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 / House Finance S 2001: 01/16/2018 Senate read and passed
01/17/2018 Referred to House Finance        H 7290: 01/25/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
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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 / House Finance S 2002: 01/16/2018 Senate read and passed
01/17/2018 Referred to House Finance        H 7291: 01/25/2018 Introduced, 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 05/16/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7051 1/3/2018 Representatives Nunes, Serpa, Morgan, Nardolillo, and Roberts S 2020 Sub A 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 / Senate Housing and Municipal Government H 7051: 01/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                        S 2020:05/09/2018 Committee recommends passage of Sub A KWAOR submitted written letter to Coventry Town Administrator regarding the plan to isntall sewers and assess homeowner fee. David salvatore submitted written testimon in support of S 2020 and verbally testified in support of H 7051. 2
H 7072 1/10/2018 Representatives Solomon, Phillips, Cunha, Lima, Nardolillo S 2240 Senators Felag, Raptakis, Seveney, DiPalma 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 / Senate Housing and Municipal Government H 7072: 02/27/2018 House read and passed;
03/01/2018 Referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government;
S 2240: 02/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
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H 7076 1/10/2018 Representatives Kennedy, Abney, Shekarchi, Serpa, and Marshall S 2008 Sub A 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 / Senate Commerce H 7076: 03/20/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;               S 2008: 05/03/2018 Committee recommended Substitute A be held for further study 3b
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 / Senate Judiciary H 7080: 03/06/2018 House read and passed;                         03/27/2018 Referred to Senate Judiciary                        S 2093: 02/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study RIAR taking lead on this bill. David Salvatore submitted verbal and written testimony 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 05/09/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 2
H 7102 1/11/2018 Representatives Edwards, Mendonca, Maldonado, Serpa, Marshall S 2239 Senators Pearson, Satchell, DiPalma, Euer, Seveney 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 /  Senate Housing and Municipal Government H 7102: 05/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study              S 2239:04/05/2018 Senate read and passed
04/06/2018 Referred to House Finance
S 2239 – signed up in support 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 05/03/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 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 05/16/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 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 05/16/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/22/2018) 3a
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: 01/30/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Signed up in support.  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 02/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 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 04/23/2018 Committee postponed at request of sponsor (04/25/2018) AARP has asked sponsor to pull the bill in support of H 7880 which establishes a grant program.  2
H 7144 1/12/2018 Represetnatives Perez, Ucci, O’Brien, Handy S 2132 Senators Ciccone, Lombardi 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 / Senate Housing and Municipal Government H 7144: 01/12/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance;       S 2132: 03/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
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 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2018) 2
S 2017 As Amended 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 05/03/2018 Senate passed as amended
05/04/2018 Referred to House Finance
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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 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
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 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 02/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed up in support.  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 Municipal Government 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore signed up in support.  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 / Senate Housing and Municipal Government H 7206: 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2085: 04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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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 05/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 2
H 7220 1/18/2018 Representatives Edwards, Newberry, Coughlin, Canario, Filippi S 2302 Senators Lynch Prata, Gallo, Pearson, Lombardi, Coyne 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 7220: 04/12/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                               S 2302: 03/22/2018 Senate read and passed
03/23/2018 Referred to House Judiciary
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S 2061 1/18/2018 Senators Ciccone, Quezada, Metts, Lombardi, Miller H 7316 Representatives Slater, Diaz, Williams, Maldonado 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 S 2061: 01/18/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance;          H 7316: 04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore submitted written testimony in support of H 7316 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 H 7493 Representatives Marshall, Morin, Keable, Solomon, Edwards 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 / House Finance S 2066: 05/18/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/24/2018)              H 7493: 05/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 1 Yes
S 2068 1/18/2018 Senators Satchell, Metts, Cote, Conley, Picard H 7553 Representatives Phillips, Serpa, Morin, Solomon, Casey 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 / House Finance S 2068: 05/03/2018 Senate read and passed
05/04/2018 Referred to House Finance;                     H 7553:05/09/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
David salvatore signed up in support of S 2068 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
S 2091 1/18/2018 Senators Archambault, Lombardi, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Ciccone H 7816 Representative Craven 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 / House Judiciary S 2091: 03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              H 7816:05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2018)

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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 2102 1/18/2018 Senators Lombardi, Lynch Prata, Conley, McCaffrey, Nesselbush H 7500 Representatives Shanley, Coughlin, Solomon, Blazejewski, Barros 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 / House Judiciary S 2102: 03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;
H 7500: 04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
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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 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 2
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 Judiciary 04/04/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
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 2
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 02/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Testified in support with S 2093 1 Yes
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 02/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7332 1/31/2018 Representatives Cunha, Shekarchi, Shanley, Barros AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — ZONING ORDINANCES Places the power of appointment of members of the municipal zoning
