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07/02/2020
Media Advisory: Assembly to return for session during week of July 13
The House and the Senate expect to reconvene to consider several bills the week of July 13. Committee hearings are being scheduled in both chambers next week.


 
06/29/2020
Members appointed to panel studying reform of Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights
The Senate today announced the appointment of a special legislative task force that will review and provide recommendations on policies pertaining to the Rhode Island Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights.  
06/24/2020
Supplemental budget signed into law
The governor has signed into law a 2020 supplemental budget bill, passed by legislators last week, that uses a combination of new federal funding, the state’s rainy day fund and unspent funds throughout state agencies to address a budget gap of about $250 million in the current fiscal year caused largely by revenue losses linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
06/23/2020
Ghost guns ban signed into law
Legislation sponsored by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa to prohibit the manufacturing, transfer, purchase or possessing of any plastic, fiberglass or 3-D printed gun, as well as “ghost guns,” untraceable guns and undetectable guns was signed into law today by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.


 
06/22/2020
Assembly to remove ‘Providence Plantations’ from its documents
Sen. Harold M. Metts and Rep. Anastasia P. Williams announced today that the General Assembly would be removing “and Providence Plantations” from official General Assembly documents. The announcement was made as part of an event hosted by Governor Raimondo announcing ‘RIse Together’ actions for a more equitable and resilient Rhode Island, including the removal of references to “Plantations” from executive branch documents.


 
06/18/2020
Senate votes to permanently enact telemedicine insurance requirement
The Senate has approved legislation to permanently require health insurers to comprehensively cover telemedicine visits.