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Tanzi files bill to raise tobacco purchase age to 21
Saying the state must do more to address smoking as the serious threat to public health that it is, Rep. Teresa Tanzi introduced legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Rhode Island from 18 to 21.  
House OKs Bennett bill to allow students sunscreen in schools
Students in Rhode Island schools will not be denied the right to possess and apply sunscreen under legislation sponsored by Rep. David Bennett and unanimously approved by the House of Representatives today.

Senator DiPalma and Representative Marshall to introduce legislation to strengthen the Hospital Conversion Act
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) and Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) are expected to introduce legislation this week to strengthen Rhode Island’s Hospital Conversion Act (HCA) - the law governing hospital mergers and acquisitions in Rhode Island. Both lawmakers have expressed concern over the proposed acquisition of Care New England by Partners HealthCare and that the current HCA is not strong enough to support a proper review of entities proposing acquisitions from adjacent states.

Miller, Knight submit assault weapon ban
Legislation, supported by R.I. Coalition Against Gun Violence, also includes ban on high-capacity magazines
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Joshua Miller and Rep. Jason Knight are introducing legislation to ban assault weapons, like the one used in the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla, and other tragic mass shootings in the last several months and years. The bill also bans high-capacity magazines.

‘Red Flag’ bill would allow courts to disarm those who show warning signs of potential violence
With the support and co-sponsorship of House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Rep. Dennis M. Canario today filed legislation (2018-H 7688) that would create a means for courts to disarm people whose behavior is believed by authorities to pose a serious threat to others or themselves.

Rep. Amore to introduce bills addressing school resource officers and security upgrades
Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) will be introducing two pieces of legislation aimed at preventing violence in Rhode Island’s schools in the wake of the tragic events in Florida.