boards in the mayor of a city or town or in the town or city council if there is no mayor except for the town of North Providence. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Judiciary 02/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;
03/02/2018 Scheduled for consideration;
03/06/2018 Meeting postponed (03/07/2018)
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H 7337 1/31/2018 Representative Hearn S 2359 Senators Lombardi, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Ciccone, Archambault AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – EASEMENTS Establishes rights and obligations of residential property owners concerning
the maintenance of private easements and rights-of-way. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Judiciary / Senate Environment and Agriculture H 7337: 05/15/2018 House read and passed;                       S 2359: 02/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

David Salvatore signed up in support of both bills – provided verbal and written testimony 1 Yes
H 7355 1/31/2018 Representatives McEntee, Canario, O’Brien, Almeida, Tanzi AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Exempts from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law enforcement officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David salvatore signed up in support 2
S 2192 2/1/2018 Senators Archambault, McCaffrey, Felag, Conley AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – START-UP RHODE ISLAND TAX FREE ZONE PROGRAM Establishes the "Start-Up Rhode Island Act," to allow for the establishment of tax free zones. Businesses selected for access to such tax free zones would not be required to pay state income, business, corporate taxes, local taxes or franchise fees for a period of up to ten (10) years. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David salvatore signed up in support 2
S 2195 2/1/2018 Senators Lynch Prata, Coyne, Gallo, Lombardi, Conley AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – PROPERTY TAX RELIEF Amends the law on property tax relief extended to elderly and/or disabled
persons by eliminating the lowest income range of six thousand dollars ($6,000), increasing the income range from thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) to thirty-five thousand dollars ($35,000) and
increasing the maximum credit amount for property tax relief to seven hundred fifty dollars ($750). In addition, it would eliminate the credit derived from video lottery terminals. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David salvatore signed up in support 2
S 2241 2/1/2018 Senator Kettle AN ACT RELATING TO THE TOWN OF FOSTER – ZONING Authorizes the town of Foster to enact an ordinance banning gravel operations from agricultural, forest management, or residential areas. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Housing and Municipal Government 02/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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S 2243 2/1/2018 Senators Fogarty, Kettle, Morgan, Seveney AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING Allows 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’s or town’s comprehensive land use plan. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Housing and Municipal Government 4/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore submitted written testimony in support 2
S 2258 2/1/2018 Senators Lombardi, Lynch Prata, Gallo, Felag, McCaffrey AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — VETERANS’ EXEMPTIONS Eliminates the requirement that a service person serving in conflicts or undeclared wars receive a campaign ribbon or expeditionary medal in order to receive a property tax exemption.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs 04/25/2018 Senate read and passed
04/26/2018 Referred to House Veterans Affairs
David Salvatore signed up in support.  2
S 2270 2/1/2018 Senators Metts, Quezada, Crowley, Euer, Jabour (Attorney General) H 7385 Representatives Messier, Johnston, Donovan, Morin (Attorney General) AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE AND SALE–MEDIATION CONFERENCE  Repeal the July 1, 2018, sunset clause in Chapters 325 and 406 of the 2013
Public Laws in regard to § 34-24-3.2 "mediation conference prior to mortgage foreclosure." This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Judiciary / House Finance S 2270: 05/17/2018 Placed on Senate Calendar (05/23/2018);              H 7385: 05/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
S 2283 2/1/2018 Senators  Kettle, Cote, Paolino, Morgan, Lombardo AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT Provides that when an agency publicly proposes for notice and comment or
otherwise promulgates a new rule or regulation, it would identify at least one existing rule or regulation to be repealed.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Judiciary 02/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary 3b
S 2290 2/1/2018 Senators Metts, Quezada, Crowley, Goldin, Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — IMMIGRATION STATUS Prohibits 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 03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
S 2301 2/1/2018 Senators Metts, Crowley, Quezada, Ciccone, Jabour H 7528 Representatives  Williams, Shekarchi, Hull, Ranglin-Vassell, Regunberg 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. Senate Judiciary / House Judiciary S 2301: 05/15/2018 Senate read and passed
05/16/2018 Referred to House Judiciary;              H 7528: 02/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Provided written testimony. 2
H 7418 2/2/2018 Representatives Costantino, Winfield, Lima, Marshall AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY–EMERGENCY GENERATORS REQUIRED  Requires emergency generators in any elderly housing complex consisting
of more than three (3) residential units in one building. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Health, Education and Welfare Committee 04/03/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 7422 2/2/2018 Representatives Regunberg, O`Grady, Ruggiero, Ajello, Filippi AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — THE NET NEUTRALITY PROTECTION ACT OF 2018 Establishes the Net Neutrality Protection Act of 2018, prohibiting unreasonable interference with or unreasonably disadvantaging end users’ ability to select, access, and use broadband Internet access service or the lawful Internet content, applications, services, or devices of their choice, or edge providers’ ability to make lawful content, applications, services,
or devices available to end users.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Corporations 03/20/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 7478 2/7/2018 Representatives Solomon, Johnston, Phillips, Marshall, Shanley S 2423 Senators Metts, Quezada, Jabour, Goldin, Goodwin AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – REAL ESTATE BROKERS AND SALESPERSONS Increases the maximum administrative penalty levied against real estate
brokers and salespersons from one thousand dollars ($1,000) to two thousand dollars ($2,000) per violation. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Corporations / Senate Judiciary H 7478: 05/17/2018 House read and passed;                       S 2423: 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/22/2018) David Salvatore provided verbal and written testimony. 1 Yes
H 7489 2/7/2018 Representatives Giarrusso, Roberts, Filippi, Quattrocchi, Nardolillo AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Provides a ten (10) year phase out to the personal property tax. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 05/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7502 2/8/2018 Representatives Solomon, Marshall, Phillips, Barros, Coughlin (Secretary of State) S 2560 Senator Goodwin (Secretary of State) AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — NOTARIES PUBLIC AND JUSTICES OF THE PEACE Repeals the current state provisions regarding notaries and would adopt an
adapted version of the "Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts." This act would take effect on January 1, 2019.
