This Week in the General Assembly: May 24th-28th
The gender-neutral bathroom bill, S755, has a hearing! Thank you to all who sent emails. Sign up on Sunday to testify on Monday, or submit written testimony as noted below to support our trans and non-binary friends and neighbors!
House Finance is hearing several green bills, and there’s a bill to limit the use of solitary confinements in prisons.
These are definitely not all the bills being heard this week, rather a sampling of bills you, the members of the Women’s Caucus, may be interested in. Bill text is linked next of every brief bill description, and links to sign up to testify for or against a bill are included below as well!
MONDAY, MAY 24th:
Senate Committee on Judiciary:
Requests for verbal testimony must be submitted by 4:00pm on May 23rd. Written testimony may be submitted by email to SenateJudiciary@rilegislature.gov by 2:00 on the 24th.
S755: requires public building spaces to have single-user gender neutral bathrooms - support
S395: limits use of solitary confinement - support
TUESDAY, MAY 25th:
House Committee on Finance
Requests for verbal testimony must be submitted by 4:00pm on May 24th. Written testimony may be submitted by email to HouseFinance@rilegislature.gov by 2:00 on the 25th.
H5674: aka the Green Justice Zone Act, a model to ensure all communities in our state have access to clean air and water - support
H5955: protects food security by establishing a regenerative agriculture program, a garden agriculture program, a community agriculture program, and permit community cooperatives. Also establishes the ecosystem restoration act, which broadens the powers of the division of parks and recreation to seize lands for purposes of promoting ecosystem restoration - support
H6074: designates a series of initiatives to create jobs in housing construction, specifically focused on low income housing, green, and solar energy jobs for low-income people - support
THURSDAY, MAY 27th:
Senate Committee on Health and Human Services
Requests for verbal testimony must be submitted by 4:00pm on May 26th. Written testimony may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2:00 on the 27th.
S170: limits co-payments for insulin to $50 for a 30 day supply of this life-saving medication (note, there are multiple bills in the Senate and House with similar goals and varying caps) - support
S430: extends the benefits to eligible pregnant women under title XIX for 12 months after birth - support
S877: ensures insurance cannot charge for out-of-pocket expenses related to COVID-19, and mandates testing and vaccination as free - support