Where are they now? Bills we have followed in the General Assembly…
Where are they now?
Ever wonder where all the bills that caught all the media hype end up? Well near the end of session here is a status check on some of the bills we have followed…
Father-Daughter Dance Bill-
Remember this one? Everyone got all in a tizzy when it was revealed that actually state law does prohibit gender specific events at school and unfortunately for “daddy's little girl” this mean the annual Father-Daughter Dance. Our heroic lawmakers however wouldn't want to see a little girl cry so they introduced legislation to allow father-daughter dances. The bill passed the senate.. No problem and now it's up for a hearing in the House Health, Education, and Welfare Committee.. Tomorrow.
It will be up to them to decide is little girls can “dance with their fathers again…”
Murder Parole Bill-
This bill swept through the Senate unanimously after public outcry over the possible parole of Alfred Brissette, a man accused of killing a woman for the “thrill of the kill,” after serving only a third of his Prison sentence. The bill requires that persons convicted of first or second degree murder serve at least half their prison sentence before being eligible for parole.
What's next… Well, back in March, after it passed the Senate, the bill was referred to the House Judiciary committee.. Where it has gone stagnant. The bill is currently not scheduled for a hearing.
Riding in cars with…dogs…
Doggone ‘it…. this bill is a goner.
This bill would allow police to fine people who let Rover sit on their laps during car rides.
It was held until further study after its first hearing in the House in March. The same fate the bill was met with in the 2012 legislative session.
Seems like this bill's sponsor is barking up the wrong tree with this legislation.
A bill that would make it a felony offense to “tag” or graffiti passed the Senate last week now the bill is headed to the House. The bill is set for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
If the bill makes it out of committee it will be headed to the house floor for a full vote.
Hearing in House judiciary committee on Wednesday… Passed the Senate…
Seatbelt bill Sunset
Some people say it's time for the primary offense seat belt law to “go away.” The law was enacted so that the state could tap into federal transportation funds but now that the money is gone some say the bill should be too…
A hearing to renew the primary offense seatbelt law will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Let me see those guns…
Arming Campus Security
The State Board of Education gave the go-ahead to arm campus safety officers who have been trained with firearms but the bill remains in the General Assembly.
The last sign of the bill was in the House Education Committee on May 14 where it was held for further study. Will the bill reappear before the end of session? Or is that it for letting campus cops carry firearms?
Something tells me we might hear more about this bill before the end of session.
0% Sales Tax?
Sales tax elimination bill
Something says this has a 0% chance of passing considering it was held for further study on May 30 and has not been heard from again.
Does this bi-partisan bill have a future? Well, it's not likely considering it would mean major changes for RI and our lawmakers are ready to go on summer vacation.
The bill will most likely return with a renewed push next session.
Other tax bills that we are unlikely to see pass by the end of this session include
The Repeal of the TAXI Tax
This bill was held for further study in the Senate Finance Committee.
Pets will probably continue to pay a little more for their haircuts because the repeal of the pet car services bill was also held for further study in the Senate Finance Committee on May 9.
One tax bill that didn't go very far is the beverage tax which would increase the tax on sugary beverages. That bill was actually removed by its sponsor.
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