House Corporations / Senate Judiciary H 7502:03/06/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2560: 03/20/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

David Salvatore submitted written testimony to both House and Senate Committees in support. 2
H 7511 2/8/2018 Representatives Corvese, Jacquard, Edwards, Solomon, Marshall S 2695 Senator Lynch Prata AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY Eliminates 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, 2018.
House Judiciary / Senate Judiciary H 7511: 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2018);                      S 2695: 04/10/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study verbal and written testimony 1 Yes
H 7513 2/8/2018 Representatives Edwards, Canario AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION  Allows the town of Tiverton to prorate the tax due and payable whenever property exempt from taxation is sold to a purchaser holding no tax exempt status for that calendar year. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 7515 2/8/2018 Representatives Roberts, Giarrusso AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION – EXEMPTION FOR INDIGENT AND INFIRM PERSONS IN THE TOWN OF WEST GREENWICH Permits the town of West Greenwich to create five (5) year tax liens on real estate owned by infirm and indigent persons in lieu of paying regular taxes where those
persons have been determined as unable to pay by the assessor. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Municipal Government 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2018) 3a
H 7517 2/8/2018 Representatives McEntee, Craven, Edwards, Knight, Fogarty  S 2393 Senators Lombardi, Sosnowski, Lynch Prata, Gallo, Goodwin AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT Reduces the rental period from thirty (30) days to six (6) days in regard to the exclusion from the definition of occupancy for any home, condominium or other residential dwelling rented. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance / Senate Finance H 7517: 05/09/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;             S 2393: 02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 2
H 7554 2/9/2018 Representatives Solomon, Shanley, McNamara, Keable PERSONAL INCOME TAX Allows a one-time non-refundable tax credit for the actual costs of connecting a single family or multi-family dwelling to a municipal sewer system to the owner of
the real property credited to the owner’s personal income tax or corporate income tax based on the filing status of the owner. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Finance 05/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 7556 2/9/2018 Representatives Barros, Ruggiero, Tobon, Messier, Johnston AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES Amends provisions of the tax increment financing act in order to encourage municipalities to use tax increment financing to facilitate economic development. This act would take effect on July 1, 2018. House Finance 02/09/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance DAS will speak to lead sponsor and inquire.
H 7559 2/9/2018 Representatives Canario, Edwards S 2382 Senators DiPalma, Felag, Seveney AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION Allows the Tiverton town council to grant, by ordinance, property tax credits and would remove the current property assessment value-based tax exemptions for veterans, gold star parents and visually impaired persons. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government / Senate Finance H 7559: 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2018);             S 2382: 05/03/2018 Senate read and passed
05/04/2018 Referred to House Finance
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H 7562 2/9/2018 Representatives Marshall, Solomon, Edwards, O’Brien, Casey S 2320 Senators Senators Euer, Pearson, Goldin, Jabour, and Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO CORPORATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND PARTNERSHIPS — THE RHODE ISLAND LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT  Provides that the alternate window for documents filed with the secretary of state to take effect is increased from up to thirty (30) days to up to ninety (90) days.
This act would take effect on January 1, 2019.
