Rhode Island Senator Harold Metts [D]

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RIS2801IntroAdds one new income tax bracket for purposes of state income taxation.
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2020-11-18
Committee heard
RIS2926IntroImposes a moratorium on non-essential evictions/mortgage foreclosures during a state of emergency declared by the governor relating to residential property and establishes an eviction diversion program to resolve landlord-tenant eviction disputes.
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2020-08-21
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2923IntroAuthorizes City of Providence to issue $140,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance, improvements to school buildings and facilities.
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2020-08-03
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2824PassCreates a new process with standards to be utilized when deciding whether an applicant's past conviction of a crime should disqualify the applicant from receiving an occupational license, permit, certificate, or registration issued by the state.
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2020-07-22
Signed by Governor
RIS2902IntroJoint Resolution To Approve And Publish, And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Of Amendment To The Constitution Of The State (change The Name Of The State)
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2020-07-16
House passed as amended in concurrence
RIS2585IntroAllows for a civil investigative demand in instances of perceived violations of Rhode Islanders' civil rights.
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2020-07-14
To House Judiciary Committee
RIS2799EngrossJoint Resolution To Approve And Publish And Submit To The Electors A Proposition Authorizing The Issuance Of Bonds For The Roger Williams Park Zoo
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2020-06-18
To House Finance Committee
RIS2867PassSenate Resolution Creating A Special Legislative Task Force To Review And Provide Recommendations On Policies Pertaining To The Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officers' Bill Of Rights (leobor) (creates A 13 Member Task Force To Study And Provide Recomm...
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2020-06-18
Senate read and passed
RIS2897PassSenate Resolution Recognizing "juneteenth National Freedom Day" On June 19, 2020
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2020-06-18
Senate read and passed
RIS2604IntroEliminates the provision a person who solicits a ride in a motor vehicle or backs up a motor vehicle on a freeway is guilty of a misdemeanor. Adds $100 fine for advertising a motor vehicle for sale on a state highway to the schedule of violations.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2784IntroUpdates Access to Advanced Placement Courses for All Students Act.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2791IntroAmends the computation of relative wealth of municipalities for the purpose of distributing state aid by eliminating the requirement that certain exemptions include tax treaty's that are conditioned on being in force on May 15, 2005.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2809IntroJoint Resolution Relating To A Lease Agreement For Leased Exhibition, Office And Vault Storage Space (this Joint Resolution Would Authorize A Lease Agreement For Exhibition, Office And Vault Storage Space For The Department Of State.)
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2020-03-12
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2825IntroGrants juveniles sentenced as adults parole eligibility after completing fifteen (15) years of sentence with prospective/retroactive. Effective January 1, 1991.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2843IntroEliminates the requirement that to vote, a person must be registered in the city or town and voting district at least thirty (30) days next preceding any election. Effective July 1, 2020.
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2020-03-12
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2124IntroProvides for medical assistance health care for expectant mothers and establishes medical assistance coverage and reimbursement rates for perinatal doula services.
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2020-03-11
Placed on Senate Calendar
RIS2143IntroGradually increases the hourly minimum wage from $10.50 to $15 by July 1, 2024, and the hourly minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities from $3.89 an hour to $15 an hour by January 1, 2028.
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2020-03-11
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2308IntroRemoves health care and maintenance workers from the definition of employees not entitled to overtime pay, for purposes of overtime pay on Sundays and holidays, enabling them to collect overtime pay.
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2020-03-11
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2405IntroAllow individuals employed in domestic service or in or about a private home to be included as an employee.
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2020-03-11
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2359IntroSenate Resolution Respectfully Requesting That The United States Congress Adopt "an American Economic Recovery" Program
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2020-03-10
To Senate Commerce Committee
RIS2374IntroReduces the usury rate to twelve percent (12%).
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2020-03-10
To Senate Commerce Committee
RIS2049IntroIncreases the state earned-income credit as of January 1, 2021, to eighteen percent (18%) of the federal earned-income credit, not to exceed the amount of state income tax.
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2020-03-05
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2179Engross2) (Mandates public school classroom size be limited to twenty (20) students for kindergarten through grade two (2).
