Legislative Tracker 2018

The Government Affairs Committee uses the following system to rank legislative priorities to give direction to RIAR Government Affairs staff and RIAR contract lobbyists.

  1. Strongly support – RIAR staff will submit written or oral testimony in support of the bill, tell legislators that RIAR supports the bill; media outreach, call to action to members.
  2. Support – submit written or oral testimony in support of the bill; tell legislators that RIAR supports the bill
  3. (a) Monitor – RIAR staff will track the status of the bill but take no position. Staff will report back to the Government Affairs Committee if there are any changes to the bill or the political situation at the State House.
    (b) Actively monitor – RIAR staff will discuss intent and background bill with sponsor and report back to committee.
  4. Oppose – submit written or oral testimony in opposition to the bill; tell legislators that RIAR opposes the bill.
  5. Strongly oppose – RIAR staff will submit written or oral testimony in opposition to the bill, tell legislators that RIAR opposes the bill; media outreach, call to action to members.

No action = RIAR has chosen to take no position on this issue after determining that is not relevant to real estate or for other political considerations. No further action is required by RIAR staff.

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Bill Number Date Introduced Sponsor(s) Companion Bill Sponsor(s) Title Intent Committee Activity RIAR Testimony and Notes RIAR Ranking RIAR Bill
S 2001 1/2/2018 Senators Conley, Nesselbush, Crowley H 7290 Representatives Messier, Coughlin, Johnston, Tobon, Barros JOINT RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE STATE TO ENTER INTO FINANCING LEASE AND PAYMENT AGREEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A BALLPARK IN THE CITY OF PAWTUCKET Authorization for the State of Rhode Island to enter into financing, lease and payment agreements rewlated ot the contuction of a new ballpark to house the Pawtucket Red Sox in the City of Pawtucket. (See bill for financing details and costs) Senate Finance 01/16/2018 Senate read and passed
01/17/2018 Referred to House Finance
3a
S 2002 1/2/2018 Senators Conley, Nesselbush, Crowley H 7291 Representatives Messier, Coughlin, Johnston, Tobon, Barros ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES AND PROJECTS  Permits redevelopment agencies to finance the construction of projects for  residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, institutional, public, or other purposes contemplated by a redevelopment plan. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 01/16/2018 Senate read and passed
01/17/2018 Referred to House Finance
RIAR staff expressed opposition in 2017 bill related to eminent domain. Revision have been made in 2018 bill to address concerns.  3a
H 7013 1/3/2018 Representatives Lombardi, Coughlin, Williams and Hull AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – EMERGENCY SHELTERS Establishes rules and procedures for licensing emergency shelters, including setting minimum standards and prohibiting the charging fees to the residents. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/03/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 3a
H 7051 1/3/2018 Representatives Nunes, Serpa, Morgan, Nardolillo, and Roberts S 2020 1/12/2018 AN ACT IN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 330 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 1997 AS AMENDED BY CHAPTER 140 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 2006, PERTAINING TO SEWERS IN THE TOWN OF COVENTRY Provides that in the town of Coventry, an abutting owner or occupant of land upon any street in which there is a sewer would not be required to connect to the town sewage works, except in certain circumstances involving a sale or transfer of the property, or when the town council orders the sewer connection be made, in the interest of public health. The act would also provide that a sewer assessment would not begin to be assessed or accrue or be levied against real property prior to the time of actual connection to the town sewage works. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government 01/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study; David Salvatore testified in support and submitted written testimony. KWAOR submitted written letter to Coventry Town Administrator regarding the plan to isntall sewers and assess homeowner fee. 2
H 7072 1/10/2018 Representatives Solomon, Phillips, Cunha, Lima, Nardolillo AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS Prohibits any development of land contiguous to the State House unless approved by the general assembly. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary 01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7076 1/10/2018 Representatives Kennedy, Abney, Shekarchi, Serpa, and Marshall S 2008 Senators DiPalma, Pearson, Calkin, Goldin, Miller AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS – NET NEUTRALITY Require Internet service providers to follow Internet service neutrality  requirements. This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations 01/10/2018 Introduced, referred to House Corporations 2