House Corporations / Senate Commerce H 7562: 04/03/2018 House read and passed
04/05/2018 Referred to Senate Commerce
05/18/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (05/24/2018);                      S 2320: 05/01/2018 Senate read and passed
05/02/2018 Referred to House Corporations
05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2018)
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H 7564 2/9/2018 Representatives Marshall, Edwards, O’Brien, Casey S 2431 Senator Picard AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — CONDOMINIUM LAW–RESALE OF UNITS Imposes a penalty on a condominium association for failing to deliver a resale certificate within ten (10) days of a request by a unit owner, and would establish a maximum fee of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125) for compiling a resale certificate. This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations / Senate Judiciary H 7564: 03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2431: 03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Testified in support on 3/1/2018 and provided written testimony 1 Yes
H 7600 2/14/2018 Casimiro, Vella-Wilkinson, Shanley, Ackerman, Cunha S 2609 Senators DiPalma, Seveney, Coyne, and Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT Allows for security deposits on furniture when a furnished apartment is leased.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Judiciary / Senate Judiciary H 7600: 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2018);                     S 2609: 04/10/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Provided verbal and written testimony in support 2
H 7612 2/14/2018 Representatives Winfield, Lima, O’Brien, Ucci, Williams S 2432 Senator Picard AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT Prohibits misrepresentation of the status of a pet dog as a service dog to acquire any right or privilege afforded disabled persons. The department of health would be required to provide decals for posting by businesses notifying the public of this law and would require the department to provide informational pamphlets to businesses, upon request, providing permissible questions to determine the status of a dog. This act would also provide for civil penalty of up to five hundred dollars ($500) and thirty (30) hours of community service for violators.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Health, Education and Welfare Committee / Senate Judiciary H 7612: 03/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2432: 05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study H 7612 – David Salvatore provided written testimony in support of both bills 2
H 7615 2/14/2018 Representatives Canario, Vella-Wilkinson, Casey, Edwards, Lima AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS Protects homeless persons in possession of a service animal, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, from being denied access to any homeless shelter in violation of the ADA or the state or federal Fair Housing Practices Acts. This act would take effect upon passage. House Health, Education and Welfare Committee 03/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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H 7616 2/14/2018 Representatives  Canario, Edwards S 2427 Senators Felag, DiPalma, Seveney AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Requires notice to the assessor of new subdivisions of land and would provide for a proration of real estate taxes to be applied thereto. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance / Senate Judiciary H 7616: 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;             S 2427: 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/22/2018) David Salvatore signed up in support of both bills. 2
H 7617 2/14/2018 Representatives Morin, Phillips, Casey, Johnston, Lombardi S 2516 Senator Picard and Cote AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION Provides that real and personal property of nonprofit hospitals that are converted from nonprofit to for-profit and then, on or after December 31, 2016, are converted back to nonprofit shall not be exempt from taxation. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance H 7617: 05/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;             S 2516: 03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 3a
H 7662  2/15/2018 Representatives  Giarrusso, Quattrocchi, Roberts, Nardolillo, Chippendale AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING Allows a local review board of a city or town to provide reasonable conditions and limitations on any project. Economic feasibility would not be an impediment to
the imposition of such conditions and limitations. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7663 2/15/2018 Representatives Mendonca, Canario, Morgan, Nunes, Giarrusso AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – REBUILD RHODE ISLAND TAX CREDIT  Provides that a baseball stadium or athletic facility would not qualify as a
qualified small business project under the rebuild Rhode Island tax credit program.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Finance 05/09/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 7679 2/15/2018 Representatives Vella-Wilkinson, Ackerman, Bennett, Lancia, Walsh AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS — HEALTHY WORKPLACE Establishes a cause of action against employers and employees for workplace bullying, harassment and other abusive conduct that is tolerated by employers, and which may not fall into other categories already protected such as race, color and sex or sexual orientation. This act would take effect upon passage. House Labor 03/22/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 2324 2/15/2018 Senators Lombardi, Conley (Lieutenant Governor) AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — ELECTRIC GENERATION SERVICE Requires the public utilities commission to implement a purchase of receivables program where the electric distribution company purchases the receivables of a
nonregulated power producer at a discount rate. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Commerce   02/23/2018 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/01/2018); 02/27/2018 Meeting postponed (03/01/2018) 3a
S 2335 2/15/2018 Senators Sosnowski, Lynch Prata, Crowley, Felag, Coyne AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — LAND SURVEYORS Streamlines the application and examination process as well as the
educational and experience standards for applicants seeking registration as professional land surveyors. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Commerce   05/01/2018 Senate read and passed
05/02/2018 Referred to House Corporations
05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/23/2018)
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S 2336 2/15/2018 Senators Crowley, Jabour, Nesselbush, Metts, Quezada H 7900 Representatives Slater, Diaz, Handy, Blazejewski, and Maldonado AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — THE HOME ENERGY RATE AFFORDABILITY ACT Creates the Home Energy Rate Affordability Program to ensure that utility
rates are affordable for low-income households. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Commerce / Finance S 2336: 03/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                      H 7900: 05/09/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 2337 2/15/2018 Senators Miller, Goldin, Euer, DiPalma, and Archambault H 7764 Representatives Ajello, Carson, Tanzi, Donovan, Kazarian AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY Deletes as a cause for refusal to issue a license to certain professionals including  land surveyors, landscape architects, cesspool designers, and home inspectors. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Commerce / House Judiciary S 2337: 03/22/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              H 7764: 04/03/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study   3a
S 2355 2/15/2018 Senators Lynch Prata, Miller, Sosnowski AN ACT RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION — THE CLIMATE CHANGE COASTAL ADAPTATION TRUST FUND Establishes the Rhode Island coastal adaptation trust fund. The trust would
enable cities and towns and the state to apply for grants to fund projects that invest in measures that adapt infrastructure on public lands to address the impacts of climate change. This act would take effect on July 1, 2018.
