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Rhode Island State House Monday, March 29, 2021

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Monday, March 29, 2021

4pm House Committee on Innovation, Internet, & Technology

Presentation

  • Overview of the information technology systems in use across state agencies and cybersecurity
    • Bijay Kumar, Chief Digital Officer, Rhode Island Division of Information Technology;
    • Brian Tardiff, Chief Information Security Officer, Rhode Island Division of Information Technology.

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • H5700 by Speakman, Ajello ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION – STUDENT PRIVACY ON SCHOOL-OWNED TECHNOLOGY {LC1586/1} (Provides that no educational institution without an opt-in shall compel students to participate in a take-home technology program (e.g., computers).)
  • H6042 (Secretary of State) by Ruggiero, Donovan, Abney, Hull, Morales, Shallcross Smith, Fenton-Fung, McGaw, Shanley, Serpa ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS – SECRETARY OF STATE {LC2130/1} (Authorizes the secretary of state and board of elections to conduct an extensive cybersecurity assessment of our election systems and facilities and to establish a cybersecurity review board.)
  • H6055 by Barros ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW – GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS – DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES {LC1369/1} (Creates consumer legislation designed to limit in-application payments for software applications and purchases.)

4pm House Committee on State Government & Elections

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • H6008 by Fogarty, Tanzi, Shallcross Smith, Ranglin-Vassell, Hull, McEntee, Messier ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION {LC198/1} (Requires the department of transportation to establish a schedule of all landscaping and mowing of lawns on state roads, and provide a copy of said schedule to the department of public works in any city or town where the state road is located.)
  • H6098 by Morgan, Nardone ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – INDEBTEDNESS OF TOWNS AND CITIES-STUDY OF CONSOLIDATION {LC1883/1} (Directs DOA to study the feasibility of using the bonding authority of the state to consolidate the bonded indebtedness of the towns and cities, if found to be feasible to present a plan to the general assembly for consideration and enactment 1/1/22.)
  • H6099 by Morgan, Nardone, Roberts ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS – REGISTRATION OF VOTERS {LC1481/1} (Tightens up the requirements for registering to vote and for applying for a mail ballot. It mandates that driver’s licenses and motor vehicle identification cards for non-drivers have a marking which identifies the holder as a foreign national.)
  • H6100 by Shanley, Vella-Wilkinson, Barros, Casey, Place, Filippi, Casimiro, Chippendale, Newberry ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – DEFINITIONS AND GENERAL CODE PROVISIONS {LC2287/1} (Amends the definition of automobiles to include pick-up trucks weighing 8,800 lbs and permit them to be registered as passenger vehicles.)

4pm Senate Committee on Judiciary

SCHEDULED FOR CONSIDERATION

  • S0251 by Lawson, Kallman, Murray, Euer, Mack, DiMario, Mendes, Cano, Valverde, Quezada, Calkin ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINALS – CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS – STATION HOUSES FOR WOMEN {LC1451/1} (Requires that as of January 1, 2022, all inmates whom menstruate shall have access to feminine hygiene products at no cost to the inmate.)
  • S0443 by McCaffrey, Ruggerio, Goodwin, Miller, Coyne, Bell, Gallo, Lombardo, Cano, Archambault ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – THE HOSPITAL CONVERSIONS ACT {LC1350/1} (Requires the transacting parties/new hospital seeking conversion to supply additional information in application for review by the DOH/DAG relating to staffing levels/pension plans/community impact.)

