2017 Senate Bills of Interest

2017 Senate Bills of Interest

  Senate Bill No. 22
Chapter 019
BY  Gallo, Lynch Prata, DaPonte, Goodwin, Satchell
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION — HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires the assessment to examine the status of each school building’s safety be completed by November 1 of the year mandated.)
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01/18/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/19/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2017)
05/24/2017 Committee recommends passage
05/25/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/31/2017)
05/31/2017 Senate read and passed
06/01/2017 Referred to House H.E.W.
06/02/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/07/2017)
06/07/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)
06/14/2017 House passed in concurrence
06/14/2017 Transmitted to Governor
06/19/2017 Signed by Governor
  Senate Bill No. 26
BY  Raptakis, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — PAYMENTS TO FIRE COMPANIES (Requires reimbursement payments from the general fund to volunteer fire departments responding to emergencies on or along Route 95.)
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01/18/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
05/09/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 32
BY  Raptakis
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – BUDGET COMMISSIONS – CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT (Requires the state to reimburse Central Coventry Fire District for all costs associated with compliance with Pub L. 2014, ch. 31, which brought all fire districts in the state within the purview of the state laws on budget commissions.)
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01/18/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
05/09/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 39
BY  Algiere, Kettle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT – PREPAID WIRELESS E-911 CHARGE ACT (Creates restricted receipt account for all 911 funds and requires these funds to be used solely for operation of the 911 system.)
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01/18/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
05/09/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 162
Chapter 045
BY  Raptakis
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO THE COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT (Changes the date of the annual meeting of the Coventry Fire District from the second Tuesday of December to the second Wednesday of November.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
03/08/2017 Committee recommends passage
03/09/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (03/15/2017)
03/15/2017 Senate read and passed
03/16/2017 Referred to House Municipal Government
03/24/2017 Scheduled for consideration (03/29/2017)
03/29/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)
06/14/2017 House passed in concurrence
06/14/2017 Transmitted to Governor
06/22/2017 Effective without Governor’s signature
  Senate Bill No. 166
BY  Satchell, Coyne, Goldin, Archambault, Sosnowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – CHILD PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE (Prohibits the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential upholstered children’s products that contain certain amounts of bromide or chlorine bonded to carbon that is added to a plastic, foam, or textile.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/20/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/22/2017)
06/22/2017 Committee recommends passage
06/22/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/28/2017)
06/28/2017 Senate read and passed
  Senate Bill No. 174
BY  Satchell, McCaffrey, DaPonte, Gallo, Jabour
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – SAFETY BELTS IN SCHOOL BUSES (Requires every new school bus to be equipped with seat belts effective January 1, 2019.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/14/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/20/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/22/2017)
06/22/2017 Committee recommends passage
06/22/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/28/2017)
06/28/2017 Senate read and passed
  Senate Bill No. 175  SUB A
BY  Sosnowski, Lombardo, Coyne, Conley, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – MOBILE TELEPHONE USE (Prohibits the use of a non-hands-free personal wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle, except for public safety personnel or in an emergency situation, and would provide for monetary fines for violations.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/21/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/22/2017 Meeting postponed (03/23/2017)
03/28/2017 Committee recommends passage
04/05/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (04/11/2017)
04/11/2017 Senate read and passed
04/12/2017 Referred to House Judiciary
06/24/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/27/2017)
06/27/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/28/2017 Scheduled for reconsideration (06/28/2017)
06/28/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
  Senate Bill No. 191
BY  Archambault, Conley, Raptakis, Lombardi, Coyne
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — RELIEF OF INJURED AND DECEASED FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS (Adds campus police officers to the group of public safety officials eligible to collect salary, wages, benefits during periods of whole/partial incapacitation incurred while on-duty or while providing emergency assistance within the state while off-duty.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/05/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 220
BY  Kettle, Raptakis
ENTITLED, AN ACT IN AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT PURSUANT TO A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT ADOPTED ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 (Makes amendments and additions to the Central Coventry Fire District charter and would take effect no later than sixty (60) days after its enactment and all acts or parts of acts inconsistent herewith or repugnant thereto, are hereby repealed.)
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02/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
04/05/2017 Committee recommends passage
  Senate Bill No. 286
BY  Doyle, Ciccone, Lombardi, Goodwin, Ruggerio
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES — ORGAN DONORS’ LEAVE (Provides up to thirty (30) paid days in a calendar year to serve as an organ donor for state and municipal employees.)
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02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/22/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/26/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/31/2017)
05/31/2017 Committee recommends passage
06/06/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/08/2017)
06/08/2017 Senate read and passed
06/09/2017 Referred to House Finance
  Senate Bill No. 288
Chapter 015
BY  Goodwin, Ruggerio, Ciccone, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – FIREFIGHTERS’ ARBITRATION (Allows unionized firefighters to enter into an agreement which continues all contractual provisions contained in an expiring contract until a successor agreement has been reached.)
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02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/05/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/05/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/10/2017)
05/10/2017 Committee recommends passage
05/11/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/17/2017)
05/17/2017 Senate read and passed
05/18/2017 Referred to House Labor
06/02/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/08/2017)
06/08/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/09/2017 Placed on House Calendar (06/14/2017)
06/14/2017 House passed in concurrence
06/14/2017 Transmitted to Governor
06/19/2017 Signed by Governor
  Senate Bill No. 338
(Governor)
BY  Coyne, McCaffrey, Ruggerio, Jabour, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY (Changes references to “director” with “commissioner” of public safety and removes duties of superintendent of state police to department of safety.)
