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Media Advisory: Senate to vote Wednesday on Reproductive Privacy Act
The Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the Reproductive Privacy Act, which codifies the protections in Roe v. Wade and related court decisions in Rhode Island law.

MEDIA ADVISORY: House to vote on FY 2020 state budget on Friday; budget briefing to be held on Tuesday
The House of Representatives will consider the FY 2020 state budget (2019-H 5151A) on Friday, June 21 at approximately 2 p.m. in the House chamber.

House Finance Committee approves 2020 state budget bill
The House Finance Committee has approved a $9.97 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year that largely avoids new taxes while strengthening education, continuing the car-tax phase-out and maintaining municipal aid, while also closing a $200 million budget gap.

Sen. DiPalma bill that protects families with parents that have disabilities passed by Senate
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2019-S 0702A) that precludes the disability of a parent from serving as a basis for denial or restriction in matters involving a child's welfare, foster care, family law, guardianship and adoption was passed by the Senate.

Rep. O’Brien bill creating ‘Right to Read Act’ to combat youth dyslexia and illiteracy passes House
Rep. William W. O’Brien’s (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) legislation (2019-H 5887A) that would require certain licensed public school teachers to be proficient in scientific and structured literacy reading instruction passed the House of Representatives tonight.  The bill also requires all other licensed teachers to have a cursory knowledge of scientific and structured literacy reading instruction.

Senate passes Sen. Coyne’s bills on Alzheimer’s care, elder abuse
The Senate has approved four bills sponsored Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne to better support Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease and to protect against elder abuse.

Rep. Alzate resolution that creates commission to encourage more persons of color to enter education careers passes House
Rep. Karen Alzate’s (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) legislation (2019-H 5553A) that would create a 13 member special legislative commission to study and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter education fields passed the House of Representatives.