H 7080 1/10/2018 Representatives Ruggiero, Casimiro, Phillips, Kazarian, Amore S 2093 Senators Seveney, DiPalma, Coyne, Calkin, and Felag AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — ELECTRONIC RECORDING Authorizes a city or town clerk/recorder of deeds, at the clerk’s/recorder’s option, to accept electronic documents for recording real property and land records and to index  and store those documents. This act would take effect on January 1, 2019. House Corporations H 7080: 01/24/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study; David Salvatore testified in support and submitted written testimony RIAR taking lead on this bill. 1 Yes
H 7093 1/10/2018 Representatives Lombardi and Hull AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — HOUSING RESOURCES — HOMELESS SHELTERS  This act would create a commission to establish homeless shelter standards. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/10/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7102 1/11/2018 Representatives Edwards, Mendonca, Maldonado, Serpa, Marshall AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — RHODE ISLAND MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT PROGRAM Creates a municipal infrastructure grant program within the department of administration (DOA) to issue grants and provide assistance for municipal and other public infrastructure projects that support job creation and expansion, housing development and rehabilitation, community development, and for the accommodation of future growth and redevelopment. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7103 1/11/2018 Representatives Casimiro, Vella-Wilkinson, Walsh, Azzinaro, Casey AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION — VETERANS’ EXEMPTIONS Extends the veterans’ partial exemption from real estate taxes to those who were one hundred percent (100%) disabled owing to an injury or injuries sustained in training for combat duty at any time. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7108 1/11/2018 Representatives Lancia, Chippendale, Nardolillo, Mendonca, Perez AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – SALES AND USE TAXES – LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION Eliminates sales and use taxes on electricity and natural gas bills. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7121 1/11/2018 Representatives Ruggiero, Phillips, Cunha, Serpa, Kazarian AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — RHODE ISLAND HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE  Authorizes the Rhode Island health benefit exchange to seek a waiver under the Affordable Care Act to allow qualified small business owners and sole proprietors to purchase qualified health benefit plans offered by the exchange and not be forced into the individual market. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7131 1/12/2018 Representatives Bennett, Hull, Craven, Solomon, Morin AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS – WATER SUPPLIERS This act would exempt residential water customers over sixty-five (65) from paying surcharges on their basic water supply rate. This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations H 7131: 01/26/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (01/30/2018) 2
H 7132 1/12/2018 Representatives Ruggiero, Marshall, Handy, Maldonado, McKiernan  AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — DUTIES OF UTILITIES AND CARRIERS Requires public utilities and electric distribution companies to provide prompt and adequate service to its ratepayers relating to new service and service upgrades, subject to a penalty of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) per violation. Electric distribution companies would be required to provide upon request written estimates of any work to be  performed of more than five hundred dollars ($500), with an itemized bill for work performed for any fee payable by the ratepayer. This act would take effect upon passage House Corporations 01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Corporations 3a
H 7142 1/12/2018 Representatives McNamara, Carson, Ruggiero, Ackerman, Azzinaro AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — RHODE ISLAND LIVABLE HOME TAX CREDIT ACT Establishes the "Rhode Island Livable Home Tax Credit Act", and would provide for its administration. The act would provide a tax credit against the state’s personal income tax for taxpayers who purchase new residences or retrofit residences which meet or are modified to meet standards that make the residences more accessible for elderly and disabled  persons. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7144 1/12/2018 Represetnatives Perez, Ucci, O’Brien, Handy AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Places a cap of twenty percent (20%) on increases in consecutive revaluations of real property in all cities and towns conducting revaluations commencing  December 31, 2018 and every December 31 thereafter. This cap would not apply to a newly constructed building or a newly constructed addition to an existing building for a period of three (3) years after completion. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 4
