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Most tracked bills in Rhode Island, 2022 Regular Session
AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- RHODE ISLAND CERTIFICATION STANDARDS BOARD (SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT) (Extends the time period to for all teachers to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge and practices of scientific reading and structured literary instruction from the 2023-2024 school year until the 2025-2026 school year.)
Last Action
07/02/2022 Effective without Governor's signature
executive • Jul 02, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PHARMACEUTICAL REDISTRIBUTION PROGRAM ACT (Authorizes the creation and implementation of a Pharmaceutical Redistribution program by the department of health (DOH) and the board of pharmacy to commence operations on January 1, 2023.)
Last Action
06/30/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 30, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PHARMACEUTICAL REDISTRIBUTION PROGRAM ACT (Authorizes the creation and implementation of a Pharmaceutical Redistribution program by the department of health (DOH) and the board of pharmacy to commence operations on January 1, 2023.)
Last Action
06/30/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 30, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- LICENSE PROCEDURE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS (Mandates that an applicant for a license as a licensed clinical social worker not be required to take or pass a standardized written examination in order to qualify for the license.)
Last Action
06/30/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 30, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO TOWNS AND CITIES -- ZONING ORDINANCES (Eliminates the restrictions on accessory dwelling units and allows for accessory apartments and affordable accessory apartments as a matter of right.)
Last Action
06/30/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 30, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- GENETIC COUNSELORS LICENSING ACT (Same as 21H-5147 -- Provides a statutory framework for the licensing and regulation of genetic counselors.)
Last Action
06/29/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 29, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH (Increases the membership of the governor's council on behavioral health from thirty-one (31) to thirty-two (32) members by adding the president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island or a designee.)
Last Action
06/29/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 29, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2023
Last Action
06/27/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 27, 2022
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS AND MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS (Creates entry-level licensing program to allow applicants as a mental health counselor assoc. or marriage/family therapist assoc. to practice under supervision prior to becoming licensed a mental health counselor or licensed marriage/family therapist.)
Last Action
06/27/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 27, 2022
AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- MENTAL HEALTH LAW (Includes licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), certified in psychiatric/mental health, as qualified to certify the need for mental health treatment in certain patients.)
Last Action
06/23/2022 House read and passed
House • Jun 23, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHARMACIES (Sets pharmacist renewal license fee at $250 biennially and annual nonresident pharmacy location license fee at $625. Validates pharmacy technician licenses for 2 years. Validates pharmacy intern licenses for 5 years.)
Last Action
06/21/2022 Referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Jun 21, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT (Amends the interstate nurse licensure compact and adopts an enhanced and more comprehensive version of the compact, to allow nurses to hold a multi-state license allowing them to practice across state lines without having to obtain multiple licenses.)
Last Action
06/19/2022 Proposed Substitute
House • Jun 19, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTIONS -- SECRETARY OF STATE -- LET RI VOTE ACT (Allows voting by mail without needing an excuse/improves voter roll cleanup/allows applying for mail ballots through online system/allows nursing home residents to receive mail ballot applications automatically/codifies mail ballot drop box requirements.)
Last Action
06/07/2022 Signed by Governor
executive • Jun 07, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN--EQUALITY IN ABORTION COVERAGE (Provide for abortion coverage in the Medicaid program and repeals the abortion coverage exclusion for state employee insurance plans.)
Last Action
05/19/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • May 19, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (Establishes a universal, comprehensive, affordable single-payer health care insurance program and helps control health care costs, which would be referred to as, "the Rhode Island Comprehensive Health Insurance Program" (RICHIP).)
Last Action
05/19/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • May 19, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- COOPERATION WITH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (Authorizes members of an individual's family and legally responsible adults to receive payment for delivering home and community based services to developmentally disabled adults and children with special needs.)
Last Action
05/17/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • May 17, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES -- SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS RATE REVIEW AND RATE SETTING PROCESS ACT OF 2022 (Requires EOHHS assisted by 24 member advisory committee to provide review/recommendations for rate setting/ongoing review of social service programs licensed by state departments/agencies and Medicaid.)
