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Governor McKee Signs Fair Housing Practices Act
Governor Dan McKee, joined by House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 9, Providence), Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence) and legislative sponsors Rep. Anastasia P. Williams and Sen. Meghan E. Kallman, yesterday signed into law the Fair Housing Practices Act (2021-H 5257aa / 2021-S 0561) which prohibits housing discrimination against renters based on their source of income.

Sen. Cano’s consumer education for high school students bill passes the Senate
Sen. Sandra Cano’s (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) legislation (2021-S 0349) which directs the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, in consultation with the Rhode Island Department of Education, to develop and approve statewide academic standards for the instruction of consumer education in public high schools passed the Senate.

Rep. Williams and Sen. Kallman’s legislation prohibiting housing discrimination passes the General Assembly
Rep. Anastasia P. Williams and Sen. Meghan E. Kallman’s legislation to prohibit housing discrimination against those who receive government assistance to pay their rent passed the General Assembly.

Assembly backs bill requiring full coverage of colorectal cancer screening
Bill was amended to honor Senator Goodwin

The General Assembly has approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin and House Deputy Majority Whip Mia A. Ackerman to require full insurance coverage of colorectal cancer screenings.
Act on Climate signed into law
The 2021 Act on Climate, legislation sponsored by Sen. Dawn Euer and Rep. Lauren H. Carson to update Rhode Island’s climate-emission reduction goals and make them enforceable, has been signed into law. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and the sponsors today joined Governor Dan McKee, Attorney General Peter Neronha and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner for the signing of the bill, which will position the state to boldly address climate change and prepare for a global economy that will be shifting to adapt to clean technology.

Sen. DiPalma’s legislation that protects families with parents that have disabilities passes Senate
Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation (2021-S 0056) that precludes the disability of a parent from serving as a basis for denial or restriction in matters involving a child's welfare, foster care, family law, guardianship and adoption was passed by the Senate.