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2/26/2018 Media Advisory: House Judiciary Committee to hear bills on social gaming, offshore drilling and sex offenders
STATE HOUSE – Social gaming, offshore drilling and sex offenders are all subjects of legislation before the House Judiciary Committee in two meetings this week.

The committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the rise of the House session (around 4:30 p.m.) in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House. Among the bills on the committee’s agenda is:
  • 2018-H 7339 — This bill sponsored by Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) would allow social gaming in private residences, public taverns, and private clubs as long as there is a social relationship between participants and no person other than the participants receives anything of value.
The committee is also scheduled to meet Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the rise of the House session in Room 205 on the second floor of the State House. Among the bills on its agenda are:
  • 2018-H 7250 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) would ban the construction of oil terminals, platforms and any other equipment related to oil production onshore in Rhode Island, and ban oil drilling within the first three nautical miles from the shore, which is under state jurisdiction.
  • 2018-H 7179 — This resolution sponsored by Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Dist. 4, Providence) would state the House’s  opposition to the Trump Administration’s plan to open nearly all of the country’s coastal waters to oil and gas drilling
  • 2018-H 7263 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) would allow Superior Court or Family Court, in reviewing sex offender level determination by the Sex Offender Board of Review, to raise or lower the offender’s community notification level.
  • 2018-H 7541 — This bill sponsored by Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) implements several provisions of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, including registration for a litany of federal or military offenses, and specifies what information can and cannot be shared on the public registry website.


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