Senate passes Conley legislation to protect furloughed federal, state employees during shutdowns
STATE HOUSE — The State Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that would provide financial protections to Rhode Islanders who have gone unpaid as a result of government shutdowns.
The bill (2019-S 0065aa) would enable city and town councils to grant tax relief from the payment of taxes on real estate and personal property during periods where federal or state government cease governmental operations, in whole or in part, for employees of the state or federal government
“Fortunately, there are many people in our communities who want to help government employees who lose their income because of government shutdowns,” said Senator Conley, who serves as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “This bill would allow cities and towns around the state to do just that, in whatever way works best for them, whether that’s a grace period, waiving penalties or something else. Our communities have reached out to us asking what they can do, and this will give them the flexibility to help in the way that they determine suits their needs.”
The measure, which is cosponsored by Senators Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown), Dennis L. Algiere (R-Dist. 38, Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly), Frank S. Lombardo III (D-Dist. 25, Johnston) and Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton, Little Compton), now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903