The Rhode Island General Assembly has just completed the first three weeks of the 2016 session. Aquidneck Island’s seven State Representatives and  have been quite busy introducing dozens of bills that range form topics such as charter schools, cell phone use, animals and more.

ICYMI: Aquidneck Island’s Legislators Sponsor Dozens of Bills in First Two Weeks of 2016 General Assembly

Here’s what our State Representatives and Senators have introduced and sponsored in Week #3, January 18 – 22, of the 2016 General Assembly, followed by  bills to watch.

Representatives

  • Representative Lauren Carson (District 75, Newport) sponsored 4 bills, 2 of them she was the prime sponsor.
  • Representative Deborah Ruggiero (District 74, Jamestown and Middletown) sponsored 3 bills, 0 of them she was the prime sponsor.
  • Representative Marvin Abney (District 73, Newport and Middletown) sponsored 4 bills, 1 of  them he was the prime sponsor.
  • Representative Daniel Reilly (District 72,  Middletown and Portsmouth) sponsored 10 bills, 1 of them he was the primary sponsor.
  • Representative Dennis Canario (District 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton) sponsored 7 bills, 3 of them he was the primary sponsor.
  • Representative John Edwards (District 70, Portsmouth and Tiverton) sponsored 13 bills, 3 of them he was the primary sponsor.
  • Representative Raymond Gallison (District 69, Portsmouth and Bristol) sponsored 8 bills, 1 of them he was the primary sponsor.

To see every bill introduced and submitted by a State Representative, visit THIS LINK and search by legislator.

Interesting Bills Introduced by Representatives To Watch

  1. House Bill No. 7266
    (by request)
    BY  Abney, Canario, Edwards, Reilly, Carson
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES — MANUFACTURING AND WHOLESALE LICENSES (Reduces licensing fee for distilleries producing less than 50,000 gallons to $500, and grants a manufacturing tax exemption on first 50,000 gallons for instate distribution by RI distilleries.)
    {LC3372/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  2. House Bill No. 7274
    BY  Canario, Hull, Ruggiero, Carson, Williams
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — GENETICALLY ENGINEERED RAW AND PACKAGED FOOD LABELING ACT (Requires the labeling of all raw and packaged food that is entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering, commencing January 1, 2017.)
    {LC3359/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
  3. House Bill No. 7248
    (Secretary of State)
    BY  Blazejewski, Kazarian, Tanzi, Ruggiero, Amore
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS — IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING (Creates a procedure for in-person early voting for all general, primary and special elections, beginning twenty (20) days before the scheduled election.)
    {LC3676/1}
    01/20/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
  4. House Resolution No. 7299
    BY  Canario, Edwards, Abney, Marshall, Gallison
    ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY STREAMLINING NEW BUSINESS STARTUP PROCESSES (Creates a 13 member commission to study and provide recommendations for streamlining new business startups in Rhode Island, and reports back by March 1, 2017 and expires on June 1, 2017.)
    {LC3350/1}
    01/22/2016 Introduced, referred to House Small Business
  5. House Bill No. 7315
    BY  Tobon, Abney, Barros, Coughlin, Melo
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS – MAIL BALLOTS (Allows mail ballot applications and emergency mail ballot applications to also serve as an affirmation form for inactive voters, as long as the voter’s application address is where the voter is currently registered.)
    {LC3657/1}
    01/22/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
  6. House Bill No. 7244
    BY  Filippi, Carnevale, Casey, Chippendale, Reilly
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – DEPARTMENT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL – GUN CRIMES REPORT (Directs the attorney general to report annually to the general assembly on the incidence and disposition of crimes involving guns.)
    {LC3413/1}
    01/20/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
  7. House Bill No. 7247
    BY  Filippi, Carnevale, Casey, Reilly, Chippendale
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS – CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS – PAROLE (Requires persons convicted of crimes of violence to serve half their sentence before being eligible for parole.)
    {LC3411/1}
    01/20/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
  8. House Bill No. 7262
    BY  McNamara, Reilly, Naughton
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — SOLAR INDUSTRY ECONOMIC INVESTMENT ACT (Establishes a revolving fund to provide loans and grants to support the installation of solar energy panels.)
    {LC3309/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  9. House Bill No. 7256
    BY  Lima, Canario, Ucci, Marshall, Filippi
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — MILK SANITATION CODE (Requires that labels or marks on milk or milk products include information disclosing whether such milk or milk product has been genetically engineered or modified.)
    {LC3835/1}
    01/20/2016 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
  10. House Bill No. 7242
    BY  Lima, Slater, Edwards
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE — IDENTIFICATION AND APPREHENSION OF CRIMINALS (Redefines the term “first-time offender” for purposes of expungement of criminal records, and permits individuals with a record of not more than 2 misdemeanor convictions to be eligible for expungement.)
    {LC3827/1}
    01/20/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
  11. House Bill No. 7310
    BY  Newberry, Casey, Edwards, Morin
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – PEDESTRIANS (Requires drivers of motor vehicles to stay at least three feet (3′) away from pedestrians.)
    {LC3109/1}
    01/22/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
  12. House Bill No. 7269
    BY  Lima, Hull, Bennett, Fogarty, Gallison
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES (Authorizes the division of motor vehicles to create a special registration plate for private colleges and universities within the state.)
    {LC4065/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to House Finance
  13. House Bill No. 7271
    BY  Lima, Hull, Bennett, Fogarty, Gallison
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES (Authorizes the division of motor vehicles to create a special registration plate for state public colleges and universities.)
    {LC4067/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to House Finance

