Red Flag Bill, Bump Stocks & More: This Week at the State House

Saturday, May 26, 2018

 

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The red flag bill and the ban on bump stocks passes the Senate, as well as, the sex offender registration and notification act. This week at the State House. 

Red flag bill, bump stocks ban pass Senate

The Senate approved two bills to prevent gun violence and mass shootings: a ban on bump stocks and other rapid-fire gun modifications sponsored by Sen. James E. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton); and “red flag” legislation that would allow courts to disarm individuals who are believed by law enforcement to represent a violent threat to themselves or others, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence). Both bills now go to the House, which has approved companion bills sponsored by Rep. Robert E. Craven (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) and Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton), respectively.

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Senate OKs McCaffrey bill that would protect DACA Dreamers

The Rhode Island Senate passed legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick) that would continue the status quo relating to operator and chauffeur’s licenses to approved recipients under the DACA program. It would also provide that the issuance of a Rhode Island operator's license would not confer the right to vote in the state of Rhode Island. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, which has passed similar legislation introduced by Rep. Shelby Maldonado (D-Dist. 56, Central Falls).

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Senate passes Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act

The Rhode Island State Senate passed important amendments to the Rhode Island’s sexual offender registration and community notification laws. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Hanna Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick). The act would implement several registration and notification procedures of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where similar legislation has been introduced by Rep. Robert E. Craven, Sr. (D -District 32, North Kingstown).

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Senate votes to extend foreclosure mediation lawHouse OKs McNamara bill to add rights, responsibilities to driver’s ed

The House of Representatives has passed legislation introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) that would require driver’s education courses to include lessons on what drivers should do if pulled over by a law enforcement officer. The bill also requires driver's instruction courses and tests to include instruction and information on the rights of drivers during a traffic stop. The measure now moves to the Senate for consideration.

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Senate votes to extend foreclosure mediation law

The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) to extend until 2023 an expiring law that requires mortgage lenders to initiate and participate in mediation efforts with homeowners facing foreclosure in an effort to prevent it. The bill now goes to the House, where Rep. Mary Duffy Messier (D-Dist. 62, Pawtucket) is sponsoring companion legislation.

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Senate passes Seveney bill to include behavioral counseling as primary care visit

The Senate passed legislation introduced by Sen. James A. Seveney (D-Dist. 11, Portsmouth, Bristol, Tiverton) that would require health insurers to include behavioral health counseling as a primary care visit. Under the provisions of the bill behavioral health counseling visits and medication maintenance visits would be included as primary care visits for patient cost-sharing requirements under the provisions of a health plan. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where similar legislation has been introduced by Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence).

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Senate OKs bill to provide new home-based care option

The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) to establish in Rhode Island the “independent provider” model of at-home care for the elderly or disabled, which allows consumers to hire and manage caregivers of their choice while the state takes on responsibilities like setting caregivers’ wages, qualification standards and hours. The bill will proceed to the House, where Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence) is sponsoring companion legislation.

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House passes bill to ban ‘gay or trans panic’ defense

The House approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) to prevent defense attorneys from trying to get their clients a lighter sentence or a commutation to a lower charge by arguing that a crime such as murder or assault was the result of shock caused by the perpetrator’s discovery of the victim’s gender identity or homosexuality. The bill will go to the Senate.

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DiPalma bill to create young adult extension of care program passes Senate

Sen. Louis P. DiPalma’s (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Little Compton, Newport, Tiverton) legislation that would create a young adult voluntary extension of care program to extend the age of foster care from age 18 to age 21 was passed by the Rhode Island Senate.  The program would offer a range of programs and services to ensure successful transitions to independence and adulthood for young adults in foster care. The measure now moves to the House of Representatives, where similar legislation has been proposed by Rep. Deborah Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown).

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Rep. Craven’s bill amending speed camera legislation passes the House

Rep. Robert E. Craven’s (D-Dist. 32, North Kingstown) legislation that amends the authorization for municipalities to use speed camera in school zones passed the House of Representatives.  The bill mandates more signage for automated school-zone-speed-enforcement system locations and it lowers the amount of the fine from $95 to $50 for violations. Also, the violations cannot be reflected on a person’s driving record and the hours of operation are restricted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during school days only.

