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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. Bill numbers are included for each bill Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is tracking as well as information on the latest hearings and progress of each bill.

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 visit the State of Rhode Island General Assembly website.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT tracks legislation in the following areas:

Child Welfare Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2022
BY  DiPalma, Goldin, Miller, Goodwin, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT--VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF CARE ACT (Provides that a child in foster care on eighteenth birthday due to filing of petition may elect to continue with DCYF and under supervision of the court until age twenty-one (21) provided certain circumstances are met.)
{LC3233/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
01/19/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
01/22/2018 Meeting postponed (01/23/2018)
02/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7110
BY  Ruggiero, Ranglin-Vassell, Shekarchi, Kazarian, McNamara
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT--VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF CARE ACT (Provides that a child, who is in foster care on their eighteenth (18th) birthday may voluntarily elect to continue responsibility for care and placement from DCYF and to remain under the legal supervision of the court until age twenty-one (21).)
{LC3216/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/19/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
01/23/2018 Meeting postponed (01/24/2018)
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7249
BY  Fellela, Serpa, Ucci, Winfield
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- ADOPTION OF CHILDREN (Establish a voluntary mutual consent sibling adoption registry where adult adopted children and adult siblings can identify each other.)
{LC3641/1}
01/19/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Early Learning & Development Legislation

House Bill No. 7007
BY  Lombardi, Coughlin, Williams, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Provides for professional development opportunities relating to reading disabilities and would require two (2) hours of professional development instruction pertaining to reading disabilities for certain general education teachers and specialists.)
{LC3120/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 7107
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, McNamara, Amore, Ranglin-Vassell
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING SUFFICIENT SUMS TO PAY ONE-HALF THE COSTS OF TEACHERS IN OBTAINING AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION ("IDA") ALIGNED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DYSLEXIA KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE
{LC3276/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7119
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, McNamara, Amore, Ranglin-Vassell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION - PARTIAL FEE WAIVER (Authorizes a one-half (1/2) fee waiver to pay one-half (1/2) the costs of teachers in obtaining an International Dyslexia Association aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC3379/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7148
BY  Diaz, Ruggiero, Messier, Maldonado, Tanzi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - CHILD CARE - STATE SUBSIDIES (Establishes a tiered-rate structure for the child care assistance program, with higher rates paid to licensed child care centers and family child care homes that have achieved higher quality ratings in "BrightStars".)
{LC3663/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7152
BY  McNamara, Diaz, Cunha, Maldonado, Coughlin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD INNOVATION ACT (Establishes the Rhode Island Early Childhood Innovation Act and funds to support programs designed to narrow the education achievement gap for at-risk children who are entering kindergarten.)
{LC3381/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/31/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7169
BY  Perez, McKiernan, Hull, Almeida, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- PARENTAL AND FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE (Grants unpaid pregnancy leave to part-time workers, would clarify their access to unpaid sick leave during their pregnancy, and provides additional protections for pregnant workers who work in the medical field.)
{LC3565/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2069
BY  Calkin, Quezada, Satchell, Miller, Euer
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE--STATE SUBSIDIES (Increases the child care provider reimbursement rate by five percent (5%).)
{LC3375/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
03/09/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/12/2018 Meeting postponed (03/13/2018)


House Bill No. 7226
BY  McEntee, Craven, Ruggiero, Knight, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT (Enacts Uniform Parentage Act dealing with parent-child relationship, genetic testing, assisted reproduction, surrogacy agreements, adjudication proceedings/registry of paternity eff. 1/1/19.)
{LC3057/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Resolution No. 2119
BY  Crowley, Satchell, Sosnowski, Quezada, Metts
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING AN APPROPRIATION OF $300,000 TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR EVIDENCED-BASED AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING FOR YOUTH TO DECREASE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS IN CHILDREN AND TEENS SERVED THROUGH THE STATE'S HEALTH EQUITY ZONES (Authorizes the appropriation of the sum of $300,000 to the department of health for evidence-based after school programming for youth to decrease mental health concerns.)
{LC3771/1}
01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 2120
BY  Crowley, Goldin, Quezada, Miller, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - CHILD CARE - STATE SUBSIDIES (Establishes a tiered-rate structure for the child care assistance program, with higher rates paid to licensed child care centers and family child care homes that have achieved higher quality ratings in "BrightStars".)
{LC3773/1}
01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
03/09/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/12/2018 Meeting postponed (03/13/2018)


