This week at the General Assembly

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Monday 25 April 2022

12 o’clock; State Library

  • RHODE ISLAND REPUBLIC PARTY HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE WITH RIGOP CHAIRMAN SUE CIENKI AND SENATE MINORITY WHIP JESSICA DE LA CRUZ
    • On Monday, April 25, the Rhode Island Republican Party (RIGOP) will host a press conference with Senate Minority Whip Jessica de la Cruz to discuss this S2007 and Democrats’ efforts to undermine voter identification policies, which have broad support from a large majority of American voters.

14 o’clock; Room 101

4 p.m.; Room 313

17:30; Room 313

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

13 o’clock; house lounge

14 o’clock; Room 101

2:30 State House

  • HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT.
    • As outreach workers who see and hear the stories of people experiencing homelessness every day, we are fed up with our 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 every Rhode Island resident’s right to housing! We must END HOMELESSNESS today. SHOW UP for you and your community. In our city, if someone sleeps on the street, it is everyone’s responsibility! Also, please sign our petition containing the same demands that we will be sending to lawmakers and the press to show support for solving this crisis: https://chng.it/JTLn45TX

3 pm; State Library

  • Coalition for a Multilingual RI News Conference
    • Multilingual Education Advocacy Day brings together legislators, students, parents, educators, community organizations and members of the public to discuss challenges and advocate resources to expand multilingual education opportunities for all students in Rhode Island. The press conference will include remarks from Gov. Daniel McKee; Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea; Commissioner Angélica Infante Green, Department of Primary and Secondary Education; Wujuudat Balogun, Young Voices and classical high school student; Dayana Henriquez Rodríguez, RIC World Language Education Teacher Candidate; Paige Clausius-Parks, senior policy analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and Dr. Erin L. Papa on behalf of the Coalition for a Multilingual RI.

3 pm; house lounge

4 p.m.; state house

  • Stop Torture RI
    • The StopTortureRI Coalition will meet on Tuesday, April 26th. hold a short rally in support of two bills at 4:00 p.m. outside the State House S2631a bill limiting solitary confinement to 15 days and forcing the DOC to be more transparent in reporting, and S2633a bill that will eliminate juvenile life sentences without parole.

4 p.m.; house chamber

4 p.m.; Senate Chamber

5 p.m. (rise of the house); house lounge

5 p.m. (rise of the house); room 35

5 p.m. (rise of the house); Room 101

5 p.m. (Senate Rise); Senate Lounge

5 p.m. (Senate Rise); room 211; Secret Hearing!

5 p.m. (Senate Rise); room 310; Secret Hearing!

5 p.m. (Senate Rise); Room 313

  • SENATE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
    • S2788 von Lombardo adds expanded recycling as a definition of waste disposal. Adds the advanced recycling facility, which is a facility that accepts, stores, and converts polymers after use and recovered raw materials using advanced recycling.
    • S2514 by DiPalma sets up a commission to investigate the use of artificial intelligence in the state government’s decision-making process.
    • S2509 by Acosta repeals municipal detention facilities and prohibits the operation of private detention facilities and private-public partnerships within the state.
    • S2631 von Mack establishes conditions and procedures for the use of restrictive placement/disciplinary and administrative detention and protective custody for DOC, with annual reporting required.
    • S2633 von Quezada provides that prisoners who committed crimes before the age of 18 and were sentenced as adults are eligible for parole after serving 15 years of imprisonment. Would not extend her parole eligibility if the prisoner could be paroled sooner than 15 years.
    • S2656 von Mack stipulates that the warden of the correctional facility establish a program to provide prisoners in the general population with access to multimedia electronic tablets. The program is made available to the department free of charge.

Wednesday April 27, 2022

4 p.m.; house chamber

4 p.m.; Senate Lounge

4 p.m.; room 211; Secret Hearing!

  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON LABOR
    • S2242 Von Burke repeals Rhode Island general statutes which provide that the Director of Labor and Education may approve wages below minimum wage for persons whose ability to work is impaired because of a physical or mental disability.
    • S2551 von Kallman requires that all companies that receive tax credits from the state pay their workers applicable wages or other payments under Rhode Island law. This law would also allow the tax credits to be revoked for violations of this law.

4:30 p.m.; Senate Lounge

  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
    • S2285 von Mack requires that courses in family life or sex education be taught in grades 6-12 and be appropriate for students of all race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

4:30 p.m.; room 310; Secret Hearing!

5 p.m. (rise of the house); room 35

  • HOUSE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
    • H7072 by J Lombardi caps the APR for payday loans to 28%. 90 day due date required. Prohibit fees/interest payments in excess of 60% of principal. Requires monthly payments of no more than 25% of the initial principal.
    • H7799 von Giraldo prohibits contracts with private for-profit prison facilities or with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the purpose of housing and detaining individuals.

5 p.m. (rise of the house); house lounge

5 p.m. (rise of the house); Room 101

Thursday April 28, 2022

14 o’clock; house lounge

3 pm; Room 101

4 p.m.; house chamber

4 p.m.; room 310; Secret Hearing!

4 p.m.; Senate Lounge

4 p.m.; room 211; Secret Hearing!

4 p.m.; Room 313

  • SENATE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE
    • S2090 Lawson’s allows individuals under the age of 18 to vote in a primary, provided the voter is 18 at the time of the general or special election.
    • S2635 von Kallman facilitates voting for eligible incarcerated inmates and creates the title of “Prison Voting Coordinator” within the correctional department to facilitate inmate voting from start to finish.
    • S2659 by Eu is creating an Address Confidentiality Program for those experiencing domestic violence.
    • S2858 by Coyne creates an Address Confidentiality Program for individuals experiencing abuse or domestic violence. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText22/SenateText22/S2659.pdf

4:30 p.m.; Senate Lounge

5 p.m. (rise of the house); room 35

5 p.m. (rise of the house); house lounge

Friday April 29, 2022

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