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2013 Legislative Bills of Interest.......

Legislative Bills for 2013 of Interest to all Residents. Easy to view and Read.

2013 BILLS that I find of interest and wanted to highlight for your review.  I made it easy for you to view the links with the full text of the Bill.  Items of interest to me were Education, Crime, Illegals (non-immigration residents), Open Space, Parole, Elderly, Disabled, Animals.  You have a vested interest as a Taxpayer to getting involved.

House Bill No. 5101  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5101.pdf

BY  Palumbo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MISCELLANEOUS RULES (would prohibit dogs from sitting on the lap of a motor vehicle operator. Any person in violation of such would be subject to fines)

{LC322/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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Senate Bill No. 218 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0218.pdf

 

BY  Sosnowski, Lombardo, Crowley, Cool Rumsey, McCaffrey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- TEXT MESSAGING (would increase the fines for texting while operating a motor vehicle to $500 for a first conviction, $1,000 for a second conviction and $1,500 for a third or subsequent conviction.)

{LC425/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

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Senate Bill No. 220  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0220.pdf

 

BY  Sosnowski, Lombardo, Walaska, Cool Rumsey, Gallo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- MOBILE TELEPHONE USE (would make unlawful the use of a non-hands-free mobile telephone while operating a motor vehicle, except for public safety personnel.)

{LC420/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

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SORNA

House Bill No. 5557 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5557.pdf

(Attorney General)

BY  Palumbo, DeSimone, Johnston, Carnevale, Lally

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - SEXUAL OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION (would repeal the state sexual offender registration and community notification, and would adopt the federal sex offender registration and notification act (SORNA) (Title 1 of public law 109-248) in its place)

{LC959/1}

02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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House Bill No. 5236 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5236.pdf

 

BY  Palumbo, Malik, Trillo, Costa, Jacquard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS (would establish the E-Verify compliance chapter. It would also require all non-governmental employers within the state with three (3) or more employees to apply to participate in the E-Verify program and to participate if accepted)

{LC324/1}

01/31/2013 Introduced, referred to House Labor

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House Bill No. 5106 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5106.pdf

 

BY  Costa, Palumbo, Corvese, Chippendale, Trillo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS (would establish the E-Verify compliance chapter. It would also require all non-governmental employers within the state with three (3) or more employees to apply to participate in the E-Verify program and to participate if accepted)

{LC356/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to House Labor

01/30/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/05/2013)

02/05/2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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House Bill No. 5280 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5280.pdf

 

BY  Naughton, Coderre, Slater, Diaz, Palumbo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES (require the party who files for an impartial due process hearing pursuant to 34 CFR Section 300.507 et seq. has the burden of going forward with evidence and the public agency has the burden of proving appropriateness of the child’s program or placement)

{LC1007/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5377 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5377.pdf

 

BY  Naughton, Coderre, Handy, Ackerman, Palangio

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (would encourage school committees to allow public use of indoor and outdoor school property during non-school hours)

{LC1086/1}

02/12/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

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House Bill No. 5538 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5538.pdf

 

(Attorney General)

BY  Naughton, Kennedy, Diaz, Slater, Ferri

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS (would require registration of those individuals who provide personal care assistant services to a consumer)

{LC1158/1}

02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

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House Bill No. 5539  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5539.pdf

 

(Attorney General)

BY  Naughton, Kennedy, Diaz, Williams, Slater

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - NATIONAL CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK SYSTEM (would expand the type of criminal records check required for persons applying to be routine contact patient employees in a long-term facility or provider)

{LC1157/1}

02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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Senate Bill No. 12  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0012.pdf

 

BY  Gallo, Lombardi, Lynch, DaPonte

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - OFFENSES PERTAINING TO SCHOOLS (would permit schools to provide activities for students of one sex (for example father-daughter/mother-son activities) provided that reasonably comparable activities are provided for students of the other sex.)

{LC315/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 176 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0176.pdf

 

BY  Gallo, Miller, Lynch, Lombardo, DiPalma

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - PUPIL TRANSPORTATION VEHICLES (would authorize the school committee of any city, town or regional school district to sell advertising space on school buses.)

