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Lawmakers OK bill creating teams to prevent violence at schools
Panels would ensure warning signs aren’t missed
The General Assembly approved legislation sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Hanna M. Gallo to increase school safety by creating threat assessment teams in schools to serve as the “boots on the ground” in identifying potentially threatening behavior by those in the school community.

Rep. McEntee’s bill to extend civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse passes the General Assembly
Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee’s (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) legislation (2019-H 5171B) that amends the state’s civil statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse was passed by the General Assembly.

Assembly passes bill aimed at preventing service animal misrepresentation
The General Assembly has approved legislation to prevent the misrepresentation of pets as service animals. The bill now goes to the governor.

Sen. Raptakis and Rep. Serpa’s bill that caps interest rates charged by Coventry for sewer project passes General Assembly
Legislation (2019-S 0201A / 2019-H 5798A) sponsored by Sen. Leonidas P. Raptakis and Rep. Patricia A. Serpa that caps the interest rates charged by the town of Coventry to ratepayers for the town’s sewer project was passed by the General Assembly.

House approves 2020 state budget bill
The House voted 64-9 to approve a $9.97 billion budget for the 2020 fiscal year that largely avoids new taxes while strengthening education, continuing the car-tax phase-out and maintaining municipal aid, while also closing a $200 million budget gap.  
Rep. Amore bill that excludes chronic intractable pain from medication prescribing guidelines passed by House
Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2019-H 5434A) that would exclude chronic intractable pain from the definition of “acute pain management” for the purposes of prescribing opioid medication was passed by the House of Representatives.

Sen. DiPalma’s bill that creates a commission to examine the state’s electric and natural gas infrastructure passes Senate
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2019-S 0194A) that creates a Senate special legislative commission to study and evaluate the state’s electric and natural gas distribution and transmission infrastructure to ensure its reliance and resiliency was passed by the Senate.

Sen. Lawson’s bill that creates the ‘Senior Savings Protection Act’ passes Senate
Sen. Valarie J. Lawson’s (D-Dist. 14, East Providence) legislation (2019-S 0433A) that establishes the “Senior Savings Protection Act” was passed by the Senate.

Rep. Williams’ bill codifying privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by Roe v. Wade passes General Assembly; signed into law
Rep. Anastasia P. Williams’ (D-Dist. 9, Providence) legislation (2019-H 5125B) that codifies in state law the privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by the United States Supreme Court in the case Roe v. Wade and its progeny was passed by the full General Assembly tonight and signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo.