Legislative Tracker 2017

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
H 5078 1/11/2017 Representatives McEntee, Craven, Tanzi, O’Brien, Edwards S 339 Senators Lombardi, Archambault, Lombardo, Conley, McCaffrey AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT Changes the period of time required for occupancy for transient lodging accommodations from 30 days to 6 days. House Finance / Senate Judiciary H 5078: 06/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 339: 05/04/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore submitted written testimony in support of S 339 on 5/4/17 and      H 5078 on 6/8/17 2
H 5150 1/19/2017 Representatives Kennedy, Edwards, Keable, Jacquard, Craven AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — MISCELLANEOUS RULES Would provide for exceptions to the prohibition on texting while driving for the use of certain devices including, global positioning devices and hands-free systems integrated into the motor vehicle. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary 05/16/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A 05/10/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 5152 1/19/2017 Representatives Lima, Kennedy, Casimiro, Vella-Wilkinson, Fellela AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — MISCELLANEOUS RULES This act would provide for exceptions to the prohibition on texting while driving for the use of certain devices including, global positioning devices and hands-free systems integrated into the motor vehicle. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary 03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 5222 1/26/2017 Representatives Morin, Phillips, Carson, Casey, O’Brien S 168 Senators Lombardi, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Archambault, Jabour AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS This act would require a real estate broker to release customer or client funds in an escrow account as instructed by the parties to a failed real estate transaction, within ten (10) days
of receipt of a written release that has been signed by all the parties.The act would take effect September 1, 2017.
House Corporations/  Senate Judiciary H 5222:       05/30/2017 Referred to Senate Judiciary;  06/09/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/13/2017)                                  S 168: 02/17/2017 Referred to House Judiciary
05/10/2017; Committee transferred to House Corporations; 06/02/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/06/2017); 06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)
David Salvatore testified in support of                  H 5222 and                             S 168 on 2/7/17. Writtern  testimony also submitted. 1 Yes
H 5216 1/26/2017 Representatives Edwards, Newberry, Canario, Keable, Chippendale S 281 Senator Lynch Prata 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 / Senate Judiciary H 5216: 02/15/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                    S 281: 03/28/2017 Senate read and passed;
03/29/2017 Referred to House Judiciary
3a
H 5266 1/27/2017 Representatives Williams, Slater, Diaz, Maldonado, Messier S 236 Senators Metts, Crowley, Jabour, Ciccone, Quezada AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary / Senate Judiciary H 5266: 03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                    S 236: 03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David testified in support of                 H 5266 on 3/1/17 and S 236 on 3/7/17. Written testimony also submitted. Will schedule meeting will stakeholders to discuss possible amendments.  2
H 5265 1/27/2017 Representatives Lima, O`Grady, Diaz, and Slater RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — FORECLOSED PROPERTY UPKEEP ACT Establishes the "Rhode Island Foreclosed Property Upkeep Act" and would require a purchaser of foreclosed property to maintain the property by posting a bond in  accordance with the Rhode Island housing and maintenance and occupancy code, and also to  identify an agent in Rhode Island for service of process. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary  03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 5292 1/27/2017 Representatives Lima, Jacquard, Ucci, Marshall AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW–GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS — DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES Specifies certain exemptions to the state’s deceptive trade practices act. The exemptions would apply to actions and entities subject to regulation by certain enumerated  federal commissions and authorities and state licensed real estate brokers and salespersons. This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations 05/19/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2017)
05/23/2017 Committee postponed at request of sponsor
3a
S 0096 2/1/2017 Senator Picard H 5619 Representatives Jacquard, Solomon AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS  Defines the term an "opinion of value" to be an analysis, opinion, of conclusion prepared by a real estate broker relating to the price of identified real estate by  comparison to other property currently or recently sold in the marketplace. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Commerce / House Corporations S 0096: 05/02/2017 Senate read and passed;
05/03/2017 Referred to House Corporations; 06/02/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/06/2017); 06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)
H 5619: 04/05/2017 House read and passed;                        05/30/2017 Referred to Senate Commerce;