Last Action
05/12/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • May 12, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN (Extends the benefits given to eligible women under title XIX state plan through the last day of the month in which their twelve-month post-partum period ends.)
Last Action
04/27/2022 Referred to House Finance
House • Apr 27, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- ADVANCE INSTRUCTION FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT (Allows an individual to exercise their right to consent to or refuse mental health treatment through an advance instruction when the individual lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate mental health treatment decisions.)
Last Action
04/26/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Apr 26, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Increases in-network behavioral health care service reimbursement rates up to the median value effective 1/1/2023. Increases rates for 2024-2028 by rate of inflation plus three (3) percentage points determined by federal CPI.)
Last Action
04/26/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Apr 26, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT (Amends the interstate nurse licensure compact and adopts an enhanced and more comprehensive version of the compact, to allow nurses to hold a multi-state license allowing them to practice across state lines without having to obtain multiple licenses.)
Last Action
04/24/2022 Withdrawn at sponsor's request (04/26/2022)
House • Apr 24, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- COMPREHENSIVE DISCHARGE PLANNING (Requires coverage for residential/inpatient mental health services for detox/stabilization/substance abuse disorders without preauthorization or be subject to concurrent review during the first 28 days.)
Last Action
04/22/2022 Referred to House Health & Human Services
House • Apr 22, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- UNIFORM CONTROL SUBSTANCES ACT (Requires that professionals authorized to prescribe opioid drugs discuss addiction risks with the patient or the patient’s parent or guardian if the patient is under eighteen (18) years of age.)
Last Action
04/22/2022 Referred to House Health & Human Services
House • Apr 22, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ECONOMIC AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE ACT OF 2022 (Establishes a fee on companies that sell fossil fuels in Rhode Island and establishes a fund to disburse the collected funds.)
Last Action
04/13/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Apr 13, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION - CURRICULUM (require that both curriculum and teaching practices in Rhode Island schools protect and respect the civil rights of all members of the school community)
Last Action
04/11/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Apr 11, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT (Amends the interstate nurse licensure compact and adopts an enhanced and more comprehensive version of the compact, to allow nurses to hold a multi-state license allowing them to practice across state lines without having to obtain multiple licenses.)
Last Action
04/05/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Apr 05, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- CONTROL OF HIGH PRESCRIPTION COSTS -- REGULATION OF PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS (Regulates PBMs policies and practices relating to accurate costs and pricing reporting, restricts discriminatory practices and establishes consumer protections and enforcement of penalties for violations by the office of the attorney general.)
Last Action
03/29/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 29, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHARMACIES (Authorizes a pharmacist to prescribe a partial refill of Schedule II controlled substances. Requires the department of health to adopt regulation conditions under which a pharmacist may prescribe drugs or devices.)
Last Action
03/24/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 24, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHARMACIES (Updates and revises the current law on pharmacy benefit managers and prescription drug pricing including establishing maximum allowable cost limits and providing for amended administrative appeal procedures.)
Last Action
03/22/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 22, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- WHOLESALE PRESCRIPTION DRUG IMPORTATION PROGRAM (Establishes the Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Program for the importation of wholesale prescription drugs from Canada to provide savings to Rhode Island consumers.)
Last Action
03/22/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 22, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- PRESCRIPTION DRUG COST PROTECTION (Prohibits the state, ERISA or any health plans to purchase referenced drugs for a cost higher than the referenced rate.)
Last Action
03/22/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 22, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- CONTROL OF HIGH PRESCRIPTION COSTS -- REGULATION OF PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS (Regulates PBMs policies and practices relating to accurate costs and pricing reporting, restricts discriminatory practices and establishes consumer protections and enforcement of penalties for violations by the office of the attorney general.)
Last Action
03/22/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 22, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND HOSPITALS -- CORE STATE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS SERVICES SYSTEMS (Establishes a core state behavioral health crisis services system, to be administered by the director of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals.)
