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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

 

Early Learning & Development Legislation

House Bill No. 5106
BY  Diaz, Donovan, Casimiro, Slater, Ackerman
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- CHILD CARE -- STATE SUBSIDIES (Expands the tiered-rate structure for childcare assistance program to meet federal benchmark for access to high-quality childcare for all age groups of children.)
{LC541/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Economic Well-Being Legislation

House Bill No. 5097
BY  Bennett, Lima, Williams, Blazejewski, Barros
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- MINIMUM WAGES (Raises the existing minimum wage of ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50) to eleven dollars and fifty cents ($11.50) on January 1, 2020, and then increase to twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) on January 1, 2021.)
{LC561/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor


House Bill No. 5100
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Alzate, Serpa, Amore
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - FEDERAL AID (Requires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.)
{LC66/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5105
BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS -- PAYDAY LOANS (Regulates interest rates and terms for payday loans.)
{LC81/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Education Legislation

House Bill No. 5008
BY  McNamara, Casimiro, Ackerman, Amore, Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT AND STANDARDS FOR ALL STUDENTS (Provides for the review of existing and the development of new statewide academic standards by the commissioner of education.)
{LC222/1}
01/03/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5009
BY  McNamara, Casimiro, Ackerman, Amore, Lyle
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.)
{LC226/1}
01/03/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5033
(General Treasurer)
BY  McNamara, Ackerman, Amore, Diaz, Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- FINANCIAL LITERACY (Mandates that a program of financial literacy be taught to all students in the public high schools throughout the state of Rhode Island.)
{LC312/1}
01/04/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5068
BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (Requires school committees to provide transportation for any student who resides two (2) or more miles from school.)
{LC186/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5069
BY  Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Requires the department of education to develop and make available for school use a mental health curriculum. Requires schools to provide four (4) hours of mental health instruction to seventh (7th) grade students.)
{LC87/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5070
BY  Lombardi, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (Directs the council on elementary and secondary education to develop recommendations for a high school curriculum to prepare students for successful postsecondary education and careers in computer science.)
{LC185/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5071
BY  Lombardi, 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.)
{LC187/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


Health & Dental Legislation

 

Housing & Homelessness Legislation

House Bill No. 5075
BY  Maldonado, Filippi, Alzate, Morin, Slater
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT (Requires the sealing of any district court file, where a resolution of a trespass and eviction complaint results in a verdict for the tenant and no appeal is taken.)
{LC172/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 5101
BY  Lombardi, Hull, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HOUSING RESOURCES -- HOMELESS SHELTERS (Creates a commission to establish homeless shelter standards.)
{LC209/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance


House Bill No. 5104
BY  Lombardi, Cassar, Hull, Walsh
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 of fees to the residents.)
{LC188/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Juvenile Justice Legislation

 

Safety Legislation

House Bill No. 5021
BY  Diaz, Slater, Tobon, Blazejewski, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- WEAPONS (Criminalizes possession of a firearm by a minor, except when the minor is engaged in certain activities and when accompanied by a parent, guardian, or qualified adult.)
{LC218/1}
01/04/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 5022
BY  Diaz, Slater, Tobon, Blazejewski, Maldonado
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - WEAPONS (Makes it unlawful for any person to carry a rifle or shotgun in any vehicle or conveyance or on or about their person whether visible or concealed subject to certain exceptions.)
{LC217/1}
01/04/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


House Resolution No. 5063
BY  Ranglin-Vassell, Donovan, Kislak, Ajello, Williams
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF THE TRAUMA INFLICTED ON CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPOSED TO VIOLENCE (Creates a 13 member commission to study the impact of the trauma inflicted on children exposed to violence, and report back by February 7, 2020, and expire on May 7, 2020.)
{LC60/1}
01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


Other Legislation

 

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