Senate Bill No. 2122
BY  Crowley, Goldin, Quezada, Miller, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - CHILD CARE - STATE SUBSIDIES (Enhances reimbursement rates paid by the departments of human services and children, youth and families for children in the child care assistance program, starting with infants and toddlers.)
{LC3772/1}
01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
03/09/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/12/2018 Meeting postponed (03/13/2018)


House Bill No. 7413
BY  Casimiro, Amore, Donovan, McNamara, Shekarchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - OUT OF SCHOOL TIME LEARNING COMMISSION (Creates a permanent joint commission to improve and increase the number of quality out of school time learning programs in the state.)
{LC3756/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


Senate Bill No. 2303
BY  Nesselbush, Lynch Prata, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Jabour
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT (Enacts Uniform Parentage Act dealing with parent-child relationship, genetic testing, assisted reproduction, surrogacy agreements, adjudication proceedings/registry of paternity eff. 1/1/19.)
{LC4450/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7429
BY  Carson, Donovan, Morin, Ranglin-Vassell, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- EDUCATIONAL/ CHILD CARE INVOLVEMENT LEAVE (Grants parents/guardians/step-parents/foster parents/ custodial grandparents children attending kindergarten, grades 1-12, inclusive, or attending a licensed child care provider to utilize up to 40 hours from existing vacation period time per year.)
{LC3117/1}
02/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7436
BY  Diaz, Maldonado, Slater, Tobon, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT (Establishes and require funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.)
{LC4377/1}
02/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7483
BY  McLaughlin, Azzinaro, Corvese, McNamara
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE -- BENEFITS FOR ACTIVE DUTY (Requires active duty military personnel receive daycare services for their dependents at state expense.)
{LC4506/1}
02/07/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7544
BY  Blazejewski, Maldonado, Winfield, Casimiro, McEntee
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Amends the computation formula relative to temporary disability insurance and adds siblings and caregivers to those workers eligible to receive temporary caregiver insurance.)
{LC4585/1}
02/09/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
03/05/2018 Committee transferred to House Labor
03/29/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7618
BY  Slater, Williams, Maldonado, Edwards, Regunberg
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE--STATE SUBSIDIES (Raises the maximum reimbursement rate for licensed child care providers by five percent (5%).)
{LC3845/1}
02/14/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7653
BY  Shekarchi, Vella-Wilkinson, Donovan, Carson, Messier
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS (Requires the health director to apply for federal funds or grants relating to maternal mental health, prenatal care, postpartum care, neonatal and infant care with a report to the general assembly with a spending plan on or before 1/1/2020.)
{LC4736/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Senate Bill No. 2347
BY  Satchell, Euer, Metts, Pearson, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - OUT OF SCHOOL TIME LEARNING COMMISSION (Creates a permanent joint commission to improve and increase the number of quality out of school time learning programs in the state.)
{LC4507/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
02/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2348
BY  Sosnowski, Crowley, Calkin, Goldin, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION - PARTIAL FEE WAIVER (Authorizes a one-half (1/2) fee waiver to pay one-half (1/2) the costs of teachers in obtaining an International Dyslexia Association aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC4008/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
02/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Resolution No. 2373
BY  Sosnowski, Crowley, Calkin, Goldin, Gallo
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING SUFFICIENT SUMS TO PAY ONE-HALF THE COSTS OF TEACHERS IN OBTAINING AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION ("IDA") ALIGNED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DYSLEXIA KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE
{LC4009/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 2470
BY  Goldin, Fogarty, Miller, Goodwin, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Amends the computation formula relative to temporary disability insurance and adds siblings and caregivers to those workers eligible to receive temporary caregiver insurance.)
{LC4598/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

