Coming up in Committee: Six Bills Scheduled to be Heard by the RI General Assembly, January 29 – January 31

6. H5114: A preliminary sign that the Rhode Island General Assembly may once again be taking a keen and perhaps unusual amount of interest in the rental of motor vehicles; this bill would require anyone “who rents or leases more than five motor vehicles in any one year” in the state of Rhode Island to have those vehicles “registered, insured and inspected in the state of Rhode Island” (H Corporations; Tue, Jan 29).
5. S0021: Authorizes the state Auditor General and the Division of Municipal Finance to create a “uniform system of accounting” for Rhode Island municipalities, and allows to state to withhold state aid payments from any municipality which refuses to install and maintain said system (S Finance; Tue, Jan 29).
4. H5129: Limits damages in lawsuits involving the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to a maximum of $100,000 unless the General Assembly authorizes a higher limit “in particular cases” (H Corporations; Tue, Jan 29).
3. S0023: Exempts capital gains resulting from the sales of an “ownership interest in an entity incorporated and having its headquarters located in the state of Rhode Island” that has been held for 3 years (and that meets a few other conditions) from RI income taxes (S Finance; Tue, Jan 29).
2. S0022: Changes the estate tax floor in Rhode Island from $675,000, at which point the entire amount of the estate is currently taxed, to $2,000,000, at which point only the amount in excess of $2,000,000 would be taxed (S Finance; Tue, Jan 29).
1. S0019: Allows the state or any public corporation to “refund” any non-voter approved “bond”, “financing lease”, “guarantee agreement”, or “other obligation”, provided that “the governor certifies…that the refunding shall provide a net benefit to the issuer” (S Finance; Tue, Jan 29). Could this be a strategy for dealing with the 38 Studios “guarantee agreement”? If so, it kicks the ball back to the Governor, requiring him to provide a certification for a specific situation under a law that applies to any bond that did not go through a voter referendum. Another immediate question raised by this bill is whether a “refund” for a state debt obligation can be provided in piecemeal fashion or whether it would have to be provided all at once. This bill’s lead sponsor is Senate Finance Chairman Daniel DaPonte, suggesting that this bill is a priority of Senate leadership.

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Monique
Monique(@monique-chartier)
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8 years ago

“Limits damages in lawsuits involving the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to a maximum of $100,000 unless the General Assembly authorizes a higher limit “in particular cases””
Interesting. A very VERY narrow scope tort reform.
If it’s good for RIPTA, isn’t it also good more broadly?

Monique
Monique(@monique-chartier)
Editor
8 years ago

“Exempts capital gains resulting from the sales of an “ownership interest in an entity incorporated and having its headquarters located in the state of Rhode Island” that has been held for 3 years (and that meets a few other conditions) from RI income taxes”
Is it me or does that sound like a custom cut tax exemption for one person?

Ken Block
Ken Block
8 years ago

Monique – S0023 is a general purpose bill meant to induce new investment in RI-based businesses. When NH enacted similar legislation 15 or so years ago they got a good number of venture-backed businesses to locate in NH vs. MA.
This only applies to *new* investments, and only applies if a capital gain is realized and the business is sold. There is no short term cost to this program (the initial holding period is 3 years) and the frank fact of the matter is that the majority of RI-based businesses are not set up for quick sale down the road.
If we can begin to provide reasons for tomorrow’s Google’s to set up shop here we will have made great strides towards resurrecting our economy. This is one tool that, when combined with what I hope is a continuing drive to fix what is economically broken here, can be the difference maker for business owners choosing where to set up shop.

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