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S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2023



A N A C T


MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2024


Introduced By: Representative Marvin L. Abney

Date Introduced: January 19, 2023

Referred To: House Finance

(Governor)


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:


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ARTICLE 1

RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2024

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ARTICLE 2

RELATING TO STATE FUNDS

3

ARTICLE 3

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT REFORM AND REORGANIZATION

4

ARTICLE 4

RELATING TO TAXES

5

ARTICLE 5

RELATING TO ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

6

ARTICLE 6

RELATING TO HOUSING

7

ARTICLE 7

RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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ARTICLE 8

RELATING EDUCATION

9

ARTICLE 9

RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES

10

ARTICLE 10

RELATING TO MAKING REVISED APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY

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2023

12

ARTICLE 11

RELATING TO LEASE AGREEMENTS FOR LEASED OFFICE AND

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OPERATING SPACE

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ARTICLE 12

RELATING TO PENSIONS

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ARTICLE 13

RELATING TO EFFECTIVE DATE


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  1. ARTICLE 1 AS AMENDED


  2. "RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2024



  3. SECTION 1. Subject to the conditions, limitations and restrictions hereinafter contained in


  4. this act, the following general revenue amounts are hereby appropriated out of any money in the


  5. treasury not otherwise appropriated to be expended during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024.


  6. The amounts identified for federal funds and restricted receipts shall be made available pursuant to


  7. section 35-4-22 and Chapter 41 of Title 42 of the Rhode Island General Laws. For the purposes


  8. and functions hereinafter mentioned, the state controller is hereby authorized and directed to draw


  9. his or her orders upon the general treasurer for the payment of such sums or such portions thereof


  10. as may be required from time to time upon receipt by him or her of properly authenticated vouchers.


  11. Administration


  12. Central Management


  13. General Revenues 3,419,152


  14. Federal Funds


  15. Federal Funds 54,029,495


  16. Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


  17. Public Health Response Warehouse Support 1,400,000


  18. Ongoing COVID-19 Response 41,787,709


  19. Municipal Public Safety Infrastructure 11,000,000


  20. Total - Central Management 111,636,356


  21. Legal Services


  22. General Revenues 2,440,410


  23. Accounts and Control


  24. General Revenues 5,315,642


  25. Federal Funds


  26. Federal Funds - Capital Projects Fund


  27. CPF Administration 4,828,079


  28. Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


  29. Pandemic Recovery Office 6,918,788


  30. Restricted Receipts - OPEB Board Administration 197,320


1 Restricted Receipts - Grants Management Administration

2,507,384

2 Total - Accounts and Control

19,767,213

3 Office of Management and Budget


4 General Revenues

9,431,527

5 Federal Funds

101,250

6 Restricted Receipts

300,000

7 Other Funds

1,220,255

8 Total - Office of Management and Budget

11,053,032

9 Purchasing


10 General Revenues

3,868,405

11 Restricted Receipts

446,294

12 Other Funds

612,914

13 Total - Purchasing

4,927,613

14 Human Resources


15 General Revenues

937,996

16 Personnel Appeal Board


17 General Revenues

100,881

18 Information Technology


19 General Revenues

14,221,340


20 Provided that of this general revenue amount, $13,000,000 shall be transferred to the Large


21 Systems Initiatives Fund by July 14, 2023.


22 Restricted Receipts

6,333,491

23 Total - Information Technology

20,554,831

24 Library and Information Services


25 General Revenues

1,903,636

26 Federal Funds

1,565,679

27 Restricted Receipts

6,990

28 Total - Library and Information Services

3,476,305

29 Planning


30 General Revenues

1,138,335

31 Federal Funds

3,050

32 Other Funds


33 Air Quality Modeling

24,000

34 Federal Highway - PL Systems Planning

3,321,572


1 State Transportation Planning Match

385,317

2 FTA - Metro Planning Grant

1,733,742

3 Total-Planning

6,606,016

4 General


5 General Revenues


6 Miscellaneous Grants/Payments

130,000


7 Provided that this amount be allocated to City Year for the Whole School Whole Child


8 Program, which provides individualized support to at-risk students.


9 Torts Court Awards

675,000

10 Wrongful Conviction Awards

250,000

11 Resource Sharing and State Library Aid

11,475,314

12 Library Construction Aid

1,909,317

13 Defeasance of Existing Debt

35,000,000

14 Federal Funds - Capital Projects Fund


15 Municipal and Higher Ed Matching Grant Program

58,360,065

16 Restricted Receipts

700,000

17 Other Funds


18 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


19 Security Measures State Buildings

500,000

20 Energy Efficiency Improvements

1,000,000

21 Cranston Street Armory

2,250,000

22 State House Renovations

6,389,000

23 Zambarano Buildings and Campus

7,245,000

24 Replacement of Fueling Tanks

430,000

25 Environmental Compliance

200,000

26 Big River Management Area

200,000

27 Shepard Building Upgrades

1,500,000

28 RI Convention Center Authority

10,237,500

29 Accessibility - Facility Renovations

1,180,000

30 DoIT Enterprise Operations Center

4,140,000

31 BHDDH MH & Community Facilities - Asset Protection

950,000

32 BHDDH DD & Community Homes - Fire Code

325,000

33 BHDDH DD Regional Facilities - Asset Protection

1,800,000

34 BHDDH Substance Abuse Asset Protection

600,000

  1. BHDDH Group Homes 1,350,000


  2. Statewide Facility Master Plan 2,000,000


  3. Cannon Building 3,725,000


  4. Old State House 100,000


  5. State Office Building 100,000


  6. State Office Reorganization & Relocation 1,450,000


  7. William Powers Building 4,750,000


  8. Pastore Center Non-Hospital Buildings Asset Protection 10,330,000


  9. Washington County Government Center 650,000


  10. Chapin Health Laboratory 425,000


  11. 560 Jefferson Blvd Asset Protection 1,750,000


  12. Arrigan Center 125,000


  13. Civic Center 6,212,500


  14. Pastore Center Buildings Demolition 1,000,000


  15. Veterans Auditorium 100,000


  16. Pastore Center Hospital Buildings Asset Protection 500,000


  17. Pastore Campus Infrastructure 25,000,000


  18. Pastore Center Power Plant Rehabilitation 450,000


  19. Community Facilities Asset Protection 70,000


  20. Zambarano LTAC Hospital 6,569,677


  21. Medical Examiners - New Facility 5,168,529


  22. Group Home Replacement & Rehabilitation 5,000,000


  23. State Land Use Planning Study 250,000


  24. Total - General 224,521,902


  25. Debt Service Payments


  26. General Revenues 182,821,772


  27. Out of the general revenue appropriations for debt service, the General Treasurer is


  28. authorized to make payments for the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission loan up to the


  29. maximum debt service due in accordance with the loan agreement.


  30. Other Funds


  31. Transportation Debt Service 35,226,154


  32. Investment Receipts - Bond Funds 100,000


  33. Total - Debt Service Payments 218,147,926


  34. Energy Resources


1 Federal Funds


2 Federal Funds

1,628,101

3 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


4 Electric Heat Pump Grant Program

20,000,000

5 Restricted Receipts

21,905,399

6 Other Funds

4,000,000

7 Total - Energy Resources

47,533,500

8 Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange


9 General Revenues

4,744,746

10 Federal Funds


11 Federal Funds

9,733,677

12 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


13 Auto-Enrollment Program

1,325,358

14 Restricted Receipts

16,089,640

15 Total - Rhode Island Health Benefits Exchange

31,893,421

16 Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion


17 General Revenues

1,898,258

18 Other Funds

109,062

19 Total - Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

2,007,320

20 Capital Asset Management and Maintenance


21 General Revenues

12,161,961

22 Grand Total - Administration

717,766,683

23 Business Regulation


24 Central Management


25 General Revenues

4,609,968

26 Banking Regulation


27 General Revenues

1,801,125

28 Restricted Receipts

63,000

29 Total - Banking Regulation

1,864,125

30 Securities Regulation


31 General Revenues

865,851

32 Restricted Receipts

15,000

33 Total - Securities Regulation

880,851

34 Insurance Regulation



1 General Revenues

4,669,856

2 Restricted Receipts

1,883,195

3 Total - Insurance Regulation

6,553,051

4 Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner


5 General Revenues

2,933,710

6 Federal Funds

322,958

7 Restricted Receipts

522,210

8 Total - Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner

3,778,878

9 Board of Accountancy


10 General Revenues

5,490

11 Commercial Licensing and Gaming and Athletics Licensing


12 General Revenues

1,194,966

13 Restricted Receipts

888,870

14 Total - Commercial Licensing and Gaming and Athletics Licensing

2,083,836

15 Building, Design and Fire Professionals


16 General Revenues

8,290,502

17 Federal Funds

318,545

18 Restricted Receipts

2,033,537

19 Other Funds


20 Quonset Development Corporation

71,915

21 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


22 Fire Academy Expansion

5,715,000

23 Total - Building, Design and Fire Professionals

16,429,499

24 Office of Cannabis Regulation


25 Restricted Receipts

6,117,205

26 Grand Total - Business Regulation

42,322,903

27 Executive Office of Commerce


28 Central Management


29 General Revenues

2,249,368

30 Quasi-Public Appropriations


31 General Revenues


32 Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

8,290,488

33 Airport Impact Aid

1,010,036


34 Sixty percent (60%) of the first $1,000,000 appropriated for airport impact aid shall be

  1. distributed to each airport serving more than 1,000,000 passengers based upon its percentage of the


  2. total passengers served by all airports serving more than 1,000,000 passengers. Forty percent (40%)


  3. of the first $1,000,000 shall be distributed based on the share of landings during calendar year 2022


  4. at North Central Airport, Newport-Middletown Airport, Block Island Airport, Quonset Airport,


  5. T.F. Green International Airport and Westerly Airport, respectively. The Rhode Island Commerce


  6. Corporation shall make an impact payment to the towns or cities in which the airport is located


  7. based on this calculation. Each community upon which any part of the above airports is located


  8. shall receive at least $25,000.