06/02/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/06/2017)
Lenette Boiselle Testified in support of            H 5619 on 3/15/17. Written testimony submitted. David Salvatore testified in support of S 96 on 3/23/17. 1 Yes
H 5344 2/2/2017 Representatives Hearn S 235 Senators Lombardi, Jabour, Nesselbush, Lynch Prata, McCaffrey AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – EASEMENTS  Establish the rights and obligations of property owners concerning the maintenance of private easements and rights-of-way. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary/ Senate Judiciary H 5344: 03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                     S 235: Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore testified in support of S 235 on 2/7/17 and       H 5344 on 3/1/17. Written testimony also submitted. 1 Yes
S 217 2/2/2017 Senators Fogarty, Seveney, DiPalma, Kettle H 5850 Representatives  Roberts, Price, Mendonca, Quattrocchi, and Nardolillo AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING This act would allow mobile and manufactured homes which are a part of a mobile and  manufactured home park to be counted as low and moderate income housing for purposes of  compliance with the requirements of the city or town’s comprehensive land use plan.  This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Housing & Municipal Government /  House Municipal Government S 217: 04/12/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                   H 5850: 03/16/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;  Written testimony submitted in support of            H 5850 on 3/16/17 and         S 217 on 4/12/17 2
S 218 2/2/2017 Senators Fogarty, Nesselbush, Archambault, Pearson H 6316  Representatives Solomon, Phillips, Barros, Shanley, Cunha AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES This act would increase from three (3) to six (6) years the interval of time within which a city or town must conduct an update of its last real property revaluation. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Housing & Municipal Government S 218: 5/04/2017 Senate read and passed
05/05/2017 Referred to House Municipal Government
H 6316: 06/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
3a
S 233 2/2/2017 Senators Metts, Crowley, Doyle, Quezada AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — IMMIGRATION STATUS This act would prohibit a landlord from asking about the immigration status of a tenant, prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of residential rental property. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5419 2/8/2017 Representatives Corvese, Ucci, Winfield, Azzinaro S 384 Senators Lynch Prata, Archambault, Conley AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY  Eliminate the penalty of abating rent in cases where a non-resident landlord fails to designate an agent for service of process and would clarify that the fine for violating this section is civil.  This act would take effect on September 1, 2017. House Judiciary / Senate Judiciary H 5419: 03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study  (03/01/2017);                     S 384: 05/23/2017 Committee recommends passage;                      06/01/2017 Referred to House Judiciary David Salvatore and Bruce Lane testified in support of            H 5419 on 3/1/2017. Written testimony also submitted.  David Salvatore testified in support of S 384 on 3/30/17. Written testimony also submitted 1 Yes
H 5449 2/9/2017 Representatives Craven, McEntee 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. House Judiciary 06/09/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/13/2017) 3a
H 5476 2/15/2017 Representatives  Shekarchi, Bennett, Shanley, Cunha, Hull (Dept. of Administration) AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — ZONING ORDINANCES Establishes a separate variance process for certain properties that sustain damages as a result of a state emergency or local disaster emergency. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government 05/19/2017 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2017)
05/24/2017 Committee postponed at request of sponsor
3a
H 5522 2/15/2017 Representatives Shanley, McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Bennett, Serpa AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – MULTI-UNIT RESIDENCE SAFETY ACT This act would permit tenants of multi-unit residences to terminate their lease agreements if no action is taken to remedy the presence of secondhand smoke. This act would take effect upon passage and would apply to all leases entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of this act House Judiciary 03/28/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 317 2/16/2017 Ciccone, McCaffrey H 5565 Representatives Slater, Diaz, Blazejewski, Handy, Regunberg 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 for affordable housing development. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance/ House Finance S 317: 02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance        H 5565: 05/09/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study TBD
S 312 2/16/2017 Lombardi, Gallo, Archambault, Lombardo, Conley AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT This act would provide 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 Finance 06/06/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 2
