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                            Quick Legislative Alert
 
OSTPA distributes a full Alert every other week during the legislative session.
The full Alert connects the dots between your elected officials, the legislation that is proposed and passed, and the impact that legislation has on RI's economy. But, more importantly, it provides you a portal with which to engage RI's legislative process.
 
On the off-weeks, OSTPA will be issuing a 'Quick Alert' to inform you of important hearings for the upcoming week so you don't miss an opportunity to engage the legislative process on issues that matter to you.
 
                  Legislative Hearings 3/18/14 - 3/20/14
 
TUE, MAR 18
House Finance Chairman Melo
Room 35, Rise (4:30)
 
H 7432  Creates a new combination of funding for RI's infrastructure through more taxes and fees and more debt.
Sponsors: Edwards, Gallison, Canario, Abney and Finn
 
H 7569  Extends the current $.10 cent toll on the Sakonnet Bridge from Apr.1 to Jul.1 in an effort to provide additional time to find alternative methods of funding the entire state's infrastructure.
Sponsors: Edwards, Mattiello, Ucci, Blazejewski, Lally
 
Senate Finance Chairman DaPonte  
Room 211, Rise (4:30)
 
S 2697  Extends the current $.10 cent toll on the Sakonnet Bridge from Apr.1 to Jul.1 in an effort to provide additional time to find alternative methods of funding the entire state's infrastructure.
Sponsors: DiPalma, Felag, DaPonte, Ottiano, Bates
 
Note: S 2335, the Senate version of the RI infrastructure funding bill (companion H 7432, above) was heard Mar.6 in committee and was held for further study.
 
WED, MAR 19
House H.E.W Chairman McNamara  
Room 101, Rise (4:30)
 
H 7444  Mandates that both the city/town school committee and the city/town council must approve a charter school application, either through ordinance or resolution and after at least one public hearing.
Sponsors: Palumbo, Slater, DeSimone, O'Brien, Ucci
 
On the Docket for a Full Vote
 
TUE, MAR 18
Full Senate
S 2399 Sub A (amended) Removes the rights of citizens to vote on projects financed through the newly created municipal road and bridge revolving fund.
 
Of Interest:
The Full Senate has passed bills to allow for a Constitutional Convention (S 2537  and S 2583
 

 

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