9 STAC Research Alliance

900,000

10 Innovative Matching Grants/Internships

1,000,000

11 I-195 Redevelopment District Commission

1,245,050

12 Polaris Manufacturing Grant

450,000

13 East Providence Waterfront Commission

50,000

14 Urban Ventures

140,000

15 Chafee Center at Bryant

476,200

16 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


17 Port of Davisville

59,000,000

18 Other Funds


19 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


20 I-195 Redevelopment District Commission

805,000

21 Total - Quasi-Public Appropriations

73,366,774

22 Economic Development Initiatives Fund


23 General Revenues


24 Innovation Initiative

2,000,000

25 Rebuild RI Tax Credit Fund

26,360,000

26 Small Business Promotion

1,000,000

27 Small Business Assistance

2,000,000

28 I-195 Redevelopment Fund

2,000,000

29 First Wave Closing Fund

10,000,000

30 Federal Funds


31 Federal Funds

20,000,000

32 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


33 Destination Marketing

1,500,000

34 Total - Economic Development Initiatives Fund

64,860,000


1 Commerce Programs


2 General Revenues


3 Wavemaker Fellowship

4,000,000

4 Air Service Development Fund

2,250,000

5 Main Streets Revitalization

1,000,000

6 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


7 Minority Business Accelerator

4,000,000

8 Bioscience Investments

45,000,000

9 South Quay Marine Terminal

35,000,000

10 Small Business Assistance

327,999

11 Federal Funds - Capital Projects Fund


12 Broadband

9,573,500

13 Total - Commerce Programs

101,151,499

14 Grand Total - Executive Office of Commerce

241,627,641

15 Housing


16 Central Management


17 General Revenues

32,997,895

18 Federal Funds


19 Federal Funds

15,493,898

20 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


21 OHCD Predevelopment and Capacity Fund

500,000

22 Development of Affordable Housing

55,000,000

23 Homelessness Assistance Program

13,000,000

24 Site Acquisition

10,000,000

25 Down Payment Assistance

20,000,000

26 Workforce Housing

8,000,000

27 Affordable Housing Predevelopment Program

7,500,000

28 Home Repair and Community Revitalization

9,500,000

29 Homelessness Infrastructure

30,000,000

30 Proactive Housing Development

1,400,000

31 Targeted Housing Development

31,000,000

32 Housing Related Infrastructure

4,300,000

33 Preservation of Affordable Units

500,000

34 Municipal Planning

2,300,000


1 Municipal Homelessness Support Initiative

2,500,000

2 Restricted Receipts

7,664,150

3 Grand Total - Housing

251,655,943

4 Labor and Training


5 Central Management


6 General Revenues

1,465,751

7 Restricted Receipts

375,872

8 Total - Central Management

1,841,623

9 Workforce Development Services


10 General Revenues

1,107,295

11 Provided that $200,000 of this amount is used to support Year Up.


12 Federal Funds

26,734,994

13 Total - Workforce Development Services

27,842,289

14 Workforce Regulation and Safety


15 General Revenues

4,828,609

16 Income Support


17 General Revenues

3,691,640

18 Federal Funds

27,968,384

19 Restricted Receipts

2,422,361

20 Other Funds


21 Temporary Disability Insurance Fund

262,177,859

22 Employment Security Fund

142,775,000

23 Total - Income Support

439,035,244

24 Injured Workers Services


25 Restricted Receipts

10,320,752

26 Labor Relations Board


27 General Revenues

553,932

28 Governor’s Workforce Board


29 General Revenues

6,050,000


  1. Provided that $600,000 of these funds shall be used for enhanced training for direct care


  2. and support services staff to improve resident quality of care and address the changing health care


  3. needs of nursing facility residents due to higher acuity and increased cognitive impairments


  4. pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws, Section 23-17.5-36.


  5. Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


    1 Enhanced Real Jobs

    20,000,000

    2 Restricted Receipts

    17,161,583

    3 Total - Governor’s Workforce Board

    43,211,583

    4 Grand Total - Labor and Training

    527,634,032

    5 Department of Revenue


    6 Director of Revenue


    7 General Revenues

    2,348,848

    8 Office of Revenue Analysis


    9 General Revenues

    983,531

    10 Lottery Division


    11 Other Funds


    12 Other Funds

    390,909,764

    13 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


    14 Lottery Building Enhancements

    850,000

    15 Total - Lottery Division

    391,759,764

    16 Municipal Finance


    17 General Revenues

    1,759,431

    18 Taxation


    19 General Revenues

    34,604,969

    20 Restricted Receipts

    5,067,295

    21 Other Funds


    22 Motor Fuel Tax Evasion

    175,000

    23 Total - Taxation

    39,847,264

    24 Registry of Motor Vehicles


    25 General Revenues

    31,812,522

    26 Federal Funds

    825,339

    27 Restricted Receipts

    3,494,403

    28 Total - Registry of Motor Vehicles

    36,132,264

    29 State Aid


    30 General Revenues


    31 Distressed Communities Relief Fund

    12,384,458

    32 Payment in Lieu of Tax Exempt Properties

    49,201,412

    33 Motor Vehicle Excise Tax Payments

    234,712,307

    34 Property Revaluation Program

    906,329

    1. Tangible Tax Exemption Program 28,000,000


    2. Provided that all unexpended or unencumbered balances as of June 30, 2024, appropriated


    3. for tangible tax exemption reimbursements pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, Chapter 44-5.3


4 are hereby reappropriated to the following fiscal year.


5 Restricted Receipts

995,120

6 Total - State Aid

326,199,626

7 Collections


8 General Revenues

1,002,552

9 Grand Total - Revenue

800,033,280

10 Legislature


11 General Revenues

50,998,683

12 Restricted Receipts

2,090,093

13 Grand Total - Legislature

53,088,776

14 Lieutenant Governor


15 General Revenues

1,411,331

16 Secretary of State


17 Administration


18 General Revenues

4,639,961


  1. Provided that $100,000 be allocated to support the Rhode Island Council for the


  2. Humanities for grant making to civic and cultural organizations, and $50,000 support Rhode


21 Island’s participation in the We the People Civics Challenge.


22 Corporations

23 General Revenues

2,815,916

24 State Archives


25 General Revenues

198,351

26 Restricted Receipts

558,028

27 Total - State Archives

756,379

28 Elections and Civics


29 General Revenues

2,676,107

30 Federal Funds

2,001,207

31 Total - Elections and Civics

4,677,314

32 State Library


33 General Revenues

879,042


34 Provided that $125,000 be allocated to support the Rhode Island Historical Society and

  1. $18,000 be allocated to support the Newport Historical Society, pursuant to Sections 29-2-1 and


  2. 29-2-2 of the Rhode Island General Laws, and $25,000 be allocated to support the Rhode Island


3 Black Heritage Society.


4 Office of Public Information

5 General Revenues

630,466

6 Receipted Receipts

25,000

7 Total - Office of Public Information

655,466

8 Grand Total - Secretary of State

14,424,078

9 General Treasurer


10 Treasury


11 General Revenues

3,096,255

12 Federal Funds

343,876

13 Other Funds


14 Temporary Disability Insurance Fund

262,277

15 Tuition Savings Program - Administration

432,979

16 Total -Treasury

4,135,387

17 State Retirement System


18 Restricted Receipts


19 Admin Expenses - State Retirement System

13,111,836

20 Retirement - Treasury Investment Operations

1,979,142

21 Defined Contribution - Administration

328,028

22 Total - State Retirement System

15,419,006

23 Unclaimed Property


24 Restricted Receipts

2,604,026

25 Crime Victim Compensation


26 General Revenues

899,553

27 Federal Funds

422,493

28 Restricted Receipts

555,000

29 Total - Crime Victim Compensation

1,877,046

30 Grand Total - General Treasurer

24,035,465

31 Board of Elections


32 General Revenues

3,981,728

33 Rhode Island Ethics Commission


34 General Revenues

2,137,059


1 Office of Governor


2 General Revenues


3 General Revenues

8,256,547

4 Contingency Fund

150,000

5 Grand Total - Office of Governor

8,406,547

6 Commission for Human Rights


7 General Revenues

2,009,246

8 Federal Funds

359,101

9 Grand Total - Commission for Human Rights

2,368,347

10 Public Utilities Commission


11 Federal Funds

593,775

12 Restricted Receipts

13,667,525

13 Grand Total - Public Utilities Commission

14,261,300

14 Office of Health and Human Services


15 Central Management


16 General Revenues

47,288,469


  1. Provided that $220,000 shall be for the children’s cabinet, established under Rhode Island


  2. General Law, Chapter 42-7.5, to assist with the planning for an early childhood governance


  3. structure of and for the transition of established early childhood programs to such an office.


  4. Federal Funds 172,720,592


  5. Provided that $250,000 shall be for the Executive Office to develop an Olmstead Plan.


22 Restricted Receipts

33,522,192

23 Total - Central Management

253,531,253

24 Medical Assistance


25 General Revenues


26 Managed Care

452,752,540

27 Hospitals

121,333,847


  1. Of the general revenue funding, $2.5 million shall be provided for Graduate Medical


  2. Education programs of which $1.0 million is for hospitals designated as a Level I Trauma Center,


  3. $1.0 million is for hospitals providing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit level of care and $0.5 million


  4. is for the residential training program at Landmark Hospital.


  5. Nursing Facilities 152,569,575


  6. Home and Community Based Services 59,029,500


  7. Other Services 161,342,668


1 Pharmacy

96,525,250

2 Rhody Health

223,304,955

3 Federal Funds


4 Managed Care

617,201,624

5 Hospitals

240,332,049

6 Nursing Facilities

192,220,425

7 Home and Community Based Services

74,370,500

8 Other Services

840,530,263

9 Pharmacy

474,750

10 Rhody Health

278,696,684

11 Other Programs

32,247,569

12 Restricted Receipts

18,550,306

13 Total - Medical Assistance

3,561,482,505

14 Grand Total - Office of Health and Human Services

3,815,013,758

15 Children, Youth and Families


16 Central Management


17 General Revenues

14,968,321


  1. The director of the department of children, youth and families shall provide to the speaker


  2. of the house and president of the senate at least every sixty (60) days beginning September 1, 2021,


  3. a report on its progress implementing the accreditation plan filed in accordance with Rhode Island


  4. General Law, Section 42-72-5.3 and any projected changes needed to effectuate that plan. The


  5. report shall, at minimum, provide data regarding recruitment and retention efforts including


  6. attaining and maintaining a diverse workforce, documentation of newly filled and vacated


  7. positions, and progress towards reducing worker caseloads.


  8. Federal Funds


  9. Federal Funds 26,232,025


  10. Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


  11. Provider Workforce Stabilization 7,920,766


  12. Provided that these funds be used for workforce stabilization supplemental wage payments


  13. and sign-on bonuses to eligible direct care and support care staff only until a contracted service


  14. provider’s new contract takes effect at which time payments cease.


  15. Foster Home Lead Abatement & Fire Safety 375,000


  16. Total - Central Management 49,496,112


  17. Children's Behavioral Health Services


1 General Revenues

8,714,168

2 Federal Funds

8,767,860

3 Total - Children's Behavioral Health Services

17,482,028

4 Youth Development Services


5 General Revenues

23,178,477

6 Federal Funds

193,194

7 Restricted Receipts

141,260

8 Other Funds


9 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


10 Training School Asset Protection

250,000

11 Residential Treatment Facility

15,000,000

12 Total - Youth Development Services

38,762,931

13 Child Welfare


14 General Revenues

170,201,780

15 Federal Funds

88,869,694

16 Restricted Receipts

1,349,863

17 Total - Child Welfare

260,421,337

18 Higher Education Incentive Grants


19 General Revenues

200,000


  1. Provided that these funds and any unexpended or unencumbered previous years’ funding


  2. are to be used exclusively to fund awards to eligible youth.


