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A Day at the Rhode Island State House: Mon, March 1, 2021

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Monday March 1, 2021

4pm Critical Housing Needs in Rhode Island Press Conference

4pm HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

SCHEDULED FOR CONSIDERATION

  • H5247 by Amore, Kazarian ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS – UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT {LC175/1} (Excludes chronic intractable pain from the definition of acute pain management. Prescribes new guidelines for treatment based upon 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.) Video

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • H5152 by Bennett ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS – SANITATION IN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS {LC85/1} (Defines what constitutes a multi-use food and beverage storage container and provides for sanitary use of said containers.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5155 by Bennett ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS – MENTAL HEALTH LAW {LC90/1} (Includes licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), certified in psychiatric/mental health, as qualified to certify the need for mental health treatment in certain patients.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5160 by Bennett ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE – HEALTH CARE ACCESSIBILITY AND QUALITY ASSURANCE ACT {LC120/1} (Redefines the term “covered services” as used to describe applicable subscriber agreements between a health care entity and a dentist.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5195 by Bennett ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – OVERSIGHT OF RISK-BEARING PROVIDER ORGANIZATIONS {LC92/1} (Provides the office of the health insurance commissioner with oversight of risk-bearing provider organizations and health care risk contracts.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5243 by Edwards ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE – INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE {LC735/1} (Requires a health plan to cover clinically appropriate and medically necessary residential or inpatient services, including detoxification and stabilization services, for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5244 by Edwards, Kazarian ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — PHARMACIES {LC705/1} (Provides that pharmacists shall disclose lesser price drug substitutions unless directed otherwise by the doctor. Exempts pharmacists automatically charging the lowest available price.) Video
  • H5249 by Williams, Vella-Wilkinson, Alzate, Morales, Biah, Giraldo, Noret, Casimiro ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — WHOLESALE PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTATION PROGRAM {LC330/1} (Establishes a program for the importation of wholesale prescription drugs from Canada to provide cost savings to Rhode Island consumers.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5372 by McNamara, Ackerman, Carson, Noret, Casimiro ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY BOARD – GROUP PURCHASING BOARD FOR RX WE CAN AFFORD {LC1131/1} (Creates a prescription drug affordability board composed of representatives of affected stakeholders designated to investigate and comprehensively evaluate drug prices for Rhode Islanders and possible ways to reduce them to make them more affordable.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5313 by Place, Quattrocchi, Roberts ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — SANITATION IN FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS {LC349/1} (Adds pickles and relish to those foods which are permitted to be manufactured and sold as a farm home food product.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5368 by Williams, Vella-Wilkinson, Alzate, Lima, Noret ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — BARBERS, HAIRDRESSERS, COSMETICIANS, MANICURISTS AND ESTHETICIANS {LC67/1} (Adds the application or removal of eyelash extensions and the use of chemicals in the area of the eyelids to the definition of the “practice of hairdressing and cosmetic therapy”.) Video
  • H5370 by Donovan, Cassar, Speakman, Fogarty, Tanzi, McNamara, Caldwell, Ajello, Casimiro, Kazarian ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — CONFIDENTIALITY OF HEALTH CARE COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ACT {LC1407/1} (Requires health insurers to accommodate the request for communication in the form and format requested by the insured.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5371 by Casimiro, Alzate, Kazarian ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — HEALTHY BEVERAGE ACT {LC125/1} (Creates the “Healthy Beverage Act” which would require restaurants that offer children’s meals that include a beverage, to provide a healthy beverage as part of the meal.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5715 by Barros, Messier, Morales, Handy, Alzate, Shanley, Fogarty, Carson, Amore, Kislak ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — SUGARY DRINKS {LC1573/1} (Creates a tax on sugary drinks with the intent of discouraging excessive consumption of those beverages and would create a dedicated revenue source for programs designed to benefit public health.) Video
  • H5374 by Craven, Shanley ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — PREVENTION AND SUPPRESSION OF CONTAGIOUS DISEASES — HIV/AIDS {LC961/1} (Permits clinical laboratories to conduct its own analysis of specimens for the detection of HIV/AIDS instead of sending the specimens to the department of health.) Video
  • H5466 by Carson, Shallcross Smith ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — LABORATORIES {LC1260/1} (Creates a comprehensive system to promote and regulate the effective and competent administration of medical laboratories by focusing on the training, qualifications and licensure of their practitioners.) Video
  • H5431 by Ackerman, Chippendale, Hawkins, Baginski, McNamara ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — RESTROOM ACCESS ACT {LC512/1} (Requires retail establishments with 3 or more employees on the premises without accessible public restroom to allow customers suffering from eligible conditions access to their employee restrooms.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5460 by Edwards, Kazarian, Williams, Alzate, Felix, Kislak, Ruggiero, Caldwell, McEntee, Shanley ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -– SEXUAL ASSAULT EVIDENCE KITS {LC858/1} (Requires any entity that receives, maintains, stores or preserves sexual assault evidence kits to submit a report to the department of health, annually, setting forth the total number of untested kits in possession of such entity.) Video
  • H5462 by Edwards, Serpa ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY {LC711/1} (Provides that the trapping and subsequent release of any unowned feral or free roaming cat for the purpose of spaying or neutering of the cat shall not be considered abandonment.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5465 by Filippi, Cortvriend, Place, Kazarian, Nardone, Alzate ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS – MILK SANITATION CODE {LC1375/1} (Permits and legalize the sale of raw milk.) Video
  • H5550 by Lombardi, Henries ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — COSMETIC LABELING {LC1690/1} (Requires that all cosmetics manufactured, sold, delivered, or held for offering to be sold contain a label that completely and accurately lists all of its component ingredient.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5648 by Solomon ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — BREAST CANCER PATIENT NOTIFICATION {LC1498/1} (Now allows for a summary of a patient’s mammography report be provided to the patient by mail, electronically, or otherwise.) Video
  • Written Testimony

4pm HOUSE COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT & ELECTIONS

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • H5285 by Williams, Vella-Wilkinson, Knight, Slater, Felix ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS — RESIDENCE OF THOSE IN GOVERNMENT CUSTODY ACT {LC932/1} (Requires that the state use the actual residences of persons in government custody for census and redistricting purposes. Such information would be determined by the DOC and the secretary of state, and forwarded to the United States census bureau.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5290 by Williams, Vella-Wilkinson, Alzate, Batista, Giraldo ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — STATE POLICE–DIVERSITY {LC29/1} (Mandates 40% of new police recruits be persons of color.) Video
  • H5421 by Messier, Kislak, Giraldo, Barros, Knight, Kazarian, Solomon, McNamara, Fellela, Fenton-Fung ENTITLED, RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE — RIGHT TO ADEQUATE EDUCATION {LC860/1} (Adds two sections to the constitution/guarantees residents adequate education permitting learning at high levels, become lifelong learners, productive workers and responsible citizens/makes rights guaranteed under the constitution judicially enforceable.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5422 by Filippi ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS — RHODE ISLAND CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES REPORTING {LC998/1} (Requires nonprofit entities and candidates comply with reporting requirements for transportation and other amenities provided to any candidate, prohibits nonprofit owned by a candidate to provide any other candidate such amenities.) Video
  • H5430 by Place, Chippendale, Quattrocchi ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES {LC346/1} (Administrative hearings to follow superior court rules of procedure and evidence. Provides for subpoena of witnesses and evidence.) Video
  • H5486 by Edwards ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS — EMPLOYEE CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK {LC734/1} (Requires all applicants for employment with the department of BHDDH or any of its licensed facilities or programs to have the attorney general’s office conduct their mandated nationwide criminal records check.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5596 by Craven, Noret ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – STATEWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH RECORDS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM {LC1649/1} (Establishes a statewide public safety computer aided dispatch records management system.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5597 by Craven ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — UNIFORM UNSWORN DECLARATION ACT {LC1655/1} (Gives an “unsworn” declaration given under the penalty of perjury the same effect as “a sworn” declaration, and subject to the criminal penalties for perjury.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5598 by Tobon, Caldwell, Alzate, Edwards, Lima, Barros, Amore, Craven ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS REGULATION–AUTOMOBILE WRECKING AND SALVAGE YARDS {LC1250/1} (Prohibits any entity/individual from advertising sale/purchase/receipt/transport/salvage of junks/discarded vehicle unless done by licensed auto wrecking/salvage yard subject to civil fines.) Video
  • H5599 by Ajello, Handy, Donovan, Speakman, Kislak, Cassar, Knight, Fogarty, McEntee, Tanzi ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY {LC1577/1} (Eliminates the words “moral turpitude” as a cause of refusal to issue a license to various professionals.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5600 by Ajello, Tanzi, Felix, Batista, Handy, Speakman, Kislak, Cassar, Knight, Fogarty ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS — CONDUCT OF ELECTION AND VOTING EQUIPMENT, AND SUPPLIES {LC1025/1} (Includes the general assembly elections within the category of elections subject to the risk- limiting audits within the jurisdiction of the board of elections.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5635 by Kislak, Cortvriend, Speakman, Ajello, Alzate, Morales, Felix, Henries, Donovan ENTITLED, RESOLUTION TO APPROVE AND PUBLISH AND TO SUBMIT TO THE ELECTORS A PROPOSITION OF AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION (ELECTIONS) {LC336/1} (Proposes an amendment to the constitution to modify the legal minimum age to vote from eighteen (18) years to sixteen (16) years.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5640 by Cassar, Amore, Kazarian, Henries, Felix, Morales, Knight ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS — GENERAL PROVISIONS {LC1384/1} (Allows individuals, who have not reached the age of eighteen (18) years, to vote in a primary election, as long as the voter will be eighteen (18) as of the date of the general or special election.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5748 by Giraldo, Alzate, Williams ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION — CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS OF VOLUNTEERS AND INTERNS {LC1911/1} (Requires state and national criminal background checks person volunteering or interning at any elementary or secondary educational institution. It would also waive fees for background checks employment with salary of less than forty thousand dollars.) Video
  • Written Testimony
  • H5757 by Casimiro, Noret, Fenton-Fund ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS — CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTING {LC1676/1} (Increase the fines for the late filing of campaign finance reports to one hundred dollars ($100) for a second offense, five hundred dollars ($500) for a third offense, and one thousand dollars ($1,000) for all subsequent offenses.) Video