{LC723/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Resolution No. 313 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0313.pdf

BY  Gallo, Lombardi, Lynch, DaPonte

ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION SUPPORTING "THE WHOLE CHILD INITIATIVE"

{LC615/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 335 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0335.pdf

 

BY  Gallo, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Jabour, Archambault

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

{LC722/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5423  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5423.pdf

 

BY  Costa

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - COMPREHENSIVE CHILDREN'S JEWELRY SAFETY ACT (would require that all children's jewelry sold rather than manufactured conform to the standards promulgated by the American society for testing and materials)

{LC1230/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

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House Bill No. 5580 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5580.pdf

 

BY  Lima, Lombardi, Shekarchi

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY (would require all members of the general assembly to make full disclosure of any business dealings they or their business partners, associates, or relatives have with any entity having an interest in legislation before the general assembly)

{LC990/1}

02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House Rules Committee

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House Bill No. 5072 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5072.pdf

 

BY  Marcello, Newberry, Hearn, Hull, Giarrusso

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS (would delete the option of straight party voting by means of a single mark in non-primary elections.)

{LC318/1}

01/10/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5337 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5337.pdf

 

BY  Ajello, Martin, Tanzi, Slater, Williams

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS - CRIMINAL RECORD BACKGROUND CHECKS (would make changes to how information contained within criminal background checks is disseminated and disclosed)

{LC676/1}

02/07/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5421 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5421.pdf

 

BY  Ajello, Tanzi, Ferri, McNamara, Naughton

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT (would establish an elementary and secondary student advisory council to the board of education. It would also add two (2) student members to the board of education)

{LC856/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

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Senate Bill No. 8   http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0008.pdf

 

(by request)

BY  Sosnowski

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW - CHILDREN'S WIRELESS PROTECTION ACT (would require cellular telephones sold for use in RI to have affixed to the device and its packaging a prominent/conspicuous warning label that states the phone emits electromagnetic radiation which may cause brain cancer to children/pregnant women)

{LC249/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Corporations

02/21/2013 Scheduled for hearing (03/05/2013)

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Senate Bill No. 66    http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0066.pdf

 

BY  Sosnowski, Crowley, DiPalma, Felag, Gallo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALES TAX (would eliminate the tax on pet care services.)

{LC13/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

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Senate Bill No. 76   http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0076.pdf

 

BY  Sosnowski, Miller, Pichardo, Felag, Fogarty

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- ZONING ORDINANCES (would expand the permitted use within all residential use districts and all industrial and commercial zoning use districts of a municipality to include animal agriculture.)

{LC248/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government

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Senate Bill No. 138 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0138.pdf

BY  Sosnowski, Miller, Crowley, Cool Rumsey, Pichardo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MISCELLANEOUS RULES (would authorize police officers to provide a verbal warning to a person who is smoking in a vehicle containing a restrained child)

{LC418/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

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Senate Bill No. 214 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0214.pdf

 

BY  Sosnowski, Sheehan, Cool Rumsey, Bates

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION RESTRICTION ON REAL PROPERTY (would restrict the use of eminent domain over any land which is protected with a conservation or preservation restriction.) Open Space

{LC741/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

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Senate Bill No. 275 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0275.pdf

BY  Sosnowski, Miller, Cool Rumsey, Cote, Raptakis

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES GENERALLY (not riding bicycles/motorcycles etc.)

{LC803/1}

02/12/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

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Senate Bill No. 43 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0043.pdf

 

BY  Bates, McCaffrey, Algiere, Walaska, Miller

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DIVORCE AND SEPARATION (would prevent a perpetrator of a rape, who thereby fathers a child, from custody or visitation except in very limited circumstances.)

{LC17/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

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Senate Bill No. 199 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0199.pdf

 

BY  Pichardo, Metts, Goodwin, Goldin, Nesselbush

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CHILDREN (would require that signs provided by the dept of  behavioral healthcare/developmental disabilities/hospitals providing warnings about health effects of tobacco and information on smoking cessation resources be prominently displayed in English and Spanish

{LC441/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

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Senate Resolution No. 239  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0239.pdf

 

BY  O`Neill, Cote, Bates, Ottiano, Lombardi

ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL JOINT COMMISSION TO STUDY THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND CREATE POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

{LC396/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs

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Senate Bill No. 269  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0269.pdf

BY  Lynch, Miller, Gallo, Sosnowski, Pearson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - HEALTH CARE FOR FAMILIES