Last Action
03/16/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 16, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Requires insurance coverage for at minimum ninety (90) days of residential or inpatient services for mental health and/or substance use disorders for American Society of Addiction Medicine levels of care 3.1 and 3.3.)
Last Action
03/10/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 10, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- BEVERAGE CONTAINER DEPOSIT RECYCLING ACT OF 2022 (Creates a refundable ten cent ($0.10) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A four cent ($0.04) handling fee would be paid by distributors.)
Last Action
03/10/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 10, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Increases the rate of reimbursement for in-network behavioral health care services below the medial commercial reimbursement rate and also Rhode Island Medicaid shall increase the rate of reimbursement.)
Last Action
03/10/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 10, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- PROHIBITION OF PFAS IN FOOD PACKAGING, CLOTHING AND CARPETING ACT (Prohibits PFAS, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals, from being used in food packaging and requires that any carpeting/clothing manufactured or sold in this state carry a warning label. Violations are punishable by fine of $1000 for each offense.)
Last Action
03/09/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 09, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO WATERS AND NAVIGATION -- WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (Mandates that all public water providers annually test and generate a report of the level of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their water supply.)
Last Action
03/09/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Senate • Mar 09, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO FOOD AND DRUGS -- PRESCRIPTION DRUG AFFORDABILITY BOARD - GROUP PURCHASING BOARD FOR RX WE CAN AFFORD (Creates a prescription drug affordability board composed of representatives of affected stakeholders designated to investigate and comprehensively evaluate drug prices for Rhode Islanders and possible ways to reduce them to make them more affordable.)
Last Action
03/03/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 03, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- THE DRUG COST TRANSPARENCY ACT (Allows drug cost transparency by requiring reports be submitted by drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers and health benefit plan insurers for analysis to the director of the department of business regulation regarding prescription drugs.)
Last Action
03/03/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 03, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT -- HEALTH CARE FOR CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN (Amends the current law so that all pregnant and postpartum patients in Rhode Island would have access to prenatal, maternity and postpartum care services.)
Last Action
03/03/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Mar 03, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY- IMMUNIZATION AGAINST COVID-19 (Mandates residents to be vaccinated for COVID-19.)
Last Action
03/01/2022 Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services
Senate • Mar 01, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- ESTABLISHING THE RHODE ISLAND RARE DISEASE MEDICATION ACCESSIBILITY, AFFORDABILITY, AND REINSURANCE ACT (Provides for establishment of the rare disease medication reinsurance program to be funded by insurer contributions that would be administered by the secretary of health and human services based on recommendations from a 15 member advisory council.)
Last Action
02/14/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 14, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH AND SAFETY -- OPIOID ALTERNATIVES (DOH to develop and publish opioid alternative pamphlet.)
Last Action
02/08/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 08, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO INSURANCE -- INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MENTAL ILLNESS AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE (Requires a health plan to cover clinically appropriate and medically necessary residential or inpatient services, including detoxification and stabilization services, for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.)
Last Action
02/03/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 03, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION -- SCHOOL COMMITTEES AND SUPERINTENDENTS (SEE TITLE 16 CHAPTER 97 -- THE RHODE ISLAND BOARD OF EDUCATION ACT) (Allows schools to impose an out-of-school suspension for students in grade 6 or above, if they are found to be a threat to the physical safety of school occupants.)
Last Action
02/02/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 02, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW-- GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS (Makes it a felony to price gouge prescriptions or pharmaceuticals in time of a shortage.)
Last Action
02/01/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 01, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL LAW - GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS - PATIENT BROKERING ACT (Prohibits the practice of patient brokering and provides penalties and enforcement.)
Last Action
02/01/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 01, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- PHARMACEUTICAL COST TRANSPARENCY (Directs the state board of pharmacy to annually identify up to fifteen prescription drugs with increased costs and provide the list to the attorney general to obtain reasons for the cost increases.)
Last Action
02/01/2022 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
House • Feb 01, 2022
Latest Version
AN ACT RELATING TO MAKING REVISED APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2022
Last Action
01/20/2022 Introduced, referred to House Finance
House • Jan 20, 2022
Latest Version
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