This week at the General Assembly

Monday, April 25, 2022

12 p.m.; State House Library

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

2 p.m.; Room 101

4 p.m.; Room 313

5:30 p.m.; Room 313

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

1 p.m.; home living room

2 p.m.; Room 101

2:30 p.m. State House

  • HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT.
    • As outreach workers who see and hear the stories of homelessness every day, we are sick of 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 of every Rhode Islander to be housed! We must END HOMELESSNESS today. SHOW YOURSELF for you and your community. If there’s anyone sleeping on the streets of our city, it’s everyone’s responsibility! Additionally, please sign our petition, which lists the same demands, and which we will send to lawmakers and the press to show our support for solving this crisis: https://chng.it/JTLn45TX

3 p.m.; State House Library

  • Coalition Press Conference for a Multilingual Rotary Press Conference
    • Multilingual Education Advocacy Day will bring together lawmakers, 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 Primary and Secondary Education; Wujuudat Balogun, high school student for young voices and classical music; Dayana Henríquez Rodríguez, RIC World Language Education candidate; Paige Clausius-Parks, senior policy analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, and Dr. Erin L. Papa on behalf of the Coalition for Multilingual IR.

3 p.m.; home living room

4 p.m.; State Chamber

  • Stop the RI torture
    • The StopTortureRI Coalition will hold a short rally outside the State House on Tuesday, 4/26 at 4:00 p.m. to support two bills, S2631a bill that limits solitary confinement to 15 days and requires the DOC to be more transparent in its reporting, and S2633a bill that eliminates life sentences for minors without parole.

4 p.m.; bedroom of the house

4 p.m.; Senate Chamber

5 p.m. (Rise of the House); home living room

5 p.m. (Rise of the House); Room 35

5 p.m. (Rise of the House); Room 101

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

5 p.m. (Rise of the Senate); Room 211; Secret hearing!

5 p.m. (Rise of the Senate); room 310; Secret hearing!

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

  • SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIAL
    • S2788 by Lombardo adds advanced recycling as a definition of waste disposal. Adds Advanced Recycling Facility, i.e. a facility that receives, stores and converts post-use polymers and raw materials recovered using advanced recycling.
    • S2514 by DiPalma establishes a commission to study the use of artificial intelligence in state government decision-making.
    • S2509 by Acosta repeals municipal detention facility corporations and prohibits the operation of private detention facilities and public-private partnerships within the state.
    • S2631 by Mack establishes for the DOC the terms and procedures for the use of restrictive housing/disciplinary and administrative confinement and police custody with an annual report required.
    • S2633 by Quezada provides that prisoners who have committed offenses before the age of 18 and who have been sentenced as adults can be granted parole after serving 15 years of sentence. Would not extend their parole eligibility if the prisoner was eligible for parole before 15 years.
    • S2656 by Mack provides that the Director of the Department of Corrections shall establish a program to provide access to multimedia electronic tablets to general population inmates. The program is administered at no cost to the ministry.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

4 p.m.; bedroom of the house

4 p.m.; Senate Lounge

4 p.m.; Room 211; Secret hearing!

  • SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE
    • S2242 by Burke repeals Rhode Island’s general laws which provide that the Director of Labor and Training may approve wages below minimum wage for persons whose earning capacity is impaired due to physical or mental disability.
    • S2551 by Kallman requires all entities receiving state tax credits to pay their workers prevailing wages or other payments in accordance with Rhode Island law. This law would also allow the revocation of tax credits in the event of a violation of this law.

4:30 p.m.; Senate Lounge

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

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

5 p.m. (Rise of the House); Room 35

  • HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE
    • H7072 by J Lombardi caps APR for payday loans at 28%. Requires a 90 day due date. Prohibits fees/interest payments above 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 United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the purposes of accommodation and detention.

5 p.m. (Rise of the House); home living room

5 p.m. (Rise of the House); Room 101

Thursday, April 28, 2022

2 p.m.; home living room

3 p.m.; Room 101

4 p.m.; bedroom of the house

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 COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIAL
    • S2090 by Lawson allows people who have not reached the age of 18 to vote in a primary election, provided the voter is 18 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 “Incarcerated Voting Coordinator” within the Department of Corrections to help facilitate inmate voting from start to finish.
    • S2659 by Euer creates an address privacy program for victims of domestic violence.
    • S2858 by Coyne creates an address privacy program for people 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); home living room

Friday, April 29, 2022

Willie R. Golden