Senate Bill No. 2506
BY  Ciccone, Miller, Felag, Gallo, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT (Establishes and requires funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.)
{LC5159/1}
03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


House Bill No. 7695
BY  Shekarchi, Shanley, Morin, Coughlin, Nardolillo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH (Establishes a comprehensive plan to diagnose, treat and support mothers who suffer from maternal mental health disorders.)
{LC5064/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7713
BY  Diaz, Slater, Blazejewski, Johnston, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT (Provides a process for issuing administrative penalties for child care licensing violations.)
{LC5009/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 2506
BY  Ciccone, Miller, Felag, Gallo, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT (Establishes and requires funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.)
{LC5159/1}
03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


House Bill No. 7695
BY  Shekarchi, Shanley, Morin, Coughlin, Nardolillo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH (Establishes a comprehensive plan to diagnose, treat and support mothers who suffer from maternal mental health disorders.)
{LC5064/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7713
BY  Diaz, Slater, Blazejewski, Johnston, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT (Provides a process for issuing administrative penalties for child care licensing violations.)
{LC5009/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Economic Well-Being Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2015
BY  DiPalma, DaPonte, Miller, Sosnowski, Kettle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASELOAD ESTIMATING CONFERENCES (Requires the participation and input of the EOHHS, DHS, DCYF and BHDDH in medical assistance and public assistance caseload estimating conferences and the generation of monthly data to the members of the caseload estimating conference.)
{LC3181/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 2173
BY  Metts, Quezada, Crowley, Jabour, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS - SMALL LOAN LENDERS (Repeals the provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders.")
{LC3966/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Commerce


Senate Bill No. 2217
BY  Goldin, Felag, Crowley, Metts, Conley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Raises the earned income tax credit from fifteen percent (15%) to twenty percent (20%) for the tax years 2019 and beyond.)
{LC4228/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 2244
BY  Calkin, Felag, Quezada, Goldin, Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WAGES (Gradually increases the hourly minimum wage from $9.60 to $15.00 on January 1, 2022, as well as gradually increasing the hourly minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities from $3.89 an hour to $15.00 an hour on January 1, 2026.)
{LC3376/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/02/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/06/2018 Meeting postponed (03/07/2018)
03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2246
BY  Raptakis, Morgan, Ciccone, Cote, Lombardo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Increases the hourly minimum wage in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast Region for the four (4) previous fiscal years, effective January 1, 2020.)
{LC3856/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/02/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/06/2018 Meeting postponed (03/07/2018)
03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2247
BY  Lynch Prata, Quezada, Crowley, Metts, Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGE (Increases the minimum wages to eleven dollars ($11.00) per hour, commencing January 1, 2019, and to twelve dollars ($12.00) per hour, commencing January 1, 2020.)
{LC3896/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/02/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/06/2018 Meeting postponed (03/07/2018)
03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2303
BY  Nesselbush, Lynch Prata, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Jabour
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT (Enacts Uniform Parentage Act dealing with parent-child relationship, genetic testing, assisted reproduction, surrogacy agreements, adjudication proceedings/registry of paternity eff. 1/1/19.)
{LC4450/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2470
BY  Goldin, Fogarty, Miller, Goodwin, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Amends the computation formula relative to temporary disability insurance and adds siblings and caregivers to those workers eligible to receive temporary caregiver insurance.)
{LC4598/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 2580
BY  Morgan, Raptakis, Gee, Ciccone, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ACT -- DRUG TESTING (Authorizes random drug screening as a condition for continued public assistance, and would provide a mechanism for retesting those who fail the test.)
{LC4838/1}
03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


