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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
July 16, 2020 RI S 2302 Establishes Tax-Free Disability Pensions for Firefighters Bill Passed - House (67 - 0)
July 16, 2020 RI H 7541 Establishes the "Uniform Parentage Act" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
June 17, 2020 RI S 2004 Prohibits Non-Metallic Firearms and "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
Feb. 5, 2020 RI S 2147 Increases the State Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
June 19, 2019 RI H 5125 Establishes Abortion Procedures as Protected State Law Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 29)
June 19, 2019 RI H 5125 Establishes Abortion Procedures as Protected State Law Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
April 9, 2019 RI H 5663 Requires Firefighters to Receive Overtime Pay After 42 Hours Bill Passed - House (62 - 9)
March 26, 2019 RI S 251 Requires the Collection of Sales Tax by Out of State Retailers Bill Passed - House (66 - 6)
March 7, 2019 RI H 5125 Establishes Abortion Procedures as Protected State Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 30)
June 21, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
June 20, 2018 RI H 7200 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
June 19, 2018 RI S 2612 Requires Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
June 15, 2018 RI H 7200 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - House (61 - 12)
June 14, 2018 RI H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
June 12, 2018 RI H 7477 Prohibits Pet Shops from Selling Non-Rescue Animals Bill Passed - House (65 - 3)
May 31, 2018 RI H 7420 Prohibits the Rental or Leasing of Pets Bill Passed - House (69 - 0)
May 23, 2018 RI S 2678 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for DACA Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
May 17, 2018 RI H 8042 Requires Publicizing Financial Records of Government Officials Bill Passed - House (61 - 7)
May 17, 2018 RI H 7419 Prohibits Advertising of Unhealthy Food and Beverages in Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
May 2, 2018 RI S 2350 Prohibits Advertising Unhealthy Food in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
April 25, 2018 RI S 2353 Requires Educators to Report Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 0)
April 12, 2018 RI H 7452 Prohibits Sharing Explicit Images without Consent Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
April 12, 2018 RI H 7075 Prohibits Bump Stocks Bill Passed - House (65 - 3)
April 12, 2018 RI H 7688 Authorizes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
April 3, 2018 RI S 2399 Prohibits Gender Discrimination in Insurance Premiums Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
April 3, 2018 RI S 2299 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 1)
Sept. 19, 2017 RI S 608 Requires Notification of Sex Offenders Living Near School Bus Stops Bill Passed - House (61 - 0)
June 29, 2017 RI S 175A Prohibits Driving While Talking on Handheld Devices Bill Passed - House (68 - 0)
June 29, 2017 RI S 897 Amends Housing Restrictions for Sex Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
June 26, 2017 RI H 5531A Authorizes License Plate Image Capture to Verify Insurance Status Bill Passed - House (49 - 17)
June 26, 2017 RI HB 5510A Prohibits Individuals Subject to a Restraining Order from Possessing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
June 26, 2017 RI H 5280A Requires More State Contracts for Veteran-Owned Businesses Bill Passed - House (68 - 0)
June 22, 2017 RI H 5175A Establishes a Budget for the Fiscal Year 2018 Bill Passed - House (64 - 11)
June 15, 2017 RI S 237A Authorizes Parole Eligibility for Juveniles with Life Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
June 14, 2017 RI S 112A Expands Renewable Energy Growth Program Bill Passed - House (72 - 0)
June 6, 2017 RI S 608 Requires Notification of Sex Offenders Living Near School Bus Stops Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 0)
May 31, 2017 RI H 5702A Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMV Bill Passed - House (62 - 10)
May 17, 2017 RI H 5457A Requires Parents to Take Course in Driver's Education Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
May 11, 2017 RI S 112A Expands Renewable Energy Growth Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
Jan. 31, 2017 RI HB 5098 Exempts University Researchers from Public Records Requests Bill Passed - House (59 - 8)
June 18, 2016 RI H 7454 Establishes State Budget for 2017 Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
June 18, 2016 RI S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - House (53 - 6)
June 17, 2016 RI S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
