Red Flag Bill, Bump Stocks & More: This Week at the State House
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
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%
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%
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?
Black or African American: 6%
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