House Bill No. 7119
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, McNamara, Amore, Ranglin-Vassell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION - PARTIAL FEE WAIVER (Authorizes a one-half (1/2) fee waiver to pay one-half (1/2) the costs of teachers in obtaining an International Dyslexia Association aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC3379/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7225
BY  Quattrocchi, Roberts, Nardolillo, Price
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ACT (Prohibits the use of electronic-benefit-transfer (EBT) cards at retail establishments unless the recipient presents a valid photo identification card.)
{LC3636/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/25/2018 Committee transferred to House H.E.W.
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7226
BY  McEntee, Craven, Ruggiero, Knight, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- UNIFORM PARENTAGE ACT (Enacts Uniform Parentage Act dealing with parent-child relationship, genetic testing, assisted reproduction, surrogacy agreements, adjudication proceedings/registry of paternity eff. 1/1/19.)
{LC3057/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7315
BY  Slater, Diaz, Williams, Maldonado
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 and after January 1, 2018.)
{LC3846/1}
01/26/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7429
BY  Carson, Donovan, Morin, Ranglin-Vassell, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- EDUCATIONAL/ CHILD CARE INVOLVEMENT LEAVE (Grants parents/guardians/step-parents/foster parents/ custodial grandparents children attending kindergarten, grades 1-12, inclusive, or attending a licensed child care provider to utilize up to 40 hours from existing vacation period time per year.)
{LC3117/1}
02/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7544
BY  Blazejewski, Maldonado, Winfield, Casimiro, McEntee
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Amends the computation formula relative to temporary disability insurance and adds siblings and caregivers to those workers eligible to receive temporary caregiver insurance.)
{LC4585/1}
02/09/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
03/05/2018 Committee transferred to House Labor
03/29/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7557
BY  Barros, Maldonado, Blazejewski, Tobon, Shanley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS - SMALL LOAN LENDERS (Repeals provisions of the general laws allowing deferred deposit providers, also known as "payday lenders.")
{LC4406/1}
02/09/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7636
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Regunberg, Ajello, Hull, Bennett
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WAGES (Gradually increases the hourly minimum wage from $9.60 to $15.00 on January 1, 2022, as well as gradually increasing the hourly minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities from $3.89 an hour to $15.00 an hour on January 1, 2026.)
{LC3174/1}
02/14/2018 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/09/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration



Education Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2049
BY  DiPalma, Satchell, Paolino, Felag, Euer
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Redefines extraordinary costs associated with the education of special education students.)
{LC3198/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 2051
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT (Requires that the board of elementary and secondary education adopt a competency-based/proficiency-based learning policy whereby students can earn credits through demonstration of competency.)
{LC3673/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2059
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Amends the calculation of the permanent foundation education aid to school districts, and makes an adjustment based upon students residing in qualified low-income housing.)
{LC3677/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Resolution No. 2119
BY  Crowley, Satchell, Sosnowski, Quezada, Metts
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING AN APPROPRIATION OF $300,000 TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FOR EVIDENCED-BASED AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING FOR YOUTH TO DECREASE MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS IN CHILDREN AND TEENS SERVED THROUGH THE STATE'S HEALTH EQUITY ZONES (Authorizes the appropriation of the sum of $300,000 to the department of health for evidence-based after school programming for youth to decrease mental health concerns.)
{LC3771/1}
01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


House Bill No. 7005
BY  Lombardi, Coughlin, Williams, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Directs council on elementary and secondary education to recommend to the commissioner of education a curriculum that allows students successful careers in computer science.)
{LC3088/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7006
BY  Lombardi, Coughlin, Williams, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Transportation services are to be provided to students residing two (2) or more miles from school.)
{LC3094/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7007
BY  Lombardi, Coughlin, Williams, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (Provides for professional development opportunities relating to reading disabilities and would require two (2) hours of professional development instruction pertaining to reading disabilities for certain general education teachers and specialists.)
{LC3120/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7040
BY  McNamara, O'Brien, Solomon, Casimiro, Lancia
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE (Directs school districts experiencing high rates of student absenteeism to establish attendance review teams to address this absenteeism.)
{LC3241/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7041
BY  McNamara, Morin, O'Brien, Solomon, Casimiro
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires all school buildings where students are in attendance to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein.)
{LC3060/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/09/2018 Scheduled for consideration (02/14/2018)
02/14/2018 Committee recommends passage
02/19/2018 Placed on House Calendar (02/27/2018)
02/27/2018 House read and passed
03/01/2018 Referred to Senate Education


