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This September, the Rhode Island General Assembly reconvened for a special session to review the bills they left unfinished in June - and we have great news! Several of the RICADV's priority bills have passed!

Disarming Dangerous Abusers: S0405 (Metts) / H5510 (Tanzi)

The legislature voted overwhelmingly to disarm dangerous abusers through the Protect RI Families Act, which is now ready to be signed into law by Governor Gina Raimondo. A special thank you to House sponsor and domestic violence legislative champion Representative Teresa Tanzi and Senate sponsor Senator Harold Metts. Thank you to Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio for your leadership.

PASSED: Guaranteeing Earned Sick and Safe Days: S0290 (Goodwin) / H5413 (Regunberg)

The legislature also voted through the Earned Sick and Safe Days bill, which we expect the Governor to sign into law in the near future. Thank you to Senator Maryellen Goodwin, a longstanding RICADV champion and the Senate sponsor of this bill, and House sponsor Representative Aaron Regunberg for your commitment to Rhode Island families.

PASSED: Expanding Crime Victim Compensation for Children who Witness: S0566 (Gallo) / H5452 (Shekarchi)

We also celebrate the successful passage of a bill that expands the Rhode Island Crime Victim Compensation Program, making assistance available to minors who witness homicides or domestic violence, which passed during the regular legislative session earlier this year.

We celebrate these legislative victories and thank you for making them possible.
 We thank the courageous survivors and members of SOAR for sharing their stories and being unwavering beacons of hope and resilience. We thank our tireless and determined supporters, advocates, and partner organizations for dedicating so much time and energy to making our voices heard and creating positive change. We thank the Rhode Island General Assembly and its leadership for taking these significant steps forward for our state.

Although there is yet more work to be done, we celebrate the progress that Rhode Island has made in 2017 to hold abusers accountable, protect victims of domestic violence and their children, and build safe, healthy communities for all people.

Held for further study

2017 RICADV legislative priorities that were "held for further study" include:

Recognizing Canadian Protective Orders: H5438 (Keable)
This act would establish uniform recognition and enforcement of Canadian domestic violence protective orders and violations within the State of Rhode Island.

Updating the Felony Stalking Law: S0340 (Nesselbush)
This act would update Rhode Island’s stalking law to align with the most current national model code, defining stalking as a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person emotional distress or cause them to fear for their own safety or that of another.

Prohibiting Revenge Porn
This bill would prohibit non-consensual sharing of private sexual images.