Assembly to address shortfall through supplemental budget
FY21 budget bill on hold; Committee hearings scheduled week of June 8
STATE HOUSE – The House and Senate are tentatively planning to consider a supplemental budget for the current fiscal year the week of June 15.
The bill would address a major shortfall in the current-year budget that must be addressed before the end of the fiscal year. The House and Senate Finance committees have held several hearings in recent weeks assessing the shortfall and potential solutions.
Upon passage by the House Finance Committee, the supplemental budget bill will be brought to the House floor for consideration. Unlike the FY 2021 budget, this legislation does not require a seven-day review period before consideration by the full House. After passage by the House, the bill can go to the Senate for consideration by its Finance Committee and then the full chamber.
The House and Senate are working collaboratively with the Administration and the Department of Health to ensure that the appropriate precautions are being taken to safely hold sessions.
The General Assembly expects to address a limited number of other bills when members return for consideration of the supplemental budget bill. Legislative leaders plan to return to session at a later date to address the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.
Meanwhile, committee hearings have been scheduled in both chambers of the General Assembly the week of June 8.
All the hearings will be televised on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox on Channels 15 and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. Each will be live streamed at www.rilegislature.gov/CapTV.
The Joint Legislative COVID-19 Emergency Spending Task Force will meet Tuesday, June 9, at 4 p.m. in the House Lounge. The task force is scheduled to review emergency spending on the COVID-19 response, including Administration testimony on updated expenditure and encumbrance data, including items not included likely to be incurred, and hear detailed reviews of nursing home COVID-19 support including personal protective equipment and surge hospital expenses including future estimates and disposition of equipment. Members will also ask questions on prior hearing responses. The meeting will be live streamed at http://ritv.devosvideo.com/show?video=cd679c40105a. Documents provided at the hearing will be made available on the General Assembly website at http://www.rilegislature.gov/covid/SitePages/jlc19.aspx.
The Senate Labor Committee will meet Monday, June 8, at 4 p. m. in the Senate Lounge for hearings on the appointments of Stan Israel and Harry Winthrop to the State Labor Relations Board. Members of the public wishing to testify may submit written testimony via email to SLegislation@rilegislature.gov.
The House Small Business Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, June 9, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House to discuss help for small businesses, particularly in the restaurant and hospitality industries. The committee will hear from Mark S. Hayward, Rhode Island District Director of the Small Business Administration; Rhode Island Small Business Development Center State Director Ed Huttenhower; R.I. Hospitality Association President and CEO Dale J. Venturini; R.I. Hospitality Association Vice President of Advocacy and General Counsel Sarah Bratko; David LaHousse, owner of Kay’s Restaurant in Woonsocket and The Lodge Pub & Eatery in Lincoln; and Kristin Gennuso, co-owner of Chez Pascal in Providence. Written testimony may be provided via email to the committee clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be live streamed at http://ritv.devosvideo.com/show?video=cd679c40105a. Documents provided at the hearing will be made available on the General Assembly website: http://www.rilegislature.gov/Special/comdoc/Pages/HSMB.aspx.
The House Finance Committee, and other House committees, are also expected to meet next week. Details will be announced.
For viewing arrangements or access to committee members, members of the media are asked to contact Larry Berman at (401) 447-2655 for the House committees, or Greg Paré at (401) 255-1532 for the Senate committees.
The State House remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no legislative session in either chamber the week of June 8.
For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 331A
Providence, RI 02903