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2/12/2018 MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Judiciary Committee to meet on Tuesday and Thursday to hear a variety of legislation
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Committee on Judiciary will be meeting on Tuesday and Thursday this week to hear testimony on a variety of bills.

On Tuesday, February 13 at the RISE of the Senate (approximately 4:45 p.m.) in Room 313 of the State House, the committee will hear and/or consider the following bills:
  • 2018-S 2089, sponsored by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, Johnston, North Providence), authorizes a law enforcement or animal control officer to hold an animal confined in a motor vehicle up to 72 hours pending a district court hearing as to medical costs, fees, charges, and/or surrender of physical possession and ownership of the animal.
  • 2018-S 2092, sponsored by Sen. Jeanine Calkin (D-Dist. 30, Warwick), 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.
  • 2018-S 2096, sponsored by Sen. Frank A. Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence), provides that assaults on police officers and other officials be punished by no less than one year but no more than three years' incarceration.
  • 2018-S 2266, sponsored by Sen. Paul W. Fogarty (D-Dist. 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield), authorizes police departments/local drug control divisions to keep confiscated property with any derived income available for community/law enforcement purposes.
  • 2018-S 2267, sponsored by Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence), requires the state to use the actual residence of persons in government custody for redistricting purposes.
  • 2018-S 2268, sponsored by Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston), prohibits the use of restraints on pregnant prisoners during transport to and from court proceedings by sheriffs and/or incarceration at the ACI with annual reports to the general assembly effective January 1, 2019.
On Thursday, February 15 at the RISE of the Senate (approximately 4:45 p.m.) in Room 313 of the State House, the committee will hear and/or consider the following bills:
  • 2018-S 2275, sponsored by Sen. Frank S. Lombardi (D-Dist. 26, Cranston), regulates fiduciary and designated recipient access to digital assets relating to probate practice and procedure by creating the "Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act" to promote uniformity of the law among states that enact it.
  • 2018-S 2277, sponsored by Sen. Ryan W. Pearson (D-Dist. 19, Cumberland, Lincoln), protects individuals from internet disclosure of personally identifiable information by commercial websites/online service operators and creates right of action for violations.
  • 2018-S 2285, sponsored by Senator Lombardi, clarifies the right of a surviving spouse of a decedent regarding elective shares taken against the decedent's will relating to real and personal estate to the estates of decedents dying on and after July 1, 2018.
  • 2018-S 2146, sponsored by Senator Archambault, increases marital estate deduction if proper election made by decedent spouse's estate allowing decedent to transfer unused portion of estate tax exemption to spouse.



For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401)222-6124