{LC53/1}

02/12/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

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Senate Bill No. 311  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0311.pdf

 

BY  Cool Rumsey, Goldin, Pichardo, Crowley, Miller

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - RESIDENCE OF CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES

{LC1195/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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House Bill No. 5068 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5068.pdf

 

BY  Corvese, Malik, Palangio, Azzinaro, Gallison

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (would require all school buildings to have a guard on duty, as selected by the appropriate school committee)

{LC194/1}

01/10/2013 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government

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House Bill No. 5102 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5102.pdf

 

BY  Blazejewski, Silva, Gallison, Casey, Azzinaro

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES (would allow parents of children with educational disabilities to recover their attorney and expert fees when they prevail in an adjudicatory proceeding or superior court action in matters governing the education of their child with disabilities)

{LC156/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

01/30/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/06/2013)

02/06/2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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House Bill No. 5104  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5104.pdf

BY  Edwards, Corvese, Palumbo, O'Brien, Malik

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- FETAL PROTECTION ACT (would establish the Fetal Protection Act)

{LC29/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5141 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5141.pdf

 

BY  Giarrusso, Newberry, Costa, Morgan, Chippendale

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DIVORCE AND SEPARATION (would prevent a perpetrator of a rape, who thereby fathers a child, from custody or visitation with that child)

{LC320/1}

01/23/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

01/30/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration

02/13/2013 Committee postponed at request of sponsor (02/13/2013)

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House Bill No. 5154 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5154.pdf

 

BY  Naughton, Coderre

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CHILDREN (require that signs provided by the dept. of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals providing warnings about health effects of tobacco/information on smoking cessation resources be prominently displayed in both English and Spanish)

{LC440/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/28/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/30/2013)

01/30/2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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House Bill No. 5155  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5155.pdf

 

BY  Naughton, Coderre

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - FAMILY CAREGIVERS SUPPORT ACT OF 2013 (would create a family caregiver support act which would require a caregiver assessment if the plan of care involves, a family caregiver, and a plan of care would be developed which would take into account the needs of the caregiver and the recipient)

{LC665/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/01/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/06/2013)

02/06/2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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House Bill No. 5167  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5167.pdf

 

BY  McLaughlin, Jacquard, Hull

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - TRANSPORTATION OF SCHOOL PUPILS BEYOND CITY AND TOWN LIMITS (would require the commissioner of education to provide transportation to students attending charter or vocational schools)

{LC545/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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House Bill No. 5193 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5193.pdf

 

BY  Amore, Melo, Kazarian

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES (would provide that for any child attending the East Providence campus of Bradley Hospital, the child’s residence district and/or sending district would be responsible for payments to Bradley Hospital)

{LC762/1}

01/30/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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House Bill No. 5277 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5277.pdf

 

BY  Naughton, Coderre, Slater, Diaz, Palumbo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE PAUL W. CROWLEY RHODE ISLAND STUDENT INVESTMENT INITIATIVE - NOTICE PROVISIONS (would provide for certain notifications that would need to be provided to parents or guardians of students identified as performing “significantly below proficient” on any state assessment)

{LC1009/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/19/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/27/2013)

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House Bill No. 5420  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5420.pdf

 

BY  Nunes, Tomasso, Shekarchi, Marcello

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (would require seven (7) fire drills during the months of January through June and that four (4) lockdown drills be held in each school year.)

{LC917/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

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House Bill No. 5488  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5488.pdf

 

BY  Palumbo, Corvese, DeSimone, Nunes, Phillips

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- WOMEN'S RIGHT TO KNOW ACT (would establish informed consent procedures for women seeking abortions)

{LC819/1}

02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5178  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5178.pdf

BY  Lombardi, Lima, DeSimone, Slater, O'Brien

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- SENTENCE AND EXECUTION (would amend the 2010 Public Laws which made changes to the deferred sentence expungement process by making said changes apply retroactively to all individuals who entered into a deferred sentence agreement on or before January 1, 1997)

{LC479/1}

01/29/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5229  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5229.pdf

 

BY  McNamara, MacBeth, Shekarchi, Bennett, Hull

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (would require that individuals who are current/prospective volunteers of a school department and who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children and/or students on school premises would be required to undergo a state criminal background check)