House Resolution No. 7107
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, McNamara, Amore, Ranglin-Vassell
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING SUFFICIENT SUMS TO PAY ONE-HALF THE COSTS OF TEACHERS IN OBTAINING AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION ("IDA") ALIGNED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DYSLEXIA KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE
{LC3276/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7109
BY  Edwards, Marshall, Keable, Casey
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- STATE AID (Allows cities, towns, and school districts to cease implementation of state mandates up to 50% of reimbursement shortfall.)
{LC3576/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7119
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, McNamara, Amore, Ranglin-Vassell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION - PARTIAL FEE WAIVER (Authorizes a one-half (1/2) fee waiver to pay one-half (1/2) the costs of teachers in obtaining an International Dyslexia Association aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC3379/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7122
BY  McEntee, Fogarty, Regunberg, Ackerman, Craven
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Authorizes school committees to appoint one designee to the board of directors of the governing body of certain charter public schools which students from the district attend.)
{LC3405/1}
01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/07/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7137
BY  Diaz, Ajello, Slater, Maldonado, Regunberg
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- TUITION EQUITY (Creates the "Student Equal Economic Opportunity Act" which would identify those students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition at public universities, colleges or community colleges.)
{LC3657/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7145
BY  Fogarty, McEntee, Carson, Ackerman, Tanzi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RESIDENCE OF CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES (Requires the department of education and the DCYF to develop a procedure to ensure that the municipalities where group homes or other residential facilities are located are reimbursed for the educational expenses above the cost allocated.)
{LC3481/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7147
BY  Morgan, Quattrocchi, Price, Giarrusso, Mendonca
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- ESTATE AND TRANSFER TAXES (Repeals the state estate tax.)
{LC3637/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7149
BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Ackerman, Bennett, Lancia, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - RHODE ISLAND COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND LAND USE ACT (Requires municipality comprehensive plans to include present and future interests of the school system including curriculum and instruction as well as buildings, transportation routes, fields, playgrounds, sidewalks, raised crosswalks and parking lots.)
{LC3466/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
01/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7150
BY  Diaz, Ajello, Slater, Maldonado, Regunberg
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Provides students attending public or private schools enrolled in grades K-12 with a student's bill of rights prohibiting discrimination based on race, sex, gender, economic status or mental, physical, developmental or sensory disabilities.)
{LC3662/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/31/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/09/2018 Scheduled for consideration


