February 25, 2021

Senator Cynthia Mendes (D-Dist. 18) hits the ground running on the new legislative session

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State House - Senator Cynthia Mendes (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) has been appointed to serve on the Senate Commerce Committee and the Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee.

The Commerce Committee considers legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance, technology, and telecommunications. The Committee on Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs hears legislation and matters pertaining to constitutional amendments, liquor laws, gaming issues, commissions, resolutions, veterans affairs, and laws relating to domestic animals.

Sen. Mendes is introducing the following legislation:

● A bill to create a special legislative commission to study and assess the implementation of Medicare-For-All Single Payer program in Rhode Island
● Along with Sen. Sam Bell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) a bill to repeal a state corporate tax deduction to allowable income for federal tax purposes for investment property held for at least seven years. This bill would Keep Metacomet Green by disincentivizing developers from developing on our community’s green spaces
● Co-sponsoring bills to study the impact of trauma on school children who are exposed to violence and establish the implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools throughout the state

Please expect an update in the near future pertaining to bills related to increasing the number of women and People of Color in the trades, a bill to end the practice of Civil Asset Forfeiture in Rhode Island, and legislation that will increase the affordability of dental insurance.

You can watch senate sessions here: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/CapTV/Pages/default.aspx 

Or on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/risenate/live_videos/?ref=page_internal 

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