Sen. Crowley’s bill that raises jurors’ pay passes Senate
STATE HOUSE – The Rhode Island Senate has passed Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley’s legislation (2016-S 2062) that raises the pay jurors receive for serving in the Rhode Island Superior Court. The legislation is now before the House Committee on Finance.
“Although it’s our civic duty and responsibility to serve on a jury when called, the truth is that jury duty can be a cumbersome burden for many, especially those who are losing out on wages while they take time off from work to serve,” said Senator Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket). “My hope is that this legislation will help ease that burden for those that want to serve their community but are also experiencing hard financial times when every single paycheck counts.”
The legislation raises the jurors’ daily pay while serving in the Superior Court from $15 per day to $35 dollars per day. The $15 payment was established in 1983 and is equivalent to $7 today. The raise to $35 today is equivalent to the $15 established in 1983. The act would take effect upon passage.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903