  3. The director of the department of children, youth and families shall provide to the governor,


  4. speaker of the house and president of the senate a report on higher education participation for


  5. department affiliated youth. The report due on December 1 and July 1 of each year shall, at


  6. minimum, include data by institution on the past 180 days regarding amounts awarded, each


  7. awardee’s unmet need, the number of youth eligible, applications, and awards made by the


  8. department, and the number of students who dropped out. It shall also include participation


  9. information on trade school and workforce development programs.


  10. Grand Total - Children, Youth and Families 366,362,408


  11. Health


  12. Central Management


  13. General Revenues 3,845,945


  14. Federal Funds 7,898,826


  15. Restricted Receipts 16,723,583

    1. Provided that the disbursement of any indirect cost recoveries on federal grants budgeted


    2. in this line item that are derived from grants authorized under The Coronavirus Preparedness and


    3. Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (P.L. 116-123); The Families First Coronavirus


    4. Response Act (P.L. 116-127); The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (P.L. 116-


    5. 136); The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-139); the


    6. Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260); and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021


    7. (P.L. 117-2), are hereby subject to the review and prior approval of the Director of Management


    8. and Budget. No obligation or expenditure of these funds shall take place without such approval.


    9. Total - Central Management 28,468,354


    10. Community Health and Equity


    11. General Revenues 1,577,479


    12. Federal Funds 79,024,850


    13. Restricted Receipts 43,524,137


    14. Total - Community Health and Equity 124,126,466


    15. Environmental Health


    16. General Revenues 6,042,901


    17. Federal Funds 11,275,046


    18. Restricted Receipts 895,252


    19. Total - Environmental Health 18,213,199


    20. Health Laboratories and Medical Examiner


    21. General Revenues 12,757,344


    22. Federal Funds 2,669,840


    23. Other Funds


    24. Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


    25. Health Laboratories & Medical Examiner Equipment 400,000


    26. Total - Health Laboratories and Medical Examiner 15,827,184


    27. Customer Services


    28. General Revenues 8,216,978


    29. Federal Funds 7,514,546


    30. Restricted Receipts 4,425,552


    31. Total - Customer Services 20,157,076


    32. Policy, Information and Communications


    33. General Revenues 982,376


    34. Federal Funds 3,438,259


1 Restricted Receipts

882,254

2 Total - Policy, Information and Communications

5,302,889

3 Preparedness, Response, Infectious Disease & Emergency Services


4 General Revenues

2,232,149

5 Federal Funds

19,777,182

6 Total - Preparedness, Response, Infectious Disease & Emergency Services

22,009,331

7 COVID-19


8 Federal Funds


9 Federal Funds

58,581,958

10 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


11 COVID-19 Operational Support

34,909,578

12 Total - COVID-19

93,491,536

13 Grand Total - Health

327,596,035

14 Human Services


15 Central Management


16 General Revenues

5,954,150


  1. Of this amount, $400,000 is to support the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund to provide


  2. direct services through the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, $25,000 for the Center for


  3. Southeast Asians, $450,000 to support Project Reach activities provided by the RI Alliance of Boys


  4. and Girls Clubs, $267,000 is for outreach and supportive services through Day One, $550,000 is


  5. for food collection and distribution through the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, $500,000 for


  6. services provided to the homeless at Crossroads Rhode Island, $600,000 for the Community Action


  7. Fund, $250,000 is for the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence’s Reduction Strategy,


  8. $75,000 is to support services provided to the immigrant and refugee population through Higher


  9. Ground International, and $50,000 is for services provided to refugees through the Refugee Dream


  10. Center.


  11. The director of the department of human services shall provide to the speaker of the house,


  12. president of the senate, and chairs of the house and senate finance committees at least every sixty


  13. (60) days beginning August 1, 2022, a report on its progress in recruiting and retaining customer


  14. serving staff. The report shall include: documentation of newly filled and vacated positions,


  15. including lateral transfers, position titles, civil service information, including numbers of eligible


  16. and available candidates, plans for future testing and numbers of eligible and available candidates


  17. resulting from such testing, impacts on caseload backlogs and call center wait times, as well as


  18. other pertinent information as determined by the director.

  1. Federal Funds


  2. Federal Funds 8,060,913


  3. Of this amount, $3.0 million is to sustain Early Head Start and Head Start programs.


4 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


5 Rhode Island Community Food Bank

3,000,000

6 Restricted Receipts

300,000

7 Total - Central Management

17,315,063

8 Child Support Enforcement


9 General Revenues

4,541,800

10 Federal Funds

10,035,378

11 Restricted Receipts

3,613,859

12 Total - Child Support Enforcement

18,191,037

13 Individual and Family Support


14 General Revenues

47,213,539

15 Federal Funds


16 Federal Funds

121,621,808

17 Federal Funds – State Fiscal Recovery Fund


18 Child Care Support

16,717,000

19 Restricted Receipts

185,000

20 Other Funds


21 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


22 Blind Vending Facilities

165,000

23 Total - Individual and Family Support

185,902,347

24 Office of Veterans Services


25 General Revenues

34,617,133


  1. Of this amount, $200,000 is to provide support services through Veterans’ organizations,


  2. $50,000 is to support Operation Stand Down, and $100,000 is to support the Veterans Services


28 Officers (VSO) program through the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


29 Federal Funds

12,222,903

30 Restricted Receipts

1,765,801

31 Other Funds


32 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


33 Veterans Home Asset Protection

500,000

34 Veterans Memorial Cemetery Asset Protection

750,000


1 Total - Office of Veterans Services

49,855,837

2 Health Care Eligibility


3 General Revenues

10,354,082

4 Federal Funds

17,291,822

5 Total - Health Care Eligibility

27,645,904

6 Supplemental Security Income Program


7 General Revenues

17,095,200

8 Rhode Island Works


9 General Revenues

10,186,745

10 Federal Funds

87,955,655

11 Total - Rhode Island Works

98,142,400

12 Other Programs


13 General Revenues


14 General Revenues

1,935,456


15 Of this appropriation, $90,000 shall be used for hardship contingency payments.


16 Retail SNAP Incentives Pilot Program


10,000,000

17 Federal Funds

369,208,211

18 Restricted Receipts

8,000

19 Total - Other Programs

381,151,667

20 Office of Healthy Aging


21 General Revenues

13,654,589


  1. Of this amount, $325,000 is to provide elder services, including respite, through the


  2. Diocese of Providence, $40,000 is for ombudsman services provided by the Alliance for Long Term


  3. Care in accordance with Rhode Island General Laws, Chapter 42-66.7, $85,000 is for security for


  4. housing for the elderly in accordance with Rhode Island General Law, Section 42-66.1-3, and


  5. $1,200,000 is for Senior Services Support and $680,000 is for elderly nutrition, of which $630,000


  6. is for Meals on Wheels.


  7. Federal Funds 20,834,138


  8. Restricted Receipts 61,000


  9. Other Funds


  10. Intermodal Surface Transportation Fund 4,147,184


  11. Total - Office of Healthy Aging 38,696,911


  12. Grand Total - Human Services 833,996,366


  13. Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals


1 Central Management


2 General Revenues

2,445,310

3 Federal Funds

734,228

4 Total - Central Management

3,179,538

5 Hospital and Community System Support


6 General Revenues

1,260,208

7 Federal Funds

65,739

8 Restricted Receipts

448,659

9 Total - Hospital and Community System Support

1,774,606

10 Services for the Developmentally Disabled


11 General Revenues

207,551,352


  1. Provided that of this general revenue funding, $33,194,667 shall be expended on certain


  2. community-based department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals


  3. (BHDDH) developmental disability private provider and self-directed consumer direct care service


  4. worker raises and associated payroll costs as authorized by BHDDH and to finance the new services


  5. rates implemented by BHDDH pursuant to the Consent Decree Action Plan. Any increase for direct


  6. support staff and residential or other community-based setting must first receive the approval of


  7. BHDDH.


  8. Federal Funds 260,062,877


  9. Provided that of this federal funding, $41,821,645 shall be expended on certain


  10. community-based department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals


  11. (BHDDH) developmental disability private provider and self-directed consumer direct care service


  12. worker raises and associated payroll costs as authorized by BHDDH and to finance the new services


  13. rates implemented by BHDDH pursuant to the Consent Decree Action Plan. Any increase for direct


  14. support staff and residential or other community-based setting must first receive the approval of


26 BHDDH.


27 Restricted Receipts

1,395,777

28 Other Funds


29 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


30 DD Residential Support

100,000

31 Total - Services for the Developmentally Disabled

469,110,006

32 Behavioral Healthcare Services


33 General Revenues

4,345,293

34 Federal Funds


  1. Federal Funds 34,025,449


  2. Provided that $250,000 from Social Services Block Grant funds is awarded to The


  3. Providence Center to coordinate with Oasis Wellness and Recovery Center for its support and


  4. services program offered to individuals with behavioral health issues.


  5. Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


  6. Crisis Intervention Trainings 1,650,000


  7. 9-8-8 Hotline 1,600,000


  8. Restricted Receipts 7,334,361


  9. Provided that $500,000 from the Opioid Stewardship Fund is distributed equally to the


  10. seven Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Task Forces to fund priorities determined by each


  11. Task Force.


  12. Total - Behavioral Healthcare Services 48,955,103


  13. Hospital and Community Rehabilitative Services


  14. General Revenues 60,067,815


  15. Federal Funds 51,095,254


  16. Restricted Receipts 3,150,000


  17. Other Funds


  18. Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


  19. Hospital Equipment 300,000


  20. Total - Hospital and Community Rehabilitative Services 114,613,069


  21. State of RI Psychiatric Hospital


  22. General Revenues 35,216,359


  23. Grand Total - Behavioral Healthcare,


  24. Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals 672,848,681


  25. Office of the Child Advocate


  26. General Revenues 1,649,914


  27. Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


  28. General Revenues 764,208


  29. Restricted Receipts 104,467


  30. Grand Total - Comm. On Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing 868,675


  31. Governor’s Commission on Disabilities


  32. General Revenues


  33. General Revenues 776,252


  34. Livable Home Modification Grant Program 766,699

    1. Provided that this will be used for home modification and accessibility enhancements to


    2. construct, retrofit, and/or renovate residences to allow individuals to remain in community settings.


    3. This will be in consultation with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. All


    4. unexpended or unencumbered balances, at the end of the fiscal year, shall be reappropriated to the


    5. ensuing fiscal year, and made immediately available for the same purpose.


