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2017/2018 Governor’s Budget proposal

 

Governor’s Budget webpage

Some highlights related to the Department of Public Safety and the Fire Marshals Office and the RI Fire Academy

Department of Public Safety Reorganization

The Governor’s revised FY 2017 and FY 2018 recommendation includes organizational changes to the Department of Public Safety and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. In the latter part of FY 2017, the Governor recommends the appointment of a civilian Commissioner of Public Safety to oversee policy and budget implementation across all existing divisions within the Department of Public Safety. The Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police will continue to report to the Governor, but also to the Commissioner of Public Safety. Also joining the Department of Public Safety in FY 2017 will be a Cybersecurity Director transferred from the Department of Administration who will help coordinate the sharing of the state resources to mitigate, and respond to, cyber threats to the State’s critical information technology infrastructure.

Beginning in 2018, the Governor recommends that the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) merge with the Department of Public Safety. The Director of Emergency Management will continue to report to the Governor, but also to the Commissioner of Public Safety. The merger will unify the state’s most qualified first responders and law enforcement personnel in one agency to streamline the delivery of public safety services to all Rhode Islanders. To aid in this endeavor, the Governor recommends additional civilian staff in the Department of Public Safety in FY 2018. A Director of Policy will assist the Commissioner in the development of policy development and implementation. Additional civilian positions will assist in the coordination of capital project and fleet management, research and accreditation, public information, and cyber analysis. New civilian hires will allow the State’s sworn law enforcement officers to focus solely on public safety priorities for which they possess specialized qualifications, while the civilian specialists can focus on daily administrative tasks essential for efficient and effective operation of a public safety agency. The Governor continues to improve the efficiency of state government through the recommended transfer of five human resource and information technology employees from the Department of Public Safety to the Department of Administration where these services are currently centralized.Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 10.21.00 AM

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(Governor)
BY Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
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01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance

2017 Senate Bills of Interest

2017 Senate Bills of Interest

  Senate Bill No. 22
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
  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
  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
  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
  Senate Bill No. 162
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
  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
  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
  Senate Bill No. 175
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
  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
  Senate Bill No. 288
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)
  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
  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
  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
  Senate Bill No. 708
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
  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
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
  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
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
  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)

