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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

House Bill No. 5807
BY  Ruggiero, McNamara, Blazejewski, Ranglin-Vassell, Jacquard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- THE YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF CARE ACT (Creates the young adult voluntary extension of care program that would extend the age of foster care from age eighteen (18) to age twenty-one (21) and would provide a range of programs and services to carry out the purpose of the act.)
{LC1903/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Senate Bill No. 669
BY  DiPalma, Miller, McCaffrey, Conley, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN -- THE YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTARY EXTENSION OF CARE ACT (Creates the young adult voluntary extension of care program that would extend the age of foster care from age eighteen (18) to age twenty-one (21) and would provide a range of programs and services to carry out the purpose of the act.)
{LC2025/1}
03/29/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Early Learning & Development Legislation

Senate Bill No. 122
BY  Crowley, Quezada, Miller, Metts, Goldin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE (Eliminates the September 2017 termination date of the child care assistance program.)
{LC32/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 127
BY  Crowley, Quezada, Miller, Metts, Goldin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE--STATE SUBSIDIES (Enhances the reimbursement rates paid by the departments of human services and children, youth and families for infants and toddlers enrolled in licensed child care centers and certified family child care providers.)
{LC36/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 141
BY  Goldin, Metts, Crowley, Gallo, Sosnowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE (Increases the income eligibility limit for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to 200% of the federal poverty level from 180%.)
{LC839/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 316
BY  Crowley, Goldin, Miller, Metts, Quezada
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 in 2017.)
{LC1434/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 324
BY  Paiva Weed, Miller, Goldin, Crowley, Nesselbush
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - HOME-VISITING SYSTEM COMPONENTS (Directs the department of health to obtain an annual estimate of the number of children born to Rhode Island families who face significant risk factors known to impair child development.)
{LC1530/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
04/21/2017 Scheduled for consideration (04/25/2017)


Senate Bill No. 447
BY  Calkin, DiPalma, Coyne, Seveney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE--STATE SUBSIDIES (Increases the child care provider reimbursement rate by five percent (5%).)
{LC1967/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Resolution No. 646
BY  Archambault, Satchell, Miller, Sosnowski, Calkin
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AN EARLY INTERVENTION SYSTEM FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN IN RHODE ISLAND (Creates a 24 member commission to study of an early intervention system for the deaf or hard of hearing children in Rhode Island, and who would report back by February 1, 2018, and expire on June 30, 2018.)
{LC2207/1}
03/29/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services


Senate Bill No. 732
BY  Goodwin, Jabour, Goldin, Quezada
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD INNOVATION ACT (Establishes an early childhood innovation fund to help close the achievement gap for at-risk children as they enter kindergarten)
{LC1727/1}
04/12/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 775
BY  Crowley, Goldin, Miller, Metts, Quezada
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".)
{LC2466/1}
04/12/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


House Bill No. 5048
BY  Lombardi, McEntee, 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.)
{LC84/1}
01/06/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/25/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5085
BY  Blazejewski, Diaz, Ruggiero, Bennett, Slater
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE (Increases income eligibility limit for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to 200% of the federal poverty level from 180%.)
{LC300/1}
01/12/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5170
BY  McLaughlin, Messier, McNamara, Hull, Azzinaro
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.)
{LC289/1}
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5498
BY  McNamara, Diaz, Tobon, Cunha
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- RHODE ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD INNOVATION ACT (Establishes the Rhode Island early childhood innovation fund for the purpose of supporting programs to close the achievement gap that currently exists for at-risk children as they enter kindergarten.)
{LC1429/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5561
BY  Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES-CHILD CARE-STATE SUBSIDIES (Requires the department to establish a database which monitors copayments owed by families receiving child care assistance. There is no cost to certified family-child care providers and a reasonable fee to providers not receiving payments.)
{LC148/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5562
BY  Slater, Blazejewski, Keable, Regunberg, Almeida
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%).)
{LC1416/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Resolution No. 5668
BY  Handy, Nardolillo, Vella-Wilkinson, Carson, Amore
ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AN EARLY INTERVENTION SYSTEM FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CHILDREN IN RHODE ISLAND (Creates a 24 member commission to study of an early intervention system for the deaf or hard of hearing children in Rhode Island, and who would report back by February 1, 2018, and expire on June 30, 2018.)
{LC1286/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5809
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Regunberg, Casimiro, Carson, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - BREAST-FEEDING (Creates an enforcement process for the right to breast-feed at work. In addition, it would require all schools to provide reasonable accommodation to its lactating students.)
{LC1413/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 6025
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, Craven, Maldonado
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 (Appropriates sufficient sums to pay one-half the costs of teachers in obtaining an IDA aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC2307/1}
03/29/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
03/29/2017 Withdrawn at sponsor's request


