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Senate Bills of interest as of April 1st 2019

  Senate Bill No. 219
BY  Felag
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — NEW HOME BUYERS FIRE PROTECTION ACT (Mandates that builders of new 1 or 2 family residential dwellings provide the home buyer with written information regarding the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system subject to civil penalties enforced by the atty gen or state fire marshal.)
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01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
  Senate Bill No. 224
BY  McCaffrey, Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – E-911 UNIFORM EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM DIVISION (Mandates that the E-911 uniform emergency telephone system division develop and commence operation of a text-to-911 emergency system on January 1, 2020.)
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01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
  Senate Bill No. 233
BY  Felag, Algiere, Coyne, Seveney
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — OPEN MEETINGS (Exempts volunteer fire companies under the supervision, control, or jurisdiction of another public body from certain posting requirements of the open meetings act.)
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01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
  Senate Bill No. 376
BY  Ciccone, Lombardi, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS — FIREFIGHTERS’ ARBITRATION (Continues all provisions of firefighter’s collective bargaining agreements until a successor agreement has been reached or an interest arbitration award has been rendered.)
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02/13/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
  Senate Bill No. 450
BY  Raptakis, Rogers
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 ON DECEMBER 27, 2018 (Makes various amendments pertaining to the duties and operations of the Central Coventry Fire District.)
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02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
03/07/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 684
BY  Raptakis
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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03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
03/28/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bills as of April 1st 2019