    6. Federal Funds 378,638


    7. Restricted Receipts 62,131


    8. Grand Total - Governor’s Commission on Disabilities 1,983,720


    9. Office of the Mental Health Advocate


    10. General Revenues 976,078


    11. Elementary and Secondary Education


    12. Administration of the Comprehensive Education Strategy


    13. General Revenues 28,924,723


    14. Provided that $90,000 be allocated to support the hospital school at Hasbro Children’s


    15. Hospital pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, Section 16-7-20 and that $395,000 be allocated to


    16. support child opportunity zones through agreements with the Department of Elementary and


    17. Secondary Education to strengthen education, health and social services for students and their


    18. families as a strategy to accelerate student achievement and further provided that $450,000 and 3.0


    19. full-time equivalent positions be allocated to support a special education function to facilitate


    20. individualized education program (IEP) and 504 services.


    21. Federal Funds


    22. Federal Funds 282,135,648


    23. Provided that $684,000 from the Department’s administrative share of Individuals with


    24. Disabilities Education Act funds be allocated to the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities to


    25. support the Rhode Island Vision Education and Services Program and that $270,000 of the


    26. Department’s allocation of education stabilization discretionary funds be used to support the RI


    27. Auditory Oral Program.


    28. Federal Funds – State Fiscal Recovery Fund


    29. Adult Education Providers 3,000,000


    30. Out of School Time Education Providers 4,000,000


    31. Restricted Receipts


    32. Restricted Receipts 2,381,954


    33. HRIC Adult Education Grants 3,500,000


    34. Total - Admin. of the Comprehensive Ed. Strategy 323,942,325


1 Davies Career and Technical School


2 General Revenues

15,721,293

3 Federal Funds

2,069,097

4 Restricted Receipts

4,448,690

5 Other Funds


6 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


7 Davies School HVAC

1,200,000

8 Davies School Asset Protection

500,000

9 Davies School Healthcare Classrooms

6,886,250

10 Davies School Wing Renovation

2,500,000

11 Total - Davies Career and Technical School

33,325,330

12 RI School for the Deaf


13 General Revenues

8,505,617

14 Federal Funds

312,070

15 Restricted Receipts

619,262

16 Other Funds


17 School for the Deaf Transformation Grants

59,000

18 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


19 School for the Deaf Asset Protection

331,000

20 Total - RI School for the Deaf

9,826,949

21 Metropolitan Career and Technical School


22 General Revenues

10,610,928

23 Federal Funds

2,707,864

24 Other Funds


25 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


26 MET School Asset Protection

2,000,000

27 Total - Metropolitan Career and Technical School

15,318,792

28 Education Aid


29 General Revenues

1,146,299,565

30 Provided that the criteria for the allocation of

early childhood funds shall prioritize


  1. prekindergarten seats and classrooms for four-year-olds whose family income is at or below one


  2. hundred eighty-five percent (185%) of federal poverty guidelines and who reside in communities


  3. with higher concentrations of low performing schools.


  4. Federal Funds 159,747,998


1 Restricted Receipts

36,395,639

2 Other Funds


3 Permanent School Fund

300,000

4 Total - Education Aid

1,342,743,202

5 Central Falls School District


6 General Revenues

49,413,751

7 Federal Funds

10,869,398

8 Total - Central Falls School District

60,283,149

9 School Construction Aid


10 General Revenues


11 School Housing Aid

104,162,946

12 Teachers' Retirement


13 General Revenues

132,744,129

14 Grand Total - Elementary and Secondary Education

2,022,346,822

15 Public Higher Education


16 Office of Postsecondary Commissioner


17 General Revenues

30,102,355


  1. Provided that $355,000 shall be allocated to the Rhode Island College Crusade pursuant to


  2. the Rhode Island General Law, Section 16-70-5, $75,000 shall be allocated to Best Buddies Rhode


  3. Island to support its programs for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It is also


  4. provided that $8,568,644 shall be allocated to the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship program,


  5. $151,410 shall be used to support Rhode Island’s membership in the New England Board of Higher


  6. Education, $4,000,000 shall be allocated to the Rhode Island Hope Scholarship Program, and


  7. $200,000 shall be allocated to the Rhode Island School for Progressive Education to support access


  8. to higher education opportunities for teachers of color.


  9. Federal Funds


    27 Federal Funds

    4,156,833

    28 Guaranty Agency Administration

    400,000

    29 Guaranty Agency Operating Fund - Scholarships & Grants

    3,900,000

    30 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


    31 RI Reconnect

    8,000,000

    32 Cybersecurity Center

    2,000,000

    33 Fresh Start Scholarship

    5,000,000

    34 Restricted Receipts

    5,904,272


    1 Other Funds


    2 Tuition Savings Program - Dual Enrollment

    2,300,000

    3 Tuition Savings Program - Scholarships and Grants

    895,000

    4 Nursing Education Center - Operating

    2,894,863

    5 Total - Office of Postsecondary Commissioner

    65,553,323

    6 University of Rhode Island


    7 General Revenues


    8 General Revenues

    105,389,557


    1. Provided that in order to leverage federal funding and support economic development,


    2. $700,000 shall be allocated to the Small Business Development Center, $100,000 shall be allocated


    3. to the Institute for Labor Studies & Research and that $50,000 shall be allocated to Special


    4. Olympics Rhode Island to support its mission of providing athletic opportunities for individuals


    5. with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


      14 Debt Service

      31,813,173

      15 RI State Forensics Laboratory

      1,618,744

      16 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Funds


      17 PFAS Water Treatment Plant

      20,000,000

      18 Other Funds


      19 University and College Funds

      745,170,430

      20 Debt - Dining Services

      992,421

      21 Debt - Education and General

      7,633,681

      22 Debt - Health Services

      119,986

      23 Debt - Housing Loan Funds

      12,979,112

      24 Debt - Memorial Union

      425,523

      25 Debt - Ryan Center

      2,378,224

      26 Debt - Parking Authority

      819,763

      27 URI Restricted Debt Service - Energy Conservation

      507,250

      28 URI Debt Service - Energy Conservation

      1,885,825

      29 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


      30 Asset Protection

      13,494,395

      31 Mechanical, Electric, and Plumbing Improvements

      4,400,000

      32 Fire Protection Academic Buildings

      3,081,532

      33 Bay Campus

      6,000,000

      34 Athletics Complex

      26,270,000

      1 Provided that total Rhode Island Capital Plan funds provide no more than 80.0 percent of


      2 the total project.


      3 Stormwater Management

      256,338

      4 Fine Arts Center Renovation

      8,000,000

      5 Total - University of Rhode Island

      993,235,954


      1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 35-3-15 of the general laws, all unexpended or


      2. unencumbered balances as of June 30, 2024 relating to the University of Rhode Island are hereby


      3. reappropriated to fiscal year 2025.


      4. Rhode Island College


      5. General Revenues


      11 General Revenues

      66,013,913

      12 Debt Service

      8,732,729

      13 Rhode Island Vision Education and Services Program

      1,800,000

      14 Other Funds


      15 University and College Funds

      106,541,381

      16 Debt - Education and General

      1,579,049

      17 Debt - Housing

      369,079

      18 Debt - Student Center and Dining

      155,000

      19 Debt - Student Union

      208,800

      20 Debt - G.O. Debt Service

      1,643,056

      21 Debt - Energy Conservation

      717,975

      22 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


      23 Asset Protection

      5,432,000

      24 Infrastructure Modernization

      5,275,000

      25 Master Plan Phase III

      10,000,000

      26 Total - Rhode Island College

      208,467,982


  10. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 35-3-15 of the general laws, all unexpended or


  11. unencumbered balances as of June 30, 2024 relating to Rhode Island College are hereby


  12. reappropriated to fiscal year 2025.


  13. Community College of Rhode Island


  14. General Revenues


  15. General Revenues 58,529,873


  16. Debt Service 807,992


  17. Restricted Receipts 828,372


1 Other Funds


2 University and College Funds

98,389,036

3 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


4 Asset Protection

2,653,124

5 Knight Campus Renewal

1,390,000

6 Data, Cabling, and Power Infrastructure

3,300,000

7 Flanagan Campus Renovations

4,500,000

8 CCRI Renovation and Modernization Phase I

12,000,000

9 Total - Community College of RI

182,398,397


  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 35-3-15 of the general laws, all unexpended or


  2. unencumbered balances as of June 30, 2024 relating to the Community College of Rhode Island


  3. are hereby reappropriated to fiscal year 2025.


  4. Grand Total - Public Higher Education 1,449,655,656


  5. RI State Council on the Arts


  6. General Revenues


  7. Operating Support 1,102,758


  8. Grants 1,190,000


  9. Provided that $400,000 be provided to support the operational costs of WaterFire


  10. Providence art installations.


  11. Federal Funds 987,000


  12. Restricted Receipts 5,000


  13. Other Funds


    23 Art for Public Facilities

    585,000

    24 Grand Total - RI State Council on the Arts

    3,869,758

    25 RI Atomic Energy Commission


    26 General Revenues

    1,158,737

    27 Restricted Receipts

    25,036

    28 Other Funds


    29 URI Sponsored Research

    344,971

    30 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


    31 Asset Protection

    50,000

    32 Grand Total - RI Atomic Energy Commission

    1,578,744

    33 RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission


    34 General Revenues

    1,905,557

    1. Provided that $30,000 support the operational costs of the Fort Adams Trust’s restoration


    2. activities and that $25,000 shall be allocated to Rhode Island Slave History Medallions.


3 Federal Funds

1,143,147

4 Restricted Receipts

422,800

5 Other Funds


6 RIDOT Project Review

110,327

7 Grand Total - RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Comm.

3,581,831

8 Attorney General


9 Criminal


10 General Revenues

21,038,345

11 Federal Funds

2,909,219

12 Restricted Receipts

1,290,066

13 Total - Criminal

25,237,630

14 Civil


15 General Revenues

7,010,429

16 Restricted Receipts

2,718,995

17 Total - Civil

9,729,424

18 Bureau of Criminal Identification


19 General Revenues

2,145,184

20 Restricted Receipts

1,296,624

21 Total - Bureau of Criminal Identification

3,441,808

22 General


23 General Revenues

4,668,933

24 Other Funds


25 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


26 Building Renovations and Repairs

150,000

27 Total - General

4,818,933

28 Grand Total - Attorney General

43,227,795

29 Corrections


30 Central Management


31 General Revenues

23,382,719

32 Parole Board


33 General Revenues

1,382,965

34 Custody and Security



1 General Revenues

160,215,200

2 Federal Funds

1,413,868

3 Total - Custody and Security

161,629,068

4 Institutional Support


5 General Revenues

29,751,849

6 Other Funds


7 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


8 Asset Protection

4,100,000

9 Total - Institutional Support

33,851,849

10 Institutional Based Rehab/Population Management


11 General Revenues

14,344,016

12 Provided that $1,050,000 be allocated to

Crossroads Rhode Island for sex offender

13 discharge planning.



  1. The director of the department of corrections shall provide to the speaker of the house and


  2. president of the senate at least every ninety (90) days beginning September 1, 2022, a report on


  3. efforts to modernize the correctional industries program. The report shall, at minimum, provide


  4. data on the past ninety (90) days regarding program participation, changes made in programming


  5. to more closely align with industry needs, new or terminated partnerships with employers,


  6. nonprofits, and advocacy groups, current program expenses and revenues, and the employment


  7. status of all persons on the day of discharge from department care who participated in the


  8. correctional industries program.