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2020-03-05
To House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
RIS2263IntroCreates new standards for determining whether a state work license applicant's past criminal contacts/convictions should disqualify them from receiving a government-issued license.
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2020-03-05
Withdrawn at sponsor's request
RIS2750IntroCreates “The Stop Guilt by Accusation Act” which would preclude the media from engaging in defamation in-kind through selective reporting on cases and controversies that cultivate false narratives so that it unduly injures the accused.
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2020-03-05
Withdrawn at sponsor's request
RIS2765PassSenate Resolution Expressing Deepest Condolences On The Passing Of The Honorable Thomas L. Ucci
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2020-03-05
Senate read and passed
RIS2764PassSenate Resolution Honoring Sandra Lake For Her Myriad Accomplishments
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2020-03-05
Senate read and passed
RIS2080IntroEstablishes a statewide public safety computer aided dispatch records management system.
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2020-03-05
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2759IntroRequires office of diversity, equity and opportunity to create material for annual government employee training.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2733IntroProvides that scholarships received directly from the College Crusade Scholarship Program would not be considered financial aid pursuant to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarships and provides the program with access to certain student data.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2755IntroAmends the "residential landlord and tenant act" to allow a landlord prior to any residential rental agreement shall deliver to prospective tenant a valid certificate of rental suitability as defined in § 34-18-22.4.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2754IntroCreates a new chapter to standardize procedures for asset forfeitures for all crimes.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2753IntroCreates the Rhode Island Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, prohibiting the performance or induction of an abortion of an unborn child capable of feeling pain, unless necessary to prevent serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2749IntroRequires healthcare facilities that perform abortions to meet the license requirements of similar healthcare facilities.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2734IntroAllows principals to issue out-of-school suspension for students in grades 6 and above, students in grade 5 and below may only be issued out-of-school suspension under stringent circumstances.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2746IntroMandates minimum staffing levels and standards for quality care for nursing homes and their residents.
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2020-03-04
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2233IntroDirects the EOHHS to adopt/implement a methodology/determining a Medicaid fee for services/reimbursement rate non-emergency medical transportation service providers that is at least comparable to the rates paid for similar services in neighboring sta...
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2020-03-03
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2271IntroProvides that fifty dollars ($50.00) of the filing fee paid to the HUD-approved agency for the mediation conference involving the mortgagee and mortgagor, shall be paid to the Rhode Island Legal Services.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2264IntroRequires the sealing of any district court file, where a resolution of a trespass and eviction complaint results in a verdict for the tenant and no appeal is taken.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2258IntroProhibits a landlord from asking about the immigration status of a tenant, prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of residential rental property.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2255IntroLandlords responsible to tenants if tenants evicted due to landlord neglect and allows municipality to place lien on property.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2616PassSenate Resolution Commemorating The 176th Anniversary Of Dominican Republic Independence On February 27, 2020
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2020-02-27
Senate read and passed
RIS2631IntroImplements an individual career and academic plan graduation requirement for each student enrolled in public schools in the sixth through twelfth grade, starting with students entering the sixth grade in the 2023-2024 school year.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2663IntroProhibits more than two (2) communities from combining to appoint a shared building official.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee
RIS2652IntroAmends the general laws relating to vaccines by allowing adults, parents, guardians, or persons in custody of a child to opt out of vaccines for non-casual contact diseases.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2630IntroDevelops and implements strategies to improve the compensation of early educators so programs can attract, develop, and retain effective staff to care for and educate young children and provide family-focuses services.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2651IntroRequires written consent by recipient or parent before vaccine and prohibits discrimination against those who don't vaccinate and fines up to $25,000 for violation. Also prohibits DCYF from investigating for failure to vaccinate.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2703IntroCreates the Apprenticeship Pathways to Earning a Bachelor’s Degree Act, to enable an individual to earn a bachelor’s degree at public higher education instructions throughout the state by earning credits through apprenticeships.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2686IntroRequires municipalities/state departments/agencies to submit annual report relating to enforcement of disability parking program.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2666IntroIncreases the number of members of the transit authority from eight to nine and makes the mayor of Providence or designee an ex officio member with voting privileges.
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2020-02-27
To Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee
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