2021 LEGISLATION

As our State Representative, my priority will always be the working families of Rhode Island.

This is why I have introduced over 20 bills focused on: Healthcare Expansion, COVID Relief, Labor Rights, Environmental Justice, Tax Reform, and Public Education.

Review these bills below.

House Bill #5151

Affordable Insulin

By: Morales, McGaw, Alzate, Ackerman, McNamara, Hull, J Lombardi, Speakman, Felix, and Fogarty


AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTHCARE

This bill would limit out-of-pocket expenses for a 30-day supply of Insulin at $25, regardless of the amount or type of insulin needed to fill the covered person's prescription.

House Bill #5442

Moratorium on Utility Shut-Offs

By: Morales, Vella-Wilkinson, Barros, Giraldo, Ackerman, Caldwell, McEntee, Henries, Alzate, and Amore


AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES AND CARRIERS

This bill would place a moratorium on the termination of utility services (gas, electric, water) throughout the duration of the State's COVID-19 Emergency Order and future public health emergencies. 

House Bill #5628

Statewide Medicare-for-All Healthcare System

By: Morales, Ranglin-Vassell, Potter, McGaw, Tanzi, Henries, Lombardi, Felix, and Batista

AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTHCARE

This bill would establish a Statewide Medicare-for-All healthcare program that would guarantee healthcare coverage to ALL Rhode Island residents. The program would be referred to as, the "Rhode Island Comprehensive Health Insurance Program (RICHIP)". 

Under this program, co-payments and expensive deductibles would all be eliminated. This means that all Rhode Islanders would be able to go their choice of doctor, pharmacy and/or hospital without paying extra fees.

House Bill #5714

Healthcare Coverage for All Children 

By: Morales, Williams, Hull, Giraldo, Barros, Alzate, Tobon, Diaz, Kislak, and Kazarian

AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTHCARE FOR CHILDREN

This bill would expand the Rite Track program (our state's Medicaid program for children) to provide healthcare coverage to ALL Rhode Island children up to age 19, regardless of their socioeconomic or immigration status. 

The expansion of the program would be funded with the use of Federal and State Funds.

House Bill #5218

Hazard Pay for All Essential Workers in Large Businesses

 

By Morales, Alzate, Ranglin-Vassell, Vella-Wilkinson, Ajello, Lombardi, Henries, Potter, Batista, and Williams


AN ACT RELATING TO WAGES

This bill would require employers to pay "Hazard Pay" to employees involved in providing essential services during a declared public health emergency (e.g., COVID-19). Hazard pay would be a rate of one and one-third (1⅓) times an employee's regular pay.

Employers would also be prohibited from taking adverse employment action or retaliating against an employee who refuses to work during a public health emergency. 

House Bill #5855

Whistleblower Protection

for All

 

By Morales, Alzate, Kazarian, Ranglin-Vassell, Felix, Batista, Lombardi, and Potter


AN ACT RELATING TO LABOR RIGHTS

This bill would prohibit an employer from reporting or threatening to report an employee's immigration status because the employee engaged in whistleblowing or protected conduct. 

This bill would also expand employee whistleblower protection to job applicants and prospective employees to protect them from workplace violations and/or misconduct. 

House Bill #6208

Cost Free COVID-19 Healthcare Treatment

 

By Morales, Williams, Kazarian, Potter, Nardone, McGaw, Solomon, Hull, Kislak, and Caldwell


AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTHCARE

This bill would prohibit health insurance carriers from charging out-of-pocket expenses for treatment related to the COVID-19 virus. 

In addition, COVID-19 testing and vaccination would be free.

House Bill #5146

Affordable Specialty Medication

 

By Morales, McGaw, Bennett, Fogarty, Caldwell, J Lombardi, Hull, and Potter


AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTHCARE

This bill would requires all health insurance providers to limit a person’s out-of-pocket costs for specialty medication at $100 for a 30-day supply.

House Bill #5674

Green Justice Zones

 

By Morales, Henries, Batista, Potter, Cassar, and Kislak


AN ACT RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT

This bill would establish the first green justice zone, in Providence, a model that may be replicated in future years to ensure that all communities throughout the state have clean air and clean water.

House Bill #5673

The Right to Interconnection

for Renewable Energy Planning

 

By Morales, Potter, McGaw, Tanzi, and Giraldo


AN ACT RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC UTILITIES

This bill would transfer the planning and administration of the interconnection of renewable energy to the electric distribution system from the electric distribution companies (National Grid) to the Infrastructure Bank (a government entity).

House Bill #5837

College Credits for Multilingual Students

 

By Morales, Amore, Alzate, Ranglin-Vassell, Giraldo, Caldwell, and Felix


AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION

This bill would allow high school students who receive the State Silver or Gold Seal of

Biliteracy to earn world language college coursework credit at each state public university and/or public community college if requested within three (3) academic years after graduating high school.

House Bill #5838

Multilingual Concurrent Enrollment Courses

 

By Morales, Amore, Ranglin-Vassell, Alzate, Giraldo, and Felix


AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION

This bill would establish concurrent enrollment courses for multilingual students, allowing them to earn college credits at a state university while working towards their high school diploma. 

House Bill #5647
Surtax on Large Corporations with High Wage Gaps between Executives and Workers


By Morales, Potter, Ranglin-Vassell, Henries, and J. Lombardi
AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION

This bill would establish a 10% Surtax on publicly traded corporations, if the ratio of compensation for its CEO to median worker is equal to or greater than 100 to 1. 

House Bill #5808
A Tax on Expensive Private Academic Tuition


By Morales, Williams, Ranglin-Vassell,
J. Lombardi, and Batista
AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION

This bill would authorize cities and towns to tax expensive private academic tuition. For private colleges and universities, taxes would be imposed on every net tuition dollar exceeding $25,000. For private K-12 institutions, taxes would be imposed for every net tuition dollar exceeding $13,000.