  9. Federal Funds 630,449


  10. Restricted Receipts 64,600


24 Total - Institutional Based Rehab/Population Mgt.

15,039,065

25 Healthcare Services


26 General Revenues

30,735,600

27 Restricted Receipts

1,331,585

28 Total - Healthcare Services

32,067,185

29 Community Corrections


30 General Revenues

21,198,507

31 Federal Funds

175,542

32 Restricted Receipts

36,924

33 Total - Community Corrections

21,410,973

34 Grand Total - Corrections

288,763,824

  1. Judiciary


  2. Supreme Court


  3. General Revenues


  4. General Revenues 34,670,879


  5. Provided however, that no more than $1,453,387 in combined total shall be offset to the


  6. Public Defender’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Corrections, the


  7. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the Department of Public Safety for square-


  8. footage occupancy costs in public courthouses and further provided that $230,000 be allocated to


  9. the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence for the domestic abuse court advocacy


  10. project pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, Section 12-29-7 and that $90,000 be allocated to


  11. Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. to provide housing and eviction defense to indigent individuals.


12 Defense of Indigents

5,075,432

13 Federal Funds

213,725

14 Restricted Receipts

4,179,552

15 Other Funds


16 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


17 Garrahy Courtroom Restoration

750,000

18 Judicial Complexes - HVAC

1,000,000

19 Judicial Complexes Asset Protection

2,250,000

20 Judicial Complexes Fan Coil Unit Replacements

500,000

21 Garrahy Courthouse Restoration

1,125,000

22 Total - Supreme Court

49,764,588

23 Judicial Tenure and Discipline


24 General Revenues

174,733

25 Superior Court


26 General Revenues

27,552,736

27 Federal Funds

70,028

28 Restricted Receipts

665,000

29 Total - Superior Court

28,287,764

30 Family Court


31 General Revenues

26,408,476

32 Federal Funds

3,866,908

33 Total - Family Court

30,275,384

34 District Court



1 General Revenues

16,319,444

2 Federal Funds

821,532

3 Restricted Receipts

60,000

4 Total - District Court

17,200,976

5 Traffic Tribunal


6 General Revenues

11,185,670

7 Workers' Compensation Court


8 Restricted Receipts

10,008,315

9 Grand Total - Judiciary

146,897,430

10 Military Staff


11 General Revenues

3,650,802

12 Federal Funds

64,747,657

13 Restricted Receipts


14 RI Military Family Relief Fund

55,000

15 Other Funds


16 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


17 Aviation Readiness Center

138,272

18 Asset Protection

1,753,294

19 Quonset Airport Runway Reconstruction

1,774,119

20 Quonset Air National Guard HQ Facility

3,000,000

21 Sun Valley Armory

788,161

22 Grand Total - Military Staff

75,907,305

23 Public Safety


24 Central Management


25 General Revenues

14,866,598


  1. Provided that $13,500,000 shall be allocated as the state contribution for the Statewide


  2. Body-worn Camera Program, subject to all program and reporting rules, regulations, policies, and


  3. guidelines prescribed in the Rhode Island General Laws. Notwithstanding the provisions of section


  4. 35-3-15 of the general laws, all unexpended or unencumbered balances as of June 30, 2024 from


30 this appropriation are hereby reappropriated to fiscal year 2025.


31 Federal Funds

32 Federal Funds

11,284,115

33 Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


34 Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence

7,000,000


1 Restricted Receipts

191,311

2 Total - Central Management

33,342,024

3 E-911 Emergency Telephone System


4 Restricted Receipts

9,269,543

5 Security Services


6 General Revenues

30,293,311

7 Municipal Police Training Academy


8 General Revenues

290,366

9 Federal Funds

399,095

10 Total - Municipal Police Training Academy

689,461

11 State Police


12 General Revenues

91,562,926

13 Federal Funds

5,474,011

14 Restricted Receipts

889,670

15 Other Funds


16 Airport Corporation Assistance

150,069

17 Road Construction Reimbursement

3,354,650

18 Weight and Measurement Reimbursement

510,198

19 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


20 DPS Asset Protection

2,053,000

21 Southern Barracks

10,465,719

22 Training Academy Upgrades

1,400,000

23 Statewide Communications System Network

249,754

24 Total - State Police

116,109,997

25 Grand Total - Public Safety

189,704,336

26 Office of Public Defender


27 General Revenues

15,694,120

28 Federal Funds

100,665

29 Grand Total - Office of Public Defender

15,794,785

30 Emergency Management Agency


31 General Revenues

6,632,962

32 Federal Funds

38,504,601

33 Restricted Receipts

406,774

34 Other Funds



1 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


2 RI Statewide Communications Network Tower

500,000

3 RI Statewide Communications Infrastructure

1,190,000

4 RI Statewide Communications 700 MHZ Project

2,776,375

5 RI Statewide Communications Warehouse

250,000

6 Grand Total - Emergency Management Agency

50,260,712

7 Environmental Management


8 Office of the Director


9 General Revenues

9,227,652


  1. Of this general revenue amount, $100,000 is appropriated to the Conservation Districts and


  2. $100,000 is appropriated to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island for a


  3. veterinarian at the Wildlife Clinic of Rhode Island.


  4. Federal Funds 40,100


  5. Restricted Receipts 4,463,201


15 Total - Office of the Director

13,730,953

16 Natural Resources


17 General Revenues

33,553,651


18 Provided that of this general revenue amount, $150,000 is to be used for marine mammal


19 response activities in conjunction with matching federal funds.


20 Federal Funds

20,162,255

21 Restricted Receipts

5,573,096

22 Other Funds


23 DOT Recreational Projects

762,000

24 Blackstone Bike Path Design

1,000,000

25 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


26 Dam Repair

311,500

27 Fort Adams Rehabilitation

300,000

28 Port of Galilee

10,823,702

29 Newport Pier Upgrades

1,000,000

30 Recreation Facilities Asset Protection

750,000

31 Recreational Facilities Improvement

4,145,000

32 Natural Resources Office and Visitor's Center

250,000

33 Fish & Wildlife Maintenance Facilities

200,000

34 Marine Infrastructure/Pier Development

650,000


1 Total - Natural Resources

79,481,204

2 Environmental Protection


3 General Revenues

15,897,257

4 Federal Funds

10,885,928

5 Restricted Receipts

7,770,181

6 Other Funds


7 Transportation MOU

44,552

8 Total - Environmental Protection

34,597,918

9 Grand Total - Environmental Management

127,810,075

10 Coastal Resources Management Council


11 General Revenues

3,396,395

12 Federal Funds

2,264,374

13 Restricted Receipts

250,000

14 Grand Total - Coastal Resources Mgmt. Council

5,910,769

15 Transportation


16 Central Management


17 Federal Funds

15,010,567

18 Other Funds


19 Gasoline Tax

8,696,240

20 Total - Central Management

23,706,807

21 Management and Budget


22 Other Funds


23 Gasoline Tax

4,210,497

24 Infrastructure Engineering


25 Federal Funds


26 Federal Funds

424,349,096

27 Federal Funds – State Fiscal Recovery Funds


28 RIPTA R-Line Service Pilot

750,000

29 Municipal Roads Grant Program

20,000,000

30 RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority – Safety Barriers Study

750,000

31 Restricted Receipts

6,210,256

32 Other Funds


33 Gasoline Tax

81,370,442

34 The Rhode Island public transit authority is authorized and

directed to establish a

  1. paratransit voucher program. The program shall operate as a one-year pilot program to study the


  2. feasibility of expanding paratransit services to underserved communities and providing those


  3. utilizing the program with prepaid voucher(s) to cover the expense of paratransit services to be


  4. provided by the authority. The program shall begin no later than January 1, 2024. On or before


5 June 1, 2025, the authority shall submit a report to the speaker of the house and the president of the


  1. senate, detailing the outcome of the pilot program. Of this amount, $500,000 is appropriated for


  2. the authority for the pilot program.


8 Toll Revenue

1,500,000

9 Land Sale Revenue

9,523,299

10 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


11 Highway Improvement Program

133,406,300

12 Bike Path Asset Protection

400,000

13 RIPTA - Land and Buildings

10,372,818

14 RIPTA - URI Mobility Hub

250,000

15 RIPTA - Pawtucket/Central Falls Bus Hub Passenger Facility

1,500,000

16 Total - Infrastructure Engineering

690,382,211

17 Infrastructure Maintenance


18 Other Funds


19 Gasoline Tax

29,321,651


  1. The department of transportation will establish a Municipal Roadway Database, which will


  2. include information concerning the name, condition, length, roadway infrastructure, and pedestrian


  3. features of each municipal roadway, updated annually by municipalities. The database will serve


  4. as a comprehensive and transparent list of municipal roadway conditions.


24 Rhode Island Highway Maintenance Account

107,492,944

25 Rhode Island Capital Plan Funds


26 Maintenance Capital Equipment Replacement

1,800,000

27 Maintenance Facilities Improvements

500,000

28 Welcome Center

200,000

29 Salt Storage Facilities

1,080,000

30 Train Station Asset Protection

395,000

31 Total - Infrastructure Maintenance

140,789,595

32 Grand Total - Transportation

859,089,110

33 Statewide Totals


34 General Revenues

5,425,140,429

1 Federal Funds 5,643,023,203


  1. Restricted Receipts 392,134,921


  2. Other Funds 2,550,551,147


  3. Statewide Grand Total 14,010,849,700


  4. SECTION 2. Each line appearing in Section 1 of this Article shall constitute an


  5. appropriation.


  6. SECTION 3. Upon the transfer of any function of a department or agency to another


  7. department or agency, the Governor is hereby authorized by means of executive order to transfer


  8. or reallocate, in whole or in part, the appropriations and the full-time equivalent limits affected


  9. thereby; provided, however, in accordance with Rhode Island General Law, Section 42-6-5, when


  10. the duties or administrative functions of government are designated by law to be performed within


  11. a particular department or agency, no transfer of duties or functions and no re-allocation, in whole


  12. or part, or appropriations and full-time equivalent positions to any other department or agency shall


  13. be authorized.


  14. SECTION 4. From the appropriation for contingency shall be paid such sums as may be


  15. required at the discretion of the Governor to fund expenditures for which appropriations may not


  16. exist. Such contingency funds may also be used for expenditures in the several departments and


  17. agencies where appropriations are insufficient, or where such requirements are due to unforeseen


  18. conditions or are non-recurring items of an unusual nature. Said appropriations may also be used


  19. for the payment of bills incurred due to emergencies or to any offense against public peace and


  20. property, in accordance with the provisions of Titles 11 and 45 of the General Laws of 1956, as


  21. amended. All expenditures and transfers from this account shall be approved by the Governor.


