riaclu.org - 2019 Legislative Session


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2019 Legislative Session

2019’s legislative session is shaping up to be eventful and jam-packed, and the ACLU has been busy making sure that civil liberties are on the General Assembly’s agenda. Since the session began on January 1, we have already testified at the Statehouse and introduced a handful of proactive bills. On our list of priorities this year is ensuring the passage of the Reproductive Health Care Act, supporting open-government and transparency, and continuing to champion key criminal justice reform legislation. We also look forward to discussion around the legalization of recreational marijuana and the most effective way to balance school improvement and success with the preservation of students’ rights.

The session began with a small victory for governmental transparency when an addition to the House Rules established that the public would, generally, have 24-hour advance notice before a committee hears a substitute amended bill. Also contained within this bill is a very weak system of investigation for sexual harassment complaints in the House. We will be proposing legislation to establish an independent process for looking into such complaints to ensure that the process is safe and equitable for all involved.

This page will be updated as the session progresses, so keep checking in!