House Bill No. 6048
BY  Diaz, Slater, Blazejewski, Ruggiero, Maldonado
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".)
{LC2347/1}
03/31/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Resolution No. 6075
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, Craven, Amore
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 (Authorizes the appropriation of sufficient sums to pay one-half the costs of teachers in obtaining an IDA aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC2366/1}
04/05/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Economic Well-Being Legislation

Senate Bill No. 28
BY  Felag, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Jabour, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX (Provides that for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, a taxpayer entitled to a federal earned-income credit shall be allowed a state earned-income credit equal to 18% of the federal earned-income credit.)
{LC640/1}
01/18/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 78
BY  Raptakis, Lombardi, Ciccone
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Increases the hourly minimum wage to ten dollars ($10.00) effective January 1, 2018.)
{LC286/1}
01/18/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 94
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.")
{LC677/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Commerce


Senate Bill No. 138
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Deletes the provisions regarding reimbursement by the state for conventional public housing students. Provides permanent foundation education aid funding for services and instructional services for students residing in conventional public housing units.)
{LC518/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 179
BY  Morgan, Kettle, Paolino, Raptakis, 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 provides a mechanism for re-testing those who fail the test.)
{LC373/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 279
BY  Kettle, Morgan, Paolino, Cote
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ACT (Requires retailers to examine photo ID to verify person presenting EBT card is person entitled to use it and impose one month suspension for each violation on retailers.)
{LC557/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 287
BY  Lynch Prata, Metts, Nesselbush, Coyne, Sosnowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGES (Raises the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour effective July 1, 2017.)
{LC445/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 289
BY  Cote
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGE (Allows employers to pay the greater or 75% of the state minimum wage rate, or the federal minimum wage rate to employees eighteen (18) years or younger during the first six hundred eighty (680) hours or ninety (90) days of their employment.)
{LC1220/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 290
BY  Goodwin, Calkin, Goldin, Seveney, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT (Requires all employers to provide their employees with a minimum level of paid sick and safe leave including time to care for the employee's family members.)
{LC1160/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/12/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 351
BY  Lombardi, Archambault, Jabour, McCaffrey, Ciccone
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Allows employees, of an employer that sponsors disability insurance programs, to elect to exempt them from temporary disability insurance coverage.)
{LC1555/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 406  SUB A
BY  Lynch Prata, Quezada, Ciccone, Calkin, Conley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - CHILD SUPPORT (Establishes that incarceration may not be treated as voluntary unemployment in establishing modifying child support orders and institutes a procedure for the modification of child support orders for individuals who are incarcerated.)
{LC1222/A/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/09/2017 Committee recommended indefinite postponement
03/09/2017 Committee recommended Substitute A be held for further study