House Bill No. 7153
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Ajello, Donovan, Fogarty, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Requires school districts to provide for alternative programs and classroom space, within the school, to reduce the number of out of school suspensions which could lead to other deviant behaviors.)
{LC3170/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/31/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7282
BY  Shanley, Casimiro, Vella-Wilkinson, Bennett, Marshall
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT - FOUNDATION EDUCATION AID (Requires any municipality which receives state educational aid pursuant to the foundation education aid to allocate at least ten percent (10%) of the state's share to the maintenance, repair, renovation and/or construction of the school facilities.)
{LC4125/1}
01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7283
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Ackerman, Blazejewski, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FEDERAL AID (Requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools.)
{LC3172/1}
01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7413
BY  Casimiro, Amore, Donovan, McNamara, Shekarchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - OUT OF SCHOOL TIME LEARNING COMMISSION (Creates a permanent joint commission to improve and increase the number of quality out of school time learning programs in the state.)
{LC3756/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7429
BY  Carson, Donovan, Morin, Ranglin-Vassell, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- EDUCATIONAL/ CHILD CARE INVOLVEMENT LEAVE (Grants parents/guardians/step-parents/foster parents/ custodial grandparents children attending kindergarten, grades 1-12, inclusive, or attending a licensed child care provider to utilize up to 40 hours from existing vacation period time per year.)
{LC3117/1}
02/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7436
BY  Diaz, Maldonado, Slater, Tobon, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT (Establishes and require funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.)
{LC4377/1}
02/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Senate Bill No. 2206
BY  Quezada, Nesselbush, Calkin, Metts, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- TUITION EQUITY (Creates the "Student Equal Economic Opportunity Act" which would allow students who meet certain requirements to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at Rhode Island universities, colleges or community colleges.)
{LC4075/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 2347
BY  Satchell, Euer, Metts, Pearson, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - OUT OF SCHOOL TIME LEARNING COMMISSION (Creates a permanent joint commission to improve and increase the number of quality out of school time learning programs in the state.)
{LC4507/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
02/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2348
BY  Sosnowski, Crowley, Calkin, Goldin, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATION - PARTIAL FEE WAIVER (Authorizes a one-half (1/2) fee waiver to pay one-half (1/2) the costs of teachers in obtaining an International Dyslexia Association aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC4008/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
02/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Resolution No. 2373
BY  Sosnowski, Crowley, Calkin, Goldin, Gallo
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION APPROPRIATING SUFFICIENT SUMS TO PAY ONE-HALF THE COSTS OF TEACHERS IN OBTAINING AN INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION ("IDA") ALIGNED GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DYSLEXIA KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE
{LC4009/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Resolution No. 2503
BY  Pearson, Satchell, Gallo, Lombardi, Picard
ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF THE MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATION REFORM ACT (MERA) OF 1993, AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE RHODE ISLAND'S OVERALL EDUCATION STANDARDS AND GOVERNANCE
{LC4963/1}
03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 2505
BY  Pearson, Gallo, Satchell, Seveney, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Requires charter school populations to reflect the combined demographics of the sending district(s).)
{LC4729/1}
03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2506
BY  Ciccone, Miller, Felag, Gallo, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE WORLD LANGUAGE AND DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION ACT (Establishes and requires funding for a world language and dual language immersion program.)
{LC5159/1}
03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 2648
(by request)
BY  Pearson, Picard, Seveney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Permits the Cumberland Town Council to establish limits on the number of students from the Cumberland school district who may enroll in any charter public school, Davies, and the Met Center.)
{LC3668/1}
03/20/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 2649
BY  Pearson, Gallo, Seveney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - MAYORAL ACADEMIES (Requires the student populations of mayoral academies to reflect the combined demographics of the sending district(s) in regard to special education, ELL, and free and reduced price meals.)
{LC5241/1}
03/20/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2662
BY  Pearson, Picard, Nesselbush, Miller, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Provides that for FY 2019, the state pays the local share or contribution of charter public school tuition for its students in excess of 5% of the average of all pupils within school districts.)
{LC3672/1}
03/20/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


House Bill No. 7497
BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Serpa, Fellela, Edwards, Lancia
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires the council on elementary and secondary education, the RI teachers' advisory council and the attorney general's office to create regulations and programs for students who have been suspended, or otherwise removed from a regular classroom setting.)
{LC4270/1}
02/08/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7546
BY  Marshall, Donovan, Morin, Johnston, Casey
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- STATE AID (Creates incentive bonus program to reward school systems meeting/exceeding annual education goals/standards established by department of education.)
{LC4293/1}
02/09/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Resolution No. 7696
BY  Messier, Morin, Williams, Vella-Wilkinson, Phillips
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PUBLISH AND SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION -- RIGHT TO AN ADEQUATE EDUCATION (Proposed constitutional amendment providing that the right to an adequate education is a fundamental right.)
{LC5013/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7711
BY  Amore
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Requires charter school populations to reflect the combined demographics of the sending district(s).)
{LC5003/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7881
BY  McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Bennett, Casimiro, Ackerman
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE STUDENT LOAN BILL OF RIGHTS (Authorizes the creation of the position of student loan ombudsman within the office of the commissioner of postsecondary education.)
{LC4801/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7884
BY  Barros, Shanley, Cunha, Amore, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – MAYORAL ACADEMIES (Requires any mayoral academy which is part of a network that seeks to be established or expanded to provide evidence that its attrition rates, special education rates and suspension rates are within acceptable averages.)
{LC4407/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7885
BY  Barros, Amore, Ranglin-Vassell, Johnston, Donovan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- INDEPENDENT CHARTER SCHOOLS (Provides that the office of auditor general be responsible for analyzing and reporting the impact of new or expanded charter schools.)
{LC4402/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7974
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Regunberg, Williams, Donovan, Messier
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM (Requires all public secondary schools to provide a working science laboratory for all students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics.)
{LC5200/1}
03/16/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Health & Dental Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2179
BY  Miller, Gallo, Lombardi, Metts, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires all school buildings where students are in attendance to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein.)
{LC4267/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/02/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/06/2018 Meeting postponed (03/07/2018)
03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2268
BY  Lynch Prata, Metts, Gee, Quezada, Nesselbush
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE HEALTHY PREGNANCIES FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN ACT (Prohibits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners during transport to and from court proceedings by sheriffs and/or incarceration at the ACI with annual reports to the general assembly effective January 1, 2019.)
{LC4089/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/13/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2299  SUB A
BY  Goodwin, Goldin, Sosnowski, Miller, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - TANNING FACILITY SAFETY STANDARDS ACT (Restricts tanning facilities use by persons younger than 18 years to provide medical treatment by eliminating parental consent option.)
{LC3897/A/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
03/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/23/2018 Scheduled for consideration (03/27/2018)
03/27/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
03/28/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (04/03/2018)