Senate Environment and Agriculture 03/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed up in support.  2
S 2369 2/15/2018 Senator Crowley H 8019 Representatives Maldonado, Tobon, Kazarian, Barros, Slater AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION Provides for proration of a homestead exemption in the city of Central Falls in cases when property is transferred during the year for which the exemption is claimed. This act would take effect on August 1, 2018. Senate Finance / House Municipal Government S 2369: 05/03/2018 Senate read and passed
05/04/2018 Referred to House Finance;                     H 8019: 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
David Salvatore provided verbal testimony in support. 1 Yes
S 2383 2/15/2018 Senators Seveney, Felag, DiPalma AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION Allows the town of Tiverton to prorate the tax due and payable whenever property exempt from taxation is sold to a purchaser holding no tax exempt status for that calendar year. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 05/03/2018 Senate read and passed
05/04/2018 Referred to House Finance
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S 2386 2/15/2018 Senators Fogarty, Jabour, Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — RENEWABLE ENERGY TAX CREDIT Provides for a residential renewable energy systems tax credit. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 2
S 2398 2/15/2018 Senator Pearson AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES — HEALTH INSURANCE BENEFITS Allows small business employers to purchase health insurance for its employees through the state employee group plan. This act would take effect on January 1, 2019. Senate Health and Human Services 03/22/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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S 2412 2/15/2018 Senators McCaffrey, Goodwin AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – ZONING ORDINANCES Requires that when a proposed amendment to a zoning ordinance would
result in a merger of lots, the city or town must provide written notice of the public hearing to all owners of real property whose lots are subject to merger. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Housing and Municipal Government 03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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S 2413 2/15/2018 Senators McCaffrey, Goodwin H 7741 Sub A Representatives Shekarchi, Shanley, Cunha, Lima, Edwards AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — ZONING ORDINANCES Amends the "building height" definition in chapter 24 of title 45 (zoning ordinances) for property in special flood hazard areas. The building height would be measured
from the base flood elevation. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Housing and Municipal Government / House Judiciary S 2413: 03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                         H 7741 Sub A: 05/18/2018 Placed on House Calendar (05/23/2018) David salvatore signed up in support of both bills – RIBA Legislation 2
S 2414 2/15/2018 Senators Fogarty, Nesselbush, Jabour AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Increases 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 and Municipal Government 03/28/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
S 2415 2/15/2018 Senators  DiPalma, Seveney, Euer, Coyne, Felag AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – STATE BUILDING CODE Requires that municipalities enact ordinances establishing building permit
fees which are based on the actual cost of permitting activities. This act would empower the state building code commissioner to ensure compliance. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Housing and Municipal Government 03/14/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed up in opposition with Business Coalition  4
S 2418 2/15/2018 Senators Coyne, Miller JOINT RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REPORTING DATE OF THE SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF LEGALIZING MARIJUANA Senate Judiciary 3/01/2018 Senate read and passed
03/02/2018 Referred to House Judiciary
S 2427 2/15/2018 Senators Felag, DiPalma, Seveney AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Requires notice to the assessor of new subdivisions of land and would provide for a proration of real estate taxes to be applied thereto. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/22/2018) 3b
S 2434 2/15/2018 Senators Archambault, Satchell, Miller, Conley, Ciccone AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS – THE EDWARD O. HAWKINS AND THOMAS C. SLATER MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT Increases the number of permits for medical marijuana compassion centers from three (3) to twelve (12). The additional compassion centers would be approved by the department of health, with no more than one of each additional compassion center to be located in Providence, Bristol, Newport, or Washington counties. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 02/15/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary 3b
S 2442 2/15/2018 Senators Coyne, Seveney, DiPalma, Calkin, Lynch Prata AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS – REAL ESTATE SALES DISCLOSURES Rerquires that any use of a premises fpr marijuana cultivation be disclosed in any real estate transaction. This act would take effect upon passage.  Senate Judiciary 03/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Testified in opposition and provided written testimony.   4
S 2444 2/15/2018 Senators Gallo, Ciccone, Conley, Sosnowski AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE – CASUALTY INSURANCE GENERALLY Exempts residential property from the definition of vacant property provided the owner of the property is in the process of renovation and/or rehabilitation pursuant
to building permits issued by the local municipality from the date of application for the permits to the date of completion of the renovation and/or rehabilitation and the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Judiciary 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/22/2018) 3a
H 7740 2/28/2018 Representatives Casey, Shekarchi AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – CONDOMINIUM LAW Consolidates the newspaper notice publication requirements of condominium foreclosure sales, subject the sale to rights of redemption, require written notice to defaulting unit owner within seven (7) days after the sale, and grant thirty (30) day right of redemption to a defaulting unit holder on the foreclosure sale by the association. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary 04/04/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7767 Sub A 2/28/2018 Representatives Cunha, Shekarchi, Shanley, Morin, Barros AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – ZONING ORDINANCES Requires that when a proposed amendment to a zoning ordinance would
result in a merger of lots, the city or town must provide written notice of the public hearing to all owners of real property whose lots are subject to merger. This act would take effect upon passage.
