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5/3/2017 2016 Rhode Island Public Laws Available in Printed Edition
STATE HOUSE –House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello today announced that the 2016 Rhode Island Public Laws and Acts & Resolves have been printed and are being distributed by the Law Revision Office of the Rhode Island General Assembly.  The general public may access this information through the General Assembly Web Site,, General Assembly Legislative Information, Law Revision Office – New Session Laws.

The Public Laws of the State of Rhode Island are published annually and, with two exceptions, consist of all acts passed by the General Assembly during the previous legislative session.  Excluded from the Public Laws are resolutions and acts of a local and private nature.  The 2016 edition of the Public Laws provides a valuable reference tool for determining how the state’s General Laws have been amended over the years.

The Acts & Resolves contain resolutions passed during a General Assembly session, all acts of a local and private nature, names of legislators and legislative leaders, and executive appointments to state boards and commissions. 

The Public Laws and Acts & Resolves identify both the legislative sponsor and the date of introduction of a proposed bill.  In addition, the chapter number and the number of a local act or resolution are printed at the top of each page. 

While all acts passed by the General Assembly are public laws, only those enactments that are of statewide consequence are incorporated into the General Laws of the state.  The primary distinction that separates the Public Laws from the General Laws is that public laws include all legislation, barring acts and resolves, and the general laws are a codified compilation of statutes that apply to all the citizens of the state of Rhode Island.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 331A
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466