H 5532 2/16/2017 Representative Morin (By request) S 299 Senator Picard AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS  Removes the exception to qualification for a broker’s license previously granted those with a baccalaureate in real estate. This act would take effect on September 1, 2017. House Corporations / Senate Commerce H 5532: 03/15/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                  S 299: 05/10/2017 Senate read and passed
05/11/2017 Referred to House Corporations
David Salvatore testified in support of            H 5532 on 3/15/17 and         S 299 on 3/22/17. Written testimony also submitted.  1 Yes
H 5570 Sub A 2/16/2017 Representatives Lima, O’Brien, Fellela, Giarrusso S 395 Senators Conley, Lombardi, Lombardo, Archambault, Pearson AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION– LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Enables the towns and cities of North Providence, Johnston, East Greenwich, East Providence, West Greenwich and Narragansett to provide for a proration of the homestead exemption in cases where title to property passes to those entitled to claim an exemption. This act would take effect on August 1, 2017. House Municipal Government / Senate Judiciary H 5570: 05/30/2017 House passed Sub A;
06/01/2017 Referred to Senate Judiciary                    S 395: 06/09/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/13/2017)

David Salvatore testified in support of            H 5570 on 3/9/17 and in support of S 395 on 3/30/17 1 Yes
S 477 Sub A 3/2/2017 Senators Felag, McCaffrey, Miller, Jabour, Goodwin H 5778 Representatives McNamara, Casimiro, Carson, Vella-Wilkinson, Solomon AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — RHODE ISLAND LIVABLE HOME TAX CREDIT ACT  This act would establish 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. Senate Finance / House Finance S 477: 05/11/2017 Committee recommended Substitute A be held for further study;              H 5778: 5/24/17 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore attended AARP press conference on 3/21/17. RIAR signed on to coalition letter of support. RIAR lobbysit testified in support of both bills. Written testimony also submitted. 1
H 5849 3/3/2017 Representatives Roberts, Price, Mendonca, Quattrocchi, Nardolillo S 581 Senators Morgan, Kettle, Gee, Sheehan, Raptakis AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — MOBILE AND MANUFACTURED HOMES–AFFORDABLE HOUSING This act would qualify mobile and manufactured homes as affordable housing when installed in mobile home parks in groups of twenty (20) or more. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government / Senate Housing and Municipal Gov’t. H 5849: 03/16/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 581: 04/12/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Written support testimony submitted on 3/16/17 for          H 5849 and S 581 on 4/13/17 2
S 0543 Sub A 3/9/2017 Senators  Lombardo, Cote, Picard, Conley (Business Regulation) H 5620 Representatives O`Grady, Keable, Casey, Marshall (Business Regulation) AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANIES Provides for the registration and oversight of appraisal management companies operating in this state. This act would take effect 180 days after its passage. Senate Commerce / House Corporations S 0543 Sub A: 05/10/2017 Senate passed Sub A;
05/11/2017 Referred to House Corporations;
05/30/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A in concurrence; 06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)                      H 5620: 05/24/2017 House passed Sub A; 05/30/2017 Referred to Senate Commerce
06/02/2017;                06/06/2017 Committee recommends passage of Sub A in concurrence

Signed up in support of            H 5620 on 3/15/17 and         S 0543 on 3/22/17 2
S 0562 3/15/2017 Senators  Lynch Prata, Miller, Gallo(Dept. of Administration) H 5575 Representatives Carson, Regunberg, Ruggiero, Donovan (Dept. of Administration) AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — STATEWIDE MUNICIPAL SOLAR PERMIT This act would require the Rhode Island office of energy resources, in consultation with the building commission to promulgate rules and regulations to create a statewide solar photovoltaic permit application. It would also create an advisory group to create a statewide solar energy permit application. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government/ Senate Environment and Agriculture S 0562: 05/03/2017 Senate read and passed;
05/04/2017 Referred to House Municipal;
05/31/2017 Committee recommends passage in concurrence; 06/09/2017 Placed on the House Consent Calendar (06/14/2017)
H 5575: 05/18/2017 House read and passed;                        05/30/2017 Referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture;
06/02/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/07/2017)

Signed up in support of            H 5575 on 3/9/17 and S 0562 on 3/22/17 2
H 5907 3/10/2017 Representatives McLaughlin, McNamara, Corvese, Azzinaro AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY — LEAD POISONING PREVENTION ACT This act would implement procedures and regulations to test for elevated lead levels in water from any drinking water outlet at any school or early childhood program. The act would include measures to reduce and eliminate lead contamination of water. This act would take effect upon passage. House Health, Eeducation and Welfare 03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5755 3/1/2017 Representatives Kazarian, Barros, Maldonado, Coughlin, Bennett S 0414 Sub A Senator Goldin AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — REAL ESTATE CONVEYANCE TAX Exempts from the real estate conveyance tax the transfer of interests in any housing development, financed in whole or in part by federal low-income housing tax credits. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance / Senate Judiciary H 5755: 05/23/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 0414 Sub A: 03/30/2017 Committee recommended Substitute A be held for further study 3a