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H 7769 2/28/2018 Representatives  Fogarty, Carson, Craven, Filippi, Knight S 2751 Senators  Sosnowski, Algiere (By Request) AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES – SUBDIVISION OF LAND  Allows minor projects (residential only) to remain minor and subject to the lesser time period for certification. This act would also add more time for certification at the master and preliminary plan phases on major subdivisions and land developments but reduces the time for certification and resubmission at the final plan phase for consistency purposes. The time for the master plan decision is increased to one hundred twenty (120) days and the time for the preliminary plan decision is restored to one hundred twenty (120) days. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government H 7769: 03/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;               S 2751: 04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

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H 7770 2/28/2018 Representatives Roberts, Mendonca, Price, Quattrocchi, Morgan S 2674 Senators Morgan, Gee AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — MOBILE AND MANUFACTURED HOMES–AFFORDABLE HOUSING Qualifies mobile and manufactured homes as affordable housing when installed and affixed in mobile and manufactured home parks in groups of twenty (20) or more for a year or more. This act would take effect upon passage House Municipal Government H 7770: 04/05/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;                   S 2674:04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 2
H 7780 2/28/2018 Representatives  Donovan, Amore, Carson, Kazarian, Blazejewski AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS — HOME HEATING OIL SALES Provides that a home heating oil dealer pursuant to a home heating oil contract shall deliver home heating oil within twenty-four (24) hours of a request by a consumer or waive penalties if the consumer purchases the heating oil from another source. This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations 03/20/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7783 2/28/2018 Representatives Fogarty, Casey, Morin, McEntee, Blazejewski S 2752 Senator Felag AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – NEW HOME BUYERS FIRE PROTECTION ACT Mandates that builders of new one or two (2) family residential dwellings provide the home buyer with written information regarding the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system subject to civil penalties for violations enforced by the attorney general or state fire marshal along with the results of radon tests and certify that smoke detector devices are in working order. This act would take effect upon passage and would apply to any contract for the construction of a new dwelling entered into on or after January 1, 2019. House Corporations H 7783: 03/27/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2752: 04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore signed up in opposition to H 7783 on 3/27/18. RI Builders are opposed 4
H 7791 2/28/2018 Representatives Nunes, McLaughlin AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – VETERANS’ PROPERTY EXEMPTIONS Authorizes the town of Coventry to enact ordinance granting one thousand dollar ($1,000) exemption to person who was member of National Guard for not less than five (5) consecutive years or served in National Guard and called to active duty by President. This act would take effect upon passage. House Corporations 04/05/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed up in support.  2
H 7807 2/28/2018 Representatives Marshall, Cunha, Kennedy, Costantino AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS — PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION  Requires the office of energy resources to conduct a study to verify the energy savings measures from the state energy efficiency programs. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 05/01/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Sined up in support with the RI Business Coalition 2
H 7828 2/28/2018 Representatives Handy, Regunberg, Slater, Ruggiero, Barros  AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS-THE ENERGY AND CONSUMER SAVINGS ACT OF 2005  Establishes minimum energy and water efficiency standards for certain products sold or installed in the state. This act would take effect upon passage. 03/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed up in opposiition. Unclear if this bill would impact exisiting residential homes and products. 4
H 7834 2/28/2018 Representatives Roberts, Price, Quattrocchi, Morgan, Giarrusso AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION Prohibits certain affordable housing programs with requirements that exceed those set forth in the general laws of the state from being included in the statewide planning program. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 05/09/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7836 2/28/2018 Representatives Roberts, Morgan, Giarrusso, Nardolillo, Quattrocchi AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – RHODE ISLAND HOUSING RESOURCES ACT OF 1998 AND TOWNS AND CITIES – LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING Alters the definition of "affordable housing" to include housing that costs no more than thirty percent (30%) of gross household income for a household with income less than sixty percent (60%) of the median income for city or town. Amends definition of "comprehensive plan" to include the above defined affordable housing in the comprehensive plan. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study DAS Will speak to Brenda Clement at HousingWorskRI 3a
H 7846 2/28/2018 Representatives Phillips, Morin, Vella-Wilkinson, Casimiro AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Provides that effective January 1, 2019, 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 05/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7880 2/28/2018 Representatives McNamara, Vella-Wilkinson, Bennett, Casimiro, Ackerman S 2554 Senators Felag, Conley, Gallo, McCaffrey, Goodwin AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – RHODE ISLAND LIVABLE HOME MODIFICATION GRANT ACT Establishes the "Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant Act" which would allow eligible homeowners and renters to retrofit their residence to nationally recognized accessibility standards and receive fifty percent (50%) of the total sum spent, up to five thousand
dollars ($5,000), to retrofit their existing residence. This act would take effect upon passage.
