Rhode Island Senator Samuel Bell [D]

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RIS2858Engross
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Authorizes Providence to issue not more than $400,000,000 general obligation bonds & notes to finance the construction, related demolition, renovation, improvement, alteration, repair, landscaping, furnishing and equipping of schools throughout the c...
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2024-04-18
To House Finance Committee
RIS2859Engross
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This act serves as the enabling act required by § 16-7-44 of the general laws in order for the principal and interest on bonds issued in support of school housing projects to be eligible for state housing aid reimbursement.
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2024-04-18
To House Finance Committee
RIS2987Intro
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PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES -- RETIREMENT SYSTEM -- CONTRIBUTIONS AND BENEFITS - Requires that present and former employees, active and retired members, and beneficiaries receiving any retirement, disability or death allowance receive a $2,000 incr...
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2024-04-16
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2983Intro
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EDUCATION -- COUNCIL ON POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION -- STUDENT SUCCESS ACT - Reduces the time, from three (3) years to one year, required for a nonimmigrant foreign national student, who has resided in Rhode Island, to be eligible to pay the same in-stat...
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2024-04-16
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2735Intro
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ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES - Exempts the property located at 94 Carpenter Street in Providence from the general law prohibiting liquor licenses within a certain proximity to schools or churches.
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2024-04-12
Placed on Senate Calendar (04/23/2024)
RIS2359Intro
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HEALTH AND SAFETY -- MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS - Directs the executive office of health and human services to increase Medicaid rates for the Early Intervention and First Connections programs allow...
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2024-04-11
Committee continued
RIS2360Intro
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HEALTH AND SAFETY -- THE RHODE ISLAND FAMILY HOME-VISITING ACT - Makes the Medicaid rate increase permanent for the first connections family home-visiting program and requires additional information to be added to the annual family home-visiting repo...
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2024-04-11
Committee continued
RIS2082Engross
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INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES - Caps amount payable for 30 day supply of equipment/supplies for insulin administration/glucose monitoring at $25 or equipment designed to last more than 30 days with no deductible commencing Jan...
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2024-04-10
To House Health & Human Services Committee
RIS2464Intro
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STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- OPEN MEETINGS - Provides that public meetings involving collective bargaining agreements of school teachers shall be open to the public.
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2024-04-10
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2602Intro
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TAXATION -- NURSING FACILITIES PROVIDER ASSESSMENT ACT - Provides a definition for intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities, includes the facilities under the nursing facility assessment, and includes a Medicaid Secti...
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2024-04-10
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2978PassSenate Resolution Expressing Condolences On The Passing Of The Honorable Charles W. Beck
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2024-04-09
Senate read and passed
RIS2749Intro
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Joint Resolution To Amend The Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Requests And Renewals (approves An Amendment To A Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver To Mandate That The Eohhs Propose A 13% Raise To Provider Reimbursement Rates For Im...
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2024-04-08
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2189Intro
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PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD TENANT ACT - Increases the time requirements notice for rental increases from 30 days to 90 days and for persons older than age 62 to 120 days.
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2024-04-04
To Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee
RIS2407Intro
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PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT - Permits those other residents of a residential dwelling unit to extend the term of the rental agreement for a period not to exceed three (3) months after the death of the lessee.
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2024-04-04
To Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee
RIS2432Intro
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CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- THEFT, EMBEZZLEMENT, FALSE PRETENSES, AND MISAPPROPRIATION - Provides for tiered and reduced penalties for the offenses of larceny, and shoplifting, classifies certain shoplifting offenses as petty misdemeanors and repeals habitu...
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2024-04-04
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2122Intro
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CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND PARTNERSHIPS -- WORKERS' COOPERATIVES - Clarifies the role of a workers' cooperative to allow it to operate as a hiring hall under certain circumstances.
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2024-04-03
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2217Intro
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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- BAIL AND RECOGNIZANCE - Provides for release of misdemeanor arrestees without financial conditions, except for domestic violence or flight risk or obstruct of justice risk.
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2024-04-02
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2439Intro
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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- SENTENCE AND EXECUTION - Requires the courts to consider the parental status of the defendant at the time of sentencing and allows the defendant to present a family impact statement, including testimony, videos and documents rel...
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2024-04-02
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2677Intro
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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE -- EXPUNGEMENT OF CRIMINAL RECORDS - Allows expungement of multiple felony convictions for non-violent felonies10 years after sentence completed.
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2024-04-02
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2648Intro
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COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE -- PROCEDURE GENERALLY -- CAUSES OF ACTION - Makes all sexual abuse or exploitation of a child causes of action not subject to statute of limitations whether lapsed or time-barred.
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2024-04-02
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2396Intro
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INSURANCE -- ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES - Mandates insurance policies, provides coverage to diagnose & treat infertility for women between 25 & 42 years, including pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in conjunction with in vitro fe...
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2024-04-01
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2113Intro
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STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- PROHIBITION ON THE USE OF POLICE ROBOT TECHNOLOGY - Prohibits on-duty/off-duty law enforcement officer from utilizing any robot/police robot dog/UAV, whether armed/unarmed, within the scope of their employment as well ...
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2024-03-28
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2215Intro
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STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- POLICE OFFICERS -- COMMISSION ON STANDARDS AND TRAINING - Expands the authority of the police officers commission on standards and training. It makes it applicable to the city of Providence. It creates and maintains a ...
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2024-03-28
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2222Intro
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STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS' BILL OF RIGHTS - Repeals the law enforcement officers' bill of rights, chapter 42-28.6 of the general laws, in its entirety.