June 16, 2016 RI H 7007 Authorizes Cities to Establish Regulations for Body Works Businesses Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
June 15, 2016 RI H 7454 Establishes State Budget for 2017 Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
June 7, 2016 RI H 8240 Requires Referendum for Power Plant Tax Agreement Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
April 5, 2016 RI S 2185 Extends Renewable Energy Standard Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
March 29, 2016 RI H 7024 Authorizes Online Voting Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
March 3, 2016 RI H 7228 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
March 3, 2016 RI S 2081 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - House (66 - 3)
March 3, 2016 RI S 2081 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
March 2, 2016 RI H 7228 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - House (69 - 4)
March 1, 2016 RI S 2103 Requires Property Owners to Maintain Trees and Shrubs Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
Feb. 11, 2016 RI H 7409 Establishes Highway Truck Tolls Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Feb. 10, 2016 RI H 7409 Establishes Highway Truck Tolls Bill Passed - House (52 - 21)
Jan. 27, 2016 RI H 7051 Requires City Council Approval to Establish or Expand a Charter School Bill Passed - House (60 - 11)
June 25, 2015 RI H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
June 23, 2015 RI H 5900 Establishes Budget for FY 2015-2016 Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
June 23, 2015 RI S 997 Establishes a Toll for Large Commercial Trucks Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
June 23, 2015 RI H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
June 11, 2015 RI H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
June 2, 2015 RI H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
June 19, 2014 RI H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
June 18, 2014 RI H 8072A Repeals Straight Party Voting Option on Election Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
June 18, 2014 RI H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (63 - 10)
June 18, 2014 RI H 7904 Establishes a Climate Change Coordinating Council Bill Passed - House (62 - 6)
June 17, 2014 RI S 2690A Establishes the Renewable Growth Energy Program Bill Passed - House (63 - 7)
June 17, 2014 RI H 7764 Prohibits Certain Employers From Hiring Sex Offenders Bill Passed - House (67 - 3)
June 16, 2014 RI H 7133AAA 2014-2015 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
June 13, 2014 RI H 7133AAA 2014-2015 Budget Bill Passed - House (63 - 12)
June 5, 2014 RI S 2796A Establishes Preference In State and Business Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
May 27, 2014 RI H 7096A Reduces the Frequency of Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - House (69 - 3)
May 14, 2014 RI S 2059 Prohibits State Assessments for Graduation Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
May 1, 2014 RI H 7944A Authorizes State Fiscal Oversight of Certain Fire Districts Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
May 22, 2013 RI S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
May 9, 2013 RI H 5140 Classifies a Seat Belt Violation as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - House (53 - 17)
May 2, 2013 RI H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 15)
April 24, 2013 RI H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
Jan. 24, 2013 RI H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
June 13, 2012 RI H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
June 13, 2012 RI H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
June 12, 2012 RI S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
June 12, 2012 RI S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 6)
June 11, 2012 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
June 11, 2012 RI H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
June 11, 2012 RI H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Bill Passed - House (38 - 20)
June 11, 2012 RI H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (56 - 9)
June 8, 2012 RI H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 15)
June 7, 2012 RI S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
June 5, 2012 RI S 2253 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
June 5, 2012 RI H 7092 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (50 - 24)
May 16, 2012 RI H 7888 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
May 9, 2012 RI S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
March 13, 2012 RI S 2322 Prohibits The Use Of Tanning Facilities By Minors Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
Feb. 1, 2012 RI S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
Feb. 1, 2012 RI S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
