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6/10/2020 MEDIA ADVISORY: House Finance Committee meets tomorrow to hear four pieces of legislation
STATE HOUSE – The House Finance Committee will be meeting tomorrow, Thursday, June 11 at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House to hear testimony on four pieces of legislation.

The committee will hear the following four bills:
  • 2020-H 7246, sponsored by Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence), repeals the sunset provision which ends historic preservation tax credits by June 30, 2020 or upon the exhaustion of the maximum aggregate credits, whichever comes first.
  • 2020-H 7532, sponsored by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Hopkinton, Westerly), expands the definition of sales to include any license, lease, or rental of prewritten or vendor-hosted computer software and specified digital products. This act would also define "end-user" for specified digital products.
  • 2020-H 7620, sponsored by Rep. Marvin L. Abney (D-Dist. 73, Newport, Middletown), amends the definition of "state agency" for purposes of the chapter on "state purchases" to provide for an exemption for the URI Board of Trustees when making purchases funded by restricted, sponsored, or auxiliary monies, from the provisions of the chapter.
  • 2020-H 8007, also sponsored by Representative Abney, this Joint Resolution would authorize a lease agreement for exhibition, office and vault storage space for the Department of State.
The meeting will be televised live on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15 and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will also be live streamed at

No in-person public testimony will be taken nor will the meeting be open to the public.

The committee is taking public testimony two different ways.  Documents provided at the hearing will be made available on the General Assembly website:

Written testimony is encouraged and should be submitted to

For those who would prefer the option to provide verbal testimony please send an email to with the following information:

Bill # you are testifying on
Your Name and Phone number (to be reached for your testimony)
Affiliation: (if any)

*Deadline to request verbal testimony is Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11am.

TO THE MEDIA: An area outside Room 35 will be set aside for the media to watch the hearing, with committee members available afterwards. Contact Larry Berman at 401-447-2655 for details.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903