2017 House Bills of Interest

  House Bill No. 5016
BY  McNamara, Azzinaro, Canario, Lancia, Solomon
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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01/05/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/18/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
01/27/2017 Scheduled for consideration (02/01/2017)
02/01/2017 Committee recommends passage
02/03/2017 Placed on House Calendar (02/07/2017)
02/07/2017 House read and passed
  House Bill No. 5040
BY  Hearn, Corvese, Fellela, Canario, Ruggiero
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES — EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS (Prohibits the use of certain fireworks, other than by lawfully issued permit, anytime other than between the dates of June 30 and July 9.)
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01/06/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5044
BY  O`Grady
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO THE CONSOLIDATION OF THE LONSDALE FIRE DISTRICT INTO THE SAYLESVILLE FIRE DISTRICT (Authorizes the merger of the Lonsdale and Saylesville Fire Districts in Lincoln if the electors of both fire districts approve that merger.)
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01/06/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
01/13/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/02/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/28/2017 Scheduled for consideration
03/02/2017 Meeting postponed (03/02/2017)
04/07/2017 Scheduled for consideration (04/12/2017)
04/12/2017 Committee recommends passage
04/21/2017 Placed on House Calendar (04/25/2017)
04/25/2017 House read and passed
  House Bill No. 5050
BY  Nardolillo, Jacquard, Canario, Serpa, Barros
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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01/06/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5075
BY  Lancia, Newberry, Chippendale, Quattrocchi, Mendonca
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT (Repeals all surcharges levied on residence/business telephone lines and wireless telecommunications services.)
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01/11/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/02/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5082
BY  Morin, Handy, Regunberg, Casey, Ajello
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING THE 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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01/12/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5099
BY  Corvese, O’Brien, Hearn, Fellela, Coughlin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES – EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS; HEALTH AND SAFETY – FIREWORKS AND PYROTECHNICS (Makes the use of display or aerial fireworks after 12:00 a.m. or before 7:00 a.m. a civil violation with a fine of $75.00.)
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01/12/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/08/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/10/2017)
  House Bill No. 5175
(Governor)
BY  Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2018
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01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  House Bill No. 5260
BY  Lima, Johnston, Hull, Keable, Edwards
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – SENTENCE AND EXECUTION (Adds police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians to the class of protected people included in the hate crimes sentencing act.)
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01/27/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/14/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5273
BY  Nunes, Nardolillo, Serpa, Morgan, Roberts
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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01/27/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
02/02/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
04/03/2017 Scheduled for consideration (04/05/2017)
04/05/2017 Committee recommends passage
04/28/2017 Placed on House Calendar (05/03/2017)
05/03/2017 House read and passed
  House Bill No. 5288
BY  Casimiro, Craven, Regunberg, Shanley, Morin
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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01/27/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  House Bill No. 5319
BY  McEntee, Craven, Johnston, Almeida, Jacquard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES (Requires municipalities to exempt from taxation the real property of a surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty, who occupies the real property as their principal place of residence.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
02/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5351
BY  Bennett, Marshall, Canario
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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02/02/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/02/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
03/10/2017 Scheduled for consideration (03/16/2017)
03/16/2017 Committee recommends passage
03/17/2017 Placed on House Calendar (03/23/2017)
03/23/2017 House read and passed
  House Bill No. 5357
BY  Roberts, Morgan, Nardolillo, Chippendale, Nunes
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — BUDGET COMMISSIONS (Removes fire districts from budget commission oversight.)
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02/02/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/25/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5566
BY  Johnston, Canario
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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02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/03/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5597
BY  Almeida, Hull, Lombardi, Jacquard, Johnston
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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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/16/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5601
BY  Almeida, Hull, Lombardi, Jacquard, Johnston
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – OPTIONAL RETIREMENT FOR MEMBERS OF POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS (Adds illness sustained while in the performance of duty to the definition of accidental disability.)
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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
04/06/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5616
BY  Winfield
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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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
03/15/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5740
BY  Morgan, Nardolillo, Chippendale
ENTITLED, AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF THE INCORPORATION OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT IN FURTHERANCE OF THE “CONSOLIDATION PLAN” OF THE CENTRAL COVENTRY FIRE DISTRICT, THE WASHINGTON LIGHTING DISTRICT, THE HARRIS FIRE AND LIGHTING DISTRICT AND THE TIOGUE FIRE DISTRICT AS APPROVED BY THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF SAID DISTRICTS, AT DULY CALLED MEETINGS HELD ON MARCH 28, 2006 (Amends and make a number of changes to the legislative charter of Central Coventry Fire District.)
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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/16/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5741
(by request)
BY  Solomon, Tanzi, Handy, Shanley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – MULTI-UNIT RESIDENCE SAFETY ACT (Prohibits smoking in common areas of multi-unit residential developments.)
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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5763
BY  Almeida, Hull, Lombardi, Jacquard, Johnston
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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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  House Bill No. 5848
BY  Roberts, Morgan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – POWERS AND DUTIES OF FIRE DISTRICTS IN THE TOWN OF COVENTRY (Repeals the section of the general laws which provides for an automatic appropriation for Coventry Fire Districts which fail to approve an annual appropriation.)
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03/03/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/16/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5873
BY  Phillips, Winfield, McKiernan, Newberry, Edwards
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — INTERLOCAL CONTRACTING AND JOINT ENTERPRISES, AND REGIONAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION DISTRICTS (Authorizes two or more municipalities to form regional emergency communication districts.)
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03/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/23/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5881
BY  Craven, Amore, Marshall, Edwards
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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03/09/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
04/06/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5891
BY  Morgan, Roberts, Price, Chippendale, Quattrocchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — E-911 UNIFORM EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM DIVISION (Requires all the money collected for various billed services, by each telecommunications provider be deposited in a restricted receipt account, not the general fund.)
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03/09/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/02/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5904
BY  Marszalkowski, Ackerman, McLaughlin, Phillips
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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03/10/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/21/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5966
BY  Chippendale, Keable, Winfield
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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03/22/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5973
BY  McKiernan, Almeida, Johnston, Keable, Lombardi
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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03/22/2017 Introduced, referred to House Labor
04/06/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 6113
(by request)
BY  Winfield
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS (Permits the substitution by a developer of sprinklers in new developments instead of cisterns or water reservoirs for fire suppression, if allowed by ordinance.)
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04/13/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
04/26/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 6185
BY  Donovan, Marshall
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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05/03/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government

