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Rhode Island State House Wednesday, February 24, 2021

All the video from the Rhode Island State House for Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

1pm Kids Count

3pm House Committee on Education

Scheduled for Hearing and/or Consideration

  • H5314 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – CHIARA’S LAW – SCREENING AND EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH DYSLEXIA (Requires screening for dyslexia and related disorders for public school students in grades kindergarten through grade four and would provide for instruction in cursive writing.)
  • Written Testimony:

4pm House Committee on Finance

Scheduled for Hearing and/or Consideration

  • H5532 AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – PRELIMINARY PROCEEDINGS IN DISTRICT COURTS {LC1647/1} (Provides that 10% of fines imposed for misdemeanor offenses resulting in a filing shall be provided to Justice Assistance to support the case management of persons receiving a filing with any sanctions.)
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5228 AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – PROCEDURE GENERALLY – FEES (Raises the juror’s fees for each day’s attendance on the superior court from $15 per day to $25 per day commencing July 1, 2022, and increase to $35 per day commencing July 1, 2023, and thereafter.)
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5365 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES – MERIT SYSTEM (Creates a hiring freeze for all state positions within a classification, for which a competitive test is required, if no test is given within 12 months of the vacancy.)
  • H5119 AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – STATE AID (Addresses general assembly appropriations in lieu of property taxes for state-owned properties within the town of Exeter and sets aside such payments to establish newly created municipal police departments.)
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5110 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – SALES AND USE TAXES–ENFORCEMENT AND COLLECTION (Provides that any person who has a retail sales permit would not be required to pay a separate registration fee to make sales at flea markets; provided, however, the person would remain responsible to pay all taxes due as a result of sales at a flea mkt.)
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5207 AN ACT RELATING TO AERONAUTICS – AIRPORTS AND LANDING FIELDS (Increases the amount of reimbursement funds required to be paid by the Rhode Island airport corporation to the city of Warwick for municipal services.)
  • H5225 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS — LABOR AND PAYMENT OF DEBTS (Amends the definition of public works so that it would include any public works projects performed for any city or town or quasi-municipal entity and the state and any quasi-state entity.)
  • H5226 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS — STATE PURCHASES (Increases the maximum small state purchase from $10,000 to $25,000 for construction projects and from $5,000 to $10,000 for all other small purchases.)
  • H5455 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – THE RHODE ISLAND MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM (Removes the prohibition on state appropriations to the municipal infrastructure grant program, and authorize the state planning council to evaluate, approve and issue such grants, subject to the appropriations provided to the program.)
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5015 A RESOLUTION MAKING AN APPROPRIATION OF $140,000 TO URBAN VENTURES (Authorizes the appropriation of the sum of $140,000 to Urban Ventures for operations and to implement activities assisting small businesses within the state of Rhode Island.)
  • H5447 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – STATE LOTTERY (Creates an instant ticket scratch off game pilot program to raise funds for Rhode Island veterans and dependents of qualified service members.)
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5535 AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY – JOINT COMMITTEE ON LEGISLATIVE SERVICES (Creates a fund to be managed by the joint committee on legislative services, to make Rhode Island mementos available to visiting dignitaries and for gifts to hosting out-of-state officials, to be given by legislators’ during official visits.)
  • H5534 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE TO ISSUE NOT TO EXCEED $140,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, NOTES AND OTHER EVIDENCES OF INDEBTEDNESS TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION, RENOVATION, IMPROVEMENT, ALTERATION, REPAIR, LANDSCAPING, FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY, SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF STATE HOUSING AID AT A REIMBURSEMENT RATE OR STATE SHARE RATIO OF NOT LESS THAN 75% AT THE TIME OF ISSUANCE AND PROVIDED THAT THE AUTHORIZATION SHALL BE REDUCED BY THE AMOUNT OF CERTAIN GRANTS RECEIVED FROM STATE BOND PROCEEDS, FROM THE RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OR FROM THE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY (Authorizes Providence to issue not more than $140,000,000 bonds to finance the construction, renovation, improvement, alteration, repair, landscaping, furnishing and equipping of schools and school facilities throughout the city of Providence.)
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5318 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS – STATE PURCHASES (Permits certain volunteer firefighters to purchase motor vehicles by utilizing state purchasing provisions.)