House Bill No. 5057
BY  Bennett, Lima, Regunberg, Ranglin-Vassell, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGE (Increases the minimum wage to ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50) commencing July 1, 2017.)
{LC272/1}
01/11/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
02/02/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/08/2017 Meeting postponed (02/09/2017)
03/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5276
BY  Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- THE RHODE ISLAND WORKS PROGRAM AND THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ACT (Requires persons seeking certain forms of public assistance to attend a financial literacy seminar.)
{LC524/1}
01/27/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/15/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5284
BY  Williams, Ajello, Kazarian, Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES-PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (Provides that for the purpose of determining income limitations for receiving general public assistance, child support that is in arrears for thirty (30) days or more would not be considered to be income.)
{LC525/1}
01/27/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5308
BY  Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- FULL ENFORCEMENT OF SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS (Subjects obligors of child support to license suspension after a 60-day arrearage but would provide conditional driving privileges for employment.)
{LC532/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/04/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5331
BY  Barros, Blazejewski, Tanzi, Maldonado, Regunberg
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.")
{LC1092/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5413
BY  Regunberg, Craven, Serpa, Maldonado, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT (Requires all employers to provide their employees with a minimum level of paid sick and safety leave including time to care for the employee's family members.)
{LC1131/1}
02/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5553
BY  Diaz, Slater, Williams, Almeida, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DIVORCE AND SEPARATION (Allows for incarceration of an individual to be taken into consideration for the purposes of a motion to modify a child support order.)
{LC1445/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/15/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5595
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Regunberg, Williams, Ajello
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.)
{LC1386/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5604
BY  Canario, Fellela, Azzinaro, Bennett, Johnston
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE - COVERAGE (Allows Rhode Island residents who work for an out-of-state nongovernmental employer to apply for coverage under Rhode Island's Temporary Disability Insurance program.)
{LC1829/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
04/06/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5742
BY  Quattrocchi, Nardolillo, Morgan, Giarrusso
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.)
{LC1486/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/05/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5791
BY  Slater, Diaz, Tanzi, Maldonado, Williams
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.)
{LC1655/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5841
BY  Tanzi, Ruggiero, Barros, Hearn, Amore
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 BDHDDH in medical assistance and public assistance caseload estimating conferences and the generation of monthly data to the members of the caseload estimating conference.)
{LC1643/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Senate Bill No. 411
BY  Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS-SUPPORT OF CHILDREN (Provides for child support for children until they reach the age of twenty-one (21) or twenty-three (23) if the child lives with a parent, and is dependent upon that parent for maintenance due to the enrollment of the child in an educational program.)
{LC1562/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/09/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 510
BY  Calkin, Felag, Goodwin, Seveney, DiPalma
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.)
{LC1770/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 679
BY  DiPalma, Pearson, Goldin, Miller, Felag
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE - COVERAGE (Allows Rhode Island residents who work for an out-of-state nongovernmental employer to apply for coverage under Rhode Island's Temporary Disability Insurance program.)
{LC1828/1}
03/29/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/12/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5894
BY  Maldonado, Winfield, Diaz, Tobon, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Expands TDI benefits, change the calculation of the taxable wage base increases the maximum number of weeks an employee can collect TDI and TCI, and expands TCI benefits for the care of siblings and grandchildren.)
{LC2009/1}
03/09/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 6052
BY  Marshall, Costantino, Barros, Tobon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGE (Allows employers to pay the greater or 75% of the state minimum wage rate, or the federal minimum wage rate to employees eighteen (18) years or younger during the first six hundred eighty (680) hours or ninety (90) days of their employment.)
{LC1639/1}
03/31/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
04/13/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Education Legislation

