RI Legislative Updates 2015

Last updated on June 30, 2015.

Legislation affecting libraries proposed at the 2015 session of the RI General Assembly
Bill # Sponsor(s) Action taken Hearings
S 0705: Companion bill to H 5836. Will increase the state's share to support local public library services in distressed communities, by an amount equal to the amount paid by the distressed city or town into the ocean state libraries (OSL) annual assessment charges. Senators Crowley, Goodwin, and Nesselbush 03/18: Introduced, referred to Senate Finance.
4/03/2015: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
4/09/2015: Committee heard

H 5900: An act relating to making appropriations for the support of the state for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. Representative Gallison 03/13: Introduced, referred to House Finance.
6/05/2015: Scheduled for consideration (06/09/2015)
6/09/2015: Committee recommends passage of Sub A
6/09/2015: Placed on House Calendar (06/16/2015)
6/15/2015: Scheduled to be heard and /or considered in anticipation of House passage (06/17/2015)
6/16/2015: House passed Sub A as amended (floor amendment)
6/16/2015: Referred to Senate Finance
6/17/2015: Committee recommends passage of Sub A as amended in concurrence
6/17/2015: Placed on Senate Calendar (06/23/2015)
6/23/2015: Senate passed Sub A as amended in concurrence
6/25/2015: Transmitted to Governor
6/30/2015: Signed by Governor

H 5836: Increase the state's share to support local public library services in distressed communities, by an amount equal to the amount paid by the distressed city or town into the ocean state libraries (OSL) annual assessment charges. Representatives Maldonado, Morin, Tobon, Carnevale, and Corvese 03/11: Introduced, referred to House Finance.
3/20/15: Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
3/25/2015: Committee recommended measure be held for further study.

H 5728: Modernization of legal notice and advertisements: would allow legal notices to be issued through authorized websites and remove requirement for many legal notices be published in a newspaper. Representatives Carnevale, Almeida, Slater, Diaz, and Palangio 02/26: Introduced, referred to House Finance.
S 0007: A joint resloution to approve and submit to electors an amendment to the state constitution, right to an adequate education. Legislation proposes changing language about libraries in Section 1 of Article XII. Senators Picard and Pearson 01/13: Introduced, referred to Senate Education.