Rhode Island Senator Harold Metts [D]

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RIS0305PassProvides conditions to lawfully permit a state employee to be employed as an interpreter or a CART provider outside of the normal working hours.
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2019-07-15
Signed by Governor
RIS0737PassCreates the "student loan bill of rights act" which establishes guidelines for the issuance of postsecondary loans.
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2019-07-15
Signed by Governor
RIS0608EnrollAllows voters making a mark rather than signature to vote with proof of identity by affirming their mark to the electronic pollbook without need for an affidavit by election supervisors.
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2019-07-11
Transmitted to Governor
RIS0755EnrollExempts those students in grade twelve (12) who are enrolled full-time in a dual enrollment program where the courses are taken on a higher education institution campus from the requirement that they complete health and physical education courses.
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2019-07-11
Transmitted to Governor
RIS0260PassExempts natural hair braiders from licensing requirements for hairdressers or cosmeticians, defines natural hair braiding and imposes fines for violations.
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2019-07-08
Signed by Governor
RIS0265PassRepeals requirement that persons between 16 and 21 who cannot speak, read or write English to attend classes until they learn (minimum 200 hours). Also repeals fines and institutional commitment for failure to take such classes.
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2019-07-08
Signed by Governor
RIS0869PassAllows teachers to obtain certification as a principal in an expedited period of time.
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2019-07-08
Signed by Governor
RIS0109PassProvides that any minority business enterprise that is certified under the Federal Small Business Act shall be deemed certified by the department of administration as a minority business enterprise.
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2019-06-28
Signed by Governor
RIS0611PassProvides that a voter may use proof of identity which expired no more than six (6) months prior to voting.
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2019-06-28
Signed by Governor
RIS0301IntroAuthorizes hospital medical staff to elect whether or not to participate in a maintenance of certification program, to elect medical specialty board to implement the program and prohibits insurers from denying reimbursement based solely on this elect...
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2019-06-27
Senate passed Sub A
RIS0610EngrossCreates a new process with standards to be utilized when deciding whether an applicant's past criminal contacts' convictions should disqualify them from receiving a government issued license.
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2019-06-27
To House Judiciary Committee
RIS0710IntroProvides that fifty dollars ($50.00) of the filing fee paid to the HUD-approved agency for the mediation conference involving the mortgagee and mortgagor, shall be paid to the Rhode Island Legal Services.
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2019-06-27
To House Finance Committee
RIS0939EngrossRequires all high school students graduating in 2021 and thereafter attending public or any schools managed and controlled by the state to demonstrate proficiency in one course in computer science education.
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2019-06-27
To House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
RIS0933IntroThis act would, upon its own motion or upon request of a parolee, enable the parole board to terminate a parolee's supervision and legal custody order. Prisoners with a life sentence for first and second degree murder are excluded.
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2019-06-27
To House Judiciary Committee
RIS1027PassSenate Resolution Congratulating Jose AlemÁn On His Retirement From The Providence School Department After Thirty-five Years Of Distinguished And Exemplary Service As An Educator
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2019-06-27
Senate read and passed
RIS0267IntroIncludes licensed school psychologists under the provisions of the general laws governing the regulations of psychologists, and limits the authorization of school psychologist to practice school psychology to the school setting.
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2019-06-26
To House Corporations Committee
RIS0547EngrossProvides that the commissioner of elementary and secondary education would be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The commissioner of elementary and secondary education would serve at the pleasure of the governor.
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2019-06-26
To House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
RIS1018PassSenate Resolution Congratulating Providence Schools Superintendent Mr. Christopher N. Maher For His Exemplary Public Service
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2019-06-26
Senate read and passed
RIS1002PassSenate Resolution Congratulating Elizabeth Russillo On Being Named The 2020 Rhode Island "teacher Of The Year"
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2019-06-25
Senate read and passed
RIS0254IntroRequires the ODEO to create and for all state and municipal employees to receive annual training in cultural competency.
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2019-06-21
To House Labor Committee
RIS0174IntroIncreases the hourly minimum wage effective January 2, 2020 to eleven dollars and fifty cents ($11.50) per hour and effective January 1, 2021, to twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50) per hour.
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2019-06-19
To House Labor Committee
RIS0657EngrossMandates that the state seal of biliteracy be awarded by the commissioner beginning with the class of 2020 and a report be given to the general assembly no later than 8/1/20 of students who have been awarded a state seal of biliteracy.
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2019-06-19
To House Health, Education and Welfare Committee
RIS0816IntroEstablishes office of adult education literarcy/employment advisory committee within GWBRI for adult education and literacy services/repeals adult education act and aid for evening schools eff. 12/1/19.
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2019-06-19
To House Finance Committee
RIS0987PassSenate Resolution Recognizing "juneteenth National Freedom Day" On June 19, 2019
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2019-06-19
Senate read and passed
RIS0986PassSenate Resolution Congratulating Crossroads Rhode Island On 125 Years Of Helping Rhode Islanders In Need
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2019-06-18
Senate read and passed
RIS0416IntroRequires free lunches to be provided for all elementary and secondary students attending public schools, to the extent state and federal funds are available.
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2019-06-13
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0086EngrossAllows jurors to donate their juror fees to the state. Any such donation would be deposited into the general fund.
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2019-06-12
To House Judiciary Committee
RIS0908IntroEstablishes the commuter transportation benefit act. Employers with twenty (20) or more employees would provide a pre-tax transportation fringe benefit program or provide transportation to the employees.
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2019-06-12
To Senate Labor Committee
RIS0128IntroJoint Resolution Making An Appropriation Of $100,000 To Year Up Providence (authorizes The Appropriation Of The Sum Of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) To Year Up Providence.)
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2019-06-11
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0331EngrossProhibits discrimination in housing against those persons who have a lawful source of income.
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2019-06-06
To House Judiciary Committee
RIS0476EngrossExpands jurisdiction of the family court related to custody or guardianship of immigrant children to include immigrant persons between 18 years and 21 years of age for purposes of abuse and neglect determinations in accordance with federal law.
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2019-06-06
To House Judiciary Committee
RIS0960IntroExpands certain rights of persons with developmental disabilities.
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2019-06-06
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0956PassSenate Resolution Memorializing And Commemorating The 75th Anniversary Of The D-day Landings In Normandy, France, And The Eventual Liberation Of Europe
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2019-06-06
Senate read and passed
RIS0542IntroFurnishes financial support for planning/implementation of effective community schools that would provide students with equitable access to high-quality education.
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2019-06-05
To Senate Education Committee
RIS0654IntroRequires a proposed private school to demonstrate financial stability.
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2019-06-05
To Senate Education Committee
RIS0656IntroCreates the Rhode Island Early Childhood Innovation Act whereby the department of human services shall establish a childhood innovation fund to create programs to close the achievement gap that currently exists for at-risk children entering kindergar...
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2019-06-05
To Senate Education Committee
RIS0946PassSenate Resolution Congratulating Thundermist Health Center On 50 Years Of Providing Rhode Islanders With Quality Service And Health Care
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2019-06-05
Senate read and passed
RIS0230IntroProvides that only those juveniles over the age of fourteen (14) be required to register as sex offenders and that the offense be comparable or more severe than those defined in 18 U.S.C. § 2241.
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2019-06-04
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0118IntroSenate Resolution Respectfully Requesting That The Office Of The Postsecondary Commissioner Form A Work Group To Conduct A Thorough Review Into How Rhode Island Can Protect Student Loan Borrowers
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2019-06-03
To Senate Education Committee
RIS0756IntroRequires the board of education to develop and implement a 5 year plan to improve student performance in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math and increase the number of postsecondary degrees awarded in STEAM fields on or before 2/1/20.
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2019-05-29
To Senate Education Committee
RIS0921PassSenate Resolution Thanking Howell Smith, Iii, And The Generations Of Devoted Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians And Staff At Howell Smith Druggist For Eighty-two Years Of Dedicated Service To The People Of Pawtucket And Surrounding Neighborhoods
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2019-05-29
Senate read and passed
RIS0282IntroExpands the tiered-rate structure for childcare assistance program to meet federal benchmark for access to high-quality childcare for all age groups of children.
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2019-05-28
To Senate Finance Committee
RIS0896IntroDirects the executive office of health and human services to adopt a Medicaid fee for services and reimbursement rate for non-emergency medical transportation service providers.
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2019-05-28
To Senate Health and Human Services Committee
RIS0918PassSenate Resolution Extending Deepest Condolences On The Passing Of Edward F. Donnelly, Jr.
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2019-05-23
Senate read and passed
RIS0883PassSenate Resolution Expressing Condolences On The Passing Of Donald J. Lopes, Sr.
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2019-05-21
Senate read and passed
RIS0875PassSenate Resolution Proclaiming The Week Of May 12 Through May 18, 2019, To Be "national Police Week" In The State Of Rhode Island, In Remembrance Of All Police And Law Enforcement Officers Who Have Lost Their Lives In The Line Of Duty
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2019-05-15
Senate read and passed
RIS0169IntroEnds Rhode Island's "employment-at-will" legal doctrine, provides job protection for employees that satisfactorily perform their duties provides specific remedies for wrongful discharge.
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2019-05-09
To Senate Judiciary Committee
RIS0871PassSenate Resolution Celebrating The Delectable 2019 "great Rumford Bake Off" Held On May 12, 2019, And The 160th Anniversary Of The Creation Of Rumford Baking Powder
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2019-05-09
Senate read and passed
RIS0870PassSenate Resolution Commemorating "world Lupus Day" In The State Of Rhode Island On May 10, 2019
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2019-05-09
Senate read and passed
RIS0859PassSenate Resolution Proclaiming The Week Of May 6th Through May 11th Of 2019 To Be "teacher Appreciation Week" In The State Of Rhode Island
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2019-05-07
Senate read and passed
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