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Senate Bill 201: RELATING TO INSURANCE -- GENDER RATING on May 14, 2013
Introduced by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D) on February 6, 2013, to forbid health insurance providers from considering gender when setting premium rates.


Senate Bill 647: RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS - UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT on May 14, 2013
Introduced by Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush (D) on March 6, 2013, to create a state-controlled electronic prescription database storing all information related to electronically distributed medical prescriptions. The legislation also expands the types of prescriptions that may be transmitted electronically.


House Bill 5725: RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - BOARD OF MEDICAL LICENSURE AND DISCIPLINE on May 8, 2013
Introduced by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D) on February 28, 2013, to restrict the interactions that the people of Rhode Island can have with physicians licensed in other states.


Senate Bill 820: RELATING TO TAXATION on May 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. Marc A. Cote (D) on April 4, 2013, to force the taxpayers of Woonsocket to accept a tax increase up to 12.7% on motor vehicles and 4.6% on real estate, up to $2.5 million, as determined by the state Budget Commission currently operating within the town, with no opportunity to stop the increase by any means in state or local law. However, the commission could vary or eliminate the increases for elderly residents.


Senate Bill 767: RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS - ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS on May 9, 2013
Introduced by Sen. Hanna M. Gallo (D) on March 13, 2013, to make teacher evaluations private personnel documents that cannot be released to the public.


Senate Bill 29: RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- MEDICAID FRAUD AND WASTE PREVENTION on May 7, 2013
Introduced by Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D) on January 10, 2013, to screen Medicaid, Rite Care, and Rite Share benefit claims and to analyze all transactions looking for fraudulent or incorrect claims.


Senate Bill 177: RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS on March 13, 2013
Introduced by Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio (D), Senators Sosnowski, Lombardi, Miller, and Satchel on February 6, 2013, to forbid landlords from refusing to rent, or even discouraging people from seeking to rent, on the grounds that the potential tenants' pets are not "declawed or devocalized " The bill provides for a fine up to $1,000, a period of probation during which the offender cannot own any pets or live on the same property as a pet owner, and forced "humane education ".


Senate Bill 122: RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION - SEPARATION OF POWERS - COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL on February 28, 2013
Introduced by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, and Senators Felag, Sheehan, McCarthy, and Walaska on January 24, 2013, to further implement separation of powers by removing members of the General Assembly from the Coastal Resource Management Council. Membership rules would also be simplified and changed with the intent of broadening the perspectives and experience on the council.


Senate Bill 712: RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - LONG-TERM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VISION AND POLICY on April 11, 2013
Introduced by Sen. Dominick J. Ruggerio, Senators Paiva-Weed, DiPalma, Pearson, and Walaska on March 13, 2013, to give unelected members of the the Economic Development Corporation and state Division of Planning a mandate to develop "a written long-term economic development vision and policy" for the state. Subsequently, every new governor would grant the power to review the plan to unelected members of a new Economic Development Planning Council.


Senate Bill 639: RELATING TO EDUCATION on April 4, 2013
Introduced by Sen. Michael J. McCaffrey, Senators Paiva-Weed, Ruggerio, Gallo, and DiPalma on March 6, 2013, to allow public and private high school students to take college courses for both high school and college credits. A provision that would have allowed using a portion of the state aid allocated to their districts for tuition was removed in amendment.


House Bill 5155: RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES - FAMILY CAREGIVERS ACT OF 2013 on April 10, 2013
Introduced by Rep. Eileen S. Naughton (D) and Representative Naughton on January 24, 2013, to expand the reach of the Department of Human Services so that it can create an assessment of the personal and financial circumstances of people who help to care for their elderly or disabled family and friends.


House Bill 5601: RELATING TO INSURACE on April 9, 2013
Introduced by Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall, Representatives Gallison and Edwards on February 27, 2013, to force health insurance companies to give the state insurance commissioner "proprietary and trade secret information that has the potential for harm and competitive disadvantage to the insurer," with fines up to $365,000 for failing to comply.


House Bill 5015: AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - PERSONS ELIGIBLE TO MARRY. Passed the House 51 to 19. on January 24, 2013
This act would allow any two (2) individuals, who are otherwise eligible under chapter 15-1, to marry regardless of gender, while protecting the freedom of religious institutions to make their own decisions regarding marriage eligibility within their own faith’s tradition, without interference from the state.


House Bill 5293: HOUSE RESOLUTION ADOPTING RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE YEARS 2013 - 2014. Passed the House 60 to 9. on February 26, 2013
To confirm the rules of the Rhode Island House of Representatives for the years 2013 - 2014.


Senate Bill 2: RELATING TO EDUCATION - THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT. Passed Senate 38-0. on January 3, 2013
This act would extend the transition period for restructuring the board of education.


Senate Bill 2: Revise details of reports of the Board of Education
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
on January 3, 2013
To revise details of reports of the Board of Education.


House Bill 5006: An Act Relating to Marriage. Passed 36 to 1 in Senate. on February 12, 2013
Would allow Judith Fox to join Alison Rae Hopkins and Michael Baker O'Brien in marriage within the City of Providence, Rhode Island, on or about March 16, 2013.


House Bill 7323: House Bill 7323, Article 20: Motion to impose a user toll on the Sakonnet Bridge; passed 44 to 30 and signed into law. on June 7, 2012
Would explicitly permit tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge and transfer authority over it and Jamestown Verrazano Bridge to the Turnpike and Bridge Authority.


House Bill 7323: House Bill 7323: RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2013 (FY 2013 BUDGET BILL); Passed 57 to 15. Signed into law. on June 7, 2012
to make appropriations for the State of Rhode Island's 2013 fiscal year and to enact other legislation included as articles in the budget. (The 2013 state budget). Signed into law.


Senate Bill 2336: Senate Bill 2336: AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS; Passed 37 to 0; signed into law. on June 5, 2012
would force grassroots and other politically active groups at the state and town levels to track and report to the state donations of more than $100 per person per year for the purposes of promoting local budgets and charter changes.


House Bill 7060: House Bill 7060: RELATING TO ELECTIONS; Passed 66 to 0. Signed into law. on April 12, 2012
would force grassroots and other politically active groups at the state and town levels to track and report to the state donations of more than $100 per person per year for the purposes of promoting local budgets and charter changes.


Senate Bill 2870: Senate Bill 2870: AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES - COUNCILS AND GOVERNING BODIES; Passed 26 to 12 on June 12, 2012
would create a quasi-public state agency, the East Bay Energy Consortium, that would allow several communities in the East Bay region to enter into the windfarm business.


House Bill 7687: RELATING TO INSURANCE
Passed 68 to 2 in the House
on June 6, 2012
Mandates that people enrolled in health insurance must designate a participating primary care provider.


Senate Bill 2465: AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - RENTAL VEHICLE SURCHARGE
Passed 31 to 7 in the Senate on June 12, 2012
on June 12, 2012
Would increase the surcharge on motor vehicle rental contracts from 6% to 8% and increase the amount that the rental company may hold for licensing, title, register, and transfer fees and excise taxes before transferring the extra to the state.


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