The Government Affairs Committee uses the following system to rank legislative priorities to give direction to RIAR Government Affairs staff and RIAR contract lobbyists.
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||Sponsor(s)||Comp Bill||Sponsor(s)||Intent||Committee||Recent Activity||RIAR Testimony and Notes||RIAR Ranking|
|H 7051||Representatives McEntee, Tanzi, Fogarty, and Filippi||S 2129||Senators Sosnowski, Algiere, Valverde||Authorizes the town council of the town of South Kingstown to create a
municipal court and housing court and defines the respective jurisdiction of those two courts.
|House Municipal Government / Senate Judiciary||H 7051: 01/30/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
S 2129: 02/12/2020 Referred to House Municipal Government
|H 7052||Representatives Roberts, Nardone, Chippendale, Serpa, and Noret||Exempts a residential homeowner who has abandoned an on-site system from obtaining a contractor to pump out and to fill in with material, as long as the residential homeowner has taken the necessary steps to secure the abandoned on-site system. It would also necessitate that the local sewer authority make an inspection to ensure that the system is properly secured from preventing any injury to the public.||House Municipal Government||H 7052: 02/13/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7174||Representatives Blazejewski, Carson, Knight, Cortvriend, and Caldwell||Adds climate change, sea-level rise and coastal resiliency to the analysis of data of the strategic plan for economic development policy. This act would also change the number of members of the economic development planning council from seventeen 17 to 19 by adding the directors of the department of environmental management and coastal resources management council.||House Small Business||H 7174: 02/25/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7152||Representatives Corvese, Canario, Azzinaro, and Ucci||Increases the duty of care owed by condominium officers and executive
board members to their unit owners from ordinary and reasonable care to a fiduciary duty.
|House Judiciary||H 7152: 02/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||DAS signed up in support without testimony.||2|
|H 7083||Representatives Casimiro, McEntee, Carson, Knight, and Craven||S 2350||Senators Euer, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Valverde, and Goldin||Enables cities and towns to provide a tax exemption to individuals who take resiliency measures to rehabilitate their property because of flood hazards.||House Municipal Government||H 7083:01/30/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
S 2350: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance
|DAS testified and submitted written testimony in support of H 7083 on 1/30/2020--will work with the sponsor and RI League of Cities and Town on amendments.||1|
|S 2089||Senators Lombardi, Ciccone, Conley, and McCaffrey||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.
|Senate Judiciary||S 2089: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
|S 2088||Senators Euer, and McCaffrey||H 7354||Representatives Carson, and Shekarchi||Requires initial, biennial, and continuing education in land use law and planning for local planning and zoning board members.||Senate Judiciary / House Judiciary||S 2088: 02/11/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
H 7354: 03/04/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
|S 2085||Senator Roger Picard||Prohibits residential landlords from terminating period tenancies for elderly or disabled tenants from December 1 to February 1 and would require sixty (60) days written notice to the elderly or disabled.||Senate Judiciary||S 2085: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|S 2081||Senators Lombardi, Ciccone, Conley, Lynch Prata, and McCaffrey||H 7294||Representatives Solomon, Vella-Wilkinson, Casey, Millea, and Bennett||Allows a condominium association to impose a fee of up to one hundred
twenty-five dollars ($125) for preparation of a resale certificate.
