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3/5/2018 MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Judiciary Committee meets Tuesday on guns, Thursday on various bills
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, March 6 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 related to firearms:
  • 2018-S 2492, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) and known as the “Red Flag” law, provides that persons subject to extreme risk protection orders for being an imminent danger of causing personal injury shall surrender all firearms while subject to the order.
  • 2018-S 2493, sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), restricts possession and sale of new assault weapons, limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds or less, and provides “grandfather” protections for current possession/ownership.
  • 2018-S 2319, sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence), criminalizes the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale or transfer of any ammunition feeding device capable of accepting more than 10 rounds, known as high capacity magazines.
  • 2018-S 2292, sponsored by Sen. James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton), and 2018-S 2271, sponsored by Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, North Kingstown, Narragansett). Both bills would make possession or use of a semi-automatic weapon rapid fire device, such as bump stocks, binary triggers and trigger cranks, a crime punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000) fine.
  • 2018-S 2134, sponsored by Sen. Stephen A. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, Johnston, North Providence), directs the Attorney General to report annually to the General Assembly on the incidence and disposition of crimes involving guns.
  • 2018-S 2148, sponsored by Sen. Frank A. Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence), allows those persons with concealed carry permits issued by other states to carry upon their person weapons in Rhode Island, provided that the issuing state recognizes and gives reciprocity to RI permit holders.
On Thursday, March 8 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 2153, sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), raises the juror's fees for each day's attendance on the superior court to $25.00 per day commencing July 1, 2019, and increases to $35.00 per day commencing July 1, 2020 and thereafter.
  • 2018-S 2302, sponsored by Sen. Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston), creates a joint committee to compile suggestions for the repeal of statutes, regulations, and executive orders.
  • 2018-S 2460, sponsored by Senator Ciccone, regulates snow removal contracts between service providers and service receivers, limits liability between them, and declares certain indemnity agreements void as against public policy.
  • 2018-S 2616, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), amends multiple sections relating to "open meetings," including utilizing advances in technology for observing meetings, how quorums are calculated, procedures for closed meetings and notice requirements.



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