  House Bill No. 5045
BY  McNamara, Millea, Ackerman, Jackson, Nardone
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – E-911 UNIFORM EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM DIVISION (Mandates that the E-911 uniform emergency telephone system division develop and commence operation of a text-to-911 emergency system on January 1, 2020.)
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01/09/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/01/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
  House Bill No. 5052
BY  Casimiro, Vella-Wilkinson, Morin, Solomon, Shanley
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – PAYMENTS TO FIRE COMPANIES (Provides for an appropriation of state funds to cities and towns who are members of the Narragansett Bay marine task force (NBMTF) for the maintenance of boats providing services to Narragansett Bay.)
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01/09/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  House Bill No. 5074
BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Morin, Almeida, Millea, Williams
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE – FIRST RESPONDERS (Establishes an annual day of special observance day to honor Rhode Island’s first responders on October 28.)
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01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/23/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5085
BY  Lombardi, Cassar, Hull, Walsh
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT (Makes filing false alarm/false information using 911 system with emergency response likely to/does cause death/serious bodily injury a felony with prison time 16 mos-3 years, $10,000 fine, both with individual liable for reasonable response costs.)
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01/10/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/05/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5115
BY  Corvese, McNamara, Jackson, Maldonado, Lima
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES — EXPLOSIVES, FIREWORKS, AND PYROTECHNICS (Prohibits the use of display fireworks, or aerial consumer fireworks without a permit between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on any day and makes a violation of this permit requirement a civil violation punishable by a fine of $75 and court costs.)
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01/11/2019 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/05/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/15/2019 Scheduled for consideration (02/27/2019)
02/27/2019 Committee recommends passage
03/01/2019 Placed on House Calendar (03/06/2019)
03/06/2019 House read and passed
  House Bill No. 5119
BY  Morin, Phillips, Casey, Vella-Wilkinson, O’Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE AND CHILD PRODUCTS SAFETY (Increases amount of flame retardant chemicals contained in residential upholstered bedding/furniture manufactured/ sold in state from 100 ppm to 1,000 ppm effective January 1, 2020.)
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01/11/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5143
BY  Bennett, Edwards, Canario, Hull, McLaughlin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS — FIREFIGHTERS’ ARBITRATION (Continues all provisions of firefighter’s collective bargaining agreements until a successor agreement has been reached or an interest arbitration award has been rendered.)
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01/17/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
01/31/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5258
BY  Azzinaro, Morin, Casey, Price, Solomon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — NEW HOME BUYERS FIRE PROTECTION ACT (Mandates builders of new 1 and 2 family dwellings to provide written info to buyer about installation of automatic sprinkler system subject to civil penalties for violations/results of radon tests/certification of working smoke detector devices eff 1/1/20)
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01/31/2019 Introduced, referred to House Small Business
02/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5327
(Lieutenant Governor)
BY  Kennedy, Abney, Shekarchi, Blazejewski, Azzinaro
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — DUTIES OF UTILITIES AND CARRIERS (Requires every electric and natural gas distribution company to submit an emergency response plan for review and approval by the division of public utilities.)
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02/07/2019 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
02/08/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
02/12/2019 Meeting postponed (02/12/2019)
02/26/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5374
BY  Chippendale, Nardone, Quattrocchi, Place, Lyle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – E-911 UNIFORM EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM DIVISION (Appropriates unused monies collected by the division to be allocated for the operation and maintenance of a statewide police and fire dispatch center.)
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02/08/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  House Bill No. 5424
BY  Kazarian, Casimiro, Alzate, Shanley, Barros
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — PROTECTION OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND FIREFIGHTERS–FLAME RETARDANTS (Protects the health and safety of children, families and firefighters from exposure to harmful flame retardants contained in bedding, carpeting, children’s products, residential upholstered furniture or window treatments. Effective January 1, 2020.)
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02/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/13/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5550
BY  Casimiro, Ackerman, Shanley, Noret, Alzate
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY (Requires various health care facilities and child care facilities to have automated external defibrillators on site.)
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02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5551
BY  Caldwell, Mattiello, Casey, Craven, Marszalkowski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – NALOXONE PUBLIC ACCESS PROGRAM (Requires public places to have naloboxes or naloxone on the premises for access and use during emergencies by trained employees or the general public with “Good Samaritan” protections.)
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02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5561
BY  Carson, Cortvriend, Ruggiero
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE — TRAINING OF ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE EVENT OF DISASTER EMERGENCIES (Requires state and municipal elected officials to attend a one-day biennial training seminar in emergency management for disaster emergencies.)
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02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
  House Bill No. 5568
BY  Ackerman, Shekarchi, Casimiro, O’Brien, Vella-Wilkinson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT (Establishes an emergency telephone system call review and quality improvement and would require at least one 911 system operator trained in telecommunicator cardiopulmonary resuscitation be on duty at all time.)
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02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/20/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5642
BY  Filippi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – EXPLOSIVES – NOTICE (Expands the notice requirements relating to the use of explosives by requiring two (2) weeks’ notice of blasting to the municipality and to owners of structures within five hundred feet (500′) of the mutual property line.)
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02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/07/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5662
BY  Edwards
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – MINIMUM WAGES (Removes the overtime exemption for firefighters unless they are paid at the rate of one and one-half (1 1/2) times their regular rate for all hours worked in excess of forty-two (42) hours.)
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02/27/2019 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/06/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5813
BY  Handy, Barros, Alzate, Bennett
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY – WOODLAND PRESERVATION AND STEWARDSHIP ACT (Establishes and implements woodland stewardship and preservation programs managed by the department of environmental management administered by cities and towns through local comprehensive planning and zoning.)
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03/07/2019 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources
03/21/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 5856
BY  O’Brien, Ucci, Millea, Morin, Slater
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — RELIEF OF INJURED AND DECEASED FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS (Workers’ compensation court to hear public safety injured-on-duty disability retirement matters and appeals.)
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03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  House Bill No. 5933
BY  Lyle, Nardone, Place, Filippi, Quattrocchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT – PREPAID WIRELESS E911 CHARGE ACT (Creates a restricted receipt account for all 911 funds and requires that they be used solely for the operation of the 911 system. Authorizes the PUC to reduce 911 surcharges to the extent they exceed the sums needed to operate the 911 system.)
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03/29/2019 Introduced, referred to House Finance