{LC686/1}

01/31/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/05/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/13/2013)

02/13/2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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Senate Bill No. 144 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0144.pdf

BY  Picard, Pearson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (would require that anyone seeking to volunteer in a private or public school who has not volunteered in the last twelve months would undergo a national and state criminal background check prior to the commencement of the work)

{LC399/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

02/21/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2013)

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House Bill No. 5328  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5328.pdf

 

(Attorney General)

BY  Almeida, Diaz, Williams, Craven, Lombardi

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS (would allow those persons with up to six misdemeanor convictions to file a motion for the expungement of all records and records of convictions)

{LC954/1}

02/07/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5330  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5330.pdf

 

BY  Almeida, Diaz, Williams, Marshall

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS (would eliminate the requirement that a successful petitioner pay a one hundred dollar ($100) fee in order to have all records and records of conviction relating to the conviction expunged as well as all index and other references to it deleted)

{LC40/1}

02/07/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5379 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5379.pdf

 

(Attorney General)

BY  Walsh, Almeida, Kennedy, Craven, Ruggiero

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES (would increase imprisonment penalties for driving so as to endanger, resulting in death and driving so as to endanger resulting in personal injury)

{LC958/1}

02/12/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5432 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5432.pdf

 

(Attorney General)

BY  Lally, Keable

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES (would decrease the maximum blood alcohol concentration for a person 18 years to 20 years when charged for driving while impaired from less than one-tenth of one percent (.1%) to less than eight one-hundredths of one percent (.08%) by weight)

{LC955/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5206  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5206.pdf

 

(by request)

BY  Edwards

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES -- MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES (would give the division of motor vehicles the ability to grant a conditional work license to offenders who have had not more than two (2) convictions in driving under the influence cases)

{LC759/1}

01/30/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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Senate Bill No. 14 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0014.pdf

 

BY  DiPalma, Gallo, Metts, Ottiano, O`Neill

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- HEALTH AND SAFETY (would amend fire safety statutes to establish greater detail/specifications regarding the type/manner/frequency of safety drills in educational facilities dependent upon grade level of educational facility/hours spent in the facility)

{LC204/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 13  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0013.pdf

 

(by request)

BY  Algiere, Cool Rumsey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (would ensure that students, and the funds appropriated by the state for local pupil costs, will go to charter public schools and Met Center only when schools are performing at a higher level than the traditional schools in the student's district)

{LC314/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 27 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0027.pdf

 

BY  Miller

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (would authorize and direct the board of governors for higher education to assess a transportation fee of $50.00 per semester to students attending a RI public institution of higher learning.)

{LC358/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

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Senate Bill No. 112  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0112.pdf

 

(by request)

BY  DiPalma

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PAYMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (would allow school districts to assess students reasonable fees for participation in extracurricular school activities such as sports, clubs, and bands)

{LC472/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 113  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0113.pdf

 

BY  Picard

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM (would mandate that all secondary schools managed or controlled by the state provide instruction in musical performance education)

{LC401/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 114  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0114.pdf

 

BY  Picard, Pearson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (would authorize school committees to use school bus monitors at the discretion of the committee, and would remove the requirement that bus monitors in addition to the bus driver be on certain school buses)

{LC404/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 115  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0115.pdf

 

BY  Hodgson, Algiere, Bates, Ottiano, Kettle

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT (would delay the establishment of the Rhode Island board of education and also delay the abolishment of the board of regents for elementary and secondary education and the board of governors for higher education until approval by the general assembly)

{LC541/1}

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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Senate Bill No. 310  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0310.pdf

BY  Pichardo, Metts, Nesselbush, Miller, Crowley

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- TUITION EQUITY (A student, other than a non-immigrant alien [ILLEGAL ALIEN] within the meaning of paragraph (15) of subsection (a) of section 1101 of title 8 of the United States Code, who meets all of the following requirements shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at Rhode Island public universities, colleges or community colleges:’ and “is not a U.S. citizen and does not have a lawful immigration status, has filed an application for lawful immigration status, or will file such an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so”)  NO WAY!!!!