Senate Bill No. 2350
BY  Sosnowski, Goldin, Crowley, Coyne, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Prohibits the advertising of unhealthy food and beverage products in schools that do not meet minimum federal and state governmental nutrition standards.)
{LC4599/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/02/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/06/2018 Meeting postponed (03/07/2018)
03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 2400
BY  Goldin, Calkin, Miller, Sosnowski, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE - ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES (Establishes a special enrollment provision for pregnant women to obtain health insurance coverage at any time after the commencement of the pregnancy.)
{LC4217/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
03/20/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7041
BY  McNamara, Morin, O'Brien, Solomon, Casimiro
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires all school buildings where students are in attendance to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein.)
{LC3060/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/09/2018 Scheduled for consideration (02/14/2018)
02/14/2018 Committee recommends passage
02/19/2018 Placed on House Calendar (02/27/2018)
02/27/2018 House read and passed
03/01/2018 Referred to Senate Education


House Bill No. 7136
BY  Ackerman, Shekarchi, McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Serpa
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - TANNING FACILITY SAFETY STANDARDS ACT (Prohibits the use of tanning facilities by persons less than eighteen (18) years of age.)
{LC3487/1}
01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
01/23/2018 Committee transferred to House H.E.W.
02/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7182
BY  Ajello, Shanley, Walsh, McEntee, Craven
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE HEALTHY PREGNANCIES FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN ACT (Prohibits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners in their third trimester during transport to and from court proceedings by sheriffs and/or incarceration at the ACI with annual reports to the general assembly effective January 1, 2019.)
{LC3346/1}
01/17/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7299
BY  Diaz, Edwards, Maldonado, Johnston, McNamara
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT (Provided that any law or regulations which prohibits or protects a person from exposure to second-hand smoke would include second-hand marijuana smoke or vapor.)
{LC3792/1}
01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7419
BY  McNamara, Donovan, Ackerman, O'Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS--FOOD AND BEVERAGES (Prohibits the sale and advertising of unhealthy food and beverage products in schools during the school day, since they do not meet minimum federal governmental nutrition standards.)
{LC4245/1}
02/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7653
BY  Shekarchi, Vella-Wilkinson, Donovan, Carson, Messier
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS (Requires the health director to apply for federal funds or grants relating to maternal mental health, prenatal care, postpartum care, neonatal and infant care with a report to the general assembly with a spending plan on or before 1/1/2020.)
{LC4736/1}
02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7695
BY  Shekarchi, Shanley, Morin, Coughlin, Nardolillo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH (Establishes a comprehensive plan to diagnose, treat and support mothers who suffer from maternal mental health disorders.)
{LC5064/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7832
BY  Maldonado, Tanzi, Barros, Diaz, Ajello
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - SUGARY DRINKS (Creates a tax on sugary drinks for the purpose of reducing the demand for those beverages, and discouraging the excessive consumption of, sugary drinks.)
{LC4950/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Housing & Homelessness Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2059
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Amends the calculation of the permanent foundation education aid to school districts, and makes an adjustment based upon students residing in qualified low-income housing.)
{LC3677/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 2061
BY  Ciccone, Quezada, Metts, Lombardi, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- RHODE ISLAND HOUSING RESOURCES ACT OF 1998 (Requires the general assembly to appropriate a minimum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) in capital financing to Rhode Island Housing & Mortgage Finance Corporation (RIHMFC) for the development of affordable housing for the homeless.)
{LC3539/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 2129
BY  Miller, McCaffrey, Sosnowski, Quezada, Goldin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- RHODE ISLAND PATHWAYS PROJECT (Requires the executive office of health and human services (EOHHS) to conduct a study to assess the impact of using Medicaid funds to provide coverage for the treatment of the chronically homeless.)
{LC3693/1}
01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
02/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/23/2018 Scheduled for consideration (03/27/2018)
03/27/2018 Committee recommends passage
03/28/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (04/03/2018)