H 7149 1/12/2018 Representatives Vella-Wilkinson, Ackerman, Bennett, Lancia, Walsh AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – RHODE ISLAND COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING AND LAND USE ACT Requires all town or city comprehensive plans to include, address and  incorporate the present and future interests of the school district, including infrastructure  improvements, maintenance, administration, school buildings, transportation routes, fields,  playgrounds, sidewalks, raised crosswalks, and parking lots. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government 01/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 2010 1/12/2018 Senators Conley, Nesselbush, Crowley AN ACT RELATING TO COVENTRY SEWER AUTHORITY Prohibits the town of Coventry from charging its sewage works’ users more than the interest the town has actually paid for its borrowed funds for sewage works’ purposes. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Environmenal and Agriculture 01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture 2
S 2017 1/12/2018 Senators Felag, Ciccone, Gallo, Lynch Prata, Raptakis AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — PROPERTY TAX RELIEF Amends the definition of "disabled", for the purposes of property tax relief,
to include veterans who earn less than thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) annually and who receive disability benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 2
S 2026 1/11/2018 Senators Goodwin, Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — REFUSE DISPOSAL Includes a facility’s potential detrimental impact on the community as a factor to be considered when approving the construction or operation of a solid waste management facility. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 01/11/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary 3a
H 7174 1/17/2018 Representatives Chippendale, Serpa, Nardolillo, Roberts, Nunes AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — COLLECTION OF TAXES GENERALLY–COVENTRY This act would extend to the town of Coventry the provisions of § 44-7-10.2 relative to the non-issuance of building and demolition permits to applicants in arrears on taxes, liens, and assessments.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Finance 01/17/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7175 1/17/2018 Representatives Ruggiero, Serpa, Hearn, Costantino, Cunha AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – BUSINESS CORPORATION TAX Exempts a corporation from the minimum corporate tax for the first three (3) years following the date of its corporation.
This act would take effect upon passage and would apply to all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.
House Finance 01/17/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 3a
H 7220 1/18/2018 Representatives Edwards, Newberry, Coughlin, Canario, Filippi AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY – JOINT COMMITTEE OF THE REPEALER Creates the joint committee of the repealer to compile suggestions for
repeal of statutes, regulations, and executive orders received from citizens, businesses, and government agencies, including, but not limited to, those that are not considered "business
friendly" and those that are archaic and out of date. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Judiciary 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary 2
H 7215 1/18/2018 Representatives  Knight, McEntee, Craven, Ranglin-Vassell, Tanzi AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION Defines as "disabled," persons receiving veterans’ affairs disability benefits paid by the federal government for purposes of property tax relief. This act would take effect upon passage and would be retroactive to January 1, 2017. House Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7206 1/18/2018 Representatives Nunes, Morgan, Nardolillo, Roberts, Serpa S 2085 Senators Raptakis, Kettle AN ACT RELATING TO AN AMENDMENT OF CHAPTER 330 OF THE PUBLIC LAWS OF 1997 ENTITLED "AN ACT TO CREATE A SEWER AUTHORITY FOR THE TOWN OF COVENTRY AND TO AUTHORIZE SAID TOWN TO PLAN, CONSTRUCT, FINANCE, OPERATE AND MAINTAIN SEWAGE WORKS" Amends the town of Coventry’s sewer system enabling legislation to allow
town to appropriate monies from its regular town tax to fund wastewater system projects or sewers only after voter approval resulting from an all-day referendum. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7205 1/18/2018 Representatives Serpa, Nunes, Nardolillo, Chippendale, Roberts AN ACT RELATING TO COVENTRY SEWER AUTHORITY Prohibits the town of Coventry from charging its sewage works’ users more
than the interest the town has actually paid for its borrowed funds for sewage works’ purposes. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance 2
H 7197 1/18/2018 Representatives Casey, Phillips, Azzinaro, Corvese, McLaughlin AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION-VETERANS’ EXEMPTIONS Gives cities and towns the option of entirely exempting the homestead of a
disabled veteran or their surviving spouse from taxation. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Municipal Government 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government 2
S 2102 1/18/2018 Senators Lombardi, Lynch Prata, Conley, McCaffrey, Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT  Mandates that a landlord have a general liability policy of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) in effect for those injured on the premises due to the
landlord’s negligence. Failure to provide proof of insurance would preclude a landlord from proceeding on an eviction action. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Judiciary 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary 3a
S 2100 1/18/2018 Senators Lombardi, Lynch Prata, Conley, Nesselbush, Jabour AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT Provides that houses, condominiums, or other residential dwelling units,
