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This week at the
STATE HOUSE — Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly this week. For more information on any of these items visit http://www.rilegislature.gov/pressrelease
§ Rep. Vella-Wilkinson bill would extend benefits to gay veterans
§ Sen. Valverde introduces bill to protect woodlands
§ Leader Shekarchi bill would streamline blockchain regulations
§ Ruggiero bill would help address gender pay gap
§ Rep. Cortvriend resolution urges climate literacy to be incorporated in curricula
§ House Oversight Committee hears auditor general’s report about UHIP
§ Rep. McEntee bills would update parentage and adoption laws
The House Committee on Judiciary heard two bills introduced by Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee (D-Dist. 33, South Kingstown, Narragansett) that would update the law concerning parentage and adoption processes. The R.I. Confirmatory Adoption Act (2019-H 5706) provides for a process for married and unmarried parents to complete adoption to confirm their parentage of children born into their relationships with mutual intent and through assisted reproduction. The R.I. Parentage Act (2019-H 5707) repeals current state law regarding paternity and replaces it with a more comprehensive parentage act that provides procedures establishing parentage, genetic testing, surrogacy agreements and assisted reproduction.
§ Rep. Amore bill would extend ‘look back’ period on DUI offenses
The House Committee on Judiciary heard legislation (2019-H 5766) introduced by Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) that would extend the “look back” period on repeat alcohol-related vehicular offenses from the current five years to 10 years.
§ Legislators attend rally calling for 2020 Census participation
At a rally held in the State House rotunda, House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey (D-Dist. 29, Warwick), Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence), and Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Providence) rallied to support the efforts of the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee to ensure that every Rhode Island resident is counted in the upcoming 2020 Census. Senator Cano and Representative Williams also introduced resolutions (2019-S 0743, 2019-H 5939) calling for support for the committee’s campaign.
§ Senate Finance Committee hears resolution to refinance GARVEE bonds
The Senate Committee on Finance met Thursday to hear testimony on a joint resolution (2019-S 0633) introduced by Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) that would authorize the governor to refinance previously issued Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle bonds for transportation projects.
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