House Bills of interest 7/25/18

Legislative Status Report
  House Bill No. 7041  SUB A
Chapter 117
BY  McNamara, Morin, O’Brien, Solomon, Casimiro
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION — HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires that effective January 1, 2019, all school buildings where students are in attendance would be required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein.)
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01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/09/2018 Scheduled for consideration (02/14/2018)
02/14/2018 Committee recommends passage
02/19/2018 Placed on House Calendar (02/27/2018)
02/27/2018 House read and passed
03/01/2018 Referred to Senate Education
06/19/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/21/2018 Senate passed Sub A
06/23/2018 Referred to House H.E.W.
06/23/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/23/2018)
06/23/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A in concurrence
06/23/2018 Placed on House Calendar (06/23/2018)
06/23/2018 House passed Sub A in concurrence
06/27/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/02/2018 Signed by Governor
  House Bill No. 7056
BY  Lancia, Chippendale, Nardolillo, Newberry, Vella-Wilkinson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT (Repeals the surcharges levied on residence and business telephone lines and wireless telecommunications services.)
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01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
01/18/2018 Withdrawn at sponsor’s request
  House Bill No. 7073
BY  Lombardi, Johnston, Messier, Craven, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER ACT (Makes filing false alarm/false information using 911 system with emergency response likely to/does cause death/serious bodily injury a felony with prison time 16 mos-3 years, $10,000 fine, both with individual liable for reasonable response costs.)
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01/10/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
01/23/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7100
BY  Casimiro, Vella-Wilkinson, Shanley, Morin, Shekarchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – PAYMENTS TO FIRE COMPANIES (Provides for an appropriation of state funds to cities and towns who are members of the Narragansett Bay marine task force (NBMTF) for the maintenance of boats providing services to Narragansett Bay.)
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01/10/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7200  SUB A as amended
Chapter 047
(Governor)
BY  Abney
ENTITLED, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2019
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01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
06/05/2018 Scheduled for consideration
06/07/2018 Meeting postponed (06/07/2018)
06/06/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/08/2018)
06/08/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/08/2018 Placed on House Calendar (06/15/2018)
06/15/2018 House passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
06/16/2018 Referred to Senate Finance
06/19/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A as amended in concurrence
06/19/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 Senate passed Sub A as amended in concurrence
06/21/2018 Transmitted to Governor
06/22/2018 Signed by Governor
  House Bill No. 7281
Chapter 337
BY  Price, Kennedy
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO THE RICHMOND-CAROLINA FIRE DISTRICT (Repeals and replaces Richmond-Carolina Fire District charter.)
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01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/06/2018 Committee transferred to House Municipal Government
04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2018)
05/24/2018 Committee recommends passage
06/08/2018 Placed on House Calendar (06/13/2018)
06/13/2018 House read and passed
06/14/2018 Referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
06/19/2018 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/20/2018 Senate passed in concurrence
06/27/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/05/2018 Effective without Governor’s signature
  House Bill No. 7289
BY  Lancia, Chippendale, Shanley, Newberry, Nardolillo
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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01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7302
BY  Corvese, Azzinaro, O’Brien, McNamara, Fellela
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES — EXPLOSIVES, FIREWORKS, AND PYROTECHNICS (Prohibits the use of display fireworks, or aerial consumer fireworks without a permit between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. on any day and makes a violation of this permit requirement a civil violation punishable by a fine of $75 and court costs.)
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01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
02/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
02/09/2018 Scheduled for consideration (02/13/2018)
02/13/2018 Committee recommends passage
02/19/2018 Placed on House Calendar (03/01/2018)
03/01/2018 House read and passed
03/27/2018 Referred to Senate Judiciary
  House Resolution No. 7313
BY  Lancia, Shanley, Walsh, Mendonca, Vella-Wilkinson
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE 911 EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SYSTEM (Creates a 5 member legislative commission to study the 911 Emergency Phone System, and who would report back to the House of Representatives no later than February 7, 2019, and whose life would expire on May 7, 2019.)
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01/26/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7355
BY  McEntee, Canario, O’Brien, Almeida, Tanzi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES (Exempts from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty.)
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01/31/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
04/06/2018 Committee transferred to House Municipal Government
04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7426
Chapter 212
BY  Winfield, Ucci, Morin
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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02/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/19/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 Committee recommends passage
06/20/2018 Placed on House Calendar (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 House read and passed
