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GOV'T AFFAIRS

STAFF CONTACT

Sarah R. Bratko, Esq. 

Manager of Governmental Affairs

401-223-1120, ext. 115

Sarah@rihospitality.org

Events

BILL TRACKER

H-7635

SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT

Creates a seasonal employment designation for purposes of unemployment insurance which would allow employers hiring employees 20 weeks training/prevent seasonal employers from collecting unemployment benefits during the term of their seasonal employment.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/14/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7646

HOTELS

Authorizes an innkeeper to remove any guest who is a level III high risk sexual offender who attempts to remain a hotel resident for more than thirty (30) consecutive days in any calendar year.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/15/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7683

PICKLED FISH

Repeals several sections of the general laws regarding the packaging and branding of pickled fish.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/15/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7642

PICKLED FISH

Repeals sections of the general laws dealing with grading of various qualities of mackerel and the sale or export of pickled fish not approved or branded

Details  |  Introduced: 02/15/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7614

HOUSE RESOLUTION EXTENDING THE REPORTING DATE OF THE SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY IMPLEMENTATION OF A FOOD RECOVERY INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Extends the reporting and expiration dates of the legislative commission to study implementation of a food recovery incentive program from March 7, 2018 to June 28, 2018, and said commission and expires on July 26, 2018.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/14/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7612

PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT

Prohibits misrepresentation of pet as service dog. DOH to provide decals/signs and information to businesses. Penalty of $500 and/or 30 hours community service for violators.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/14/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7672

RETAIL LICENSES

Adds prepackaged cheeses to the items allowed for sale at Class A license holders premises in towns or cities of ten thousand (10,000) or more inhabitants.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/15/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7622

SALES AND USE TAXES - LIABILITY AND COMPUTATION

Repeals the exemption from sales and use taxes for certain alcoholic beverages and would provide that all tax revenue received as a result shall be distributed to the applicable municipalities where the alcoholic beverages were sold.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/14/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7429

EDUCATIONAL/ CHILD CARE INVOLVEMENT LEAVE

Grants parents/guardians/step-parents/foster parents/ custodial grandparents children attending kindergarten, grades 1-12, inclusive, or attending a licensed child care provider to utilize up to 40 hours from existing vacation period time per year.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/02/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7636

WAGES

Gradually increases the hourly minimum wage from $9.60 to $15.00 on January 1, 2022, as well as gradually increasing the hourly minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities from $3.89 an hour to $15.00 an hour on January 1, 2026.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/14/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7517

TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT

Reduces the rental period from thirty (30) days to six (6) days in regard to the exclusion from the definition of occupancy for any home, condominium or other residential dwelling rented.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/08/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7516

TAXATION

Exempts from taxation the donation of alcoholic beverages to nonprofit organizations that are exempt from federal taxation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/08/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7479

RETAIL LICENSES

Creates additional restrictions on the times for which caterers with a Class P license may serve alcohol.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/07/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7427

FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

Expands the protections and remedies for employees against employers who pay wage differentials based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability; age or country of ancestral origin.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/02/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7428

OVERTIME WAGES

Exempts certain executive, administrative, and professional employees from overtime pay if their weekly wages exceed one thousand thirty-six dollars ($1,036), an increase from the current two hundred dollars ($200).

Details  |  Introduced: 02/02/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7325

PAYMENT OF WAGES

Creates a legal process to aid employees in collecting their unpaid wages from their employer.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/26/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7242

UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

Prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's wage and salary history before an offer of employment with compensation has been negotiated.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/19/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2286

PAYMENT OF WAGES

Defines and recognizes the existence and potential liability of lead entities concerning the payment of wages.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2103

OVERTIME WAGES

Exempts certain executive, administrative, and professional employees from overtime pay if their weekly wages exceed one thousand thirty-six dollars ($1,036), an increase from the current two hundred dollars ($200).

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7395

WORK ON HOLIDAYS AND SUNDAYS

Repeals Section 5-3-7 of the general laws which gives the director of the department of labor and training the authority to exempt certain classes of employees from receiving overtime pay for Sunday and holiday work.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7396

EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Requires children who seek a special limited work permit to successfully complete a worker rights' training program established and funded by the department of labor and training.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7397

MINIMUM WAGE--GRATUITIES

Raises the minimum wage for tipped workers by fifty cents ($.50) per year commencing on January 1, 2019 until the tipped minimum wage is not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the regular minimum wage.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7398

TIP PROTECTION

Prohibits employers from receiving any portion of the tips given by customers to their tipped employees, with limited exceptions for credit card service charges.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7344

LEAN GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE ACT

Implements provisions of the Lean government initiative to eliminate waste and inefficiency in the operation of state government.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/31/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7349

ESTABLISHING AN OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Establishes the office of inspector general as an independent administrative agency charged with the responsibility to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in the expenditure of public funds.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/31/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7339

GAMBLING AND LOTTERIES

Allows social gaming in private residences and in public taverns or private clubs so long as the gambling is incidental to a bona fide social relationship between the participants and only participants receive anything of value.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7339

GAMBLING AND LOTTERIES

Allows social gaming in private residences and in public taverns or private clubs so long as the gambling is incidental to a bona fide social relationship between the participants and only participants receive anything of value.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/31/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7364

MANUFACTURING AND WHOLESALE LICENSES

Allows the holder of a brewpub manufacturer's license to sell products directly to holders of Class B, Class B-V, and Class C licenses.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/31/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2265

WRONGFUL DISCHARGE FROM EMPLOYMENT

Ends Rhode Island's "employment-at-will" legal doctrine, provides job protection for employees that satisfactorily perform their duties provides specific remedies for wrongful discharge.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2252

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - RETAIL LICENSES - TRAINING

Requires the department of business regulation to administer testing to certify alcohol server training. It would also prohibit online testing.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2251

MANUFACTURING AND WHOLESALE LICENSES

Reduces the alcoholic beverage manufacturing and wholesale licensing fee from three thousand dollars($3,000) to five hundred dollars ($500).

