This Week in the General Assembly: April 26th-30th
Updated: Apr 27
Welcome to our new Women’s Caucus weekly legislative update! We have some great and important bills to pay attention to this week, and we need your voices.
We especially want to highlight S267, being heard MONDAY in the Senate Judiciary committee. This bill allows Medicaid and state healthcare plans to cover abortion services. We have a special blog post on action items you can take on Sunday, April 25 or Monday, April 26, ahead of the hearing.
As well, on WEDNESDAY, the $15 minimum wage bill is being heard in House Labor committee! This bill already passed the Senate this year, so now we need to push it through the House as well.
These are definitely not all the bills being heard this week. It is a sampling of bills you, the members of the Women’s Caucus, may be interested in. The bill text is linked next to every brief bill description, and links to sign up to testify for or against a bill are included below as well!
MONDAY, APRIL 26
S267: allows Medicaid and state health plans to cover abortion
S775: provide a legal mechanism whereby a terminally ill patient may choose to end their life
S576: provides healthcare services for undocumented children
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28
Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs
S614: creates a special “Choose Life” license plate, the purchase of which at the DMV would fund problematic anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers”
S611: increases the amount of parental or family leave available to an employee from thirteen (13) weeks to twenty-six (26) weeks
S688: increases temporary caregiver benefits to six (6) weeks in a benefit year starting January 1, 2022 and would later increase to benefits to eight (8) weeks
To testify, email of call committee clerk James DeCastro at HouseLabor@rilegislature.gov or 401-222-1882.
H5130: increases the minimum wage from 11.50 to 15
H5851: repeals the section of law that allows those with physical or mental disability to be paid below minimum wage
THURSDAY, APRIL 29
Senate Health and Human Services
S484: provides for doula coverage
S168: requires all insurance plans to cover all FDA approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and other products
S646: requires a set of uniform criteria to be established for prior authorization requests by insurance companies, so denial of drugs can be better regulated