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • S0317 by Quezada, Cano, Calkin, Acosta, Mendes, Mack ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – COURTS – JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION {LC1313/1} (Requires that the judicial nominating commission be composed of at least three members of color.)
  • S0396 by Mack, Murray, DiMario, Mendes, Anderson, Calkin, Acosta, Bell, Cano, Goldin ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – VICTIMS’ RIGHTS {LC1453/1} (Establishes a sexual assault survivors’ bill of rights and provide protections to victims including the right to counsel, the right to a counselor and impose time requirements state labs in delivering and testing forensic evidence.)
  • S0398 by Burke, Archambault, DiPalma, Lombardo, Lombardi, Gallo, DiMario ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS – MARRIAGE LICENSES {LC1732/1} (Repeals the provision of law granting minors the ability to obtain a marriage license, and would require a person to be of full legal age, at least 18 years of age to obtain a marriage license.)
  • S0411 by DiMario, Coyne, Valverde, DiPalma, Sosnowski, Goodwin, Goldin, Cano, Mack, Bell ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES – SEXUAL ASSAULT {LC1423/1} (Increases the age of children able to utilize a recorded forensic interview for cases of sexual abuse in grand jury testimony – child assault from age 14 to age 18.)
  • S0412 by DiMario, Coyne, Valverde, DiPalma, Sosnowski, Goodwin, Goldin, Cano, Mack, Bell ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES – ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN {LC1416/1} (Requires the department of children, youth and families to report all suspected cases of child sexual abuse to the children’s advocacy center.)
  • S0511 by Cano, Kallman, Euer, McCaffrey, Goldin, Murray, Acosta, Mack ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – BAIL AND RECOGNIZANCE {LC1988/1} (Establishes procedures for the supreme/superior/district courts to establish non-monetary bail/pretrial release of detainees.)
  • S0513 by Burke, Archambault, Lombardi, Lombardo, McCaffrey, DiMario, Murray ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – PROCEDURE IN PARTICULAR ACTIONS – DEATH BY WRONGFUL ACT {LC2092/1} (Allows recovery of damages for the emotional distress, grief, and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the wrongful death of a spouse, a parent or a son or daughter.)
  • S0514 by DiMario, Kallman, Euer, Goldin, Valverde, Anderson ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – SEXUAL ABUSE OR EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD {LC2066/1} (Provides that the term “perpetrator defendant” includes all persons or entities whose conduct contributed to sexual abuse or exploitation of a child and allow victims to seek recovery of damages for injury suffered as a result of sexual abuse.)
  • S0535 by Euer, DiPalma ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – PROCEDURE GENERALLY – CAUSES OF ACTION {LC2321/1} (Exempts independent third-party contractors from liability for the unauthorized use of the name, portrait or picture of the right of privacy of an individual from appropriation of one’s name or likeness pursuant to a contract with a third party.)
  • S0536 by Anderson, Calkin, DiMario, Bell, Quezada, Miller, McCaffrey, Cano, Mack ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DELINQUENT AND DEPENDENT CHILDREN – PROCEEDINGS IN FAMILY COURT {LC1019/1} (Prohibits any questioning of a juvenile who is suspected of delinquent or criminal behavior, unless the parent of guardian of the juvenile is present, or unless an attorney is present or the juvenile and their parents have waived their presence.)
  • S0538 by Paolino, Pearson, Seveney, Felag, Archambault ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS- DIVORCE AND SEPARATION – CHILD SUPPORT {LC2038/1} (Allows for the extension of child support obligations for non-custodial parents beyond emancipation if the children are attending a 2 or 4 year college and still live with the custodial parent until such children reach the age of 21.)
  • S0599 by Raptakis ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS – DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS {LC1621/1} (Expands the deinstitutionalization subsidy aid program in the department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals to include adoptive parent(s) or siblings(s) and allows them to receive a subsidy through the aid program.)
  • S0600 by Paolino, de la Cruz, Quezada, Rogers, Pearson ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE-PROCEDURE GENERALLY – FEES {LC1926/1} (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 increases to $35 per day commencing July 1, 2023, and thereafter.)
  • S0609 by Paolino, Quezada, Goodwin, Rogers, Pearson ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE- PROCEDURE GENERALLY – FEES {LC1927/1} (Allows jurors to donate their juror fees to the state. Any such donation would be deposited into the general fund.)
  • S0670 by Coyne, Quezada, Sosnowski, Miller, Euer ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES – EXPLOITATION OF ELDERS {LC730/1} (Changes the definition of “elder person” for purposes of exploitation of elders from a person 65 years of age or older to a person 60 years of age or older.)
  • S0677 (Judiciary) by Raptakis ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – TRAFFIC TRIBUNAL {LC1920/1} (Vests the traffic tribunal with jurisdiction over the adjudication of alleged violations of the harassment of hunters, trappers and fishers law.)
  • S0679 (Judiciary) by Archambault, Burke ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS – SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGES {LC1924/1} (Adds the administrator of the supreme court as an individual authorized to perform marriages and would clarify that the current administrators of the superior court, family court, district court, or traffic tribunal are empowered to perform marriages.)
  • S0659 by Cano, Kallman ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGES {LC2457/1} (Allows Christina Marie Tucciarone to join the Honorable Leonela Felix and Gregory Donald Kowalski in marriage on or about June 12, 2021, within the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.)
  • S0661 by Coyne ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGES {LC2456/1} (Allows the Honorable Roger Picard to join Kimberly Pelland and Blake Morphis in marriage on or about May 22, 2021, within the City of Newport, Rhode Island.)
  • S0720 by Sosnowski ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGES {LC2023/1} (Allows Everett Petronio, Jr., to join Bethany Josephine Coia and Mark Peter DeFanti in marriage on or about October 23, 2021, within the Town of Narragansett, Rhode Island.)
  • S0721 by Sosnowski ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO SOLEMNIZATION OF MARRIAGES {LC2553/1} (Allows Fiona Fitzpatrick to join Jane Elizabeth Stanley and David Ethan Swee in marriage on or about May 25, 2021, within the Town of New Shoreham, Rhode Island.)
  • S0727 (Judiciary) by Lombardi, Euer ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – COURTS – FAMILY COURT {LC1913/1} (Only protective orders issued against adults are to be transmitted to A.G.’s B.C.I. for inclusion in the R.O.N.C.O. system. Protective orders against juveniles will be accessible to law enforcement.)
  • S0728 (Judiciary) by Goodwin ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COURTS AND CIVIL PROCEDURE – COURTS {LC1921/1} (Removes references to minors in certain sections relative to domestic assault protective orders as the family court currently has jurisdiction over protective orders involving minors.)
  • S0734 by DiMario, Felag, Euer, Sosnowski, Valverde, Mendes, Coyne, Raptakis, Murray ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES – ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN {LC2110/1} (Establishes a military family advocacy program to address child abuse and neglect in military families.)