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Sample: N=403

Rhode Island General Election Voters Margin of Error: +/- 4.9% at 95% Confidence Level

Interviewing Period: October 9-11, 2017

Mode: Landline (61%) and Mobile (39%)

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Yes: 100%

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Unaffiliated: 49%

Democrat: 32%

Republican: 15%

Moderate: .4%

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Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...

Definitely be voting: 78%

Probably be voting: 13%

50-50: 9%

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In general, would you say things in Rhode Island are headed in the right direction or are they off on the wrong track?

Right track: 39%

Wrong track: 45%

Mixed: 10%

Don't know/Refused: .6%

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What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?

Jobs and economy:  21%

Education: 12%

Taxes: 12%

Roads: 12%

State budget: 9%

Corruption/Public integrity: .8%

Healthcare: 3%

Governor: 3%

Homelessness: 2%

Immigration: 2%

Other: 7%

Don’t know: .9%

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Over the past three years or so, would you say the economy in Rhode Island has improved, gotten worse, or not changed at all?

Changed for the better: 35%

Changed for the worse: 16%

Not changed at all: 43%

Don't know/Refused: 5%

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Over the same time, has your family's financial situation improved, gotten worse, or not changed at all?

Changed for the better: 26%

Changed for the worse: 19%

Not changed at all: 54%

Don't know/Refused: 1%

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Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?

Net: Approve: 28%

Definitely approve: 15%

Probably approve: 14%

Net: Reject: 67%

Probably reject: 19%

Definitely reject: 48%

Don't know: 4%

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Could you please tell me your age?

18-24: 7%

25-34: 15%

35-44: 15%

45-54: 20%

55-64: 17%

65+: 25%

Don't know/refused: 1%

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What was the last grade you completed in school?

0-11: 2%

High school grad: 16%

Technical/Vocational school: 1%

Some college: 23%

College grad: 34%

Graduate degree: 24%

Don't know/refused: 1%

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The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).

$50,000 or less: 27%

More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%

More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%

More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%

$150,000 or more: 13%

Don't know/refused: 17%

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What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?

American/None: 21%

English: 13%

Italian: 13%

Irish: 12%

Black or African American: 6%

Latino/Hispanic: 6%

French: 6%

Portuguese: 3%

Jewish: 3%

German: 1%

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Would you say that Donald Trump has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as President?


Excellent: 13%
Good: 12%
Fair: 14%
Poor: 57%
Never heard of:  0%
Cannot rate: 3%

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Would you say that Jack Reed has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a United States Senator?

Excellent: 22%
Good: 29%
Fair: 23%
Poor: 15%
Never heard of: 6%
Cannot rate: 6%

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Would you say that Sheldon Whitehouse has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a United States Senator?

Excellent: 17%
Good: 22%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 28%
Never heard of: 6%
Cannot rate: 7%

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Would you say that David Cicilline has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a Member of Congress?

Excellent: 9%
Good: 29%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 27%
Never heard of: 6%
Cannot rate:  8%

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Would you say that James Langevin has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as a Member of Congress?

Excellent: 7%
Good: 30%
Fair: 20%
Poor: 18%
Never heard of: 13%
Cannot rate: 11%

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Would you say that Gina Raimondo has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Governor?

Excellent: 6%
Good: 28%
Fair: 30%
Poor: 31%
Never heard of: 1%
Cannot rate: 3%

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Would you say that Daniel McKee has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Lieutenant Governor?


Excellent: 3%
Good: 16%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 8%
Never heard of: 26%
Cannot rate: 25%

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Would you say that Peter Kilmartin has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Attorney General?


Excellent: 3%
Good: 20%
Fair: 28%
Poor: 17%
Never heard of: 13%
Cannot rate: 19%

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Would you say that Seth Magaziner has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as General Treasurer?

Excellent: 4%
Good: 18%
Fair: 24%
Poor: 13%
Never heard of: 21%
Cannot rate: 21%

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Would you say that Nellie Gorbea has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Secretary of State?

Excellent: 5%
Good: 21%
Fair: 21%
Poor: 10%
Never heard of: 20%
Cannot rate: 23%

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Would you say that Jorge Elorza has done an excellent good, fair or poor job as Mayor of Providence?

Excellent: 4%
Good: 24%
Fair: 24%
Poor: 22%
Never heard of: 9%
Cannot rate: 15%

 
 

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