4pm SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • S0059 by Ruggerio, Coyne, Seveney, DiPalma, Burke ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – STATEWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY COMPUTER AIDED DISPATCH RECORDS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM {LC672/1} (Establishes a statewide public safety computer aided dispatch records management system.) Video
  • S0120 by DiPalma, Ciccone, Archambault, Burke, de la Cruz ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — ACCIDENTS AND ACCIDENT REPORTS {LC297/1} (Requires that motor vehicle accident reports be transmitted by the law enforcement agency or their contract agent within fourteen (14) days of preparing the report to the department of transportation.) Video
  • S0122 by Quezada, Cano, Kallman, McCaffrey, Mack, Acosta, Calkin, Bell, Euer ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITY–POLICE RELATIONSHIP ACT OF 2015 {LC974/1} (Data collection on police traffic stops and/or searches. Requires appointment of community review board.) Video
  • S0128 by Raptakis, Lombardi, Coyne, Euer, Rogers, Paolino, Felag, Archambault ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES — CHILDREN–CONFINEMENT IN MOTOR VEHICLES PROHIBITED {LC447/1} (Repeals the requirement that law enforcement officers issue only warnings of the risks to persons leaving a child under the age of seven (7) unattended in a motor vehicle.) Video
  • S0134 by de la Cruz, Paolino, DiPalma, Lombardi, Morgan, Euer, Raptakis ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE — SEARCH WARRANTS — ELECTRONIC INFORMATION AND DATA PRIVACY ACT {LC968/1} (Requires law enforcement agencies to obtain search warrants for electronic information, data, location information and other identifying information of subscribers and customers, except in specified circumstances.) Video
  • S0135 by Calkin, Acosta, Anderson, Mack, Mendes, Bell, Quezada ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT {LC517/1} (Prevents the director of the department of corrections from restricting in-person visitation of inmates in the event that the department implemented electronic visitation or contact, such as skype, between inmates and visitors.) Video
  • S0182 by Acosta, Burke, Mack, Kallman, Cano ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS — ACCESS {LC1094/1} (Requires all public employees to furnish their name and their job title, upon request.) Video
  • S0245 by Kallman, Quezada, Pearson, McCaffrey, DiMario, Valverde, Coyne, Mack, Miller, Acosta ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY JUSTICE REINVESTMENT PROPOSALS AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCING THE INCARCERATION OF WOMEN {LC1373/1} (Creates a 13 member commission to study justice reinvestment proposals and provide recommendations for reducing the incarceration of women, and would report back five months after passage, and expire on January 5, 2023.) Video
  • 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.) Video
  • S0334 by Quezada, Calkin ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS — RESIDENCE OF THOSE IN GOVERNMENT CUSTODY ACT {LC1503/1} (Requires that the state use the actual residences of persons in government custody for census and redistricting purposes. Such information would be determined by the DOC and the secretary of state, and forwarded to the United States census bureau.) Video

5pm SENATE COMMITTEE ON RULES, GOVERNMENT ETHICS AND OVERSIGHT

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

  • S0336 by DiPalma, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Goodwin ENTITLED, SENATE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE RULES OF THE SENATE FOR YEARS 2021-2022

6pm HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LABOR

SCHEDULED FOR HEARING AND/OR CONSIDERATION

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