This week at the General Assembly

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Monday, April 25, 2022

12:00; State House Library

  • RHODE ISLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY TO HOST A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH RIGOP CHAIR SUE CIENKI AND SENATE MINORITY Whip JESSICA DE LA CRUZ
    • On Monday, April 25, the Rhode Island Republican Party (RIGOP) will hold a press conference with Senate Minority Leader Jessica de la Cruz to discuss S2007 and efforts by Democrats to undermine voter ID measures, which are widely supported by the vast majority of American voters.

14:00; room 101

16:00; room 313

5:30 pm; room 313

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

13:00; living room of the house

14:00; room 101

2:30 State House

  • HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT.
    • As community workers who see and hear the stories of homelessness every day, we are fed up with the inability to meet the most basic needs of our most vulnerable citizens. Join the Rhode Island Homeless Advocacy Project (RIHAP), HOPE, and other direct service organizations at the State House to advocate for the right to housing for all Rhode Islanders! We must END HOMELESSNESS today. SHOW UP for yourself and your community. If there is someone sleeping on the streets of our city, it is everyone’s responsibility! Also, please sign our petition, which lists the same demands, and which we will send to legislators and the press to show your support for solving this crisis: https://chng.it/JTLn45TX

15:00; State House Library

  • Coalition for an RI Multilingual Press Conference
    • Multilingual Education Advocacy Day will bring together legislators, students, parents, educators, community organizations, and members of the public to discuss challenges and advocate for resources to expand multilingual education opportunities for all Rhode Island students. The press conference will feature remarks from Governor Daniel McKee; Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea; Commissioner Angélica Infante Green, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Wujuudat Balogun, Young Voices and Classical High School Student; Dayana Henríquez Rodríguez, RIC World Languages ​​Education Teacher Candidate; Paige Clausius-Parks, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Senior Policy Analyst, and Dr. Erin L. Papa on behalf of the Coalition for a Multilingual RI.

15:00; living room of the house

16:00; state house

  • Stop Torture RI
    • The StopTortureRI Coalition will host a short rally in front of the State House on Tuesday 4/26 at 4pm in support of two bills, S2631a bill that limits solitary confinement to 15 days and forces the DOC to be more transparent in reporting, and S2633a bill that eliminates juvenile life sentences without parole.

16:00; house camera

16:00; Senate Chamber

17:00 (Ascent of the House); living room of the house

17:00 (Ascent of the House); Room 35

17:00 (Ascent of the House); room 101

17:00 (Senate adjournment); Senate Hall

17:00 (Senate adjournment); Room 211; Secret audience!

17:00 (Senate adjournment); Room 310; Secret audience!

17:00 (Senate adjournment); room 313

  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIAL BRANCH
    • S2788 by Lombardo adds advanced recycling as a definition for garbage disposal. Add advanced recycling facility which means a facility that receives, stores and converts post-use polymers and recovered raw materials using advanced recycling.
    • S2514 by DiPalma establishes a commission to study the use of artificial intelligence in state government decision making.
    • S2509 by Acosta abolishes municipal detention center corporations and prohibits the operation of private detention centers and public-private associations within the state.
    • S2631 by Mack establishes for the DOC conditions and procedures for the use of restrictive housing/disciplinary and administrative confinement and protective custody with required annual reports.
    • S2633 by Quezada establishes that prisoners who committed crimes before the age of 18 and sentenced as adults will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years of sentence. It would not prolong their parole eligibility if the inmate was parole eligible before the age of 15.
    • S2656 by Mack states that the director of the department of corrections shall establish a program to provide access to electronic multimedia tablets to inmates in the general population. The program administered at no cost to the department.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

16:00; house camera

16:00; Senate Hall

16:00; Room 211; Secret audience!

  • SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE
    • S2242 by Burke repeals Rhode Island general laws that provide that the director of labor and training can approve wages below the minimum wage for those whose earning capacity is impaired due to physical or mental disability.
    • S2551 by Kallman requires all entities that receive tax credits from the state to pay their workers the prevailing wage or other payments in accordance with Rhode Island Law. This law would also allow the revocation of tax credits for violation of this law.

4:30 pm; Senate Hall

  • SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
    • S2285 by Mack requires that courses in family life or sex education be taught in grades 6-12 and be appropriate for students of all races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

4:30 pm; Room 310; Secret audience!

17:00 (Ascent of the House); Room 35

  • HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE
    • H7072 by J Lombardi caps the APR for payday loans at 28%. Requires an expiration date of 90 days. Prohibits commission/interest payments in excess of 60% of principal. Requires monthly payments of no more than 25% of the original principal amount.
    • H7799 by Giraldo prohibits contracts with private, for-profit correctional facilities or with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the purpose of housing and detaining individuals.

17:00 (Ascent of the House); living room of the house

17:00 (Ascent of the House); room 101

Thursday, April 28, 2022

14:00; living room of the house

15:00; room 101

16:00; house camera

16:00; Room 310; Secret audience!

16:00; Senate Hall

16:00; Room 211; Secret audience!

16:00; room 313

  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIAL BRANCH
    • S2090 by Lawson allows persons who have not attained the age of 18 to vote in a primary election, provided the voter is 18 years of age on the date of the general or special election.
    • S2635 by Kallman makes it easier for eligible incarcerated inmates to vote and creates the title of “jail voting coordinator” within the department of corrections to help facilitate inmate voting from start to finish.
    • S2659 by Euer creates an Address Confidentiality Program for people subjected to domestic violence.
    • S2858 by Coyne creates an Address Confidentiality Program for individuals subject to domestic violence or abuse. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText22/SenateText22/S2659.pdf

4:30 pm; Senate Hall

17:00 (Ascent of the House); Room 35

17:00 (Ascent of the House); living room of the house

Friday, April 29, 2022

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