{LC1110/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Education

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House Bill No. 5118  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5118.pdf

 

BY  Kennedy, McNamara, Valencia, Walsh, Azzinaro

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS - EMERGENCY GLUCAGON ADMINISTRATION (would provide for emergency glucagon administration to treat diabetic shock in schools and school buses)

{LC445/1}

01/22/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/28/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/30/2013)

01/30/2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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House Bill No. 5138  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5138.pdf

 

(by request)

BY  Finn, Ruggiero, Abney

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - PAYMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES (would allow school districts to assess students reasonable fees for participation in extracurricular school activities such as sports, clubs, and bands)

{LC473/1}

01/23/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/01/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/06/2013)

02/06/2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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House Bill No. 5203  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5203.pdf

 

BY  Canario, Edwards, Finn, Gallison, Ferri

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE EDUCATION EQUITY AND PROPERTY TAX RELIEF ACT (would limit the amount by which schools providing special education services to students from other districts, including, but not limited to, private schools providing special education services, could raise their fees for providing said services)

{LC767/1}

01/30/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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House Bill No. 5342  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5342.pdf

 

BY  Morgan, Chippendale, Trillo, Giarrusso, Costa

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDANTS (would repeal the so-called Caruolo act. This act would also provide city and town councils with the authority to ratify collective bargaining agreements negotiated by school committees)

{LC622/1}

02/07/2013 Introduced, referred to House Labor

02/21/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2013)

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House Bill No. 5376  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5376.pdf

 

BY  McNamara, Shekarchi, Naughton, MacBeth, Abney

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM--CPR TRAINING (would provide minimum guidelines for CPR training and would require an overview of automated external defibrillator (AED) use)

{LC811/1}

02/12/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

SISTER Senate Bill No. 318  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0318.pdf

BY  Doyle, Lynch, Gallo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- CURRICULUM--CPR TRAINING

{LC1250/1}

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

02/25/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2013)

 

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House Bill No. 5285  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5285.pdf

BY  Almeida, Diaz, Abney, Slater, Williams

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - COMPREHENSIVE RACIAL PROFILING PREVENTION ACT OF 2013 (would enact the “Comprehensive Racial Profiling Prevention Act of 2013”)

{LC276/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5331  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5331.pdf

 

BY  Almeida, O'Brien, Marshall, Diaz, Williams

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES - DECRIMINALIZATION OF CERTAIN OFFENSES (would amend several sections of the various statutes on criminal offenses in order to decriminalize less serious and in most cases victimless offenses) Watered Fines/time down

{LC41/1}

02/07/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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House Bill No. 5445  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5445.pdf

BY  McNamara, Bennett, Amore, Ajello, Gallison

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - LICENSING OF MUSIC THERAPISTS (would provide guidelines for the licensing of music therapists by the department of health)

{LC1076/1}  Very interesting concept to childrens advancement!

02/13/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

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House Bill No. 5278 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5278.pdf

 

BY  Hull, Giarrusso, Shekarchi, MacBeth, Handy

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS TO BE LABELED (would require that food and food products derived from or containing genetically modified organisms be labeled as such by the manufacturer, retailer or other person before putting it on the market for sale in Rhode Island)  GREAT!

{LC921/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

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Senate Bill No. 193  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0193.pdf

 

BY  Doyle, Gallo, Cool Rumsey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS - RIGHTS FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (would rescind the quarterly financial authorization for services to persons with developmental disabilities and would restore such funding to be based on an annual basis.)

{LC579/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance

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House Bill No. 5049  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5049.pdf

 

(by request)

BY  Finn, Kazarian, Keable

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALES AND USE TAXES--LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (would exempt from the sales tax and use any goods and services provided to a disabled person with respect to a service, guide or companion animal)

{LC308/1}

01/10/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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House Resolution No. 5099  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5099.pdf

 

BY  Palumbo

ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL JOINT COMMISSION TO STUDY THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND CREATE POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

{LC367/1}

01/16/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

01/17/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/23/2013)

01/23/2013 Committee recommends passage

01/29/2013 Placed on House Calendar (01/31/2013)

01/31/2013 House read and passed

02/12/2013 Referred to Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs

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House Bill No. 5195  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5195.pdf

 

BY  McNamara, Corvese, Bennett, Palumbo, Serpa

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS - DIVISION OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES (would require that the executive director of the dept of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals to promulgate/adopt a reimbursement system at a rate prescribed by current state law) Interesting..