|Senate Judiciary / House Judiciary||S 2081: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
H 7294: 02/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
|DAS testified verbally and with written correspondence in support of H 7294 on 2/5/20 and S 2081 on 2/28/20.||1|
|S 2075||Senators DiPalma, de la Cruz, Archambault, and Paolino||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.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2075: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||2|
|S 2073||Senators Seveney, DiPalma, and Euer||H 7408||Representatives Cortvriend, Chippendale, Canario, Cassar, Ruggiero||Authorizes tax assessors in the cities and towns to use the last statutory update or revaluation as the assessed valuation upon which to levy taxes regarding their real property.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government / House Municipal Government||S 2073: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
H 7408: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
|S 2042||Senators Lombardi, Lynch Prata, Archambault, Ciccone, and
|Defines small, large and residential wind energy systems and provide that the zoning ordinance concerning wind energy systems shall establish requirements and guidelines consistent with the latest technical paper on renewable energy siting guidelines for terrestrial wind energy systems published by the statewide planning program. This act would further require that notice of the zoning ordinance be sent, by first-class mail, to certain property owners.||Senate Environment & Agriculture||S 2042: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture||3|
|S 2043||Senators Satchell, Sosnowski, Valverde, Seveney, and Coyne||Establishes minimum energy and water efficiency standards for appliances and specified equipment purchased or installed after July 1, 2021.||Senate Environment & Agriculture||S 2043: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture||3|
|S 2044||Senator Roger Picard||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.||Senate Finance||S 2044: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||4|
|S 2071||Senators Seveney, DiPalma, Miller, Conley, and Murray||Authorize tax assessors to use the last revaluation as the assessed valuation.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2071: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||3|
|S 2065||Senator Roger Picard||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||Senate Finance||S 2065: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||4|
|S 2061||Senators Algiere, Rogers, Paolino, Morgan, and de la Cruz||Reduces the minimum corporate tax from four hundred dollars ($400) to two hundred fifty dollars ($250) for the year beginning on July 1, 2020, and would abolish the minimum tax for tax years beginning on or after July 1, 2021.||Senate Finance||S 2061: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||3|
|S 2053||Senators Felag, Seveney, and Picard||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.||Senate Finance||S 2053: 1/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||2|
|S 2058||Senators Satchell, Metts, Murray, Cano, and Conley||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.||Senate Finance||S 2058: 01/21/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||2|
|S 7217||Representatives McNamara, Ackerman, Bennett, Jackson, and Lyle||Grants residential purchasers of solar energy systems protections requiring
solar system retailers to provide disclosures in the retail sale/lease documents as well-as the right to cancel/rescind the agreement within ninety (90) days prior to installation and notice of any liens filed against their residential property.
|House Environment and Natural Resources||S 7217: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7194||Representatives Price, and Casimiro||Authorizes the Exeter town council, by ordinance to increase the real property tax exemption for active Exeter volunteer members of fire and rescue companies from fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) to one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000).||House Municipal Government||H 7194: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||Signed up in support.||2|
|H 7177||Representatives Edwards, Diaz, Canario, and Slater||Removes the prohibition on state appropriations to the municipal infrastructure grant program, and authorize the state planning council to evaluate, approve and issue such grants, subject to the appropriations provided to the program.||House Finance||H 7177: 01/22/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||3|
