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6/5/2019 Media Advisory: 3-D guns, plastic bag ban, more before Senate today, tomorrow
STATE HOUSE – The Senate is scheduled to vote on several high-profile bills today and tomorrow, including a ban on 3-D printed guns, legislation to eliminate disposable plastic shopping bags statewide, equal pay bills and a measure to address housing discrimination.

The Senate is scheduled to meet both days at 4 p.m. in its chamber on the second floor of the State House.

Today, the Senate is scheduled to take up:
  • 2019-S 0084A — Sponsored by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence), this bill would prohibit the possession, sale, transfer or purchase of a “ghost guns” (those without a serial number), undetectable firearms or any firearm produced by a 3D printing process.
  • 2019-S 0331 — Sponsored by Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence), this bill aims to eliminate housing discrimination against those who receive housing vouchers or other public assistance. It adds “lawful source of income” to the list of statuses — such as race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and marital status — that landlords may not use as a basis for their decisions about to whom they will rent, or which units they will rent to them.
Tomorrow, the Senate’s calendar includes:
  • 2019-S 0410Aaa — Sponsored by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence), this bill would prohibit retail sales establishments from making available any single-use plastic checkout bag or any paper checkout bag that is not a recyclable paper bag or a paper carryout bag at restaurants.
  • 2019-S 0172 — Sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence), this bill would collect data from employers of 100 or more people in Rhode Island to help determine industries and areas where pay gaps occur, and their extent.
  • 2019-S 0509 — Sponsored by Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence), this bill would provide protections and transparency in the workplace to help women and people of color demand equal pay for equal work and would make it illegal to pay workers less than their white, male colleagues without a clearly documented difference in skills.

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558