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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

 

Early Learning & Development Legislation

 

Economic Well-Being Legislation

Senate Bill No. 1

BY  Quezada, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Cano

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Gradually increase the minimum wage from eleven dollars and fifty cents ($11.50) per hour to fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour, over 4 years.)

{LC548/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


 

House Bill No. 5013

BY  Slater

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Raises the earned income tax credit from fifteen percent (15%) to twenty percent (20%) for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2021.)

{LC220/1}

01/13/2021 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Education Legislation

Senate Bill No. 13

BY  Goodwin, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Gallo, Cano

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION (Provides that the council on elementary and secondary education would not grant approval for the creation or expansion of any new charter school until after the 2023-2024 school year.)

{LC433/1}

01/12/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

01/15/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration

01/18/2021 Meeting postponed (01/20/2021)

01/18/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/27/2021)


 

House Bill No. 5018

BY  Lombardi

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.)

{LC247/1}

01/13/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 5027

BY  McNamara

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY ACT (Incorporates SurveyWorks school climate indicators for evaluating the performance of LEAs and individual public schools.)

{LC150/1}

01/15/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


 

House Bill No. 5028

BY  Newberry

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE CIVIC LITERACY ACT (Requires the implementation of the civic literacy act for all students between the 8th and 12th grades.)

{LC524/1}

01/15/2021 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Health & Dental Legislation

Senate Bill No. 3

BY  Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Gallo, Felag

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Prohibits insurance companies from varying the premium rates charged for a health coverage plan based on the gender of the individual policy holder, enrollee, subscriber, or member.)

{LC417/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

01/11/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/14/2021)

01/14/2021 Committee recommends passage


 

Senate Bill No. 4  SUB A

BY  Miller, Goldin, Valverde, Goodwin, Felag

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- THE TELEMEDICINE COVERAGE ACT (Amends the provisions of the telemedicine coverage act and provide coverage for telemedicine under Rhode Island Medicaid.)

{LC597/A/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

01/11/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/14/2021)

01/13/2021 Proposed Substitute

01/14/2021 Committee recommends passage of Sub A


 

Senate Bill No. 5  SUB A

BY  Miller, Pearson, Lawson, Kallman, Lombardo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE (Requires individual health insurers, large group health insurers and small employer health insurers to provide coverage for ten (10) categories of essential health benefits listed in the act.)

{LC360/A/1}

01/11/2021 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

01/11/2021 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/14/2021)

01/13/2021 Proposed Substitute

01/14/2021 Committee recommends passage of Sub A

Housing & Homelessness Legislation

 

Juvenile Justice Legislation

 

Safety Legislation

 

Other Legislation

 

Budget Articles

 

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT works to improve the health, safety, education, economic security, and development of Rhode Island’s children.

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