  22. SECTION 5. The general assembly authorizes the state controller to establish the internal


  23. service accounts shown below, and no other, to finance and account for the operations of state


  24. agencies that provide services to other agencies, institutions and other governmental units on a cost


  25. reimbursed basis. The purpose of these accounts is to ensure that certain activities are managed in


  26. a businesslike manner, promote efficient use of services by making agencies pay the full costs


  27. associated with providing the services, and allocate the costs of central administrative services


  28. across all fund types, so that federal and other non-general fund programs share in the costs of


  29. general government support. The controller is authorized to reimburse these accounts for the cost


  30. of work or services performed for any other department or agency subject to the following


  31. expenditure limitations:


  32. Account Expenditure Limit


  33. State Assessed Fringe Benefit Internal Service Fund 37,390,672

  1. Administration Central Utilities Internal Service Fund 39,364,206


  2. State Central Mail Internal Service Fund 8,076,555


  3. State Telecommunications Internal Service Fund 3,659,422


  4. State Automotive Fleet Internal Service Fund 13,069,648


  5. Surplus Property Internal Service Fund 44,789


  6. Health Insurance Internal Service Fund 272,732,438


  7. Other Post-Employment Benefits Fund 63,858,483


  8. Capitol Police Internal Service Fund 1,411,825


  9. Corrections Central Distribution Center Internal Service Fund 7,534,562


  10. Correctional Industries Internal Service Fund 8,339,394


  11. Secretary of State Record Center Internal Service Fund 1,175,426


  12. Human Resources Internal Service Fund 17,117,623


  13. DCAMM Facilities Internal Service Fund 61,150,543


  14. Information Technology Internal Service Fund 56,136,183


  15. SECTION 6. Legislative Intent - The General Assembly may provide a written "statement


  16. of legislative intent" signed by the chairperson of the House Finance Committee and by the


  17. chairperson of the Senate Finance Committee to show the intended purpose of the appropriations


  18. contained in Section 1 of this Article. The statement of legislative intent shall be kept on file in the


  19. House Finance Committee and in the Senate Finance Committee.


  20. At least twenty (20) days prior to the issuance of a grant or the release of funds, which


  21. grant or funds are listed on the legislative letter of intent, all department, agency and corporation


  22. directors, shall notify in writing the chairperson of the House Finance Committee and the


  23. chairperson of the Senate Finance Committee of the approximate date when the funds are to be


  24. released or granted.


  25. SECTION 7. Appropriation of Temporary Disability Insurance Funds -- There is hereby


  26. appropriated pursuant to sections 28-39-5 and 28-39-8 of the Rhode Island General Laws all funds


  27. required to be disbursed for the benefit payments from the Temporary Disability Insurance Fund


  28. and Temporary Disability Insurance Reserve Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024.


  29. SECTION 8. Appropriation of Employment Security Funds -- There is hereby appropriated


  30. pursuant to section 28-42-19 of the Rhode Island General Laws all funds required to be disbursed


  31. for benefit payments from the Employment Security Fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024.


  32. SECTION 9. Appropriation of Lottery Division Funds -- There is hereby appropriated to


  33. the Lottery Division any funds required to be disbursed by the Lottery Division for the purposes of


  34. paying commissions or transfers to the prize fund for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024.

    1. SECTION 10. Appropriation of CollegeBoundSaver Funds - There is hereby appropriated


    2. to the Office of the General Treasurer designated funds received under the CollegeBoundSaver


    3. program for transfer to the Division of Higher Education Assistance within the Office of the


    4. Postsecondary Commissioner to support student financial aid for the fiscal year ending June 30,


    5. 2024.


    6. SECTION 11. Departments and agencies listed below may not exceed the number of full-


    7. time equivalent (FTE) positions shown below in any pay period. Full-time equivalent positions do


    8. not include limited period positions or, seasonal or intermittent positions whose scheduled period


    9. of employment does not exceed twenty-six consecutive weeks or whose scheduled hours do not


    10. exceed nine hundred and twenty-five (925) hours, excluding overtime, in a one-year period. Nor


    11. do they include individuals engaged in training, the completion of which is a prerequisite of


    12. employment. Provided, however, that the Governor or designee, Speaker of the House of


    13. Representatives or designee, and the President of the Senate or designee may authorize an


    14. adjustment to any limitation. Prior to the authorization, the State Budget Officer shall make a


    15. detailed written recommendation to the Governor, the Speaker of the House, and the President of


    16. the Senate. A copy of the recommendation and authorization to adjust shall be transmitted to the


    17. chairman of the House Finance Committee, Senate Finance Committee, the House Fiscal Advisor,


    18. and the Senate Fiscal Advisor.


    19. State employees whose funding is from non-state general revenue funds that are time


    20. limited shall receive limited term appointment with the term limited to the availability of non-state


    21. general revenue funding source.


    22. FY 2024 FTE POSITION AUTHORIZATION


    23. Departments and Agencies Full-Time Equivalent


    24. Administration 674.7

    25. Provided that no more than 419.1 of the total authorization would be limited to positions

    26. that support internal service fund programs.


27 Business Regulation

181.0

28 Executive Office of Commerce

5.0

29 Housing

38.0

30 Labor and Training

461.7

31 Revenue

575.5

32 Legislature

298.5

33 Office of the Lieutenant Governor

8.0

34 Office of the Secretary of State

61.0


1 Office of the General Treasurer

91.0

2 Board of Elections

13.0

3 Rhode Island Ethics Commission

12.0

4 Office of the Governor

45.0

5 Commission for Human Rights

15.0

6 Public Utilities Commission

54.0

7 Office of Health and Human Services

218.0

8 Children, Youth and Families

705.5

9 Health

574.4

10 Human Services

770.0

11 Office of Veterans Services

267.0

12 Office of Healthy Aging

33.0

13 Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

1,202.4

14 Office of the Child Advocate

10.0

15 Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

4.0

16 Governor’s Commission on Disabilities

5.0

17 Office of the Mental Health Advocate

6.0

18 Elementary and Secondary Education

150.1

19 School for the Deaf

61.0

20 Davies Career and Technical School

123.0

21 Office of Postsecondary Commissioner

45.0


  1. Provided that 1.0 of the total authorization would be available only for positions that are


  2. supported by third-party funds, 11.0 would be available only for positions at the State’s Higher


  3. Education Centers located in Woonsocket and Westerly, 10.0 would be available only for positions


  4. at the Nursing Education Center, and 7.0 would be available for the longitudinal data systems


  5. program.


  6. University of Rhode Island 2,551.0


  7. Provided that 353.8 of the total authorization would be available only for positions that are


  8. supported by third-party funds.


  9. Rhode Island College 949.2

  10. Provided that 76.0 of the total authorization would be available only for positions that are

  11. supported by third-party funds.

  12. Community College of Rhode Island 849.1

  13. Provided that 89.0 of the total authorization would be available only for positions that are

    1. supported by third-party funds.


    2. Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 10.0


    3. RI Atomic Energy Commission 8.6

    4. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission 15.6

    5. Office of the Attorney General 264.1

    6. Corrections 1,460.0

    7. Judicial 743.3

    8. Military Staff 93.0

    9. Emergency Management Agency 37.0

    10. Public Safety 632.2

    11. Office of the Public Defender 104.0

    12. Environmental Management 425.0

    13. Coastal Resources Management Council 32.0

    14. Transportation 755.0

    15. Total 15,636.9

    16. No agency or department may employ contracted employee services where contract

    17. employees would work under state employee supervisors without determination of need by the

    18. Director of Administration acting upon positive recommendations by the Budget Officer and the

    19. Personnel Administrator and 15 days after a public hearing.

    20. Nor may any agency or department contract for services replacing work done by state

    21. employees at that time without determination of need by the Director of Administration acting upon

    22. the positive recommendations of the State Budget Officer and the Personnel Administrator and 30

    23. days after a public hearing.

    24. SECTION 12. The amounts reflected in this Article include the appropriation of Rhode

    25. Island Capital Plan funds for fiscal year 2024 and supersede appropriations provided for FY 2024

    26. within Section 12 of Article 1 of Chapter 231 of the P.L. of 2022.

    27. The following amounts are hereby appropriated out of any money in the State’s Rhode

    28. Island Capital Plan Fund not otherwise appropriated to be expended during the fiscal years ending

29 June 30, 2025, June 30, 2026, June 30, 2027, and June 30, 2028. These amounts supersede

  1. appropriations provided within Section 12 of Article 1 of Chapter 231 of the P.L. of 2022.

  2. For the purposes and functions hereinafter mentioned, the State Controller is hereby

  3. authorized and directed to draw his or her orders upon the General Treasurer for the payment of

  4. such sums and such portions thereof as may be required by him or her upon receipt of properly

  5. authenticated vouchers.


