Committee Meetings To Resume At RI State House

Rachel Nunes

PROVIDENCE, RI — Several Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate committees will meet for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic next week. Because the State House is still closed to the public, no-in person attendance is allowed. The meetings will be livestreamed on Capitol Television.

Anyone who wants to submit testimony can do so by emailing SLegislation@rilegislature.gov. The meetings will be televised live on Channels 15, 61 and 1061 on Cox, Channel 15 on Full Channel, Channel 24 on Verizon and online.

The House Finance Committee will meet next week. Details have not yet been announced.

The following Senate committee meetings are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, 4 p.m.: The Senate Committee on Judiciary will meet in the Senate Lounge to take up the appointment of Lara Montecalvo as the public defender. The committee will also take up the appointment of East Providence Police Chief William Nebus to the State Traffic Commission as well as the appointments of Christopher Little and Jonathan Roberts to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.
  • Wednesday, 4 p.m.: The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will meet in the Senate Lounge to take up the appointment of A. Kathryn Power as the director of the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. The committee will also hold a hearing on a bill (2020-S 2525) sponsored by Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence) to have the health insurance commissioner adopt a uniform set of medical criteria for prior authorization and create a required form to be used by a health insurer.
  • Thursday, 4 p.m.: The Senate Committee on Finance will meet in the Senate Lounge to take up the appointment of Brett Smiley as the Director of the Department of Administration.

The Senate Lounge will be disinfected every night by a professional cleaning company, then sealed off until 4 p.m. the next day to ensure it remains clean. Only members of the committee and staff will be allowed in; nominees will participate remotely via WebEx.

No full sessions will be held in either chamber next week.


This article originally appeared on the Cranston Patch