|H 7256||Representatives Bennett, Tobon, Edwards, McNamara, and Barros||Provides for the preservation of housing density when a municipality allows alternative uses within a residential zone. Transferal of the residential density would be to locations at the discretion of the municipality.||House Municipal Government||H 7256: 01/30/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7255||Representatives Cassar, Knight||Permits the town of Barrington to deny issuance or renewal of licenses or permits for properties on which the taxes and/or assessments are in arrears.||House Municipal Government||H 7255: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7254||Representatives Cassar, Knight||Permits Barrington to have three alternate members on zoning board who may participate in hearings and shall vote in the absence of other members. Each member of the board may vote only if they attended all hearings relative to the matter before board.||House Municipal Government||H 7254: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7246||Representatives Blazejewski, Ajello, Bennett, Johnston, Speakman||S 2363||Senators Conley, Miller, Satchell, Cano, and Pearson||Repeals the sunset provision which ends historic preservation tax credits by June 30, 2020 or upon the exhaustion of the maximum aggregate credits, whichever comes first.||House Finance||H 7246: 01/23/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||2|
|S 2134||Senators Metts, Ciccone, Quezada, DiPalma, Nesselbush||H 7594||Representatives Williams, Shekarchi, Craven, Knight, and Slater||Prohibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.||Senate Judiciary / House Judiciary||S 2134: 02/12/2020 Referred to House Judiciary
H 7594: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
|S 2113||Senators Felag, Ciccone, Lombardo, Conley, Gallo||Establishes the Rhode Island Livable Home Modification Grant which allows 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 such existing residence. Such retrofitting of an existing residence will allow an individual with disabilities to remain safely and independently within their residence and out of long-term care facilities, while reducing falls and other related emergency room, hospital and/or rehabilitation expenses.||Senate Finance||S 2113: 01/22/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||2|
|H 7379||Representatives Quattrocchi, Nardone, Price||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.||House Municipal Government||H 7379: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||Signed up in opposition.||4|
|H 7416||Representatives Azzinaro, Vella-Wilkinson, Jackson, McLaughlin, Price||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.||House Veterans Affairs||H 7416: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||Signed up in support.||2|
|H 7415||Representatives Azzinaro, Craven, McEntee, Casimiro, and Filippi||S 2673||Senator Felag||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, for failure to inform 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.||House Small Business||H 7415: 03/03/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7406||Representatives Solomon, Serpa, Noret, Casey, and Shanley||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||House Finance||H 7406: 01/31/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||2|
|H 7399||Representatives Blazejewski, Representatives Abney, Bennett, Carson, and Ruggiero||Establishes a statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction mandate||House Environment and Natural Resources||H 7399: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7448||Representatives McLaughlin, McNamara, Jackson, Marszalkowski, and
|Provides that in the town of Cumberland, the maximum height allowed for a commercial or residential condominium complex would be no more than thirty-five feet (35').||House Municipal Government||H 7448: 003/03/2020 Committee postponed at request of sponsor (03/05/2020)||4|
|H 7435||Representatives Speakman, Knight, Donovan, and Cassar||Permits a manufacturing or commercial concern located in this state to apply to the commerce corporation, for an exemption or stabilization of taxes, when moving to
another municipality within this state if it can show that it could reasonably and efficiently relocate outside the state and that such relocation would be economically advantageous.
|House Finance||H 7435: 02/05/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||3|
|S 2313||Senators Lombardo, Crowley, and Rogers||Extends the initial reporting date of the special legislative commission on housing, tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of Rhode Island's Housing System, from January 31, 2020, to June 1, 2020.||S 2313: 02/05/2020 Senate read and passed||3|
|S 2264||Senators Metts, Quezada, Euer, Goldin, and Cano||H 7596||Representatives Alzate, McKiernan, Casimiro, Phillips, and Ackerman||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.
|Senate Judiciary / House Judiciary||S 2264: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
H 7596: 03/04/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
|S 2263||Senators Metts, Picard, Quezada, Nesselbush, and Goldin||H 7947||Representatives Slater, Diaz, Edwards, Craven, and Blazejewski||Creates new standards for determining whether a state work license applicant's past criminal contacts/convictions should disqualify them from receiving a government-issued license.||Senate Judiciary||S 2263: 03/05/2020 Withdrawn at sponsor's request||3|
|S 2260||Senators Bell, Euer, Murray, Quezada, and Nesselbush||Permits those other residents of a residential dwelling unit to extend the
term of the rental agreement for a period not to exceed three (3) months after the death of the lessee.
|Senate Judiciary||S 2260: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|S 2258||Senators Metts, Quezada, Cano, Goldin, and Crowley||Prohibits a landlord from asking about the immigration status of a tenant,
prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of residential rental property.