Senate Bill No. 100
BY  Lombardo, Metts, Cote, Sheehan, Morgan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (Permits students with necessary educational background to participate in career and technical internships.)
{LC1053/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 104
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SOCIAL SERVICES (Defines and declares the purpose of child opportunity zones and would provide for annual reporting from the commissioner of elementary and secondary education to the general assembly on each zone.)
{LC517/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 138
BY  Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Deletes the provisions regarding reimbursement by the state for conventional public housing students. Provides permanent foundation education aid funding for services and instructional services for students residing in conventional public housing units.)
{LC518/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 142
BY  DiPalma, DaPonte, Nesselbush, Doyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FUNDING OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Amends the provisions by which charter public schools apply for state aid for reimbursement of school housing costs and further amends the calculation method of housing costs under this section.)
{LC974/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 250
BY  Pearson, Nesselbush, Picard, Satchell, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Provides that the state would pay the local share or contribution of charter public school tuition for the number of students attending the charter public schools in excess of five percent (5%) of the average daily membership of all pupils.)
{LC604/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 252
BY  Pearson, Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Adjusts the charter school tuition hold back provision in last year's budget by allowing the school districts to choose between withholding seven percent (7%) or the difference in unique costs.)
{LC606/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 253
BY  Doyle, DiPalma
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FUNDING OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Amends the provisions by which charter public schools apply for state aid for reimbursement of school housing costs and further amends the calculation method of housing costs under this section.)
{LC1182/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
03/21/2017 Withdrawn at sponsor's request


Senate Resolution No. 302
BY  Crowley, Sosnowski, Miller, Goodwin, Gee
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
{LC1565/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5048
BY  Lombardi, McEntee, 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.)
{LC84/1}
01/06/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/25/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 5070
BY  O'Brien, Corvese, Marshall, Slater, Keable
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO EXAMINE PROCEDURE AND PARAMETERS FOR CREATING A RHODE ISLAND SCHOLARSHIP FUND (Creating an eleven member commission to study the creation of a Rhode Island Scholarship Fund, and who would report back to the Speaker of the House by January 29, 2018, and would expire on March 29, 2018.)
{LC271/1}
01/11/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5077
BY  McNamara, Diaz, Amore, O'Brien, Ackerman
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (Directs that services provided by school social workers and certified school psychologists be included as health care related services eligible for federal Medicaid reimbursement.)
{LC173/1}
01/11/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5143
BY  Ackerman, McNamara, Serpa, Amore, O'Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - GET ON YOUR FEET LOAN FORGIVENESS PROGRAM (Establishes "The Get On Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program" in Rhode Island, to assist recent college and university graduates from certain schools in the repayment of their student loans.)
{LC788/1}
01/18/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5237
BY  Diaz, Slater, Ajello, Maldonado, Williams
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.)
{LC858/1}
01/26/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5238
BY  Morin, Maldonado, Phillips, Carson, Casey
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING (Provides for increases in the amount of foundation level school support that a community would receive, based upon a community's ability to meet and surpass its minimum low and moderate income housing requirements.)
{LC815/1}
01/26/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5239
BY  O`Grady, Serpa, Amore, Regunberg, Barros
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.)
{LC946/1}
01/26/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5453
BY  Diaz, Slater, Williams, Casey, Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ALL STUDENTS COUNT ACT (Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to use separate collection categories and tabulations for specified Asian ethnic groups in every demographic report on ancestry or ethnic origins of residents.)
{LC1135/1}
02/09/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5581
BY  O'Brien, Amore, Craven, McEntee, Marshall
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – EDUCATION OF LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS (Prohibits the administration of standardized state-wide assessments or similar tests to students identified as limited English proficient students prior to September 1, 2020.)
{LC1451/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5594
BY  Mendonca, Morgan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - MINIMUM WAGES (Sets the minimum hourly wage, for employees that have not reached twenty (20) years of age at nine dollars and sixty-five cents ($9.65).)
{LC1462/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/30/2017 Committee postponed at request of sponsor
04/13/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5666
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Regunberg, Ackerman, Casimiro
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.)
{LC1942/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5749
BY  Amore, Barros, Regunberg, Cunha, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION-FOUNDATION LEVEL SCHOOL SUPPORT (Amends the maintenance of effort provisions used to determine the minimum contribution for local school aid.)
{LC1776/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5750
BY  Marszalkowski, Regunberg, Handy
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE RHODE ISLAND STUDENT LOAN AUTHORITY (Establishes a 2% reduction in student loan interest program to be administered by the student loan authority for college graduates who live and work in Rhode Island for a period of at least 2 years.)
{LC1907/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5751
BY  Diaz, Williams, Regunberg, Ajello, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Amends the state aid funding formula for compensation of school districts for the additional costs of students learning English.)
{LC1878/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Senate Bill No. 435
BY  Doyle, Metts, Pearson, Nesselbush
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- COMMUNITY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE (Requires that the commissioner of elementary and secondary education develop a strategic plan for creating a Rhode Island community school initiative.)
{LC1666/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 437
BY  Gallo, DiPalma, Seveney, Pearson, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (Provides that the department of education shall develop a funding formula for school districts sending students to career and technical programs outside the district)
{LC1881/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


