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The End of the 2019 Legislative Session : Good Bills that Died

Posted: Jul 16, 2019 |

This week we’re highlighting some of the legislation that died in the 2019 session after passing one chamber, and whose passage would have represented substantive movement towards protecting civil liberties in the state.

The End of the 2019 Legislative Session : Bad Bills that Died

Posted: Jul 09, 2019 |

This week we’re highlighting some of the legislation that died in the 2019 session after passing one House, and whose passage would have represented serious setbacks for civil liberties. 

The End of the 2019 Legislative Session: Bills That Passed

Posted: Jul 03, 2019 |

After six months of committee hearings, lobbying, and testifying, the 2019 legislative session concluded last Friday, June 28th. During this time period, our two lobbyists testified or lobbied on 339 bills and tracked more than 800 pieces of legislation. Of the bills we worked on, over 100 passed out of committee in some form.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : FY 2020 Budget

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 |

As one of the most powerful pieces of legislation passed each session, the budget has the opportunity to make wide, sweeping changes to vast sections of Rhode Island law. Because of the extensive nature of the budget, the ACLU has to be particularly vigilant in monitoring the proposed Articles.

Here are some significant provisions which the ACLU commented and lobbied on over the six-month budget deliberations.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 6/10-6/14

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 |

Last week we focused on bills which have passed either the House or Senate and could pose serious harm to civil liberties in Rhode Island. Positively, however, numerous bills making advances for the protection of LGBTQ rights and women’s rights have also passed out of each chamber.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 6/3-6/7

Posted: Jun 07, 2019 |

As the legislative session approaches its final month, the number of bills being voted out of committee, onto the floor, and recommended to the opposite chamber has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, some of these bills contain provisions which violate civil liberties principles.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 5/20 - 5/24

Posted: May 24, 2019 |

The passage of out of committee this week of a bill (S 138) which would reinstate a previously repealed statute governing the licensing of medical lab professionals highlighted the way that discriminatory employment patterns are reinforced by actions from the General Assembly.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 5/13-5/17

Posted: May 20, 2019 |

Last week, the House and Senate heard testimony on packages of bills which present a comprehensive overhaul of the public education system in Rhode Island. A bill was also heard in House Finance which would provide a reimbursement program for schools that choose to hire new School Resource Officers (SROs). Both of these hearings demonstrated how civil liberties needs to be in the forefront of the conversation to facilitate true educational equity and achievement.

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 5/6-5/10

Posted: May 13, 2019 |

Although some of the bills that we comment on affect civil liberties at their face value – either positively or negatively – the reason that we read every single proposed bill, and comment on 300+ pieces of legislation every year, is because the devil is in the details.

 

What’s Happening at the Statehouse : Week of 4/29-5/3

Posted: May 03, 2019 |

Even as the session enters its fifth month, we've begun to see movement on only a handful of bills that are being tracked by the ACLU.

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