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05/25/2017
Rep. Canario bill to make left lanes on highways passing only approved by House
Rep. Dennis M. Canario’s (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) legislation (2017-H 5398) that would fine drivers for using the far-left lane on three lane highways when not passing another vehicle was approved by the House of Representatives tonight.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.



 
05/24/2017
Rep. Amore bill on care for medically-fragile students passes House
Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2017-H 5327) that would establish standards of practice for school nurses who provide one-on-one care for medically-fragile students was passed by the House of Representatives tonight.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.




 
05/24/2017
Rep. Azzinaro’s bill to designate ‘RI Nine Beirut Marines’ day passes House
Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro’s (D-Dist. 37, Westerly) bill (2017-H 6061aa) that designates October 23rd  as a day to commemorate the nine Rhode Island marines killed in the 1983 terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon was passed by the House of Representatives last week.



 
05/23/2017
Rep. Williams’ bill that exempts natural hair braiders from cosmetology license passes House
Rep. Anastasia P. Williams’ (D-Dist. 9, Providence) legislation (2017-H 5436) that would exempt natural hair braiders from the state’s requirement for hairdressers and cosmeticians to be licensed with the state passed the House of Representatives.



 
05/17/2017
Rep. Canario bills on left lane highway passing and marijuana commission passed out of committee
Rep. Dennis M. Canario’s (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) legislation on fining drivers for using the far-left lane on three lane highways when not passing another vehicle and establishing a 15-member special legislative commission to study the effects of legalizing recreational marijuana in Rhode Island were passed out of House Committee on Judiciary last night.



 
05/16/2017
Rep. Craven named to Special Legislative Commission on Defense Economy Planning
Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown), Chairman of the House Committee on Labor, has been named to the Special Legislative Commission on Defense Economy Planning by House of Representatives Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence).  Representative Craven is replacing Rep. Stephen R. Ucci (D-Dist. 42, Johnston, Cranston) on the commission.



 
05/10/2017
House approves bill requiring rear-facing car seats for tots under 2
The House of Representatives today passed legislation sponsored by House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi to protect small children by requiring those under age 2 or weighing less than 30 pounds to be in rear-facing car seats in automobiles.


 
05/09/2017
House OKs Bennett bill to allow students sunscreen in schools
Students in Rhode Island schools will not be denied the right to possess and apply sunscreen under legislation sponsored by Rep. David Bennett and unanimously approved by the House of Representatives today.


 
05/08/2017
Ranglin-Vassell proposes end to shaming with universal school lunch
With bipartisan support, Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, a Providence teacher, has introduced legislation aimed at not only wiping out lunch shaming, but ending stigmas associated with qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch. The legislation would require all public elementary and secondary schools provide a free lunch to all students, no questions asked.
 
05/04/2017
Sen. Lynch Prata’s grandparent rights bill passes Senate
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairwoman Erin Lynch Prata’s (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) legislation (2017-S 0383) that establishes guidelines for the family court to use in order to decide on petitions for visitation by grandparents passed the Senate tonight.  The legislation is a result of the Senate Commission to Conduct a Comprehensive Review and Make Recommendations Regarding Grandparent Rights which is chaired by Senator Lynch Prata.  
05/03/2017
Sen. Lynch Prata’s statewide municipal solar permit bill passes Senate
Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Erin Lynch Prata’s (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston) legislation (2017-S 0562) to create a statewide solar permit application passed the Senate tonight.  The bill, part of the Senate’s “Grow Green Jobs RI” legislative package, would require the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, in conjunction with the RI Building Commission, to create rules and regulations to formulate a statewide solar energy permit application.




 
05/02/2017
Senate passes Miller bill for pilot program tapping Medicaid to house homeless
The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to launch a pilot program testing the use of Medicaid funds to treat chronic homelessness.



 
05/02/2017
Ruggerio submits legislation to enhance transparency of the I-195 Commission
Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio introduced legislation today to enhance the transparency of I-195 Commission meetings. The bill would result in more meetings and discussions being held in public, and it mandates that commission members must participate in ethics training.


 
05/01/2017
Senate Policy Caucus bill will enact ACA at state level
The Senate Policy Caucus and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio have introduced legislation meant to protect Rhode Island consumers from changes at the federal level should Congress repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act.


 
04/27/2017
Senate approves mental health measures as Mental Health Month kicks off
As advocates gathered at the State House to kick off a month of activities promoting mental health, the Senate today approved several measures aimed at improving access to effective mental health care in Rhode Island.


 
04/27/2017
Rep. Canario introduces bill to exempt fees for elderly and disabled state ID cards
Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) has introduced legislation (2017-H 6050) that would exempt the elderly and disabled people who cannot operate a vehicle from paying for state-issued identification cards.
 
04/27/2017
Sen. DiPalma and Rep. Tanzi introduce bill to increase wages for developmentally disabled direct care workers
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) and Rep. Teresa A. Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) have introduced legislation (2017-S 0471 / 2017-H 5839) that would urge the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (DBHDDH) and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to increase the base wages for direct and home care workers who service the developmentally disabled community.


 
04/26/2017
Rep. O’Brien introduces Healthy Workplace Act of 2017 to combat workplace bullying
Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) has introduced legislation (2017-H 5862) that would establish a cause of action against employers and employees for workplace bullying, harassment and other abusive behavior that may not fall into other categories that are already protected such as race, color, sex or sexual orientation.
 
04/26/2017
Rep. Fellela introduces legislation to permit naming rights for Rhode Island Convention Center
Rep. Deborah A. Fellela (D-Dist. 43, Johnston) has introduced legislation that would open the way for corporations to bid on naming the Rhode Island Convention Center.

 
04/13/2017
House passes McNamara bill that would allow terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs
The House of Representatives has approved legislation submitted by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara to allow terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs that have not yet been federally approved but which may be in the final stages of FDA testing. The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.
 
04/11/2017
Senate passes Sosnowski bill that would ban hand-held cell phone use by drivers of motor vehicles
The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham), that would outlaw the use of any non-hands-free personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, except for public safety personnel or in emergency situations.