regardless of the number of rooms, which are used and/or advertised for rent for occupancy would be exempt from the state sales or hotel tax. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Judiciary 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary 2
S 2091 1/18/2018 Senators Archambault, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Ciccone AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — TAX SALES  Expedites the foreclosure procedure on vacant property, and would amend the provisions of the general laws on tax sales in order to, among other things, establish priorities of tax liens, clarify the effect of late recordings and simplify procedures in the event of a void sale. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary 3a
S 2061 1/18/2018 Senators Ciccone, Quezada, Metts, Lombardi, Miller AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — RHODE ISLAND HOUSING RESOURCES ACT OF 1998 Requires the general assembly to appropriate a minimum of five million
dollars ($5,000,000) in capital financing to Rhode Island Housing & Mortgage Finance
Corporation (RIHMFC) for the development of affordable housing for the homeless.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 2
S 2062 1/18/2018 Senator Picard AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Permits a municipality, in which twelve percent (12%) of the housing in a
municipality qualifies for low-income housing, to charge a tax up to ten percent (10%) of the current year’s gross scheduled rental income. This act would take effect upon passage
Senate Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 3a
S 2063 1/18/2018 Senator Picard AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Increases the maximum tax for qualifying low income housing from eight percent (8%) to ten percent (10%) of the property’s previous year’s gross scheduled rental income. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 3a
S 2066 1/18/2018 Senators  DiPalma, Pearson, Conley, Lynch Prata, Felag AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – WITHHOLDING OF TAX  Provides that non-resident withholding requirement for a corporation that
sells real estate be consistent with the seven percent (7%) corporate income tax rate. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 1 Yes
S 2068 1/18/2018 Senators Satchell, Metts, Cote, Conley, Picard AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — MICRO ZONE ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION ACT Creates micro zones in distressed areas to stimulate economic revitalization, employment opportunities, and business development through the redevelopment
of obsolete, dilapidated and abandoned industrial and commercial structures.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 2
S 2074 1/18/2018 Senators Picard and Cote AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES  Increases the maximum tax on qualifying low-income property from eight percent (8%) of the previous year’s gross scheduled rental income to ten percent (10%) of the prospective year’s gross scheduled rental income. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 3a
H 7259 1/24/2018 Representative Solomon (By Request) AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — CONDOMINIUM LAW — MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS Requires condominium unit owners’ association officers to verify that
management agents or companies retained by the association are insured with respect to the services they provide to the condominium. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Corporations 01/24/2018 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
S 2118 1/24/2018 Senators Archambault, McCaffrey, Lombardi, Jabour, Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – STUDENT AND RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOANS Authorizes the creation of a state sponsored loan program to provide financial assistance to purchase a home and to help pay off student debt.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
S 2145 1/24/2018 Senator Crowley (Clerk’s Association) AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — ELECTRONIC RECORDING Authorizes a city or town clerk/recorder of deeds, at the clerk’s/recorder’s
option, to accept electronic documents for recording real property and land records and to index and store those documents.
This act would take effect on January 1, 2019.
Senate Judiciary 01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
S 2127 1/23/2018 Senators Coyne, Lombardi, Crowley, Seveney, DiPalma AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Requires municipalities to exempt from taxation the real property of a surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty, who
occupies the real property as their principal place of residence.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 01/23/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
H 7307 1/25/2018 Representatives Phillips, Casey, Morin, Corvese, Azzinaro AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY Encourages commercial property owners to install vehicle barriers at their
retail establishment locations, and also permit insurers to consider the installation of such barriers to provide a discount on the owner’s insurance policy.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Corporations 01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House Corporations