4pm Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture

Scheduled for Hearing and/or Consideration

  • S0037 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – PLASTIC WASTE REDUCTION ACT (Creates the “Plastic Waste Reduction Act” designed to reduce the use of plastic bags by retail establishments by offering recyclable bag options and providing penalties for violations.)
  • S0038 AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – BALLOONS (Prohibits the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gas.)
  • S0104 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – SCHOOL WASTE RECYCLING AND REFUSE DISPOSAL (Requires schools to comply with recycling and composting laws and promotes the donation of unspoiled nonperishable food by schools. Requires the use of share tables at all schools.)
  • S0155 AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS – SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS (Prohibits a food service establishment from providing a consumer with a single-use plastic straw, unless the consumer requests such a straw.)
  • S0218 AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – SALES AND USE TAXES – LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION (Exempts reusable bags not including paper or plastic bags from the state sales tax.)

Testimony:

Kevin Budris CLF
Johnathan Berard – Clean Water Action
Zachary Taylor – American recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance
Christian Roseland
Topher Hamblitt – Save the Bay
Meg Kerr – Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Lenny Lopes – Rhode Island VETERINARY Medical association
Rupert Friday – Rhode Island Land Trust Council
Taflin Madison – Girl Scout Troop 113
Greg Gerritt
Dave McLaughlin – Clean Ocean Access

4pm Senate Committee on Labor

Scheduled for Hearing and/or Consideration

  • S0066 AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – RHODE ISLAND EARLY EDUCATOR INVESTMENT ACT (Requires the children’s cabinet, in conjunction with the department of education, to develop and implement strategies to improve the compensation of early educators.)
  • S0138 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – OVERTIME WAGES (Exempts certain executive, administrative, and professional employees from overtime pay if their weekly wages exceed $1,036, an increase from the current $200.)
  • S0139 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – PAYMENT OF WAGES (Defines and recognizes the existence and potential liability of lead entities concerning the payment of wages.)
  • S0195 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – PAYMENT OF WAGES (Increases the criminal penalties for wage theft and employee misclassification.)
  • S0269 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – MINIMUM WAGES – OVERTIME (Exempts the Central Coventry Fire District from the application of the firefighters’ overtime law for 5 years beginning on July 1, 2021.)
  • S0270 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS – FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES (Comprehensively addresses wage discrimination, based on sex by expanding employee protections and the scope of the remedies available to employees who have experienced wage discrimination.)
  • S0271 AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – OFFICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (Requires state contracted human services providers to pay their employees a starting hourly wage of no less than one hundred fifty-five percent (155%) of the state minimum wage.)
  • S0273 AN ACT RELATING TO HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OF SPECIAL OBSERVANCE – WORK ON HOLIDAYS AND SUNDAYS (Repeals RI general laws which gives the director of the department of labor and training the authority to exempt certain classes of employees from receiving overtime pay for Sunday and holiday work.)
  • S0323 AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS — MINIMUM WAGES (Allows individuals employed in domestic service or in or about a private home to be included as an employee.)

6pm House Committee on Labor

Scheduled for Hearing and/or Consideration

  • H5619 would require children who seek a special limited work permit to successfully complete a training program which shall address workers’ rights, workplace health and safety, and workers’ compensation, to be established and funded by the department of labor and training.
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5401 would delete Portuguese a person of Portuguese, Brazilian, or other Portuguese culture or origin, regardless of race., from those eligible to be considered as minorities for purposes of awarding public works projects.
  • Written Testimony:
  • H5473 would allow in workers’ compensation actions for employers to shift the legal burden to employees to prove they were not intoxicated at the time of injury or death after a showing by the employer that the employee had a positive test for intoxicating substance at or immediately following the injury or death. This act would also allow for employers or insurers to recover overpayments made for indemnity benefits by set-off payments for loss of use or disfigurement. Finally it would also require that employers bear sole responsibility for treble damages if the injured employee is a minor employed in violation of any law.
  • Written Testimony:

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