Issues

Legislative Update 2017

Action Taken

Bill# Sponsor Bill Description Date Sent Client Position Latest Status Action Taken
H-5160 Lima Prohibits declawing on a cat or other animal Unless a Veterinerian Determines it 19-Jan Neutral Held for Further Study 3/8
S-60 Morgan Provides Immunity to Persons that Provide Food or Wild game to a Food Pantry or Food Bank, etc. 19-Jan Support Held for Further Study 3/9
H-5174 Keable Provides that Preservation of Freshwater Lakes, Streams & Ponds be Carried out by the Fish & Wildlife Division of DEM 20-Jan No Concerns Ref to H Finance
H-5235 Ucci Estates in Rhode Island be Taxed at a Rate Equal to the Maximum Credit Set at $5,490,000 27-Jan Support Ref to H Finance
H-5285 Morgan Exempts from the estate tax the value of a qualified small business under $5 Million 27-Jan Support Ref to H Finance
S-95 Archambault The office of regulatory reform shall consult with various state agencies and plant-based representatives for economic growth 2-Feb Held for Further Study 3/15
H-5344 Hearn Establishes the rights and obligations of property owners concerning the maintenance of private easements and rights-of-way 2-Feb Support Held for Further Study 3/1 Signed In
H-5350 Casey Wine Direct Shipper License 2-Feb No Concerns Ref to H Finance
H-5358 Morgan Exempts from the estate tax all property up to the value of $5 Million 2-Feb Support Ref to H Finance
S-235 Lombardi Requires the cost of maintaining an easement be the responsibility of the owner of the property the easement benefits 3-Feb Held for Further Study 2/7
H-5386 Filippi Allows non-vets to perform certain husbandry procedures that are commonly performed by owners of animal pets and livestock 3-Feb Support Held for Further Study 3/8 Signed In
S-247 Kettle Establishes procedures and standards promulgated by the milk commission for the handling and sale of raw milk 15-Feb Support Ref to S Environment
S-248 Kettle Permits commingling of raw milk products for certain purposes involving private consumption 15-Feb Ref to S Environment
H-5470 Shekarchi (DEM) Removes certain restrictions on who can perform routine husbandry procedures on livestock 15-Feb Support Held for Further Study 3/8 Signed In
H-5475 Shekarchi Shortens the time periods related to certifications, decision-making and recordings of decisions for major land development 15-Feb Support Held for Further Study 3/2
S-307 Morgan Regulates the transport and sale of firewood into and within Rhode Island 16-Feb Oppose? Ref to S Environment
S-349 Archambault Imposes on breeders requirements already in place on other pet custodial agencies 16-Feb Monitor Held for Further Study 2/28
H-5540 Marszalkowski (DEM) Appoints an animal control officer to the rabies control board 16-Feb Support Consideration 3/16 Signed In
H-5551 Canario Creates a 15 member commission to review and make recommendations on the effects of legalizing marijuana 16-Feb Ok Ref to H Judiciary
H-5573 Shekarchi Requires municipalities give notice to owners of property located in an area proposed for a zoning ordinance 16-Feb Neutral Held for Further Study 3/2
S-365 Calkin Carbon Pricing Act of 2017 (5369) 1-Mar Opposed Held for Further Study 3/1 Signed In
H-5369 Regunberg Carbon Pricing Act of 2017 (365) 1-Mar Opposed Ref to H Finance
H-5605 Serpa Chicken Cage 1-Mar Ref to H Environment
H-5652 O’Brien Requires that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Care & Control Association 1-Mar   Withdrawn
H-5772 Fogarty Adds the sale of seeds and plants to produce food for human consumption to the list exempted from sales and use taxes 1-Mar Support Ref to H Finance
H-5792 Marszalkowski Estate Tax 1-Mar Ref to H Finance
H-5815 Handy Regulates the phase-out of wood stoves without EPA certification in densely populated residential areas 2-Mar Amend Ref to H Environment
S-386 McCaffrey Excludes the state and municipalities from the definition of “owner” for the purposes of liability limitations relating to public use of private lands 2-Mar Support Ref to S Judiciary
S-389 Raptakis Provides that a cause of action may be brought for encroachment upon open space land 2-Mar Support Ref to S Judiciary
S-390 Jabour Defines animal hoarding and would add animal hoarding to the list of conduct considered cruelty to animals and proscribed by law 2-Mar Ref to S Judiciary
S-420 Miller Establishes a system for the regulation and taxation for adult use and cultivation of marijuana 2-Mar Ref to S Judiciary
S-448 Sosnowski Adds the sale of seeds and plants to produce food for human consumption to the list exempted from sales and use taxes 2-Mar Support Ref to S Finance
S-451 Felag Estate Tax 2-Mar Support Ref to S Finance
S-467 Gallo Estate Tax 2-Mar Support Ref to S Finance
S-480 McCaffrey Requires municipalities give notice to owners of conservation & preservation restrictions, whose property is located in an area proposed for a zoning ordinance 2-Mar Neutral Ref to S Housing
S-481 McCaffrey Shortens the time periods related to certifications, decision-making and recordings of decisions for major land development 2-Mar Support Ref to S Housing
H-5882 Ackerman Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses, and requires a mental health evaluation for a person convicted 9-Mar Amend Ref to H HEW