1

FY Ending

FY Ending

FY Ending

FY Ending

2

Project 06/30/2025

06/30/2026

06/30/2027

06/30/2028

3

DOA - 560 Jefferson Boulevard 1,100,000

50,000

50,000

50,000

4

DOA - Accessibility Facility Renovations 1,000,000

1,000,000

1,000,000

1,022,200

5

DOA - Civic Center 2,100,000

2,300,000

2,300,000

1,850,000

6

DOA - Cranston Street Armory 3,250,000

1,600,000

100,000

100,000

7

DOA - DoIT Enterprise Operations Center 3,050,000

1,050,000

50,000

50,000

8

DOA - Hospital Reorganization 25,000,000

0

0

0

9

DOA - Pastore Building Demolition 2,150,000

1,000,000

1,000,000

1,000,000

10

DOA - Pastore Center Hospital Buildings 4,500,000

4,500,000

2,500,000

500,000


11 DOA - Pastore Center Non-Hospital Buildings 5,000,000


4,500,000


4,500,000


4,600,000

12 DOA - Pastore Campus Infrastructure 25,000,000

25,000,000

25,000,000

15,000,000

13 DOA - RI Convention Center Authority 3,340,000

2,500,000

2,500,000

2,500,000

14 DOA - Shepard Building Upgrades 250,000

0

0

0

15 DOA - State House Renovations 18,529,000

17,379,000

17,379,000

16,000,000

16 DOA - William Powers Building 2,400,000

2,200,000

2,000,000

2,040,000

17 DOA - Zambarano Buildings and Campus 4,740,000

2,850,000

250,000

1,800,000

18 DOA – Zambarano LTAC Hospital 26,185,740

26,065,740

23,804,439

24,427,656

19 DBR - Fire Academy Expansion 2,616,000

0

0

0

20 EOC - I-195 Redevelopment Commission 700,000

700,000

700,000

700,000

21 DCYF - Residential Treatment Facility 15,000,000

15,000,000

0

0

22 ELSEC - Davies Career and Technical




23 School Wing Renovation 30,000,000

2,500,000

0

0

24 ELSEC - MET School Asset Protection 2,000,000

250,000

250,000

255,000

25 URI - Asset Protection 14,006,225

14,606,536

15,236,863

15,528,074

26 URI - Athletics Complex 26,270,000

13,300,000

0

0

27 URI - Fine Arts Center Renovation 8,000,000

0

0

0

28 URI - Fire Protection Academic Buildings 3,311,666

0

0

0

29 URI - Bay Campus 6,000,000

12,500,000

12,500,000

0


30 URI – Mechanical, Electric, & Plumbing Improv. 13,205,467


31 RIC - Asset Protection


5,785,000


5,950,000


6,025,000


6,157,000

32 RIC - Infrastructure Modernization

5,675,000

5,675,000

5,675,000

5,925,000

33 RIC - Clarke Science

5,000,000

0

0

0

34 CCRI - Asset Protection

2,719,452

2,719,452

2,719,452

2,780,000


1

CCRI - Data, Cabling, & Power Infrastructure 3,700,000 4,650,000

1,300,000

0

2

CCRI - Flanagan Campus Renovations 5,000,000 2,800,000

0

0

3

CCRI - Renovation and Modernization 14,000,000 12,000,000

0

0

4

DOC - Asset Protection 4,100,000 4,100,000

4,100,000

4,100,000

5

Military Staff - Aviation Readiness Center 1,125,800 1,599,115

0

0

6

Military Staff - Quonset Airport



7

Runway Reconstruction 732,176 0

0

0

8

DPS - Asset Protection 1,271,000 600,000

730,000

511,000

9

DPS - Southern Barracks 10,162,390 0

0

0

10

DPS - Training Academy Upgrades 1,920,000 715,000

150,000

150,000

11

DPS - RISCON Microwave Tower Replacement 249,754 249,754

0

0

12

DEM - Dam Repair 3,565,000 2,515,000

1,165,000

1,015,000

13

DEM - Marine Infrastructure & Pier Development650,000 0

0

0

14

DEM - Port of Galilee 11,500,000 16,500,000

14,113,820

2,800,000

15

DEM - Natural Resources Offices and



16

Visitor's Center 2,500,000 2,000,000

0

0

17

DEM - Recreational Facilities Improvement 5,729,077 2,900,000

3,338,551

3,260,000

18

CRMC - Confined Aquatic Dredged



19

Material Disposal Cells 20,600,000 0

0

0

20

DOT - Highway Improvement Program 121,102,060 27,200,000

27,200,000

27,200,000

21

DOT - Maintenance Capital Equipment



22

Replacement 1,800,000 1,800,000

1,800,000

1,800,000

23

DOT - Salt Storage Facilities 1,150,000 1,150,000

1,150,000

1,500,000

24

DOT - RIPTA Land & Building Enhancements11,214,401 4,561,885

500,000

500,000

25

DOT - RIPTA Pawtucket Bus Hub Passenger Facility 3,500,000 0

0

0


  1. SECTION 13. Reappropriation of Funding for Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund Projects.


  2. Any unexpended and unencumbered funds from Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund project


  3. appropriations shall be reappropriated in the ensuing fiscal year and made available for the same


  4. purpose. However, any such reappropriations are subject to final approval by the General Assembly


  5. as part of the supplemental appropriations act. Any unexpended funds of less than five hundred


  6. dollars ($500) shall be reappropriated at the discretion of the State Budget Officer.


  7. SECTION 14. For the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2024, the Rhode Island Housing and


  8. Mortgage Finance Corporation shall provide from its resources such sums as appropriate in support


  9. of the Neighborhood Opportunities Program. The Corporation shall provide a report detailing the

  1. amount of funding provided to this program, as well as information on the number of units of


  2. housing provided as a result to the Director of Administration, the Chair of the Housing Resources


  3. Commission, the Chair of the House Finance Committee, the Chair of the Senate Finance


  4. Committee and the State Budget Officer.


  5. SECTION 15. Appropriation of Economic Activity Taxes in accordance with the city of


  6. Pawtucket downtown redevelopment statute -- There is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year


  7. ending June 30, 2024, all State Economic Activity Taxes to be collected pursuant to § 45-33.4-4 of


  8. the Rhode Island General Laws, as amended (including, but not limited to, the amount of tax


  9. revenues certified by the Commerce Corporation in accordance with § 45-33.4-1(13) of the Rhode


  10. Island General Laws), for the purposes of paying debt service on bonds, funding debt service


  11. reserves, paying costs of infrastructure improvements in and around the ballpark district, arts


  12. district, and the growth center district, funding future debt service on bonds, and funding a


  13. redevelopment revolving fund established in accordance with § 45-33-1 of the Rhode Island


  14. General Laws.


  15. SECTION 16. The appropriations from federal funds contained in Section 1 shall not be


  16. construed to mean any federal funds or assistance appropriated, authorized, allocated or


  17. apportioned to the State of Rhode Island from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Capital Projects


  18. Fund enacted pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 117-2 for fiscal year 2024


  19. except for those instances specifically designated. Projected out-year expenditures for State Fiscal


  20. Recovery Fund and Capital Projects Fund projects have been consolidated into appropriations for


  21. the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024 to ensure the timely obligation of these funds to comply with


  22. rules promulgated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


  23. The State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Capital Projects Fund appropriations herein shall be


  24. made in support of the following projects:


  25. Federal Funds - State Fiscal Recovery Fund


  26. Department of Administration (DOA)


  27. DOA - Electric Heat Pump Grant Program. These funds shall support a grant program


  28. within the office of energy resources to assist homeowners and small-to-mid-size business owners


  29. with the purchase and installation of high-efficiency electric heat pumps, with an emphasis on


  30. families in environmental justice communities, minority-owned businesses, and community


  31. organizations who otherwise cannot afford this technology. The office of energy resources shall


  32. report to the Speaker of the House and Senate President no later than April 1 of each year the results


  33. of this program, including but not limited to, the number of grants issued, amount of each grant and


  34. the average grant amount, and the expected cumulative carbon emissions reductions associated

  1. with heat pumps that received a grant.


  2. DOA - Ongoing COVID-19 Response. These funds shall be allocated to continue COVID-


  3. 19 mitigation activities and to address the public health impacts of the pandemic in Rhode Island,


  4. to be administered by the director of administration, in consultation with the director of health and


  5. the secretary of health and human services.


  6. DOA - Pandemic Recovery Office. These funds shall be allocated to finance the Pandemic


  7. Recovery Office established within the Department of Administration.


  8. DOA - Public Health Response Warehouse Support. These funds shall be allocated to the


  9. proper of PPE and other necessary COVID-19 response related supplies.


  10. DOA - Auto-Enrollment Program. These funds shall support a program for automatically


  11. enrolling qualified individuals transitioned off Medicaid coverage at the end of the COVID-19


  12. public health emergency into qualified health plans to avoid gaps in coverage, administered by


  13. HealthSource RI.


  14. DOA - Municipal Public Safety Infrastructure. These funds shall be used to provide


  15. matching support to cities and towns to make significant public safety facilities infrastructure


  16. improvements including new construction. Funding priority shall be based on project readiness and


  17. limited to those for which the total costs exceed $1.0 million. Matching funds to any municipality


  18. will be limited to $5.0 million for projects that serve a regional purpose and $1.0 million for others.


  19. Department of Labor and Training (DLT)


  20. DLT - Enhanced Real Jobs. These funds shall support the Real Jobs Rhode Island program


  21. in the development of job partnerships, connecting industry employers adversely impacted by the


  22. pandemic to individuals enrolled in workforce training programs.


  23. Executive Office of Commerce (EOC)


  24. EOC - Destination Marketing. These funds shall be used for destination tourism marketing


  25. in support of airline routes to Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport. The Commerce


  26. Corporation is required to supply equivalent matching funds out of its portion of the state hotel tax.


  27. EOC - Minority Business Accelerator. These funds shall support a program to invest


  28. additional resources to enhance the growth of minority business enterprises as defined in chapter


  29. 14.1 of title 37. The initiative will support a range of assistance and programming, including


  30. financial and technical assistance, entrepreneurship training, space for programming and co-


  31. working, and assistance accessing low-interest loans. Commerce shall work with minority small


  32. business associations, including the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA), to advance


  33. this program.


  34. EOC - South Quay Marine Terminal. These funds shall support the development of an

    1. integrated and centralized hub of intermodal shipping designed to support the offshore wind


    2. industry along memorial parkway in the East Providence waterfront special development district.


    3. Funds may be used for design and development of the waterfront portion of the terminal into a


    4. marine-industrial facility. These funds shall only be allocated and spent if sufficient matching


    5. funds for completion of the project are committed by February 1, 2024.


    6. EOC - Bioscience Investments. These funds shall support a program to invest in the


    7. biosciences industry in Rhode Island in conjunction with the creation of the Rhode Island Life


    8. Science Hub. This program will include, but is not limited to, the development of one or more wet


    9. lab incubator spaces in collaboration with industry partners; the creation of a fund that will support


    10. wrap-around services to aid in the commercialization of technology and business development,


    11. growth of the biosciences talent pipeline, and support for staff to implement the bioscience


    12. investments initiative.


    13. EOC - Small Business Assistance. These funds shall be allocated to a program of financial


    14. and technical assistance to small businesses and COVID-impacted industries as follows: twelve


    15. million five hundred thousand dollars ($12,500,000) shall be provided as direct payments to


    16. businesses for lost revenue, eighteen million dollars ($18,000,000) shall support technical


    17. assistance for long-term business capacity building, public health upgrades, energy efficiency


    18. improvements, and outdoor programming, and one million five hundred thousand dollars


    19. ($1,500,000) shall be allocated to support administration of these programs. To be eligible to


    20. receive funds or support under this program a business must have less than two million dollars


    21. ($2,000,000) in annual gross revenues and demonstrate a negative impact from the COVID-19


    22. pandemic as determined by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Under this program, total


    23. support in the form of direct payments, or technical assistance grants shall not exceed ten thousand


    24. dollars ($10,000) per eligible business through either program. Total support in the form of direct


    25. payments, technical assistance, and grants for public health upgrades, energy efficiency and


    26. outdoor programming shall not exceed thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) in the aggregate. Provided


    27. further that at least twenty percent (20%) of all funds must be reserved for awards to assist minority


    28. business enterprises as defined in chapter 14.1 of title 37.


    29. Department of Housing


    30. Housing - Development of Affordable Housing. These funds shall expand a program at the


    31. Rhode Island housing and mortgage finance corporation to provide additional investments in the


    32. development of affordable housing units in conjunction with general obligation bond funds and


    33. other sources of available financing according to guidelines approved by the Coordinating


    34. Committee of the Housing Resources Commission. Of this amount, ten million dollars

  1. ($10,000,000) shall be available to Rhode Island housing and mortgage finance corporation to


  2. establish a pilot program, which may include the establishment of a revolving fund, that shall direct


  3. funds to support low income public housing through project-based rental assistance vouchers and


  4. financing for pre-development, improvement, and housing production costs. Within eighteen (18)


  5. months, any money available for the pilot that is not yet allocated to viable projects, or which has


  6. been awarded to public housing authorities which are unable to demonstrate substantial completion


  7. of all work within eighteen (18) months of receipt of any such funds, shall be returned to this


  8. program and no longer be included in the pilot. Determination of viability and substantial


  9. completion under the pilot shall be at the sole discretion of the secretary of housing.