Nov. 17, 2011 RI H 6319 Amending the Pension System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
Nov. 17, 2011 RI H 6319 Amending the Pension System Bill Passed - House (57 - 15)
June 30, 2011 RI S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (51 - 22)
June 29, 2011 RI H 6103 Authorizes Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)
Date No. Title Outcome
7/16 S 2302 Establishes Tax-Free Disability Pensions for Firefighters Bill Passed - House (67 - 0)
7/16 H 7541 Establishes the "Uniform Parentage Act" Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 1)
6/17 S 2004 Prohibits Non-Metallic Firearms and "Ghost Guns" Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
2/05 S 2147 Increases the State Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
6/19 H 5125 Establishes Abortion Procedures as Protected State Law Concurrence Vote Passed - House (45 - 29)
6/19 H 5125 Establishes Abortion Procedures as Protected State Law Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 17)
4/09 H 5663 Requires Firefighters to Receive Overtime Pay After 42 Hours Bill Passed - House (62 - 9)
3/26 S 251 Requires the Collection of Sales Tax by Out of State Retailers Bill Passed - House (66 - 6)
3/07 H 5125 Establishes Abortion Procedures as Protected State Law Bill Passed - House (44 - 30)
6/21 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 10)
6/20 H 7200 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
6/19 S 2612 Requires Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
6/15 H 7200 Establishes Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Bill Passed - House (61 - 12)
6/14 H 7715 Classifies Delivery a Controlled Substance Resulting in Death as a Crime Bill Passed - House (55 - 14)
6/12 H 7477 Prohibits Pet Shops from Selling Non-Rescue Animals Bill Passed - House (65 - 3)
5/31 H 7420 Prohibits the Rental or Leasing of Pets Bill Passed - House (69 - 0)
5/23 S 2678 Authorizes Driver's Licenses for DACA Recipients Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
5/17 H 8042 Requires Publicizing Financial Records of Government Officials Bill Passed - House (61 - 7)
5/17 H 7419 Prohibits Advertising of Unhealthy Food and Beverages in Schools Bill Passed - House (58 - 10)
5/02 S 2350 Prohibits Advertising Unhealthy Food in Schools Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 1)
4/25 S 2353 Requires Educators to Report Sexual Abuse Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 0)
4/12 H 7452 Prohibits Sharing Explicit Images without Consent Bill Passed - House (66 - 0)
4/12 H 7075 Prohibits Bump Stocks Bill Passed - House (65 - 3)
4/12 H 7688 Authorizes Extreme Risk Protection Orders Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
4/03 S 2399 Prohibits Gender Discrimination in Insurance Premiums Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
4/03 S 2299 Prohibits Minors from Using Tanning Beds Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 1)
9/19 S 608 Requires Notification of Sex Offenders Living Near School Bus Stops Bill Passed - House (61 - 0)
6/29 S 175A Prohibits Driving While Talking on Handheld Devices Bill Passed - House (68 - 0)
6/29 S 897 Amends Housing Restrictions for Sex Offenders Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 5)
6/26 H 5531A Authorizes License Plate Image Capture to Verify Insurance Status Bill Passed - House (49 - 17)
6/26 HB 5510A Prohibits Individuals Subject to a Restraining Order from Possessing a Firearm Bill Passed - House (56 - 13)
6/26 H 5280A Requires More State Contracts for Veteran-Owned Businesses Bill Passed - House (68 - 0)
6/22 H 5175A Establishes a Budget for the Fiscal Year 2018 Bill Passed - House (64 - 11)
6/15 S 237A Authorizes Parole Eligibility for Juveniles with Life Sentences Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
6/14 S 112A Expands Renewable Energy Growth Program Bill Passed - House (72 - 0)
6/06 S 608 Requires Notification of Sex Offenders Living Near School Bus Stops Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 0)
5/31 H 5702A Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMV Bill Passed - House (62 - 10)
5/17 H 5457A Requires Parents to Take Course in Driver's Education Bill Passed - House (59 - 11)
5/11 S 112A Expands Renewable Energy Growth Program Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
1/31 HB 5098 Exempts University Researchers from Public Records Requests Bill Passed - House (59 - 8)
6/18 H 7454 Establishes State Budget for 2017 Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 3)
6/18 S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - House (53 - 6)
6/17 S 2864 Establishes Regulations for Rideshare Companies Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 6)
6/16 H 7007 Authorizes Cities to Establish Regulations for Body Works Businesses Bill Passed - House (54 - 16)
