Every year, the ACLU of RI lobbies on hundreds of bills during Rhode Island's annual Legislative Session. Below are some of the bills we have tracked and testified on before the General Assembly. For more information on how you can advocate on the issues you care about, check out our Advocacy 101 Guide.

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Hate Crimes Sentencing Act (H 6147, S 803)

Though hate crimes deserve condemnation, we opposed a piece of legislation that would expand the scope of the Hate Crimes Sentencing Act in a way which could establish a hate crime based solely on the defendant’s speech without a finding of animus.

April 8, 2021 First Amendment

Criminal Justice Reform (Article 13 – H 6122)

A proposed article in the FY 2022 budget contained several important criminal justice proposals, including provisions providing for geriatric parole and making critical adjustments to statutes concerning community confinement, work-release wages, and parole reform.

April 8, 2021 Criminal Justice

Health Insurance Exchange (H 6210, S 495)

For over a decade, our organization has maintained that the inclusion of personal health care and medical information through the RI Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) must be on a strictly voluntary basis through an opt-in, rather than an opt-out, system.

April 5, 2021 Privacy

Exploitation of Elders (S 670)

In opposing this legislation which would lower the age which would define an “elder” from 65 to 60 years old for the purposes of the criminal offense of “exploiting an elder,” we noted the extremely harsh penalties in the statute.

April 5, 2021 Criminal Justice