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Rep. Amore bill that excludes chronic intractable pain from medication prescribing guidelines heard by House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2019-H 5434) that would exclude chronic intractable pain from the definition of “acute pain management” for the purposes of prescribing opioid medication was heard by the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee.

Rep. O’Brien law that amends drug abuse and suicide prevention in health education curriculum passes the House
Rep. William W. O’Brien’s (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) legislation (2019-H 5253) that amends substance abuse and suicide prevention education in the health education curriculum by including information that mixing opioids and alcohol can cause accidental death was passed by the House of Representatives. 

Rep. Ackerman legislation would require 911 system to have over-the-phone CPR operators on staff
Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) has introduced legislation 
that would improve over-the-phone CPR instructions by requiring the 911 system to certify and staff individuals trained in telecommunicator CPR.

Rep. Barros named chair of RI Legislative Black and Latino Caucus
Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket) has been elected as the new chair of the Rhode Island Legislative Black and Latino Caucus by his fellow caucus members.  The previous co-chairs were Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls) and Rep. Carlos E. Tobon (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket).

Rep. Alzate introduces bill to create commission to encourage more persons of color to enter education careers
Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) has introduced legislation (2019-H 5553) that would create a nine member special legislative commission to study and make recommendations for encouraging more persons of color to enter education fields.

Building a More Vibrant Rhode Island: Senate Unveils Package of Economic Development Bills
Rhode Island Senate leaders hosted a “policy roundtable” today to unveil and discuss a package of bills related to economic development. Themed around “Building a More Vibrant Rhode Island,” the legislative initiatives propose action in a number of areas, including development, workforce training, housing, education, solar energy, and supporting small businesses and Rhode Island’s seafood industry.
Speaker’s bill creates teams at every school to prevent violence
Panels would ensure warning signs aren’t missed

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello has introduced legislation 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.

General Assembly votes to allow mobile sports wagering
The Rhode Island General Assembly today approved legislation introduced by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) and Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) that would allow mobile sports wagering through the Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton.

Senate passes Conley legislation to collect sales taxes from online retailers
The State Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) that would provide a process for collecting sales tax from out-of-state sellers such as online retailers.

MEDIA ADVISORY: House and Senate to celebrate SS. Patrick and Joseph Days to honor Irish and Italian culture
The Senate and House of Representatives will celebrate both Irish and Italian culture Thursday, March 14, as the legislative chambers observe both St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day.

Rep. Williams bill codifying privacy rights and reproductive freedoms guaranteed by Roe v. Wade passes House of Representatives
Rep. Anastasia P. Williams’ (D-Dist. 9, Providence) legislation (2019-H 5125A) 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 constitutional progeny was passed by the House of Representatives.