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H 7890 2/28/2018 Representatives McEntee, Fogarty, O’Brien, Tanzi, Carson AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — HISTORIC RESIDENCE–TAX CREDIT Amends the definition of the term "commission" for purposes of the historic residence tax credit to mean the local historic district commission created by the city or town council, and not the state historical preservation and heritage commission. This act would take effect upon passage House Finance 05/08/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
H 7899 2/28/2018 Representative Slater AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS — THE EDWARD O. HAWKINS AND THOMAS C. SLATER MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT Prohibits employers from refusing to hire, discharging or otherwise discriminating against any individual on account of their medical use of marijuana and would
include situations where said employee tested positive for marijuana components. It would also make drug testing under § 28-6.5-2 (testing of prospective employees) subject to the protections of this act. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Judiciary 04/12/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7904 2/28/2018 Representative Marshall AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION — FOUNDATION LEVEL SCHOOL SUPPORT Enables all regional school districts in effect as of July 1, 2018, as taxing regional school districts, with authority to levy and collect property taxes from member cities and towns for educational purposes upon property located within the municipalities served by the regional school district upon authorization and ratification of the annual budget request by member cities and towns. This act would take effect upon passage and be effective for the 2018-2019 fiscal year and thereafter House Finance 04/24/2018 Withdrawn at sponsor’s request (04/26/2018) 3b
H 7910 2/28/2018 Representative Kazarian S 2613 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 H 7910: 02/28/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance;       S 2613:04/10/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 2515 3/1/2018 Senators DiPalma, Pearson, and Nesselbush AN ACT RELATING TO STATUTES AND STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION — PAYMENT OF STATUTORY FEES Enhances and facilitates the ability of state departments and agencies to implement electronic filing of applications for licenses, permits, registrations, certificates and other functions by authorizing the departments and agencies to allow a state approved vendor to
withhold a commission for developing and implementing the web-based system for electronic filing. This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 05/15/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
S 2519 3/1/2018 Senator Picard 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. Senate Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study Signed up in support.  2
S 2520 3/1/2018 Senators DiPalma, Seveney, Euer, and Coyne AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT  Restores the forty-seven percent (47%) distribution percentage with respect to hotel tax proceeds generated in the various regional districts and would repeal the separate formula used for hosting platforms. This act would take effect on July 1, 2018. Senate Finance 03/01/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance 3a
S 2522 3/1/2018 Senator Raptakis AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — LONG-TERM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Requires that a written long-term economic development vision and policy and a strategic plan for implementation of this policy receive a public hearing by the house of representatives and the senate, a vote of approval by those bodies and approval of the governor. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 7975 3/16/2018 Representatives Marszalkowski, Morin, Tobon, O`Grady, and Newberry HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITHIN BLACKSTONE VALLEY  Would create an eighteen member special legislative study commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study and provide recommendations to encourage economic development within the Blackstone Valley, and who would report back to the House of Representatives no later than February 5, 2019, and whose life would expire on May 5, 2019. House Municipal Government 05/11/2018 Placed on House Calendar (05/15/2018)
05/15/2018 House read and passed
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H 7978 3/16/2018 Representatives Handy, Carson, Fogarty, Donovan, Knight (Attorney General) S 2758 Senators Conley, Lombardi, Archambault, Ciccone, Seveney (Attorney General) AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — BY POSSESSION AND PRESCRIPTION Clarifies that § 34-7-4 ("right of footway denied") applies only to private rights of footway. This act would take effect upon passage. House Environment and Natural resources H 7978:03/29/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2758: 04/10/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study DAS has requested more informartion from Rep. Carson. 3b
S 2668 3/20/2018 Senators Coyne, Seveney, DiPalma, Calkin, Cote AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Authorizes cities and towns to establish a program to allow persons over the age of sixty (60) to provide volunteer services in exchange for a property tax credit up to one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500). The credit would be calculated by multiplying the number of volunteer service hours by the state minimum wage per hour. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 8033 3/30/2018 Representatives Carson, Shekarchi AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — COASTAL AND RIVERINE HOME PROTECTION Enables cities and towns to provide property tax relief to individuals who
take resiliency measures to rehabilitate their property because of flood hazards. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Municipal Government 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore signed up in support, provided verbal and written testimony. RI League of Cities and Towns opposed the bills and wants to work with Rep. carson and RIAR on possible amendment.  1 Yes
S 2795 4/5/2018 Senator Picard (By request) AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT Prohibits residential landlords from terminating period tenancies from December 1 to February 1 and would require sixty (60) days written notice to the elderly or disabled. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 04/05/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
S 2789 4/5/2018 Senators Fogarty, Nesselbush, Lombardi AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS Permits the substitution by a developer of sprinklers in new developments instead of cisterns or water reservoirs for fire suppression, if allowed by ordinance. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Housing and Municipal Government 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/22/2018) 3a