Senators

  • Senator M. Teresa Paiva Weed (District 13, Newport & Jamestown) sponsored 3 bills, 1 of them she was the prime sponsor.
  • Senator Louis P. DiPalma (District 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton) sponsored 16 bills, 0 of them he was the prime sponsor.
  • Senator John Pagliarini (District 11, Bristol, Portsmouth & Tiverton) sponsored 7 bills, 1 of them she was the prime sponsor.

Interesting Bills Introduced by Senators To Watch

  1. Senate Bill No. 2096
    BY Paiva Weed, Goodwin, Miller, Lynch Prata, Crowley
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – RHODE ISLAND FAMILY HOME VISITING ACT (Establishes the RI Family Home Visiting Act. The department of health would develop and coordinate the system of early childhood visiting services to meet the needs of vulnerable families with young children.)
    {LC3268/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
  2. Senate Bill No. 2091
    BY Lombardi, Archambault, DiPalma, Felag, Conley
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – SCHOOL AND YOUTH PROGRAMS CONCUSSION ACT (Refines the law on guidelines for concussions at school and youth programs so that an adult trained in recognizing the symptoms of a concussion is required to be present during events.)
    {LC3789/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
  3. Senate Bill No. 2089
    BY  Satchell, Conley, DiPalma, Metts, Picard
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – CURRICULUM (Requires the department of education to consider incorporating media literacy education in the basic education program.)
    {LC3758/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Education
  4. Senate Bill No. 2134
    BY  Archambault, DiPalma, Ciccone, Cote
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — BUSINESS CORPORATION TAX (Changes the minimum corporate tax by calculating the tax based on gross income.)
    {LC3855/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
  5. Senate Bill No. 2081
    BY  Goodwin, Felag, Pearson, Pagliarini
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO SPORTS, RACING, AND ATHLETICS — AUTHORIZING STATE-OPERATED GAMING AT A FACILITY IN TIVERTON (Authorizes state-operated gaming at a facility located in the town of Tiverton, subject to voter approval.)
    {LC3782/1}
    01/19/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs
  6. Senate Bill No. 2154
    BY  Pagliarini, DiPalma, DaPonte, Algiere, Archambault
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — STATE TAX OFFICIALS (Increases the rate of interest on delinquent state tax payments from 2% to 3% greater than the prime rate, and also reduces the cap and floor on such interest to no greater than 15% and 12% per annum, respectively.)
    {LC4032/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
  7. Senate Bill No. 2092
    BY  Kettle, Sosnowski, Morgan, Fogarty, Pagliarini
    ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS – RAW MILK (Establishes procedures/standards issued by milk commission for handling/sale of raw milk with civil fines for violations.)
    {LC3707/1}
    01/21/2016 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

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