|Senate Judiciary||S 2258: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|S 2255||Senators Metts, Quezada, Goodwin, Miller, and Cano||H 7862||Representatives Kislak, Slater, Blazejewski, Diaz, and Almeida||Places the responsibility on landlords to house tenants if they are evicted due to the neglect of the landlords; Would give the municipality flexibility with the revolving fund account; and would allow the municipality the ability to place a lien in the form of property taxes when it takes action against the real property.||Senate Judiciary||S 2255: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||Providence Bill--signed up in opposition on 2/27/20||4|
|S 2252||Senators Cano, Euer, Murray, Pearson, and Quezada||Requires that upon a written request from an applicant, a zoning enforcement officer would provide a written determination regarding the proposed use. This act would allow an aggrieved party to appeal the decision regarding zoning or written determination to the zoning board of review.||Senate Judiciary||S 2252: 02/11/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||RIAR signed up in support with the RI Business Coalition on 2/11/2020.||3|
|S 2219||Senators Raptakis, Morgan, Ciccone, Murray, and Bell||Refunds the minimum tax paid by corporations with annual gross income of less than four hundred dollars ($400); but caps the amount refunded at four hundred dollars ($400).||Senate Finance||S 2219: 02/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||3|
|S 2218||Senators de la Cruz, Rogers, and Raptakis||Authorizes fire districts to provide for an exemption, from fire taxes, for volunteer firefighters.||Senate Finance||S 2218: 02/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||2|
|S 2211||Senators Euer, Murray, Cano, Nesselbush, and Crowley||Provides for increases in the amount of foundation level school support that a community would receive, based upon a community's ability to meet and surpass its minimum low- and moderate-income housing requirements.||Senate Finance||S 2211: 02/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||3|
|S 2205||Senator Roger Picard||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.||Senate Finance||S 2205: 02/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||4|
|S 2201||Senators Crowley, Quezada, Nesselbush, Metts, and Cano||Exempts a housing development financed in whole or in part with federal low income tax credits pursuant to § 42 of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as Rhode Island nonprofit corporations or entities which are tax exempt pursuant to § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and own real estate under an affordable housing program, from real estate conveyance tax.||Senate Finance||S 2201: 02/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||3|
|S 2200||Senators Crowley, Nesselbush, Conley, and Cano||Amends certain provisions of the "Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit Act",
and would create the Pawtucket-Central Falls station redevelopment district with a metes and bounds description. The act would also provide that tax credits may be available for certain projects located in the transit-oriented development area located in the Pawtucket-Central Falls station redevelopment district for an amount not to exceed fifty percent (50%) of the project cost.
|Senate Finance||S 2200: 02/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||3|
|S 2189||Senators Gallo, Conley, Metts, and Lombardo||REQUESTS THE OFFICE OF THE POSTSECONDARY COMMISSIONER FORM A WORK GROUP TO CONDUCT A THOROUGH REVIEW INTO HOW RHODE ISLAND CAN PROTECT STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS||Senate Education||S 2189: 02/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Education||2|
|H 7462||Representatives Shanley, Craven, Casimiro, Kazarian, and Mendez||Establishes a five (5) member board to review decisions relating to valuation, assessment and taxation of real and tangible property of individuals and corporations from the tax review boards of the cities and towns prior to any appeal to the superior court and establish municipal uniform tax rates for all classes of residential and commercial real property, tangible personal property, vacant land, farm land, forest land and open spaces.||House Finance||H 7462: 02/06/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||3|
|H 7460||Representatives Morin, Hawkins, Marszalkowski, O'Brien, and VellaWilkinson||S 2472||Senators DiPalma, Seveney, Conley, Euer, and Cano||Prohibits cities and towns from performing spot assessments that increase the assessment value of properties that have sold, except in accordance with their revaluation or
|House Finance / Senate Housing and Municipal Government||H 7460: 02/06/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance
S 2472: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
|H 7502||Representatives Tobon, Barros, Costantino, McKiernan, and Millea||Exempts from taxation real property acquired or leased by a railroad entity used in the boarding or disembarking of railroad passengers or supporting passenger railroad operations and services.||House Finance||H 7502: 02/07/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||3|
|H 7556||Representatives Edwards, Kennedy, Bennett, Caldwell, and Speakman||Would make permanent the exemption from taxation for certain residential property developments which have not been completed or, if completed, have not been sold and occupied.||House Municipal Government||H 7556: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||2|
|H 7331||Representatives Edwards, Canario, Bennett, Diaz, and Solomon||Allows DEM to extend certain deadlines for required sewer construction in the replacement of cesspools, which deadlines would not extend beyond January 1, 2025.||House Environment and Natural Resources||H 7331: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||DAS Signed up in support of H 7331 and provided verbal and written testimony on 2/27/20||2|
|H 7638||Representatives Alzate, Casimiro, Lyle, Caldwell, and Kazarian||S 2755||Senators Euer, Murray, Crowley, Cano, Metts||Amends the "residential landlord and tenant act" to require a landlord, prior
to any residential rental agreement, to deliver to a prospective tenant a valid certificate of rental suitability and sets forth the requirements for applying for a certification.