Final 2015 House Bills of Interest that passed

Final Passed House Bills of Interest

House Bill No. 5315 Sub A    SUPPORT   

BY Gallison, Fogarty, Marshall, Winfield, Costantino
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES (Prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for failing to report to regularly scheduled work when employee is responding to an emergency in his or her capacity as a volunteer firefighter or ambulance technician.)
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02/05/2015 Introduced, referred to House Labor
02/18/2015 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/26/2015)
02/26/2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/02/2015 Scheduled for consideration
06/04/2015 Meeting postponed (06/04/2015)
06/05/2015 Scheduled for consideration (06/09/2015)
06/09/2015 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/09/2015 Placed on House Calendar (06/11/2015)
06/11/2015 House voted to recommit to House Labor
06/14/2015 Scheduled for reconsideration (06/16/2015)
06/16/2015 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/16/2015 Placed on House Calendar (06/18/2015)
06/18/2015 House passed Sub A
06/18/2015 Placed on the Senate Consent Calendar (06/23/2015)
06/23/2015 Senate passed Sub A in concurrence
House Bill No. 5353  Sub A  SUPPORT
BY Trillo, Chippendale, Roberts, Malik
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — GASOLINE DISPENSING NOZZLES (Permits the use of gas pump nozzle latches if installed by the nozzle maker.)
{LC728/1}
02/05/2015 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
02/27/2015 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/03/2015)
03/03/2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/24/2015 Scheduled for consideration (06/24/2015)
06/24/2015 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/24/2015 Placed on House Calendar (06/24/2015)
06/24/2015 House passed Sub A
06/25/2015 Placed on the Senate Consent Calendar (06/25/2015)
06/25/2015 Senate passed Sub A in concurrence
House Bill No. 5900   Sub A  SUPPORT

BY Gallison
ENTITLED, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2016
{LC2168/1}
03/13/2015 Introduced, referred to House Finance
06/05/2015 Scheduled for consideration (06/09/2015)
06/09/2015 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/09/2015 Placed on House Calendar (06/16/2015)
06/15/2015 Scheduled to be heard and /or considered in anticipation of House passage (06/17/2015)
06/16/2015 House passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
06/16/2015 Referred to Senate Finance
06/17/2015 Committee recommends passage of Sub A as amended in concurrence
06/17/2015 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/23/2015)
06/23/2015 Senate passed Sub A as amended in concurrence
06/25/2015 Transmitted to Governor

Final 2015 Senate bills of interest that passed

2015 Senate Bills of interest that passed

 

 

Senate Bill No. 535
BY Picard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – FLAMMABLE AND COMBUSTIBLE LIQUIDS (Allows self service gas stations to use delivery nozzles with latch-open device when equipped with safeguards.)
{LC2012/1}
03/03/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Commerce
03/06/2015 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/12/2015)
03/12/2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/12/2015 Scheduled for consideration (06/16/2015)
06/16/2015 Committee recommends passage
06/17/2015 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/23/2015)
06/23/2015 Senate read and passed
06/24/2015 Placed on House Calendar (06/24/2015)
06/24/2015 House passed in concurrence
Senate Bill No. 746
BY Sosnowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES (Prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for failing to report to regularly scheduled work when employee is responding to an emergency in his or her capacity as a volunteer firefighter or ambulance technician.)
{LC2234/1}
03/19/2015 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
03/20/2015 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/25/2015)
03/25/2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/29/2015 Scheduled for consideration (06/03/2015)
06/03/2015 Committee recommends passage
06/04/2015 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/16/2015)
06/16/2015 Senate read and passed
06/17/2015 Placed on House Calendar (06/18/2015)
06/18/2015 House passed in concurrence