H 5522 2/16/2017 Representative Serpa AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – MULTI-UNIT RESIDENCE SAFETY ACT Permits tenants of multi-unit residences to terminate their lease agreements if no action is taken to remedy the presence of secondhand smoke. This act would take effect upon passage and would apply to all leases entered into or renewed on or after the effective date of this act. House Judiciary 03/28/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5741 3/1/2017 Representatives Solomon, Tanzi, Handy, and Shanley (by request) AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – MULTI-UNIT RESIDENCE SAFETY ACT Prohibit smoking in common areas of multi-unit residential developments. This act would take effect upon passage. House H.E.W 03/29/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5696 3/17/2017 Representatives Vella-Wilkinson, Lancia, Lima, Williams and Canario AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — RHODE ISLAND FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT Makes uniform the process for filing a complaint in superior court when there has been an election to terminate proceedings before the commission after a finding of probable cause under the fair housing practices act and other anti-discrimination laws. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary 03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5606 3/1/2017 Representatives Quattrocchi, Morgan AN ACT CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFICACY AND COST OF IMPLEMENTING A RECYCLING PROGRAM FOR ALL MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL UNITS, This resolution would create a nine (9) member special legislative study commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study of efficacy and cost of implementing a recycling program for all multi-family residential units, including condominium complexes, and  who would report back to the House of Representatives on or before February 6, 2018, and whose life would expire on April 6, 2018. House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources 03/16/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5771 3/1/2017 Representatives Almeida, Regunberg, Ajello, Williams, Lombardi AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – SALES AND USE TAXES This act would raise the local hotel tax rate from one percent (1%) to two and one-half percent (2.5%). The act also subjects resident dwellings to the five percent (5%) hotel tax if the dwelling is rented for less than thirty (30) consecutive days. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 05/31/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 0388 3/2/2017 Senators Quezada, Calkin, Ciccone, Metts, Goodwin AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE This act would reduce the time the buyer of mortgage foreclosed property has to record the foreclosed deed from forty-five (45) to fifteen (15) days. It would also increase the penalty for  violation from forty dollars ($40.00) per month to five hundred dollars ($500) per month. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 03/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 0377 3/2/2017 AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT  his act would mandate 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 03/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 0444 3/2/2017 Senators Archambault, McCaffrey, Lombardi, Jabour, Conley AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – STUDENT AND RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LOANS This act would authorize the creation of a state sponsored loan program to help pay off student debt. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 05/30/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5852 3/3/2017 Representatives Roberts, Chippendale, Morgan, Nardolillo, Giarrusso AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – EMINENT DOMAIN This act would require approval by the general assembly to implement eminent domain proceedings for any proposed development plans where the building is larger than two thousand square feet (2,000 sq. ft.), costs more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) or proposes construction of any low- or moderate-income housing on real property where the state intends to acquire an interest therein. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 06/02/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (06/08/2017) 3a
H 5887 3/9/2017 Representatives  Perez, Ucci, Casimiro, Winfield, Almeida AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES This act would place a cap of twenty percent (20%) on increases in consecutive revaluations of real property in all cities and towns conducting revaluations commencing December 31, 2017 and every December 31 thereafter. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government 04/05/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 5912 3/10/2017 Representatives Phillips, Solomon, Casey, Morin, Barros AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES This act would provide that effective January 1, 2018, residential properties that are part of Section 202 or Section 811 Federal Supportive Housing Programs, or project-based Section 8 housing, may be taxed up to twelve percent (12%) of the property’s previous year’s gross  scheduled rental income, so long as the property utilized an operating cost basis for federal  reimbursement. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 06/06/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5928 3/16/117 Representatives  Roberts, Price, Mendonca, Nardolillo, Chippendale AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – PROPERTY — EMINENT DOMAIN This act would permit the prior owner of a parcel of land taken by eminent domain, but unused for the purpose intended, to repurchase at the acquisition price. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary 03/28/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 5985 3/23/2017 Representatives Amore, Filippi, Keable, O`Grady AN ACT RELATING TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY — JOINT COMMITTEE ON REGULATORY OVERSIGHT This act would eliminate previous sections of the general laws and require that all proposed rules and regulations promulgated by state entities be submitted to and approved by the joint committee on regulatory oversight before becoming effective. This act would take effect January 1, 2018. House Corporations 04/11/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed letter of opposition with the RI Business Coalition.  3a
H 6104 4/12/2017 Representatives Ruggiero, McKiernan, McEntee, Craven, Serpa 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, 2018. House Judiciary 06/09/2017 Scheduled for consideration (06/13/2017) David Salvatore testified in support of H 6104 on 5/2/17. Written testimony also submitted 2
H 5936 3/16/2017 Representatives Edwards, Cunha, Marshall, Price, Shekarchi AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – STATE BUILDING CODE This act would establish a procedure whereby residential fuel oil tanks would be inspected and certified by a licensed oil burnerperson. In some instances where the tank shows signs of age and wear it must be replaced with a new safer tank and an oil safety valve. This act would also require removal of old buried oil tanks, the oil in the tanks and the supply and return lines in accordance with the hazardous waste management act. This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations 04/11/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore testified in opposition to the bill on 4/11/17. Written testimony also submitted.  4
H 6110 4/13/2017 Representatives Solomon, Johnston, Coughlin, Phillips, Barros (Secretary of State) S 813 Senator Maryellen Goodwin (Secretary of State AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — NOTARIES PUBLIC AND JUSTICES OF THE PEACE This act would establish a new application and certification process for notarial officers. This act would take effect on January 1, 2018. House Corporations / Senate Judiciary H 6110: 04/25/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;               S 813: 05/11/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Written testimony submitted in support of            H 6110 on 4/25/17 and         S 813 on 5/11/17. 2
H 6139 4/26/2017 Representatives Diaz, Slater, Tobon, Craven, Perez AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — TRANSLATION OF LEGAL AND FINANCING DOCUMENTS Requires many consumer contracts to be translated from English to Spanish or Japanese under some circumstances.  This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations 05/02/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Written testimony submitted in opposition on 5/2/2017 4
S 443 3/2/2017 Senators Pearson, DiPalma, Satchell, Sosnowski, Ruggerio H 5893 Representatives Edwards, Cunha, Solomon, Price, Casimiro 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. Senate Finance / House Finance S 443: 05/04/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;               H 5893: 05/04/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study              Signed up in support of            H 5893 and           S 443 on 5/4/17 2
H 6223 5/17/2017 Representatives Edwards, Carson, Price AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES – MOBILE AND MANUFACTURED HOME LOT RENTAL INCREASES  Provide that an owner or operator of a mobile home park would not
increase rent in an amount greater than the average annual increase of the Consumer Price Index
for the preceding thirty-six (36) month period, unless the owner or operator can demonstrate that
such increase is justified under certain enumerated circumstances.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Judiciary 05/24/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed up in opposition on 5/24/2017 4
H 6172 4/28/2017 Representstive Costantino AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY — RIGHT TO FARM Defines secondary agricultural operations and would provide that municipalities may limit and regulate secondary agricultural use but not prohibit such operations. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government 05/10/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 4
H 5097 As Amended 1/12/2017 Representatives Corvese, O’Brien, Coughlin, Azzinaro AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — CONDOMINIUM DISPUTE RESOLUTION  Establishes an arbitration process to resolve certain condominium disputes, in accordance with the provisions of "The Arbitration Act," chapter of title 10. This act also would require that certain information regarding arbitration be included within Rhode Island
condominium declarations. This act would take effect on January 1, 2018.
House Judiciary 04/26/2017 House passed as amended (floor amendment); 06/08/2017 Referred to Senate Judiciary 3a
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