/20/2020 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/22/2020)


House Bill No. 7103

BY  McKiernan, Caldwell, Knight, McNamara, Slater

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Provides that applications to purchase firearms be sent by the seller to the police department the city or town where the purchaser lives.)

{LC3663/1}

01/15/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

01/20/2020 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/22/2020)

01/20/2020 Proposed Substitute

Other Legislation

 

Budget Articles

House Bill No. 7171

(Governor)

BY  Abney

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2021

{LC3746/1}

01/16/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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