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House approves Mattiello bill creating teams to prevent violence at schools
Panels would ensure warning signs aren’t missed
The House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello 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.

House approves Caldwell’s bill to post opioid warning signs at all pharmacies in R.I.
Measure intended as part of effort to curb opioid epidemic
The House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Justine Caldwell to require signs at pharmacies warning customers about dangers associated with opioids.

Sen. Coyne sponsors three bills to support Alzheimer’s care
Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne has introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at better supporting Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s disease and securing more federal funding for Alzheimer’s programs in the state.

House approves Shekarchi resolution seeking sepsis protocols
The House of Representatives approved a resolution sponsored by House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi calling for the Department of Health to develop protocols to help detect sepsis early and treat it.
Rep. Hawkins’ bill that prohibits misrepresenting pets as service animals passes the House
Legislation (2019-H 5299aa) sponsored by Rep. Bernard A. Hawkins (D-Dist. 53, Smithfield, Glocester) that prohibits the misrepresentation of pets as service animals in order to acquire any rights or privileges afforded to disabled people passed the House of Representatives.

Rep. O’Brien questions RIC and CCRI over hiring of armed police details on campuses
At a meeting of the House Finance Subcommittee on Education, Rep. William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) questioned representatives from Rhode Island College (RIC) and the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) over their decisions to hire armed police details for campus events at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the taxpayer.  The campus police forces for RIC and CCRI are not armed and both administrations have been strong opponents to legislation (2019-H 5138) sponsored by Representative O’Brien that calls for the arming of RIC and CCRI police officers.

President Ruggerio to introduce bill to streamline development on large tracts of state land, such as I-195 Redevelopment area
President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio plans to submit legislation today that takes a new approach to economic development on large tracts of state land. Spurred by delays and impediments imposed upon the Hope Point Tower proposal for the I-195 Redevelopment District, President Ruggerio hopes to create a more streamlined process for approvals on these state-owned parcels moving forward.

Metts, Slater joined by advocates calling for licensing reform
Bill aimed at opening career paths for those released from prison
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Harold M. Metts and Rep. Scott A. Slater have filed legislation to prevent Rhode Islanders from being denied an occupational license based solely or partially on a non-related criminal conviction.