|House Judiciary / Senate Judiciary||H 7638: 03/04/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
S 2755: 03/04/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
|DAS signed up in opposition to
H 7638 and testified on 3/4/20
|H 7629||Representatives Shekarchi, Craven, Ucci, Blazejewski, and Shanley||(1) Planning board votes for approval require a majority vote of the members present at the time of the vote; and (2) A quorum of the zoning board of review would be four members authorized to vote which may include alternate members.||House Judiciary||H 7629: 03/04/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||DAS signed up in support on 3/4/20.||2|
|H 7627||Representatives Phillips, Edwards, Millea, Hawkins, and Shanley||S 2440||Senators Lombardo, Lombardi, McKenney, and Coyne||Amends the deceptive trade practices chapter to clarify the law's exemptions and would enhance the attorney general's authority to seek civil penalties for violations of the law||House Corporations||H 7627: 02/14/2020 Introduced, referred to House Corporations
S 2440: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
|H 7615||Representatives Ruggiero, Bennett, Slater, Cortvriend, Chippendale||Authorizes cities and towns with the authority to propose, for consideration and decision by their voters, a reliable source of capital funding for investing in their community.||House Municipal Government||H 7615: 02/14/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government||Researching|
|H 7614||Representatives Casey, Knight, Azzinaro, Vella-Wilkinson||Defines as “disabled,” persons receiving veterans’ affairs disability benefits paid by the federal government for purposes of property tax relief.||House Municipal Government||H 7614: 02/27/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||2|
|H 7604||Representatives Blazejewski, Kislak, Cassar, Ajello, and Barros||Requires any single-user toilet facility in a public building or place of public accommodation that exists or is constructed on or after July 1, 2020, be available to persons of any gender||House H.E.W.||H 7604: 02/14/2020 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.||3|
|H 7569||Representative Robert B. Jacquard||Eliminates provisions establishing a legislative regulation committee, and would also repeal the provision that codes and standards adopted by the state building code standards committee would be subject to approval by the legislative regulation committee.||House Corporations||H 7569: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to House Corporations||3|
|S 2485||Senators Crowley, Metts, and Quezada||Prohibits discrimination against criminally convicted persons in public
housing project assignments. Exception is made for sexual assault violations and offenses that require registration pursuant to the provisions of the sexual offender registration and community notification chapter
|Senate Judiciary||S 2485: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary||3|
|S 2482||Senators Euer, McCaffrey, Seveney, DiPalma, and Sosnowski||Establishes rules and regulations concerning rentals of residences for less than thirty (30) days.||S 2482: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary||4|
|S 2479||Senator Elaine J. Morgan||H 7718||Representatives Casimiro, and Price||Specifically exclude the cultivation and processing of marijuana from the definitions of plant agriculture contained in the Rhode Island zoning enabling act.||S 2479: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary||3|
|S 2473||Senators Raptakis, Rogers||Prohibits the town of Coventry from assessing the costs of repaving the
roadway upon the completion of any sewage works upon the land owners.
|S 2473: 03/04/2020 Meeting postponed (03/05/2020)||2|
|S 2468||Senators Seveney, DiPalma, Coyne, and Euer||Provides a procedure for homeowners to submit for review by a municipal official for a proposed land use not specifically listed under local ordinances or whether it requires a special-use permit.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2468: 03/03/2020 Meeting postponed (03/05/2020)||3|
|S 2430||Senators Conley, Gallo, McKenney, McCaffrey, and Coyne||Creates the "Consumer Privacy Protection Act." It would require businesses that collect, maintain or sell personal information to notify consumers and would disclose the information and the businesses' use of the information. The act would also provide that consumers may opt out and have personal information deleted.||Senate Judiciary||S 2430: 03/03/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||4|
|S 2426||Senators DiPalma, Euer, Coyne, Raptakis, and Valverde||Requires conservation an preservation restrictions to be liberally interpreted in favor of the grants awarded.||Senate Judiciary||S 2426: 03/03/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|S 2425||Senators Lombardo, Archambault, McCaffrey, Goodwin, and Conley||Amends the Deceptive Trade Practices Act to clarify the law's exemptions, enable individuals subject to unfair or deceptive acts and practices to recover increased damages, and permit the attorney general to seek civil penalties for initial violations of the law.||Senate Judiciary||S 2425: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||4|
|S 2417||Senators de la Cruz, Morgan, Paolino, Euer, and Lombardi||Provides electronic data and information privacy protection. The act would limit access by law enforcement to electronic data and information to specified circumstances and to situations when a warrant is issued.||Senate Judiciary||S 2417: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|S 2394||Senators Sosnowski, DiPalma, Seveney, Rogers, and Raptakis||Allows municipalities to establish a program providing a property tax exemption to active duty individuals who volunteer services as a firefighter or emergency medical technician, provided the organization to whom the individual volunteers qualifies as tax exempt pursuant to the Internal Revenue Service.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2394: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||2|
|S 2380||Senators Cano, Gallo, Goodwin, McCaffrey, and Quezada||Requires the council on elementary and secondary education, in consultation with the Rhode Island department of education, to develop and approve statewide academic standards for the instruction of consumer education in public high schools by no later than December 31, 2020.||Senate Education||S 2380: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Education||2|
|S 2372||Senators Coyne, Seveney, DiPalma, Valverde, and Euer||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.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2372: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||2|
|S 2371||Senator Jessica de la Cruz||Replaces the current tax stabilization assessment plan for the town of
Burrillville with an updated plan.
|Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2371: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||3|
|S 2362||Senators Pearson, Seveney, Cano, Paolino, and Satchell||Removes the prohibition on state appropriations to the municipal infrastructure grant program, and authorize the state planning council to evaluate, approve and issue such grants, subject to the appropriations provided to the program.||Senate Finance||S 2362: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||2|
|S 2351||Senator Samuel W. Bell||Repeals the authority of various cities and towns to provide certain tax exemptions and tax stabilization agreements.||Senate Finance||S 2351: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||4|
|S 2346||Senator William J. Conley||H 7946||Representatives Amore, Serodio, Kazarian, and Cassar||Provides that the Narragansett Bay Commission may not exercise its power to acquire land located within the area designated by the city of East Providence as the East Providence Waterfront Special Development District, without first receiving written approval by the East Providence Waterfront Commission and from the mayor of East Providence||Senate Judiciary||S 2346: 003/03/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
H 7946: 02/27/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
|DAS signed up in support of S 2346 on 3/3/2020.||2|
|S 2345||Senator William J. Conley||Requires the state properties committee to give written notice regarding any land or other real property it seeks to acquire or to dispose of to the municipality where the property is located, abutters within a two hundred foot (200') radius and the president of the senate and speaker of the house of representatives.||Senate Judiciary||S 2346: 02/13/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary||3|
|H 7297||Representatives Knight, and Cassar||S 2672||Senators Coyne, Seveney, and DiPalma||Allows local tax assessors to assess valuations on a yearly basis pursuant to chapter 4 of title 44, section one, and to adjust the valuation of assessed properties on a yearly basis pursuant thereto.||House Municipal Government||H 7297: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
S 2672: 02/27/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
|H 7909 / H 7859||Representative Justin Price||S 2670||Senator Elaine J. Morgan||Allows the town of Richmond, when calculating its number of low- and
moderate-income housing units to not consider certain residential units constructed or to be constructed on certain identified assessor's lots located at the Preserve at Boulder Hills as year round housing units.
|House Municipal Government||H 7909: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
H 7859: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government
S 2670: 2/27/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
|H 7904||Representatives Barros, Casimiro, Johnston, and Shanley||Provides that only two (2) communities may combine in the appointment of a building official and prohibits a municipality from requiring building officials to perform duties not in the building code when building code duties are pending.||House Municipal Government||H 7909: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government||3|
|H 7861||Representatives Fogarty, Shekarchi, Cortvriend, Carson, and Filippi||Would allow 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.
|House Municipal Government||H 7909: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government||3|
|H 7857||Representatives Filippi, and Quattrocchi||Increases the percentage of area median income from one hundred twenty percent (120%) to one hundred forty percent (140%) only for New Shoreham residents to make more households eligible for affordable housing.||House Municipal Government||H 7857: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government||3|
|H 7851||Representatives Place, and Newberry||Authorizes the town of Burrillville to establish an ordinance to stabilize tax
assessments or provide credits for physical improvements to substandard buildings for a period of ten (10) years from the date of completion.