5:30pm Senate Committee on Rules, Government Ethics and Oversight

Agenda:

  • Opening Comments – Chair Louis DiPalma

Topics

  • Review of 2014 Change in Effective Control (CEC) and the Hospital Conversion Act (HCA) associated with Prospect acquiring Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital
  • Review of the pending HCA and CEC application addressing to effectuate a buy-out of the private equity investors associated with Prospect Medical Holdings
    • Miriam Weizenbaum – Chief of the Civil Division, Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
    • Christopher Callaci, Esq, General Counsel for United Nurses and Allied Professionals
    • Jeffrey Liebman, Chief Executive Officer for CharterCARE Health Partners
  • Public Comment
  • Closing Comments from Chairman DiPalma

6pm House Committee on Corporations

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • H5446 by Tobon, Casey, Craven, Diaz ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – REFUSE DISPOSAL-ELIMINATION OF POST-USE POLYMERS AND RECOVERED FEEDSTOCKS USED IN ADVANCED RECYCLING PROCESSES FROM SOLID WASTE {LC1001/1} (Exempts post-use polymers and recovered feedstocks used in advanced recycling processes from the definition of solid waste.)
  • H5917 by Place, Quattrocchi, Chippendale, Nardone ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – PUPIL TRANSPORTATION DRIVERS {LC1794/1} (Enables some Massachusetts and Connecticut based students transportation providers without Rhode Island licensed and registered vehicles to operate in Rhode Island, under limited conditions.)
  • H5918 by Place, Nardone, Chippendale ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE MANNER IN WHICH HEALTH INSURANCE, DISABILITY INSURANCE, UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, RETIREMENT PLANS AND OTHER TRADITIONAL EMPLOYER PROVIDED BENEFITS ARE ACCORDED TO UBER AND LYFT DRIVERS, SELF EMPLOYED INDIVIDUALS, AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS ENGAGED IN PROVIDING SERVICES TO THE PUBLIC {LC1771/1} (Creates a 5 member commission to study how various insurance and retirement benefits and other traditional employer provided benefits are accorded to various individuals, and who would report back by 1/ 5/2022, and expire on March 5, 2022.)
  • H5957 by Lima, Casey, Tobon, Lima, Handy, Felix, Phillips ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – INSURANCE RATES {LC1298/1} (Prevents the consideration of an applicant’s credit history in determining automobile liability insurance rates.)
  • H5958 by Hawkins, Phillips ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE – NON PROFIT DENTAL SERVICE {LC2095/1} (Provides that non profit dental service corporations shall have the power to provide for the administering and/or insuring of vision and optometric programs.)
  • H5959 by Shanley, Marszalkowski, Craven, Ruggiero, Barros ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW – GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS – RHODE ISLAND TRANSPARENCY AND PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT {LC2173/1} (Creates the “Rhode Island data Transparency and Privacy Protection Act” to identify information collected by online service providers and commercial websites.)
  • H5960 by Place ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – FREEDOM TO TRAVEL AND WORK ACT {LC2230/1} (Establishes an occupational regulatory framework by authorizing the issuance of occupational licenses and government certifications by recognition for qualified worker applicants from other states.)
  • H5961 by O’Brien ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – VIDEO-LOTTERY GAMES, TABLE GAMES AND SPORTS WAGERING {LC579/1} (Establishes player self-exclusion program with winnings collected from self-excluded players going to RICPG for research/education/prevention of teenage gambling addiction.)
  • H5962 by Costantino, Corvese, Cardillo, McEntee, Batista ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – TRANSFER OF VEHICLES {LC2224/1} (Provides that a lessee of a motor vehicle who purchases the vehicle within one year of the lease inception or any renewal thereof shall be exempt from certain registration transfer provisions.)
  • H5963 by Edwards, Kennedy, Solomon, Casimiro, Alzate, Newberry, Baginski, Potter ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – INSPECTION OF MOTOR VEHICLES {LC2220/1} (Exempt vehicles purchased at the end of their lease term by the current lessee that have a valid certificate of inspection affixed to the windshield from the requirement that dealers of used vehicles conduct a new inspection.)
  • H5964 by Lima, Casey, Felix, Phillips ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – RHODE ISLAND SALVAGE LAW {LC1625/1} (Eliminates the notarization requirement for various certificates filed by insurance companies.)
  • H5965 by Price ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – CERTIFICATES OF TITLE AND SECURITY INTERESTS {LC2229/1} (Authorizes the Exeter town sergeant or designees to conduct division of motor vehicles vehicle identifying number and odometer inspections.)
  • H6052 by Barros ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE – LIABILITY INSURANCE {LC1944/1} (Provides for insurance coverage for the loss of use of the rental motor vehicle provided that the rental car company can establish that their rental vehicle sustained damage and that the rental vehicle will require repair or is a total loss.)

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