{LC555/1}

01/30/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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House Bill No. 5347  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5347.pdf

 

BY  Shekarchi, Costa, McNamara, Lombardi, Dickinson

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - STATE BUILDING CODE (would permit ramps, lifts and other accommodation alternatives necessary for compliance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act relating to accessibility shall be permitted as needed in front, side or rear yards of existing structures) ? Does this apply to schools? 

{LC426/1}

02/07/2013 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government

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House Bill No. 5546  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5546.pdf

 

BY  Blazejewski, Gallison, Kazarian, Bennett, Hull

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS - DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES OMBUDSPERSON ACT OF 2013

{LC1169/1}

02/14/2013 Introduced, referred to House Finance

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Senate Bill No. 134  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0134.pdf

BY  Walaska

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEATH AND SAFETY -- CORRECTIONAL HEALTHCARE ACT (would establish the correctional healthcare act in order to reduce the costs of correctional healthcare)

{LC410/1} Good!

01/24/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance  

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Senate Bill No. 261 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0261.pdf

BY  Ruggerio, Sosnowski, Lombardo, Walaska, Cool Rumsey

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY (would establish the procedure for the recycling, reuse and disposal of mattresses.) THANK GOODNESS!

{LC1103/1}

02/12/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

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House Bill No. 5230 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5230.pdf

BY  DeSimone, Palangio, Slater, Palumbo

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - THE RETURN OR EXCHANGE OF DRUGS ACT (would repeal "The Utilization of Unused Prescription Drugs Act" and would establish a new program known as "The Return or Exchange of Drugs Act" which would allow pharmacies to accept for return and redispensing certain prescription drugs) Good!

{LC655/1}

01/31/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

02/05/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/13/2013)

02/13/2013 Committee postponed at request of sponsor

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House Bill No. 5187  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5187.pdf

BY  Lombardi, Dickinson, Costa, Giarrusso, Canario

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - LOBBYIST POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS (would prohibit lobbyists from making any political contributions to any member of the general assembly from January 1 through July 1, for each session)  Really, what’s the point of this Bill?  Theoretically that there is no influence this way – don’t buy it.

{LC628/1}

01/29/2013 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary

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Senate Bill No. 226 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0226.pdf

 

BY  Doyle, DaPonte, Fogarty, Nesselbush

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS - HOISTING ENGINEERS (would specify the experience and educational criteria required for the licensing of steam, electric, internal combustion, electric or compressed air hoisting engineers.)  Architects etc.

{LC575/1}

02/06/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor

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Senate Bill No. 288 http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0288.pdf

 

BY  Doyle, Jabour, McCaffrey, Lynch

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL LAW - PAROLE BOARD

{LC948/1}  YES!

02/12/2013 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

02/21/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2013)

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House Bill No. 5251  http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/HouseText13/H5251.pdf

BY  Costa, Palumbo, Baldelli-Hunt, Giarrusso, Phillips

ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY - ELECTRONIC MONITORING OF NURSING HOME PREMISES (would permit the electronic monitoring of nursing home facilities)
{LC835/1}
02/05/2013 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/19/2013 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/27/2013)

Petition (ongoing) Sign now:  http://signon.org/sign/the-sentinel-act-electronic.fb23?source=s.fb&r_by=4387299
Be warned the footage of abuse presents terrible images:
http://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?p=youtube+nursing+home+abuse
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Mark Schieldrop (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Comprehensive list, Suzanne. Thanks for putting this together.
Suzanne Arena February 27, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Thanks Mark, instead of knitting...this is what I do - LOL! This is not a complete list, as it's only one's of interest to me. Remember folks, if you see something that's wrong....like Senate Bill Senate Bill No. 310 which is about Tuition Reimbursement for "non-immigration residents" (ILLEGALS) who are or have or are planning on applying for citizenship that we should pay for their education!!! HELLO.....
Small Change February 27, 2013 at 08:50 PM
While I'm all for the cell phone and texting ones, I simply don't get the dog one. Has this been a big problem? Have there been many accidents? Or did someone see a dog and just have the Cranston Patch busybody mentality? When I see a dog hanging his head out the window enjoying a car ride, you know what, I smile. And you know what, everyone I know smiles. Because the people I know like dogs. Because dogs are cool. Contrary to received opinion, the government does NOT always know how we should live our lives better than we do.

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