|House Municipal Government||H 7851: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government||4|
|H 7850||Representatives Ruggiero, Carson, Vella-Wilkinson, Knight, and Craven||Authorizes cities and towns to classify residential property that is rented for
more than thirty (30) non-consecutive days in a calendar year as a Class 2 property.
|House Municipal Government||H 7850: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||DAS testified in oppositon on 3/5/2020.||4|
|H 7847||Representatives Marszalkowski, Morin, and McLaughlin||CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO BE KNOWN AS THE "RHODE ISLAND CITY AND TOWN REVALUATION STUDY COMMISSION"||House Municipal Government||H 7847: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||DAS signed up in support on 3/5/2020||2|
|H 7846||Representatives Diaz, Edwards, and Tobon||S 2663||Senators Crowley, Metts, and Cano||Prohibits more than two (2) communities from combining to appoint a shared building official. If a municipality does not have a building official or a shared building official,
the state building commissioner would provide personnel to assume the duties of the local building official. Costs of this service would be reimbursed by the municipality.
|House Municipal Government||H 7846: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
S 2663: 02/27/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
|H 7779||Representatives Solomon, Casey, Kennedy, and Edwards||S 2674||Coyne, Goldin, Seveney, DiPalma, Murray||CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND MAKE
RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE LICENSING OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS
|House Corporations / Senate Housing and Municipal Government||H 7779: 03/03/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
S 2674: 02/27/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government
|H 7777||Representative Williams||Allows the superior court, upon good cause shown, to require any person
who affixed an architecture stamp within five (5) years, to provide evidence that the architectural services were performed by an individual, sole proprietor, partnership, limited-liability partnership, corporation, or limited liability company named in the "certificate" or "certificate of authorization."
|House Corporations||H 7777: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Corporations||3|
|H 7776||Representatives Carson, Vella-Wilkinson, and Ruggiero||Requires a third-party hosting platform to register each short-term rental unit listed for rent in the state with the department of business regulation. If a short-term rental is not registered a third-party hosting platform would not be able to conduct business in the state using such property(s). If a hosting platform lists an unregistered unit a fine would be imposed. Additionally, this act would require the department of business regulation to create a database to store all registered short-term rental units.||House Corporations||H 7776: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Corporations||See GAC|
|H 7743||Representatives Noret, Marszalkowski, Vella-Wilkinson, Serodio, and
|Allows an accessory dwelling unit of a single-family dwelling to be permitted
as a reasonable accommodation for family members with disabilities or who are sixty-two (62) years of age or older, or for occupancy by a family member generally, and allow municipalities to establish standards for the construction of accessory dwelling units.
|House Judiciary||H 7743: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary||Researching|
|H 7729||Representative Lauren H. Carson||Allows an owner or owners of real property to execute a deed that names one or more beneficiaries who will obtain title to the property at the owner's death without the necessity of probate||House Judiciary||H 7729: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary||2|
|H 7723||Representatives Edwards, Shanley, Barros, Cassar, and Carson||Regulate data brokers. Data brokers would be required to annually register; to provide substantive notifications to consumers; and to adopt comprehensive data securit programs||House Judiciary||H 7723: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary||Researching|
|H 7708||Representatives Blazejewski, Diaz, Kislak, Barros, and Alzate||Limits the amount a landlord could demand or receive as a security deposit from a tenant to an amount up to fifty percent (50%) of one month’s periodic rent, if the deposit is due in full at the time of executing the lease agreement. The act would also allow a landlord to permit a tenant to provide damage insurance coverage in lieu of a security deposit.||House Judiciary||H 7708: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary||4|
|H 7705||Representatives Shekarchi, O'Brien, Noret, McEntee, and Carson||CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE ENTIRE AREA OF LAND USE, PRESERVATION, DEVELOPMENT AND REGULATION||House Judiciary||H 7705: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary||3|
|H 7672||Representatives Costantino, Lima, Amore, Craven, and Phillips||Would lower the minimum corporate tax imposed from four hundred dollars ($400) to three hundred seventy-five dollars ($375).||House Finance||H 7672: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||3|