S 2682 3/20/2018 Senators Sosnowski, Fogarty, Goodwin, Gallo AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY – TRESPASS AND ACTIONS FOR POSSESSION  Prohibits encroachment upon open space land and would allow the owner of open space land or the holder of a conservation restriction to bring a civil action in superior court to remedy the encroachment of that land, and to recover damages resulting from this encroachment. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Judiciary 04/10/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 8080 4/11/2018 Representatives Carson, Donovan, Shekarchi, Ucci S 2866 Senators Euer, McCaffrey AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES — CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR LOCAL PLANNING AND ZONING BOARDS Requires initial and continuing education in land use law and planning for local planning and/or zoning board and commission members. This act would take effect on July 1, 2019. House Municipal Government H 8080: 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2866: 05/10/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David salvatore signed up in support for the bill. 2
H 8081 4/11/2018 Representative Filippi AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION–TOWN OF CHARLESTOWN  Authorizes the town of Charlestown, by ordinance, to offer tax dollar credit reductions in lieu of various tax exemptions. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2018) 3a
H 8085 4/12/2018 Representatives Maldonado, Filippi, O`Grady, Morin, Carson AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT Requires the sealing of any district court file, where a resolution of a trespass and eviction complaint results in a verdict for the tenant and no appeal is taken. This act would take effect upon passage. House Judiciary 04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3a
H 8101 4/13/2018 Representative Filippi S 2861 Senator Sosnowski AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT – RHODE ISLAND HOUSING RESOURCES ACT OF 1998 – TOWN OF NEW SHOREHAM Adjusts the definition of moderate income in New Shoreham to one hundred forty percent (140%) of area median income. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government H 8101: 04/26/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2861: 05/09/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 3b
S 2825 4/12/2018 Senators Fogarty and Ciccone (Lieutenant Governor) N ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Establishes a nineteen (19) member permanent joint oversight commission to study and evaluate property tax related issues. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Housing and Municipal Government 04/25/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study David Salvatore signed up in support 2
H 8126 4/26/2018 Representatives Keable, Newberry AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – COLLECTION OF TAXES GENERALLY Adds the town of Burrillville to those towns wherein taxes assessed on a mobile or manufactured home would constitute a lien on said home. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2018) David Salvatore has requested additional information from the bill’s sponsor. 3b
H 8193 5/11/2018 Representative Carson (by request) AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES Provides that the city of Newport is authorized to set the effective tax rate
applicable to any property class in an amount not to exceed by fifty percent (50%) the rate applicable to any other class in the first year following a comprehensive revaluation or any update. This act would take effect upon passage.
House Municipal Government 05/18/2018 Scheduled for consideration (05/24/2018)
H 8189 5/11/2018 Representatives Vella-Wilkinson, Carson, Fogarty, Marshall, Filippi AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY — SHORT-TERM RENTALS ACT Establishes the Short-Term Rentals Act which would set forth requirements for short-term listing services, and short-term rental providers, when renting to a person for less than thirty (30) days. Failure to follow the statutory requirements of the act would result in a five hundred dollar ($500) fine for each applicable violation.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Judiciary 05/11/2018 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
H 8177 5/11/2018 Representatives Maldonado, McLaughlin, Barros, Tobon, Edwards S 2854 Senator Crowley AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — LEVY AND ASSESSMENT OF LOCAL TAXES–CITY OF CENTRAL FALLS Authorizes the city of Central Falls to adopt three (3) separate tax classifications of residential property consisting of tax rates for owner-occupied properties of no more than five (5) units, non-owner occupied properties of no more than five (5) units to include properties classified as mixed use for commercial and residential purposes, and dwellings with six (6) units or more. This act would take effect upon passage. House Municipal Government H 8177: 05/17/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study;              S 2854: 05/03/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
H 8167 5/4/2018 Representatives Mendonca, Shekarchi, Azzinaro, Filippi, McEntee AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY – STATE BUILDING CODE Exempts existing residential dwelling units from the requirements of the fire safety code and accessibility standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
This act would take effect upon passage.
House Committee on Health, Eeducation and Welfare 05/16/2018 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
H 8150 5/2/2018 Representatives Morin, Phillips, Casey AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — TAXATION OF LOW-INCOME HOUSING Enables a municipality to adopt an ordinance that would exempt that municipality from being required to accept any additional residential properties, otherwise eligible for alternative assessment and taxation, if the municipality has achieved the goal of having in excess of ten (10%) percent of its housing stock as low and affordable housing. This act would take effect upon passage. House Finance 05/02/2018 Introduced, referred to House Finance
S 2857 Senators Morgan, Algiere, Raptakis AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION — PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION Increases the number of years that the town of West Greenwich may enter into tax stabilization agreements from ten (10) to twelve (12). This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 05/03/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
S 2904 5/17/2018 Senator DiPalma (by request) AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION – MIDDLETOWN REAL ESTATE ASSESSMENT – TAXATION MIDDLETOWN – TAX LEVY Allows the town of Middletown to adopt annual fair market assessments of its ratable property that do not exceed the two percent (2%) annual increase ceiling.
This act would take effect upon passage.
Senate Finance 05/17/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
S 2910 5/17/2018 Senators  Ciccone, Lombardo, Crowley, Quezada, Metts AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT — RHODE ISLAND HOUSING RESOURCES ACT OF 1998 Requires the general assembly to place a bond referendum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) in capital financing for fiscal year 2019 on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 election for Rhode Island Housing & Mortgage Finance Corporation (RIHMFC) for the development of affordable housing for the homeless and to appropriate for fiscal year 2020 an each fiscal year thereafter a minimum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) for the same. This act would take effect upon passage. Senate Finance 05/17/2018 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance