Under The Dome 01-04-2019

Uncategorized | January 5, 2019 | By

Welcome to the first edition of Under the Dome 2019!
January 1, 2019, rang in a new year and a new legislative session. Rep. Nicholas Mattiello was elected Speaker of the House and Sen. Dominick Ruggerio was elected Senate President.

In the coming weeks, committee assignments will be made, new committee chairs will be named, legislation will be filed, and hearings will be held. 

During the upcoming year, the Chamber may ask you to contact your legislators when the need arises. So that you will know who has been elected to represent you as your State Representative and a State Senator, please go to the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s web page, https://vote.sos.ri.gov and enter your information as requested (if you live in Rhode Island). 

Thank you for your help!

The Legislative Calendar for 2019 has been released. 
The key dates to keep in mind are:

Opening Day January 1, 2019
Last Day for Senate Public Bill Introduction February 14, 2019
Last Day for House Public Bill Introduction February 14, 2019
Winter Break February 18-22, 2019
Spring Recess April 15-19, 2019 

Below is a list of legislation that was filed last week or that is active this week. The list contains bill numbers, links to the legislation, summary explanations and the Chamber’s position if applicable. As requested, the names of those who have sponsored the bill are listed as well.

House Bill No. 5012 (McEntee, Craven, Ucci, Tobon) AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES — MISCELLANEOUS RULES–MOTOR VEHICLE OFFENSES (Amends towing storage act and clarifies towing and storage issues.) 

House Bill No. 5024 (Edwards, Newberry, Filippi, Corvese, Johnston), 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.) 

House Bill No. 5036 (Ruggiero, Azzinaro, McNamara, Abney, Marszalkowski), AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY AND WORKS – DISABILITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISES (Expands the existing disability business enterprises program by allowing Veterans’ Affairs, the Social Security Administration and others to verify that a business owner has a disability and is eligible for the current program.)

Under the Dome is a government affairs update brought to you during the Rhode Island General Assembly session by the RI Chamber of Commerce Coalition. As a member of the coalition the Central Rhode Island Chamber actively works on, and advocates for issues important to our members. During this legislative session the Chamber will bring you legislative and administration items of interest including legislation that has been introduced, administrative and regulatory updates, legislative committee hearings, budget reports and more. 

WE ARE…The Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition is your voice at the Rhode Island State House. If you have any concerns, questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber of Commerce Coalition coordinator and lobbyist at (401) 334-1000 or by email advocacy@nrichamber.com The Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition is coordinated by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. 

Participating Chambers of CommerceCentral Rhode Island, East Bay, East Greenwich, East Providence Area, Narragansett, Newport County, Northern Rhode Island, North Kingstown, Ocean Community, & Southern Rhode Island