Bills Introduced in the Rhode Island Senate (Regulatory Emphasis), January 11-13
This is the first in what is intended to be a regular series on the legislation submitted to the Senate in the prior week. (An abbreviated introduction to the series is part of the post; the full intro is here.)
My hope is that this can become not just a one-way or even a two-way street for discussions on pending legislation, but one of those five-way Rhode Island intersections, navigable without major damage on regular basis with a little bit of practice, even when the rest of the drivers are other Rhode Islanders. Think of this as the opportunity to help crowdsource the equivalent of a staff position or two that could be an aid to your legislator (though I can’t offer you a state pension for contributing to the crowdsourcing effort). Citizens can make their cases for why the rest of Rhode Island should be concerned about certain bills, either why they should not be relegated to the black hole of “being held for further study” or, alternatively, why some of the bills introduced are terrible ideas that should not passed into law.
The floor will also always be open for advocates of bills, inside and outside of the legislature, to explain the meaning and rationale of particular legislation, to explain which matters are active in the backroom legislative processes that often determine which bills actually make it to the floor and possibly to suggest when citizen voices, at legislative hearings or through other means, could have a significant impact.
This series of posts will be regularly pushed out to the Anchor Rising Facebook site, so individuals who want to comment on the legislation in a less-anonymous forum will have the opportunity to do so.
The first raft of Senate bills is immediately below…
Significant Rewrites with Statewide Impact
|S0021||Changes long-term land use planning requirements imposed by the state.|
Targeted Changes with Statewide Impact
|S0005||Moves Capitol Television under the control of the Rhode Island Public Telecommunications Authority (more colloquially, RI PBS).|
|S0006||Public utilities have to pay for costs incurred during “maintenance, construction or reconstruction or any municipal right-of-way” done by a “municipal corporation”.|
|S0007||Landscape gardeners have to register and be licensed and, by the way, buy insurance. (Comment: The bill mentions specifically individuals “engaged either part-time or full-time in the cutting of grass”. What if want to hire the kid across the street to do my lawn? Can he do that without a license under this law?)|
|S0009||From the official explanation: “This act would provide that public water systems would reduce radon levels in drinking water to a maximum of four thousand (4,000) pCi/L no later than January 1, 2014.”|
|S0019||Requires motorcycle parking spots at public buildings.|
|S0020||“The state building standards committee shall be responsible for the publication of the state building code and shall post the entire state building code on the Internet making it available to the general public at no cost.”|
|S0025||Adds cemeteries to properties exempt from “adverse possession” laws (Comment: Any lawyers with knowledge of land use want to help us with the technical terms here?).|
|S0026||a) Rent overdue by 10 days can trigger eviction proceedings (it is currently 15) b) tenants no longer responsible for costs of having their property removed during an eviction, and c) possessions of a tenant still on the premises after eviction are deemed forfeited.|
|S0034||Hourly-wage employees don’t have to be paid on a weekly basis by their employers, if the employer is ” in the financial services or investment advisory”, “the employer and its affiliates have more than 2,000 employees located in Rhode Island”, and “the employer’s average payroll exceeds 125% of the average compensation of all employees in the state”. (Comment: But I’m sure this is not the result of some big company in Rhode Island lobbying for its own exemption to the rules).|