Senate Bill No. 439
BY  Calkin, Quezada, Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- ALL STUDENTS COUNT ACT (Creates the "All Students Count Act" and requires the dept. of elementary and secondary education to use separate collection categories/tabulations for specified Asian ethnic groups in every demographic report on ancestry or ethnic origins of residents.)
{LC1646/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 466
BY  Quezada, Calkin, Ciccone, Metts, Goodwin
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.)
{LC1698/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 472
BY  DiPalma, Seveney, Paolino, Pearson, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Redefines extraordinary costs of education by defining it as costs that exceed the state approved threshold based on an amount above the core foundation amount and abolish requirement that departments of education collect data on those costs.)
{LC1595/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 474
BY  Pearson, Satchell, DiPalma, Conley, Lombardo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- STAY INVESTED IN RI WAVEMAKER FELLOWSHIP (Repeals the provisions of the Stay Invested in RI Wavemaker Fellowship, and establishes the Stay Invested in RI Tax Credit to provide eligible taxpayers with a tax credit for educational loan repayment expenses.)
{LC1058/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 690
BY  Quezada, Metts, Goodwin, Goldin, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Amends the state aid funding formula for compensation of school districts for the additional costs of students learning English.)
{LC1729/1}
03/30/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 702
BY  Satchell, Metts, Sheehan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - FUNDING OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Have local district payments to charter public schools made only for those periods during which a student is enrolled and attending the charter school.)
{LC2256/1}
04/04/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education


House Bill No. 5773
BY  Marshall, Serpa, Kennedy, O`Grady, Casey
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- RHODE ISLAND PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP (Establishes a post-secondary education scholarship program to be funded in part by the state and in partnership with public and private entities that engage in a memorandum of understanding that internships would be provided.)
{LC1943/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5845
BY  Tanzi, Shanley, Fogarty, Marshall, Carson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT - SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA (Freezes the amount of education aid for local school agencies that are scheduled to receive less aid under the funding formula. The education aid would be frozen at the rate provided in fiscal year 2017 for a period of three (3) years.)
{LC1947/1}
03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5976
BY  Tobon, Cunha, Barros, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (Establishes district-charter compacts between charter schools and traditional public schools and would establish a compact fund to be supported by appropriations from the general assembly as well as grants, gifts and bequests.)
{LC2138/1}
03/22/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Resolution No. 6003
BY  Messier, Morin, Casey, Walsh, Vella-Wilkinson
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.)
{LC2291/1}
03/24/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/07/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration


House Bill No. 6017
BY  Diaz, McNamara, Slater, Williams, Maldonado
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.)
{LC2262/1}
03/29/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
04/12/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 6075
BY  McEntee, O'Brien, Craven, Amore
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 (Authorizes the appropriation of sufficient sums to pay one-half the costs of teachers in obtaining an IDA aligned graduate certificate in dyslexia knowledge and practice.)
{LC2366/1}
04/05/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 6088
BY  Azzinaro, Corvese, McNamara, McLaughlin, Kennedy
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES (Benefits for students with disabilities continue until the end of the public school calendar semester when the student turns 21 or when the student’s program ends in accordance with the student’s (IEP), whichever occurs earlier.)
{LC2368/1}
04/06/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 6089
BY  Barros, Amore, Regunberg, Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan
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.)
{LC2122/1}
04/06/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 6097
BY  Amore, Serpa, O`Grady, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (Requires local district payments to Davies, and the Met Center schools only for those periods where a student is both enrolled and physically present in attendance at those schools.)
{LC2210/1}
04/07/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Health & Dental Legislation