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02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
03/17/2017 Scheduled for hearing (03/21/2017)
03/21/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 391
BY  Raptakis, Sosnowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — SCHOOL BUSES–IGNITION INTERLOCK SYSTEMS (Requires all school buses be equipped with ignition interlock systems.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
04/11/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 453
BY  Lombardi, McCaffrey, Felag, Lynch Prata, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – PAYMENTS TO FIRE COMPANIES (Provides appropriation of state funds to cities and towns who are members of NBMTF for maintenance of boats servicing Narragansett Bay.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
05/09/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 478
BY  Pearson, Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO THE CUMBERLAND FIRE DISTRICT (Establishes that membership on the Cumberland Fire District Fire Committee constitutes holding a public office and that the elections of the Fire Committee are governed by state election laws.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
03/08/2017 Committee recommends passage
03/09/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (03/15/2017)
03/15/2017 Senate read and passed
03/16/2017 Referred to House Judiciary
06/27/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/27/2017)
06/27/2017 House passed in concurrence
  Senate Bill No. 503
BY  Coyne, Jabour, Seveney, Calkin, DiPalma
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – POLICE AND FIRE ARBITRATIONS (Allows expired collective bargaining agreements for firefighters and municipal police to remain in effect until a successor agreement becomes operative.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/05/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 512
BY  Lombardi, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Felag, Lombardo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS RESIDENCY (Prohibits municipal charters and ordinances from requiring that their police officers and firefighters reside within the state of Rhode Island.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/05/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/26/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/31/2017)
05/31/2017 Committee recommends passage
06/07/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/13/2017)
06/13/2017 Senate read and passed
06/14/2017 Referred to House Municipal Government
06/16/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/20/2017)
06/20/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/24/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/27/2017)
06/27/2017 House passed in concurrence
  Senate Bill No. 708
Act 127
BY  Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT IN AMENDMENT TO AN ACT ENTITLED “AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE WEST GLOCESTER FIRE DISTRICT” (Amends the charter of the West Glocester Fire District.)
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04/04/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
04/12/2017 Committee recommends passage
04/25/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (04/27/2017)
04/27/2017 Senate read and passed
04/28/2017 Referred to House Municipal Government
05/26/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/31/2017)
05/31/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)
06/14/2017 House passed in concurrence
06/14/2017 Transmitted to Governor
06/22/2017 Effective without Governor’s signature
  Senate Bill No. 712
BY  Ciccone, Lombardi, Felag, Archambault, Lombardo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — STATE POLICE (Removes the state police from the department of public safety and has the superintendent report directly to the governor.)
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04/04/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
  Senate Bill No. 749
Chapter 040
BY  Fogarty, Nesselbush, Lombardi, Metts, Ciccone
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY (Bars adjusters and contractors from premises under investigation by the fire marshal until premises are released, and provides penalties for violation.)
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04/12/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
04/26/2017 Committee recommends passage
04/27/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/04/2017)
05/04/2017 Senate read and passed
05/05/2017 Referred to House Corporations
05/19/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2017)
05/23/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)
06/14/2017 House passed in concurrence
06/14/2017 Transmitted to Governor
06/22/2017 Effective without Governor’s signature
  Senate Bill No. 772
BY  Lombardi, Ciccone, Felag, Doyle, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — FIREFIGHTER DISABILITY (Creates a work disabling presumption for any firefighter who passed a physical examination upon entry into service and who later contracts disabling hypertension, stroke, or heart disease.)
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04/12/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/26/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 776
Act 115
BY  Sosnowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT TO VACATE THE FORFEITURE OR REVOCATION OF THE CHARTER OF THE WAKEFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE UNION FIRE DISTRICT IN SOUTH KINGSTOWN R.I.
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04/25/2017 Senate read and passed
04/26/2017 Referred to House Corporations
05/02/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/12/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/16/2017)
05/16/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
05/19/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2017)
05/23/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/09/2017 Placed on House Calendar (06/13/2017)
06/13/2017 House passed in concurrence
06/13/2017 Transmitted to Governor
06/21/2017 Effective without Governor’s signature
  Senate Bill No. 777
BY  Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS REQUIRED (Requires an automated external defibrillator (AED) and qualified person to administer an AED at all public places capable of holding three hundred (300) people or more.)
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04/12/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
05/04/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/05/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/11/2017)
05/11/2017 Committee recommends passage
05/16/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/18/2017)
05/18/2017 Senate read and passed
05/19/2017 Referred to House H.E.W.
  Senate Bill No. 890
BY  Felag, Coyne, Seveney, Lombardi, Jabour
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – BRISTOL VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS TAX RELIEF (Enables the town of Bristol to provide tax relief to volunteer firefighters based upon certain qualifying criteria.)
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05/11/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
05/23/2017 Committee recommends passage
05/24/2017 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/30/2017)
05/30/2017 Senate read and passed
05/31/2017 Referred to House Municipal Government
06/12/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/14/2017)
06/14/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/24/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/27/2017)
06/27/2017 House passed in concurrence