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Here are the highlights from news and events that took place in the General Assembly last week. For more information on any of these items visit www.rilegislature.gov/pressrelease.

House passes McNamara bill requiring carbon monoxide detectors in schools

The House of Representatives passed legislation (2018-H 7041) introduced by Rep. Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick, Cranston) that would require all school buildings where students are in attendance to have carbon monoxide detectors installed and maintained. The measure now moves to the Senate, where similar legislation (2018-S 2179) has been introduced by Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence).

House OKs Solomon bill prohibiting development on State House grounds

The House of Representatives passed legislation (2018-H 7072) introduced by Rep. Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) that would prohibit the development of any land contiguous to the State House unless approved by the General Assembly. The measure now heads to the Senate, where similar legislation (2018-S 2240) has been introduced by Sen. Walter S. Felag Jr. (D-Dist. 10, Warren, Bristol, Tiverton).

Speaker Mattiello, Sen. Gallo introduce drug-induced homicide legislation

Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Sen. Hanna Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick) have introduced legislation (2018-H 7715,2018-S 2279)that specifies drug-induced homicide as murder, carrying a maximum penalty of life in prison. If enacted, the act would be named Kristen’s Law in honor of Kristen Coutu, who was killed by taking a deadly dose of fentanyl in 2014.

Rep. Serpa bill would ban sales of dogs, cats not acquired from shelter

The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare heard testimony on legislation (2018-H 7477) introduced by Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) that would ban the sale of dogs and cats at pet shops, except those that have come from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue.

Rep. Diaz, Sen. Crowley submit tiered-rate quality child care bill

Rep. Grace Diaz (D-Dist. 11, Providence) and Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) introduced legislation (2018-H 7148,2018-S 2120) that would increase Child Care Assistance Program rates and establish a tiered reimbursement rate structure for all age groups (infants to age 12). All child care providers would receive an increase with larger increases for higher quality programs.

Red Flag bill would disarm those showing warning signs of potential violence

Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton), Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) and Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) filed legislation (2018-H 7688, 2018-S 2492, 2018-H 7763) that would create a means for courts to disarm people whose behavior is believed by authorities to pose a serious threat to others or themselves. The measure is cosponsored by House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio (D-Dist. 4, North Providence, Providence).

Bills introduced to ban assault weapons, prohibit gun sales to people under 21

Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) and Rep. Jason Knight (D-Dist. 67, Barrington, Warren) introduced legislation (2018-S 2493,2018-H 7766) to ban assault weapons, like the one used in the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Fla, and other tragic mass shootings. Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren), Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett) and Rep. James N. McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) introduced various bills (2018-H 7714, 2018-H 7761, 2018-H 7863) to ban the sale of firearms to people under age 21 and restrict their possession of them to supervised, specified activities.

Sen. Goodwin bill would make sexual abuse reporting law more effective

Sen. Maryellen Goodwin (D-Dist. 1, Providence) has introduced legislation (2018-S 2353) to make a 2016 law she sponsored to require school officials to report sexual abuse to the Department of Children Youth and Families more effective. The bill clarifies the circumstances in which a person should raise a flag about possible abuse, and would also designate school principals and headmasters or another leader designated by the school as the person who should make the report.

Sen. Euer, Rep. Carson denounce federal plan to drill offshore

Opening nearly all of the United States coasts to oil and gas drilling would knock the United States backward in environmental protection and sustainability and could have catastrophic effects on the Ocean States environment and economy, said Rep. Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) and Sen. Dawn Euer (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown). The legislators spoke at a State House rally protesting a federal plan to open up nearly all of the United States coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling. They are sponsoring legislation (2018-H 7250,2018-S 2116) to stymie oil drilling off Rhode Island by banning terminals and other related equipment onshore, and banning drilling within the first three nautical miles from the shore, which is under state jurisdiction.

Sen. Picard bill would allow more patients to synch prescription refill dates

Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland) has introduced legislation (2018-S 2131) to require health insurers to give all subscribers an annual opportunity to synchronize the refill dates on their prescriptions. Current law requires only that patients with chronic diseases be allowed to synchronize their refill dates.

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richardcorrente

Representative Joe McNamara has the right idea.

Having carbon monoxide detectors in all of our schools should have happened years ago. It is a requirement for tenements and apartment houses. Schools are the first place they should have been installed in.

Thanks for keeping our schools safe Joe.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Tuesday, March 6
CrickeeRaven

The fake "mayor" refuses to answer for his ethically questionable and potentially illegal campaign activities [including using this site for free advertising of another doomed run for office], typical for the political nobody whose statements have been proven time and again.

https://warwickpost.com/gop-chair-files-election-board-complaint-against-corrente-for-failing-to-report-ad-hq-spending/

https://warwickpost.com/digit-spinner-richard-corrente-fudges-numbers/

Tuesday, March 6
Justanidiot

Meaningful legislation would have passed years ago if the GA were not caught up with the calamari.

Wednesday, March 7
richardcorrente

Dear CrickeeRaven,

You have finally become a fan of "The Corrente Plan"! AWESOME!

I deeply appreciate your kind statement "WHOSE STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN PROVEN TIME AND AGAIN".

You can't be more right.

I believed in "Cut Taxes - Cut Spending" so much that I campaigned for over 700 days in a row and spent $40,000 of my OWN dollars to rally the 80,000 taxpayers who are paying the tab. They delivered my message, loud and clear, to the City Council who in turn denied 29 tax-increasing amendments that Mayor Avedisian attempted to burden the taxpayers with.

My critics said it couldn't be done but you believed in me CrickeeRaven, and I just want to thank you again for describing me as the Mayoral candidate "WHOSE STATEMENTS HAVE BEEN PROVEN TIME AND AGAIN"

God bless you CrickeeRaven.

Happy Spring CrickeeRaven.

Happy Spring everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers (and CrickeeRavens') Mayor

Thursday, March 8
CrickeeRaven

Perhaps when he is done celebrating a minor typo -- the statement should be "DISproven time and again" -- the fake "mayor" will just as enthusiastically correct his objectively false claims about the FY18 budget.

As this factual article explains, he did not campaign for 700 days; Mayor Avedisian did not submit "29 tax-increasing amendments" to the budget; and there are not 80,000 taxpayers in Warwick.

https://warwickpost.com/digit-spinner-richard-corrente-fudges-numbers/

And so, in fact, the fake "mayor" continues to lie to readers, as is typical for the political loser that he is.

Thursday, March 8
Kammy

I can't. Honestly, I just can't take seeing Richard Corrente sink further into madness. It isn't funny, it is just sad.

Thursday, March 8
CrickeeRaven

The unfortunate thing, Kammy, is that we have to wait until November (or, hopefully, September if another Democratic candidate files to run) to defeat the pathetic, losing, fake "mayor" again.

Thursday, March 8