6/15 H 7454 Establishes State Budget for 2017 Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
6/07 H 8240 Requires Referendum for Power Plant Tax Agreement Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
4/05 S 2185 Extends Renewable Energy Standard Requirements Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
3/29 H 7024 Authorizes Online Voting Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 6)
3/03 H 7228 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
3/03 S 2081 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - House (66 - 3)
3/03 S 2081 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
3/02 H 7228 Authorizes a Gambling Facility in Tiverton Bill Passed - House (69 - 4)
3/01 S 2103 Requires Property Owners to Maintain Trees and Shrubs Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 6)
2/11 H 7409 Establishes Highway Truck Tolls Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
2/10 H 7409 Establishes Highway Truck Tolls Bill Passed - House (52 - 21)
1/27 H 7051 Requires City Council Approval to Establish or Expand a Charter School Bill Passed - House (60 - 11)
6/25 H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 3)
6/23 H 5900 Establishes Budget for FY 2015-2016 Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
6/23 S 997 Establishes a Toll for Large Commercial Trucks Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 4)
6/23 H 5364 Increases Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees Bill Passed - House (56 - 16)
6/11 H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
6/02 H 5074 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (59 - 13)
6/19 H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
6/18 H 8072A Repeals Straight Party Voting Option on Election Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 3)
6/18 H 7194A Increases the Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (63 - 10)
6/18 H 7904 Establishes a Climate Change Coordinating Council Bill Passed - House (62 - 6)
6/17 S 2690A Establishes the Renewable Growth Energy Program Bill Passed - House (63 - 7)
6/17 H 7764 Prohibits Certain Employers From Hiring Sex Offenders Bill Passed - House (67 - 3)
6/16 H 7133AAA 2014-2015 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 5)
6/13 H 7133AAA 2014-2015 Budget Bill Passed - House (63 - 12)
6/05 S 2796A Establishes Preference In State and Business Contracts Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
5/27 H 7096A Reduces the Frequency of Teacher Evaluations Bill Passed - House (69 - 3)
5/14 S 2059 Prohibits State Assessments for Graduation Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 5)
5/01 H 7944A Authorizes State Fiscal Oversight of Certain Fire Districts Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 5)
5/22 S 256 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (31 - 6)
5/09 H 5140 Classifies a Seat Belt Violation as a Primary Offense Bill Passed - House (53 - 17)
5/02 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 15)
4/24 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 12)
1/24 H 5015 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passed - House (51 - 19)
6/13 H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 11)
6/13 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 8)
6/12 S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 2)
6/12 S 2052 Homeless Bill of Rights Bill Passed - House (59 - 6)
6/11 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (60 - 8)
6/11 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 7)
6/11 H 7782 Regulates Auto Insurance Company Claims and Practices Bill Passed - House (38 - 20)
6/11 H 7909 Requires State Health Laws to Comply with the Affordable Care Act Bill Passed - House (56 - 9)
6/08 H 7323 2012-2013 Budget Bill Passed - House (57 - 15)
6/07 S 2374 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 11)
6/05 S 2253 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
6/05 H 7092 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (50 - 24)
5/16 H 7888 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
5/09 S 2555 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 3)
3/13 S 2322 Prohibits The Use Of Tanning Facilities By Minors Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
2/01 S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
2/01 S 2178 State Senate, State House, and Congressional Redistricting Bill Passed - Senate (34 - 2)
11/17 H 6319 Amending the Pension System Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 2)
11/17 H 6319 Amending the Pension System Bill Passed - House (57 - 15)
6/30 S 400 Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (51 - 22)
6/29 H 6103 Authorizes Civil Unions Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 16)

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