Senate Bill No. 216
BY  Goldin, Miller, Crowley, Paiva Weed, Sosnowski
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.)
{LC1001/1}
02/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
02/28/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 267
BY  Nesselbush, Ciccone, Miller, Conley, Lombardo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (Prohibits "conversion therapy" by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under 18 years of age.)
{LC998/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
03/21/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 290
BY  Goodwin, Calkin, Goldin, Seveney, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT (Requires all employers to provide their employees with a minimum level of paid sick and safe leave including time to care for the employee's family members.)
{LC1160/1}
02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


Senate Bill No. 351
BY  Lombardi, Archambault, Jabour, McCaffrey, Ciccone
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE (Allows employees, of an employer that sponsors disability insurance programs, to elect to exempt them from temporary disability insurance coverage.)
{LC1555/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 679
BY  DiPalma, Pearson, Goldin, Miller, Felag
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE - COVERAGE (Allows Rhode Island residents who work for an out-of-state nongovernmental employer to apply for coverage under Rhode Island's Temporary Disability Insurance program.)
{LC1828/1}
03/29/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor


House Bill No. 5179
BY  Ajello, Shanley, Hearn, Ruggiero, Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE (Provides that no pregnant applicant for medical insurance coverage be denied coverage due to her pregnancy.)
{LC551/1}
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
01/31/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5277
BY  Ajello, McNamara, Donovan, Regunberg, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (Prohibits "conversion therapy" by licensed health care professionals with respect to children under eighteen (18) years of age.)
{LC556/1}
01/27/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/15/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5413
BY  Regunberg, Craven, Serpa, Maldonado, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- HEALTHY AND SAFE FAMILIES AND WORKPLACES ACT (Requires all employers to provide their employees with a minimum level of paid sick and safety leave including time to care for the employee's family members.)
{LC1131/1}
02/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5809
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Regunberg, Casimiro, Carson, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - BREAST-FEEDING (Creates an enforcement process for the right to breast-feed at work. In addition, it would require all schools to provide reasonable accommodation to its lactating students.)
{LC1413/1}
03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Housing & Homelessness Legislation

Senate Bill No. 160
BY  Crowley, Quezada, Miller, Metts
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - EMERGENCY SHELTERS (Establishes rules and procedures for licensing emergency shelters, including setting minimum standards and prohibiting the charging fees to the residents.)
{LC33/1}
02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
04/12/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 317
BY  Ciccone, McCaffrey
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 for affordable housing development.)
{LC1552/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance


Senate Bill No. 331
BY  Calkin, Goldin, Sosnowski, Miller, Crowley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES (Authorizes HHS to apply for waivers to assure for housing, healthcare, and mental and behavioral health care services for the homeless.)
{LC870/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
03/09/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
04/21/2017 Scheduled for consideration (04/25/2017)


House Bill No. 5266
BY  Williams, Slater, Diaz, Maldonado, Messier
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES (Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.)
{LC140/1}
01/27/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5565
BY  Slater, Diaz, Blazejewski, Handy, Regunberg
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - HOUSING RESOURCES (Enables the general assembly to appropriate not less than five million dollars annually in capital financing for affordable housing development.)
{LC1424/1}
02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance


Juvenile Justice Legislation

 

Safety Legislation

House Bill No. 5155
BY  Regunberg, Kazarian, Donovan, Ranglin-Vassell, Knight
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Criminalizes the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than ten (10) rounds.)
{LC503/1}
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/25/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5345
BY  Kazarian, Ajello, Blazejewski, Tanzi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Provides that only peace officers and persons approved by the school authorities for the purposes of educational instruction may carry firearms or other weapons on school grounds.)
{LC1044/1}
02/02/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/25/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Other Legislation

House Bill No. 5175
(Governor)
BY  Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
{LC840/1}
01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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