|H 7671||Representatives Costantino, Lima, Amore, Craven, and Phillips||Would exempt a corporation from payment of the minimum tax imposed by § 44-11-2(e) during the first year of the corporation's existence.||House Finance||H 7671: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||3|
|H 7663||Representatives McNamara, Alzate, Casimiro, Jackson, and Ackerman||Would increase the levy on total construction costs that cities and towns may charge for building permits and would direct that fifty percent (50%) of the levy be transmitted monthly to the department of labor and training for workforce training.||House Finance||H 7663: 02/26/2020 Introduced, referred to House Finance||4|
|S 2565||Senators Ciccone, Lombardo, and Lombardi||Would modify the summons for eviction for reasons other than nonpayment of rent with the district court, to add a certificate of service section, and provide the options to post the summons and complaint conspicuously on the door of the defendant/tenant's dwelling.||Senate Judiciary||S 2565: 02/25/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary||3|
|S 2553||Senator Mark P. McKenney||Allows any proper local appointing authority of any city or town to appoint alternate members to their planning board.||Senate Judiciary||S 2553: 03/03/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|S 2549||Senators McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, and McKenney||Would amend the voting requirements of planning and zoning boards.||Senate Judiciary||S 2549: 03/03/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||DAS signed up in suppoort on 3/3/2020.||2|
|S 2534||Senators Lombardo, Ciccone, Lombardi, Nesselbush, and Archambault||Would apply a tax to moderate-income housing equal to eight percent (8%) of the property's previous year's gross scheduled rental income as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Handbook 4461.1, Chapter 4, Section 2.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2534: 02/25/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||3|
|S 2533||Senators Ciccone, Lombardo, Lombardi, Lawson, and Goodwin||Would amend the state building code to require the enclosure with a continuous non-metallic sleeve of any exposed fuel supply or fuel return line within one year of passage. An inspection certifying compliance with this act is required prior to the first oil delivery after August 31, 2021.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2533: 02/25/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||Researching|
|S 2650||Senators Seveney, DiPalma, Coyne, Valverde, and Euer (Dept. of Revenue)||Would expand the definition of sales to include any license, lease, or rental of prewritten or vendor-hosted computer software and specified digital products. This act would also
define "end-user" for specified digital products.
|Senate Finance||S 2650: 02/27/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Finance||4|
|S 2667||Senators Cano, McKenney, Paolino, Euer, and Miller||Would require the city or town council or local licensing authority to provide notice to all licensed businesses within five hundred feet (500’) of the proposed location of the new business license to be heard.||Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2667: 02/27/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Housing and Municipal Government||3|
|S 2635||Senators Euer, Murray, Metts, Quezada, and McCaffrey (DEM)||Would update and modernize the Department of Environmental Management’s ability to enforce environmental laws, and more specifically modifies practices regarding a Notice of Violation.||Senate Environment & Agriculture (DEM)||S 2635: 02/27/2020 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture||Researching|
|S 2668||Senators Bell, Quezada, Murray, Nesselbush, and Crowley||Amends several sections of the Rhode Island Zoning Enabling Act of 1991
with the intent of preservin neighborhood character an promoting smart growth.
|Senate Housing & Municipal Government||S 2668: 03/05/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||3|
|H 7605||Representatives McNamara, Ackerman, Amore, Lyle, and Diaz||Would provide that the council on elementary and secondary education be encouraged to maintain, publish and update statewide standards for instruction of personal finance in public high schools.||House Health, Education & Welfare||H 7605: 003/04/2020 Committee recommended measure be held for further study||DAS signed up in suppoort on 3/3/2020.||2|
|H 7970||Representatives Ucci, Williams, Corvese, Craven||Requires municipalities to tax renewable energy resources as tangible property without affecting the real property on which it is located. Excepts farmland, which shall be reassessed at the predated farmland classification.||House Municipal Government||H 7970: 03/05/2020 Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government|
|H 7965||Representative Jacquard (Secretary of State)||Allows nonprofit corporations to merge pr consolidate with other business entities or to convert into an other business entity within or outside of this state. It allows other business entities to convert to domestic nonprofit corporations.||House Corporations||H 7965: 03/05/2020 Introduced, referred to House Corporations|