Rhode Island Senator Cynthia Mendes [D]

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RIS0575PassGrants an exemption from the personal income tax to writers, composers and artists residing within the East Providence arts zone.
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2021-07-14
Effective without Governor's signature
RIS0416PassProhibits obtaining/purchasing/transferring a firearm on behalf of another person if other person prohibited from possessing firearm with increase in penalties for those offenses and applications amended to state number of firearms purchased.
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2021-07-12
Signed by Governor
RIS0199PassModifies limitations on quantities of malt beverages and distilled spirits that can be sold at retail by certain licensed breweries and distilleries for off-premises consumption.
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2021-07-09
Signed by Governor
RIS0654PassImposes one year moratorium on enforcement of municipal ordinance or zoning requirement that penalizes owners of food service establishments/bars for modifications/alternations to their premises in response to an emergency declaration.
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2021-07-08
Signed by Governor
RIS0062PassRequires health insurers to accommodate the request for communication in the form and format requested by the insured.
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2021-07-07
Signed by Governor
RIS0270PassComprehensively addresses wage discrimination, based on sex by expanding employee protections and the scope of the remedies available to employees who have experienced wage discrimination.
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2021-07-06
Signed by Governor
RIS0172PassCreates a voluntary mechanism for municipalities to use to dedicate a park, conservation or other land they own as public trust land in perpetuity to protect and preserve its future use.
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2021-07-03
Signed by Governor
RIS0877PassProhibits insurance carriers from charging out-of-pocket expenses to the insured for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic and mandates that all COVID-19 testing or vaccination is free.
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2021-07-03
Signed by Governor
RIS0086PassProvides that feminine hygiene products be provided in all public schools.
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2021-07-02
Signed by Governor
RIS0246PassISAAC'S LAW) (Prohibits discrimination against a potential organ transplant recipient based solely on a physical or mental disability.
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2021-06-30
Signed by Governor
RIS0439Engross

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Requires Class B licensees to offer to the public the opportunity to purchase and consume food in conjunction with the sale of alcoholic beverages, at all times while alcohol is consumed on the premises.
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2021-06-30
Senate passed Sub A
RIS0173Engross

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Requires parking lots to designate parking spaces for electric vehicles/installation of charging stations for new existing public/private parking lots with fines for parking violations/compliance. Effective 7/1/21.
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2021-06-29
Senate passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
RIS0915Intro

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Provides that portions of the city of Central Falls would be included within the Pawtucket Downtown Redevelopment Project.
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2021-06-29
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0895PassAuthorizes the East Providence City Council to issue a Class B liquor license for a retail establishment, located at 332 Bullock Point Avenue.
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2021-06-25
Effective without Governor's signature
RIS0190Engross

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Requires an applicant for a license to provide a valid social security number. This act creates an alternative ID driving license for applicants without a social security number who are able to establish proof of Rhode Island residency.
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2021-06-24
Senate passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
RIS0643Engross

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Requires insurance providers to seek recoupment or set off of insurance payments made to health care providers within twelve (12) months and require health care providers to seek reimbursement for underpayment within twelve (12) months.
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2021-06-24
To House Corporations Committee
RIS0747PassExempts the city of Pawtucket from the restrictions for issuing liquor licenses within two hundred (200’) feet of a school or place of worship for the "Tidewater Landing" project.
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2021-06-23
Signed by Governor
RIS0101Intro

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Creates the "Medicaid Employer Assessment".
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2021-06-22
Meeting postponed (06/22/2021)
RIS0647Engross

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Requires the health insurance commissioner to adopt a uniform set of medical criteria for prior authorization and create a required form to be used by a health insurer.
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2021-06-02
To House Corporations Committee
RIS0395Intro

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Creates a comprehensive scheme to help the department of corrections make appropriate least restrictive placements of prisoners within its facilities.
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2021-05-24
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0732Intro

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Provides for standardized procedures for asset forfeitures across all crimes.
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2021-05-24
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0741Intro

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Requires a contractor to submit an affirmative action and equal employment opportunity plan or program prior to the award of any contract.
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2021-05-20
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0878Intro

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Raises Rhode Island Medicaid primary care payment rates to not less than federal Medicare rates for the same service.
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2021-05-20
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0918Intro