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2024-03-28
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2377Intro
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HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE LICENSING ACT - Establishes, encourages and supports the establishment of family councils in managed residential communities providing assisted living services.
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2024-03-28
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2388Intro
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HEALTH AND SAFETY -- HOME CARE PATIENTS RIGHTS - Amends the current law in order to require that all home health care patients are entitled to receive home health care services regardless of their permanent or temporary residence.
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2024-03-28
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2651Intro
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CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- CUSTODIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SEXUAL PENETRATION - Establishes criteria for the criminal offense of sexual assault when the victim is in the custody of a peace officer and also provides that a person convicted of custodial sexual ass...
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2024-03-28
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2926PassSenate Resolution Celebrating And Supporting The 5th Anniversary Of 401gives, Rhode Island's Statewide Day Of Giving On April 1, 2024
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2024-03-28
Senate read and passed
RIS2927PassSenate Resolution Congratulating The Winners Of The 12th Annual Prostart® High School Competition
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2024-03-28
Senate read and passed
RIS2143Intro
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EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS - Authorizes the school administration to issue an out-of-school suspension to students if they are a threat to the safety of others.
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2024-03-27
To Senate Education Committee
RIS2242Intro
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HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE -- HOLIDAYS - Changes the name of the holiday on the second Monday of August from Victory Day to Peace and Remembrance Day.
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2024-03-27
To Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee
RIS2468Intro
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PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS -- MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE - Requires the department of administration to provide a list of certified minority and women-owned business enterprises to each prospective contractor of a construction project.
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2024-03-27
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2466Intro
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PUBLIC PROPERTY -- MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE - Increases the minimum required awarded to minority business enterprises to 20% and of that, require a minimum of 10% be awarded to minority owned businesses and that a minimum of 10% be awarded to wom...
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2024-03-27
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2667Intro
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PROBATE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE -- PRACTICE IN PROBATE COURTS - Outlines the process for a person petitioning to change their name in the probate court in the town or city where they reside. It also makes the statute regarding name change gender neutr...
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2024-03-26
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2467Engross
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LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- RHODE ISLAND PARENTAL AND FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT - Increases the amount of parental or family leave available to an employee from thirteen (13) weeks to twenty-four (24) weeks in any two (2) calendar years.
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2024-03-22
To House Labor Committee
RIS2860Intro
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EDUCATION -- THE PAUL W. CROWLEY RHODE ISLAND STUDENT INVESTMENT INITIATIVE - Permits a school to calculate its maintenance of effort on a per-pupil basis and to deduct any nonrecurring expenditure from its maintenance of effort.
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2024-03-22
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2861Intro
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EDUCATION -- STATE AID - Exempts schools or school districts subject to an intervention for failing schools from the withholding of aid provisions for infractions related to nonpayment of tuition owed by one community to another.
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2024-03-22
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2433Intro
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TOWNS AND CITIES -- ACTIONS BY AND AGAINST TOWNS - Requires a municipality to disclose on their official website the specific issues, details and costs of any legal action of which the town or city is a named defendant.
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2024-03-21
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2473Intro
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LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WORKPLACE PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY ACT - Protects bullying/psychological abuse in workplace inflicted upon employees by employers/co-employees/provides civil remedies to affected employees/fines against employers/imprisonment...
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2024-03-20
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2221Intro
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PROPERTY -- RHODE ISLAND FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT - Amends the Rhode Island Fair Housing Practices Act.
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2024-03-19
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2438Intro
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PROPERTY - Limits the use of certain criminal records and credit history reports in denying housing to prospective applicants, and provides for fines for failure to comply, and requires notices of denials to be sent to the prospective tenants.
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2024-03-19
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2417Intro
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PROPERTY -- RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT - Creates a tenant bill of rights to the right to counsel, the right to habitability, the right to organize free, the right to be free from discrimination, the right to first refusal if the landlord dec...
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2024-03-16
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS2184Intro
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BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- SOCIAL WORK LICENSURE COMPACT - Adopts model legislation facilitating the interstate practice of regulated social workers.
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2024-03-14
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2632Intro
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TOWNS AND CITIES -- MULTIFAMILY HOUSING ACT - Requires single-family residential zoning in municipalities with populations of over 40,000 to allow middle housing and mandates that those municipalities adopt zoning regulations for middle housing.
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2024-03-14
To Senate Housing and Municipal Government Committee
RIS2123Intro
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LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- PAYMENT OF WAGES - Requires employer to furnish items and conditions of employment and a pay stub explaining how wages were calculated/reasons for deductions/allows the employee to file a court action against employer for...
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2024-03-13
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2471Intro
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STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT - Increases the minimum wage amount for any person committed to the adult correctional institution from three dollars to five dollars a day for every day the person shall labor.
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2024-03-13
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS2697Intro
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ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES -- RETAIL LICENSES - Exempts certain properties from the provisions of this section allowing for the city of Woonsocket shall, after application, to have the authority to exempt from the provisions of this section any proposed ret...
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2024-03-13
To Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee
RIS2402Intro
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Senate Resolution Respectfully Urging The United States Congress To Protect Patients And Traditional Medicare From Medicare Advantage
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2024-03-12
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS2747Intro
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PUBLIC FINANCE -- STATE FUNDS - Allocates, to the cities and towns of the state, a portion of state income taxes for new employees of not-for-profit healthcare institutions and private educational institutions.
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2024-03-08
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS2101Intro
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ELECTIONS -- MAIL BALLOTS - Establishes a three (3) day transmittal period after the deadline for local boards to accept mail ballot applications, if delivered via the postal service.
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2024-03-07
To Senate Judiciary Committee
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