06/21/2018 Senate passed in concurrence
07/02/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/02/2018 Signed by Governor
  House Bill No. 7633
BY  Bennett, Johnston, Shanley, Blazejewski, Jacquard
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – FIREFIGHTERS’ ARBITRATION (Continues all provisions of firefighter’s collective bargaining agreements until a successor agreement has been reached or an interest arbitration award has been rendered.)
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02/14/2018 Introduced, referred to House Labor
03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7783
BY  Fogarty, Casey, Morin, McEntee, Blazejewski
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – NEW HOME BUYERS FIRE PROTECTION ACT (Mandates builders of new 1 and 2 family dwellings to provide written info to buyer about installation of automatic sprinkler system subject to civil penalties for violations/results of radon tests/certification of working smoke detector devices eff 1/1/19)
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02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7847
BY  Phillips, Morin, Casey, Solomon, Ucci
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (Repeals the monthly surcharge and prepaid wireless E-911 charge and replaces them with a budget appropriation by the general assembly to fund the E-911 system.)
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02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7857
BY  Tobon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – SALES AND USE TAXES – LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (Exempts the gross receipts of nonprofit municipal government employee associations from the sales and use taxation.)
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02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/03/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7864
(by request)
BY  Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS (Provides that sworn law enforcement members of the state fire marshal’s office be subject to the state law enforcement officers’ bill of rights.)
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02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 7896
BY  Morgan, Price, Filippi, Roberts
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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02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 8091
BY  Lancia, Morgan, Filippi, Giarrusso, Quattrocchi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — E-911 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM (GIS) AND TECHNOLOGY FUND (Requires the department of administration prepare an accounting of the funds used to operate the 911 emergency system.)
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04/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 8156  SUB A
Chapter 232
BY  Mattiello, Giarrusso, Shekarchi, Lima, Marshall
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES – EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS (Amends the criminal offense for placing bombs or falsely reporting bomb threats and criminalizes the possession of materials readily convertible to a bomb or explosive device.)
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05/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
05/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2018)
05/23/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
05/25/2018 Placed on House Calendar (05/29/2018)
05/29/2018 House passed Sub A
05/31/2018 Referred to Senate Judiciary
06/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A in concurrence
06/22/2018 Senate passed Sub A in concurrence
06/23/2018 Senate voted to reconsider
06/23/2018 Senate passed Sub A in concurrence
07/02/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/02/2018 Signed by Governor
  House Bill No. 8167  SUB A as amended
BY  Mendonca, Shekarchi, Azzinaro, Filippi, McEntee
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – STATE BUILDING CODE (Exempts existing residential dwelling units from the requirements of the fire safety code and accessibility standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.)
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05/04/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
05/16/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/20/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/20/2018 Placed on House Calendar (06/22/2018)
06/22/2018 House passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
  House Bill No. 8189
BY  Vella-Wilkinson, Carson, Fogarty, Marshall, Filippi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — SHORT-TERM RENTALS ACT (Establishes the “Short-Term Rentals Act” which sets forth requirements for short-term listing services and short-term rental providers when renting to a person for less than thirty (30) days.)
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05/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
05/29/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  House Bill No. 8333  SUB A
Chapter 184
BY  Bennett, Canario, Vella-Wilkinson, Walsh, Lombardi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — THE GOOD SAMARITAN OVERDOSE PREVENTION ACT OF 2016 (Requires the director of the department of health to develop best practices for co-prescribing opioid antagonists to patients who are prescribed opioid analgesics and allows police and medical personnel to provide an opioid antagonist.)
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06/20/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
06/20/2018 Committee recommends passage
06/20/2018 Placed on House Calendar (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 House read and passed
06/22/2018 Referred to Senate Judiciary
06/23/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/23/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/23/2018)
06/23/2018 Senate passed Sub A
06/23/2018 Placed on House Calendar (06/23/2018)
06/23/2018 House passed Sub A in concurrence
07/02/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/02/2018 Signed by Governor
  House Bill No. 8347
BY  Morin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – CHILD PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE (Increases from one hundred parts per million (100 ppm) to one thousand parts per million (1,000 ppm) the maximum amount of organohalogen flame retardant chemical contained in residential upholstered bedding and furniture, manufactured or sold in the state)
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06/21/2018 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.

