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Rep. O’Brien reintroduces bill that terminates parental rights of rapists
Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) has reintroduced legislation (2020-H 7330) that would terminate all parental rights of convicted rapists when a child is born from the assault.

Bill on compassion center expansion to be amended
Revised legislation addressing separation of powers issues connected to compassion center licensing has bene posted for tomorrow. The proposed Substitute A’s scope focuses solely on the issue that is the subject of litigation, which is the requirement that department regulations must be approved by the legislature. House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, who sponsored the companion bills in the House and Senate, said they expect to debate outstanding marijuana issues during the remainder of the session.

Assault weapon, high-capacity magazine bans introduced
Rep. Justine A. Caldwell, Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Sen. Joshua Miller today reintroduced their bills to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, saying such weapons have no legitimate purpose and that they endanger the public by enabling shooters to swiftly commit mass murder.

Commemorating Roe v. Wade and closing the gaps on access to abortion
On the 47th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision protecting the right to choose an abortion, Sen. Bridget Valverde and Rep. Liana Cassar today announced legislation that will lift the ban on abortion coverage for state employee health plans and ensure that abortion care is covered by Medicaid.
Three House bills introduced to protect public from those who possess guns illegally
Following through on plans announced on the opening day of session, House leaders and members have introduced legislation designed to protect the public from people who are not law-abiding citizens and who possess guns illegally.     

Bill will ban 3-D printed guns and other untraceable firearms
Legislation, approved by Senate last year, would outlaw guns like the one believed to have been used in Pawtucket New Year’s Day murder

As investigators grapple with what may be Rhode Island’s first murder committed with a 3-D printed gun, Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne has reintroduced legislation to outlaw such weapons. Rep. Patricia A. Serpa, who filed a similar bill last year to ban such weapons, is preparing to submit identical legislation in the House.

Mattiello, Ruggerio to file bill on compassion center expansion
Bill addresses separation of powers issues, clarifying regulators’ authority

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio plan to file legislation today to address separation of powers issues connected to compassion center licensing statutes and regulations.