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7/3/2020 Media Advisory: Legislative hearings scheduled next week
STATE HOUSE – In advance of reconvening the week of July 13, both chambers of the General Assembly have scheduled hearings next week.

For further details, please click on the links below.

Tuesday, July 7
  • The House Finance Committee meets at 4 p.m. in Room 35 to consider authorization of municipal bonds for Cranston, Newport, Warwick and Burrillville.
  • The Senate Finance Committee meets at 4 p.m. in the Senate Lounge for hearing on elements of the 2021 state budget bill.
  • The House Judiciary Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. in the House Lounge to consider several bills, including:
    • 2020-H 8077 — Sponsored by Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence), this bill would put a question on November’s ballot asking voters whether to remove “and Providence Plantations” from the state’s official name.
    • 2020-H 7541A/2020-S 2136B — Sponsored by Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Senate Judiciary Chairwoman Erin Lynch Prata (D-Dist. 31, Warwick, Cranston), this legislation updates the state’s laws establishing parentage so they include all types of parents, including  LGBTQ parents.
    • 2020-H 7947 — Sponsored by Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence), this bill would create a new process with standards for deciding whether an applicant’s past conviction of a crime should disqualify the applicant from receiving a state occupational license, permit, certificate or registration.
    • 2020-H 7896 — Sponsored by Rep. Arthur Corvese (D-Dist. 55, North Providence), this bill would require that electors that cast emergency ballots in the 12 day period prior to any election day sign an electronic pollbook giving a reason why they cannot get to the polls and vote be cast immediately into a voting machine.
 Wednesday, July 8

  • The House Finance Committee meets at 4 p.m. in Room 35 for hearings on elements of the 2021 state budget bill and legislation (2020-H 7624) sponsored by Representative Slater to establish minimum staffing standards for quality care at nursing homes.
  • The Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee meets at 4 p.m. in Room 313 to consider the confirmation of David Spinella as Chief Hearing Officer in the Division of Administrative Adjudication in the Department of Environmental Management and a bill (2020-S 2504) sponsored by committee Chairwoman Susan V. Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) amending the maximum allowable capacity for net metering systems in the Block Island Utility District and Pascoag Utility District.
  • The Senate Labor Committee meets at 4 p.m. in the Senate Lounge on the annual bill to update workers’ compensation (2020-S 2915), sponsored by Labor Committee Chairman Frank A. Ciccone III (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence).
  • The House Labor Committee meets at 4:30 p.m. in the House Lounge for a hearing on the annual bill to update workers’ compensation (2020-H 8085), sponsored by Labor Committee Chairwoman Williams.
 
Thursday, July 9


  • The Senate Finance Committee meets at 4 p.m. in the Senate Lounge for hearings on elements of the 2021 state budget bill, the confirmation of Rebeka Mazzone to the Industrial Recreational Building Authority, and hearings on several municipal bond authorizations for Cranston.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee meets at 4 p.m. in Room 313 to consider the confirmation of  Louis DeSimone Jr. to the Board of Elections and several bills, including:
    • 2020-S 2824 — Sponsored by Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence), this bill would create a new process with standards for deciding whether an applicant’s past conviction of a crime should disqualify the applicant from receiving a state occupational license, permit, certificate or registration.
    • 2020-S 2598 — Sponsored by committee Chairwoman Lynch Prata, this bill would require that electors that cast emergency ballots in the 12 day period prior to any election day sign an electronic pollbook giving a reason why they cannot get to the polls and vote be cast immediately into a voting machine.
  • The House Municipal Government meets at 4:30 p.m. in the House Lounge for hearings on municipal bond authorizations for Pawtucket, South Kingstown, Tiverton and Cranston.
 
The House is expected to reconvene for session on Thursday, July 16, and the Senate expects to reconvene sometime the same week.

The State House remains closed to the public as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions and 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. They are also live-streamed at www.rilegislature.gov/CapTV.

Media members wishing to arrange for in-person coverage are asked to contact Larry Berman in the House at lberman@rilegislature.gov and Greg Paré in the Senate at gpare@rilegislature.gov.



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