Senate Bill No. 2301
BY  Metts, Crowley, Quezada, Ciccone, Jabour
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)
{LC3969/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7013
BY  Lombardi, Coughlin, Williams, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - EMERGENCY SHELTERS (Establishes rules and procedures for licensing emergency shelters, including setting minimum standards and prohibits the charging of fees to the residents.)
{LC3098/1}
01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7093
BY  Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HOUSING RESOURCES -- HOMELESS SHELTERS (Creates a commission to establish homeless shelter standards.)
{LC3091/1}
01/10/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7316
BY  Slater, Diaz, Williams, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - HOUSING RESOURCES (Requires the general assembly to appropriate not less than five million dollars annually in capital financing for affordable housing development.)
{LC3844/1}
01/26/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7528
BY  Williams, Shekarchi, Hull, Ranglin-Vassell, Regunberg
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)
{LC4283/1}
02/09/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7953
BY  Handy, Vella-Wilkinson, Barros, Lancia, Chippendale
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- RHODE ISLAND PATHWAYS PROJECT (Requires the executive office of health and human services (EOHHS) to conduct a study to assess the impact of using Medicaid funds to provide coverage for the treatment of the chronically homeless.)
{LC5137/1}
03/15/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Juvenile Justice Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2272
BY  Metts, Quezada, Nesselbush, Euer, Calkin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE (Provides that prisoners who committed offenses prior to age eighteen (18) and were sentenced as adults would be eligible for parole after completing fifteen (15) years of their sentence.)
{LC4035/1}
02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/13/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 7596
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Blazejewski, Williams, Barros, Almeida
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS - CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS - PAROLE (Provides that prisoners who committed offenses prior to age eighteen (18) and were sentenced as adults would be eligible for parole after completing fifteen (15) years of their sentence.)
{LC3932/1}
02/14/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Safety Legislation

House Bill No. 7182
BY  Ajello, Shanley, Walsh, McEntee, Craven
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE HEALTHY PREGNANCIES FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN ACT (Prohibits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners in their third trimester during transport to and from court proceedings by sheriffs and/or incarceration at the ACI with annual reports to the general assembly effective January 1, 2019.)
{LC3346/1}
01/17/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Other Legislation

Senate Bill No. 2678
BY  McCaffrey, Ciccone, Quezada, Metts, Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES (Continues status quo for licensing of approved recipients under DACA program; however, issuance of license does not confer right to vote eff. 12/3/18.)
{LC5299/1}
03/20/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


House Bill No. 7200
(Governor)
BY  Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2019
{LC3937/1}
01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7859
BY  Tanzi, Carson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE -- MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASELOAD ESTIMATING CONFERENCES (Requires the participation and input of the EOHHS, DHS, DCYF and BHDDH in medical assistance and public assistance caseload estimating conferences and the generation of monthly data to the members of the caseload estimating conference.)
{LC3291/1}
02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 7982
BY  Maldonado, Corvese, Diaz, Filippi, McNamara
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - OPERATORS' AND CHAUFFEURS' LICENSES (Continues status quo for licensing of approved recipients under DACA program; however, issuance of license does not confer right to vote eff. 12/3/18.)
{LC5297/1}
03/22/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


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