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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

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


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. 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

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, Pearson
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


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


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)


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


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

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


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


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


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.

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


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


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

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


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


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

Juvenile Justice Legislation

 

Safety Legislation

 

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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