Governor’s 2019 Budget proposal

Governor’s Budget page

Here are some highlights and language dealing with the Fire Marshals Office and the Fire Code Board of Appeal and Review that are both now under the Department of Business Regulation, moving from the Department of Public Safety. This language was taken directly from 2019 budget proposal.

 

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

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.)
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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
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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

Senate bills of interest as of 7/25/18

Senate Bills of interest

  Senate Bill No. 2060
BY  Lombardi, Miller, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Gallo
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – PAYMENTS TO FIRE COMPANIES (Provides for an appropriation of state funds to cities and towns who are members of the Narragansett Bay marine task force (NBMTF) for the maintenance of boats providing services to Narragansett Bay.)
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01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
  Senate Bill No. 2098  SUB A
BY  Felag, Pearson, Seveney, Algiere, Coyne
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — OPEN MEETINGS (Exempts volunteer fire companies under the supervision, control, or jurisdiction of another public body from certain posting requirements of the open meetings act.)
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01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/04/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/08/2018)
05/08/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
05/09/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 Senate passed Sub A
05/16/2018 Referred to House Judiciary
  Senate Bill No. 2127
BY  Coyne, Lombardi, Crowley, Seveney, DiPalma
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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01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 2151
BY  Archambault, McCaffrey, Lombardi, Coyne
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — RELIEF OF INJURED AND DECEASED FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS (Adds campus police officers to group of public safety officials eligible to collect salary, wages, and 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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01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/13/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 2179  SUB A
Chapter 202
BY  Miller, Gallo, Lombardi, Metts, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION — HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PUPILS (Requires that effective January 1, 2019, all school buildings where students are in attendance would be required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained therein.)
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02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
03/02/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/06/2018 Meeting postponed (03/07/2018)
03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/15/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/19/2018)
06/19/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/19/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/19/2018)
06/19/2018 Senate passed Sub A
06/21/2018 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/22/2018)
06/22/2018 House passed Sub A in concurrence
06/27/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/02/2018 Signed by Governor
  Senate Bill No. 2197
BY  Algiere, Lombardi
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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02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 2242
Chapter 312
BY  Morgan
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO THE RICHMOND-CAROLINA FIRE DISTRICT (Repeals and replaces Richmond-Carolina Fire District charter.)
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02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
03/16/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/20/2018 Meeting postponed (03/21/2018)
03/28/2018 Committee recommends passage
04/03/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (04/05/2018)
04/05/2018 Senate read and passed
04/06/2018 Referred to House Municipal Government
06/16/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/19/2018)
06/19/2018 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/19/2018 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 House passed in concurrence
06/27/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/05/2018 Effective without Governor’s signature
  Senate Bill No. 2658
BY  Conley, Crowley, Nesselbush
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – SALES AND USE TAXES – LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (Exempts the gross receipts of nonprofit municipal government employee associations from the sales and use taxation.)
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03/20/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 2736
(by request)
BY  Morgan, Raptakis
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS — MINIMUM WAGES FOR FIRE DISTRICTS (Exempts volunteer firefighters providing services as volunteer firefighters for nonprofit fire districts from the minimum wage requirements.)
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03/20/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Labor
04/11/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 2752
BY  Felag
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – NEW HOME BUYERS FIRE PROTECTION ACT (Mandates builders of new 1 and 2 family dwellings to provide written info to buyer about installation of automatic sprinkler system subject to civil penalties for violations/results of radon tests/certification of working smoke detector devices eff 1/1/19)
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03/27/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
  Senate Bill No. 2789
Chapter 268
BY  Fogarty, Nesselbush, Lombardi
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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04/05/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/22/2018)
05/22/2018 Committee recommends passage
05/23/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/29/2018)
05/29/2018 Senate read and passed
05/31/2018 Referred to House Municipal Government
06/19/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
06/21/2018 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/22/2018)
06/22/2018 House passed in concurrence
07/02/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/02/2018 Signed by Governor
  Senate Bill No. 2952  SUB A
Chapter 281
BY  Lynch Prata, Ruggerio, Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES — EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS (Amends the criminal offense for placing bombs or falsely reporting bomb threats and criminalizes the possession of materials readily convertible to a bomb or explosive device.)
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05/31/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
06/05/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
06/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A
06/20/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (06/20/2018)
06/20/2018 Senate passed Sub A
06/21/2018 Referred to House Judiciary
06/21/2018 Scheduled for consideration (06/21/2018)
06/21/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A in concurrence
06/21/2018 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/22/2018)
06/22/2018 House passed Sub A in concurrence
07/02/2018 Transmitted to Governor
07/02/2018 Signed by Governor