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Classifies internal affairs units' reports as public records with redactions allowed to prevent invasion of personal privacy.
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2021-05-20
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0734Engross

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Establishes a military family advocacy program to address child abuse and neglect in military families.
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2021-05-19
To House Judiciary Committee
RIS0248Intro

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Prohibits financial institutions from investing in private detention centers or continuing to invest with any institution, company or subsidiary of a company that owns or contracts with a government entity to manage or run a prison.
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2021-05-17
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0394Intro

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Provides for a safety inspection of the Wyatt Detention Facility twice a year.
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2021-05-17
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0772Intro

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Establishes tablets for prisoners program.
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2021-05-17
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0253Intro

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Designates schools, places of worship and courts as sensitive locations and would require that a judicial warrant be obtained before federal immigration authorities could be granted access to those premises to enforce immigration laws.
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2021-05-10
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0333Intro

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Grants juveniles sentenced as adults parole eligibility after completing fifteen (15) years of sentence with prospective/retroactive. Effective January 1, 1991.
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2021-05-10
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0597Intro

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Police body cameras required. Restricts use of force. Mandates various police reporting.
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2021-05-10
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0204Intro

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Requires that electrical distribution companies submit a time of use rate plan to the PUC setting forth high and on-demand times. The time of use rate plans are to be implemented on or before January 1, 2022.
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2021-05-06
To Senate Commerce Committee
RIS0272Intro

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Changes the definition of employee and employer for purposes of the fair employment practices act, while expanding personal liability for violations.
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2021-05-05
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS0362Intro

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Adds one new income tax bracket for purposes of state income taxation.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0367Intro

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Increases the tax rates for individuals, bankruptcy estates, trusts and estates.
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2021-05-03
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0709Intro

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Expands dental insurance coverage, prohibits certain deductions and requires coverage where there is a pre-existing conditions or any earlier treatments. Annual reports must be publicized and filed with the department of health.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0762Intro

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Waives beach parking fees at any state beach for any person that qualifies for a free or reduced lunch pursuant to § 16-8-10.
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2021-04-29
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0436Intro

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Increases taxable wage base for employee contributions to TDI/TCI fund/individual benefit rates for eligible individuals/maximum caregiver weeks/creates new credit for low wage tax payers not income eligible to receive benefits. Effective 1/1/22.
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2021-04-28
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS0612Intro

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Requires an employer to provide employees with additional paid sick leave time, in addition to paid sick and safe leave time, for COVID-19 purposes.
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2021-04-28
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS0703Intro

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Establishes environmental justice focus areas and coastal zones and establish procedures for the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites within the coastal zones under the direction of the DEM with increased community participation.
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2021-04-28
To Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee
RIS0642Intro

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Repeals the authority of various cities and towns to provide certain tax exemptions and tax stabilization agreements.
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2021-04-15
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0778Intro

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Requires baby changing tables in publicly accessible restrooms in existing and new state and municipal buildings, including state house and that accommodations are equally available regardless of gender for which restroom is designed.
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2021-04-14
To Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee
RIS0415Intro

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Bans the possession, sale, and transfer of assault weapons. Assault weapons owned on the effective date of this act would be "grandfathered" subject to certain registration provisions.
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2021-04-12
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0414Intro

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Bans firearm magazines that hold ten (10) or more rounds.
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2021-04-12
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0251Engross

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Requires that as of January 1, 2022, all inmates whom menstruate shall have access to feminine hygiene products at no cost to the inmate.
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2021-04-08
To House Health & Human Services Committee
RIS0292Intro

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Joint Resolution Making An Appropriation Of $100,000 To Year Up Providence
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2021-04-08
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0091Intro

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Requires a review by the department of elementary and secondary education of the formula components used to compute the aid needed to support high need students.
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2021-04-07
To Senate Education Committee
RIS0578Intro

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Requires the state investment commission to identify and divest pension fund investments in military weapon manufacturers whether held directly and indirectly.
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2021-04-05
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0379Intro

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Requires auditor general to conduct audit of Medicaid programs administered by MCOs.
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2021-04-01
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0317Intro

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Requires that the judicial nominating commission be composed of at least three (3) members of color.
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2021-03-29
To Senate Judiciary Committee
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