This week at the

General Assembly

 

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

 

§  Senate passes bill that grants driving privileges to undocumented residents

The Senate passed legislation (2022-S 2006Aaa) sponsored by Sen. Frank A. Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, North Providence) which allows the Division of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privileges to undocumented residents in the state.  Neither the driving permit nor license would be usable for federal or state identification or voting purposes.  The bill now heads to the House for consideration where Rep. Anastasia P. Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) has introduced similar legislation (2022-H 7708).

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§  House OKs bill to provide injured police dogs ambulance transport, EMT care
The House approved legislation (2022-H 7021A) sponsored by Rep. David A. Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick, Cranston) to allow police dogs injured in the line of duty to get emergency first aid from EMTs and be transported by ambulance to veterinary hospitals. The legislation now heads to the Senate.
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§  House OKs McNamara bill to redistribute unused prescription medications
The House of Representatives approved legislation (2022-H 7133A) introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) that would create a way to redistribute unused medication to aid people who cannot access or afford their prescriptions. The measure now moves to the Senate, where similar legislation (2022-S 2207) has been introduced by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence).
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§  House, Senate pass bills to address child abuse in military families
The Senate and House of Representatives approved legislation (2022-S 2105, 2022-H 6617) introduced by Sen. Alana M. DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) and Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) respectively that would require the Department of Children, Youth and Families to determine the military status of the parents of any abused child and report the matter to the appropriate military authorities, including the Military Family Advocacy Program. Each measure now moves to the other chamber.
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§  House passes Azzinaro ‘stolen valor’ bill

The House of Representatives approved legislation (2022-H 7714A) sponsored by Rep. Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly) that would make “stolen valor” a crime.  The bill would make it a crime to fraudulently represent oneself as an active or veteran member of the military or armed forces for the purpose of obtaining money, property or other tangible benefits. The crime would be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than a year, or a fine of $1000, or both.  The bill now heads to the Senate, where Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland) has introduced similar legislation (2022-S 2425).

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§  Senate approves measure to control bird flu
The Senate legislation sponsored by Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) to control potential outbreaks of bird flu and other animal diseases. The bill (2022-S 2751) provides the Department of Environmental Management authority to set up a quarantine area to prevent the movement of domestic animals or products when there is a suspected case of a contagious animal disease such as bird flu. The legislation now goes to the House, which has passed identical legislation (2022-H 7785) sponsored by Rep. Brandon Potter (D-Dist. 16, Cranston).
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§  House OKs bill to protect donors of feminine hygiene products from liability
The House approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Susan R. Donovan (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) to provide legal protection to those who donate feminine hygiene products. The protection would open the door for large corporate donations of the much-needed products to food banks and other charities. The bill now goes to the Senate, where similar legislation (2022-S 2531) is sponsored by Sen. Alana M. DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown).
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§  House passes bill naming trilobite RI’s state fossil
The House approved a measure (2022-H 7908) sponsored by Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) to designate the trilobite as Rhode Island’s state fossil. The bill now goes to the Senate, where Sen. Alana DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) is sponsoring its Senate companion (2022-S 2497). The legislation is the brainchild of Narragansett High School student Gary Jennison, who wants to address Rhode Island’s status as one of only four states without an official state fossil.
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§  Rep. Morales, Sen. Bell call for passage of ‘Medicare for All’
Joined by advocates, Rep. David Morales (D-Dist. 7, Providence) and Sen. Samuel W. Bell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) called for passage of their legislation (2022-H 81192022-S 2769) to establish a statewide universal, comprehensive, affordable single-payer health care insurance program.
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Officials are giving another update after a seventh person died as a result of injuries sustained in a mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. Officials haven't yet released the names and ages of the individuals who were killed north of Chicago. They're questioning Robert Crimo the Third, who is accused of firing 70 rounds into a crowd during the 4th of July parade.       Stocks are closing mixed as recession fears weigh on Wall Street. A rally in the tech sector helped markets cut sharp losses earlier in the session. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 129 points to 30-967. The S&P added six points to 38-31 and the Nasdaq gained 194 points to 11-322.       A Georgia grand jury is subpoenaing Rudy Giuliani to investigate potential criminal interference in the 2020 election. Reports say Fulton County is also summoning other members of former President Trump's legal team along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. These subpoenas are the closest to Trump's inner circle as the 23-person special grand jury has summoned so far.       The mayor of Akron, Ohio, says he has a plan to lift the city's curfew. It was issued yesterday following vandalism by people protesting the officer-involved shooting death of Jayland Walker. Mayor Dan Horrigan says he'll rescind the curfew order if there are no safety concerns overnight.       New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is signing seven bills into law today as part of Gun Safety 3.0 [[ three-point-oh ]]. Under the package signed by the Democrat, gun manufacturers and retailers can be held accountable for unchecked marketing and sales of firearms. Meantime, Maryland Republican Governor Larry Hogan is suspending a state law that requires gun owners to prove they have "Good & Substantial Reason" to carry a concealed weapon.       There's something taking place in the Chicago area this week for fans of Lord of the Rings. A four-day Fan Expo Chicago convention starts Thursday in Rosemont. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan, and Billy Boyd will interact with fans on Saturday and Sunday.