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2247

MINIMUM WAGE

Increases the minimum wages to eleven dollars ($11.00) per hour, commencing January 1, 2019, and to twelve dollars ($12.00) per hour, commencing January 1, 2020.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2245

HOLIDAY AND SUNDAY WORK

For purposes of overtime on Sundays and holidays, remove the exemption in the definition of employees for health care and maintenance workers, thereby entitling them to overtime pay.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2246

MINIMUM WAGES

Increases the hourly minimum wage in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast Region for the four (4) previous fiscal years, effective January 1, 2020.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2244

LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- WAGES

Gradually increases the hourly minimum wage from $9.60 to $15.00 on January 1, 2022, as well as gradually increasing the hourly minimum wage for employees receiving gratuities from $3.89 an hour to $15.00 an hour on January 1, 2026.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2196

SUGARY DRINKS

Creates a tax on sugary drinks for the purpose of reducing the demand for those beverages, and discouraging the excessive consumption of, sugary drinks.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2188

CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT AND CARBON PRICING ACT OF 2018

Establishes a fee on companies that sell fossil fuels in Rhode Island and also establishes a receipt account to disburse the funds from.

Details  |  Introduced: 02/01/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7279

CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY ACT

Provides a bidding procedure for naming rights to the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/25/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7299

PUBLIC HEALTH AND WORKPLACE SAFETY ACT

Provided that any law or regulations which prohibits or protects a person from exposure to second-hand smoke would include second-hand marijuana smoke or vapor.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/25/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7307

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Encourages commercial property owners to install vehicle barriers at their retail establishment locations, and also permit insurers to consider the installation of such barriers to provide a discount on the owner's insurance policy.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/25/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7285

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

Establishes a universal, comprehensive, affordable single-payer health care insurance program.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/25/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2100

TOURISM AND DEVELOPMENT

Provides that houses, condominiums, or other residential dwelling units, regardless of the number of rooms, which are used and/or advertised for rent for occupancy would be exempt from the state sales or hotel tax.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2075

PERSONAL INCOME TAX

Provides for the imposition of a two (2% ) tax increase on personal income over two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2071

PERSONAL INCOME TAX

Provides that for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019 a taxpayer entitled to a federal earned-income credit shall be allowed a state earned-income credit equal to 18% of the federal earned-income credit.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2068

MICRO ZONE ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION ACT

Creates micro zones in distressed areas to stimulate economic revitalization/employment opportunities/business development through redevelopment of abandoned industrial/commercial structures.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2066

WITHHOLDING OF TAX

Provides that non-resident withholding requirement for a corporation that sells real estate be consistent with the seven percent (7% ) corporate income tax rate.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7175

BUSINESS CORPORATION TAX

Exempts a corporation from the minimum corporate tax for the first three (3) years following the date of its corporation. Applies to all tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/17/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7199

MINIMUM WAGES

Raises the minimum wage effective January 1, 2019, from ten dollars and fifty cents ($10.50) per hour to eleven dollars ($11.00) per hour.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2107

WINE DIRECT SHIPPER LICENSE

Creates a wine direct shipper license to allow for shipment of limited amounts of wine through the mail to eligible customers.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/18/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7021

AIRPORTS AND LANDING FIELDS

Exempts ancillary services provided to customers of rental companies which services are unrelated to airport access from airport access fees.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/03/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

S-2002

REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES AND PROJECTS

Permits redevelopment agencies to finance the construction of projects for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, institutional, public, or other purposes contemplated by a redevelopment plan.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/02/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7002

ACCIDENT AND SICKNESS INSURANCE POLICIES

Requires individual or group policy insurance to cover mastectomies.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/03/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7024

HEALTHY WORKPLACE

Creates the "Healthy Workplace Act of 2018 and establishes a cause of action against employers and employees for workplace bullying, harassment and other abusive conduct that is tolerated by employers.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/03/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7121

RHODE ISLAND HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE

Authorizes RI Health Exchange to seek waiver under Affordable Care Act to allow small business owners/sole proprietors to purchase health plans offered by RI Health Exchange.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/11/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7115

AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR AND LABOR RELATIONS -- UNLAWFUL EMPLOYER PRACTICES AND SALARY HISTORY INFORMATION

Prohibits an employer from seeking salary history information, including compensation and benefits, concerning an applicant for employment.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/11/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7117

PAYMENT OF WAGES

Defines and recognizes the existence and potential liability of lead entities concerning the payment of wages.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/11/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7111

RHODE ISLAND RIGHT-TO-KNOW DATA TRANSPARENCY AND PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT

Protects individuals from internet disclosure of personally identifiable information by commercial websites/online service operators and creates right of action for violations.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/03/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -

H-7116

UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

Prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee wage and salary history before an offer of employment with compensation has been extended.

Details  |  Introduced: 01/11/2018
Status1:


Action: Pending
RIHA Score: -
Final Status: -