  10. Housing - Targeted Housing Development. These funds shall create a program at the


  11. department of housing to develop housing in targeted areas and/or priority projects. Of this overall


  12. program, twenty-seven million dollars ($27,000,000) shall be allocated into a priority project fund


  13. that advances the following categories: permanent supportive housing, housing dedicated to


  14. vulnerable populations, individuals transitioning out of state care, and extremely low-income


  15. Rhode Islanders. Of this overall program, four million dollars ($4,000,000) shall be allocated to


  16. support the development of transit-oriented housing as approved by the secretary of housing.


  17. Housing - Site Acquisition. These funds shall be allocated to the Rhode Island housing and


  18. mortgage finance corporation toward the acquisition of properties for redevelopment as affordable


  19. and supportive housing to finance projects that include requirements for deed restrictions not less


  20. than thirty (30) years, and a non-recourse structure.


  21. Housing - Down Payment Assistance. Administered by the Rhode Island housing and


  22. mortgage finance corporation, these funds shall be allocated to a program to provide up to $20,000


  23. in down payment assistance to eligible first-time home buyers to promote homeownership.


  24. Housing - Workforce Housing. These funds shall be allocated to the Rhode Island housing


  25. and mortgage finance corporation to support a program to increase the housing supply for families


  26. earning up to 120 percent of area median income.


  27. Housing - Affordable Housing Predevelopment Program. These funds shall be allocated to


  28. the Rhode Island housing mortgage finance corporation to support predevelopment work, for


  29. proposed affordable housing developments to build a pipeline of new projects and build the


  30. capacity of affordable housing developers in the state to expand affordable housing production.


  31. Housing - Home Repair and Community Revitalization. These funds shall expand the


  32. acquisition and revitalization program administered by the Rhode Island housing and mortgage


  33. finance corporation to finance the acquisition and redevelopment of blighted properties to increase


  34. the number of commercial and community spaces in disproportionately impacted communities and

  1. or to increase the development of affordable housing. Residential development will serve


  2. households earning no more than 80 percent of area median income. Commercial and community


  3. spaces must serve or meet the needs of residents of a census tract where at least 51 percent of the


  4. residents are low-and moderate-income persons. Of this amount, four million five hundred


  5. thousand dollars ($4,500,000) will support critical home repairs within the same communities.


  6. Housing - Preservation of Affordable Housing Units. These funds shall support a program


  7. to preserve affordable housing units at risk of foreclosure or blight.


  8. Housing - Predevelopment and Capacity Building. These funds shall support a program to


  9. increase contract staffing capacity to administer proposed affordable housing projects. These funds


  10. will support research and data analysis, stakeholder engagement, and the expansion of services for


  11. people experiencing homelessness.


  12. Housing – Municipal Planning. Of these funds, one million three hundred thousand dollars


  13. ($1,300,000) shall support a housing development-focused municipal fellows program within the


  14. department of housing and one million dollars ($1,000,000) shall support grants for municipalities,


  15. including to study and implement zoning changes that up-zone or otherwise enable additional


  16. housing development in proximity to transit.


  17. Housing - Homelessness Assistance Program. These funds shall support a program to


  18. expand housing navigation, behavioral health, and stabilization services to address pandemic-


  19. related homelessness. The program will support both operating subsidies for extremely low-income


  20. housing units and services for people transitioning from homelessness to housing, including


  21. individuals transitioning out of the adult correctional institutions.


  22. Housing - Homelessness Infrastructure. These funds shall be used to support a program to


  23. respond to and prevent homelessness, including but not limited to, acquisition or construction of


  24. temporary or permanent shelter and other housing solutions and stabilization programs.


  25. Housing - Municipal Homelessness Support Initiative. These funds shall be used to


  26. support a program to award grants to municipalities for public safety expenses and other municipal


  27. services that support individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


  28. Housing - Proactive Housing Development. These funds shall be used to support the


  29. creation, staffing, and initial activities of a proactive development subsidiary of the Rhode Island


  30. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, established pursuant to Section 42-55-5.1 of the


  31. general laws.


  32. Housing - Housing Related Infrastructure. These funds shall be allocated to the Rhode


  33. Island infrastructure bank as established in Rhode Island General Laws Chapter 46-12.2 to support


  34. physical infrastructure that is necessary to produce additional housing. All expenditures made with

  1. these funds must be for the pre-development and development of site-related infrastructure for


  2. housing that meets affordable housing pricing and/or income criteria and other criteria established


  3. by the Department of Housing.


  4. Quonset Development Corporation (QDC)


  5. QDC - Port of Davisville. These funds shall be allocated to expand a program developing


  6. port infrastructure and services at the Port of Davisville in Quonset in accordance with the


  7. corporation’s master plan.


  8. Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)


  9. DCYF - Provider Workforce Stabilization. These funds shall be allocated to support


  10. workforce stabilization supplemental wage payments and sign-on bonuses to eligible direct care


  11. and supporting care staff of contracted service providers.


  12. DCYF - Foster Home Lead Abatement & Fire Safety. These funds shall be allocated to


  13. provide financial assistance to foster families for lead remediation and fire suppression upgrades.


  14. Department of Health (DOH)


  15. DOH - COVID-19 Operational Support. These funds shall be allocated to continue


  16. COVID-19 mitigation activities at the department of health and to address the public health impacts


  17. of the pandemic in Rhode Island.


  18. Department of Human Services (DHS)


  19. DHS - Child Care Support. To address the adverse impact the pandemic has had on the


  20. child care sector, the funds allocated to this program will provide retention bonuses for direct care


  21. staff at child care centers and licensed family providers in response to pandemic-related staffing


  22. shortages and start up and technical assistance grants for family child care providers. Retention


  23. bonuses shall be paid monthly or as often as administratively feasible, but not less than quarterly.


  24. The director of the department of human services and the director of the department of children,


  25. youth and families may waive any fees otherwise assessed upon child care provider applicants who


  26. have been awarded the family child care provider incentive grant. The allocation to this program


  27. will also support quality improvements, the creation of a workforce registry and additional funds


  28. for educational opportunities for direct care staff.


  29. DHS - Rhode Island Community Food Bank. These funds shall be allocated to provide


  30. financial assistance for food collection and distribution through the Rhode Island Community Food


  31. Bank to assist households in need, including those that received enhanced nutrition benefits during


  32. the public health emergency.


  33. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals


  34. (BHDDH)

    1. BHDDH - Crisis Intervention Trainings. To respond to the increased volume of mental-


    2. health related calls reported by police departments, these funds shall be allocated to the crisis


    3. intervention training program to provide training every three years for law enforcement as well as


    4. continuing education opportunities.


    5. BHDDH - 9-8-8 Hotline. These funds shall be allocated for the creation of a 9-8-8 hotline


    6. to maintain compliance with the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 and the Federal


    7. Communications Commission-adopted rules to assure that all citizens receive a consistent level of


    8. 9-8-8 and crisis behavioral health services.


    9. Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ELSEC)


    10. RIDE - Adult Education Providers. These funds shall be directly distributed through the


    11. Office of Adult Education to nonprofit adult education providers to expand access to educational


    12. programs and literary services.


    13. RIDE - Out of School Time Education Providers. These funds shall be directly distributed


    14. through the Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports to expand access to educational


    15. programs.


    16. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner


    17. OPC - RI Reconnect. These funds shall support a program to improve postsecondary


    18. degree and credential attainment among working-age Rhode Islanders. The program will assist


    19. students in addressing barriers to education completion, particularly among communities of color


    20. and lower socio-economic strata. A portion of these funds will be used to address barriers to the


    21. attainment of teacher certification as a Second Language Education Teacher, Grades PK-12, and


    22. as an All Grades Special Education Teacher.


    23. OPC - RIC Cybersecurity Center. These funds shall support the establishment of the


    24. Institute for Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies at Rhode Island College, which will provide


    25. certificate, baccalaureate, and master’s level courses with focuses on research and developing


    26. highly skilled cybersecurity professionals. Funding shall be appropriated through the Office of


    27. Postsecondary Commissioner.


    28. OPC - Fresh Start Scholarship. These funds shall support a program to provide


    29. scholarships to adult students with some college credits, but no degree, with a focus on students


    30. who dropped-out of the Community College of Rhode Island. This program will target students


    31. who are not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements, which makes them ineligible


    32. for federal financial assistance.


    33. University of Rhode Island


    34. URI-PFAS Water Treatment Plant. These funds shall support the implementation of a

      1. permanent water filtration solution to reduce PFAS concentrations in the University of Rhode


      2. Island’s water supply.


      3. Department of Public Safety (DPS)


      4. DPS - Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence. These funds shall be allocated to invest


      5. in the nonprofit community to provide additional housing, clinical and mental health services to


      6. victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This includes increased investments for therapy


      7. and counseling, housing assistance, job training, relocation aid and case management.


      8. Department of Transportation (DOT)


      9. DOT - Municipal Roads Grant Program. These funds shall support a program to distribute


      10. grants with a required local match for the replacement, rehabilitation, preservation, and


      11. maintenance of existing roads, sidewalks, and bridges. Provided that $5.0 million of these funds


      12. shall be distributed equally to each city and town and $15.0 million shall be distributed


      13. proportionally to cities and towns based on non-federal land miles of roads in each


      14. community. Provided further that each municipality is required to provide a 67 percent


      15. match. Any funding that is not obligated to municipal projects by June 30, 2024 may be used by


      16. RIDOT for statewide paving projects.


      17. DOT - RIPTA R-Line Free Service Pilot. These funds shall be allocated to the Rhode


      18. Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) to provide free fare bus route service along the “R-Line”


      19. for a twelve (12) month period beginning September 1, 2022. RIPTA will track ridership data and


      20. submit a report to the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, and the Governor o later


      21. than March 1, 2024.


      22. DOT - Turnpike and Bridge Authority – Safety Barriers Study. These funds shall be used


      23. by the Turnpike and Bridge Authority to conduct a study to identify and evaluate the options to


      24. prevent and address the risk of suicide on bridges under its purview.


      25. Federal Funds - Capital Projects Fund


      26. Department of Administration (DOA)


      27. DOA - CPF Administration. These funds shall be allocated to the department of


      28. administration to oversee the implementation of the Capital Projects Fund award from the


      29. American Rescue Plan Act.


      30. DOA - Municipal and Higher Ed Matching Grant Program. These funds shall be allocated


      31. to a matching fund program for cities and towns that renovate or build a community wellness center


      32. that meets the work, education and health monitoring requirements identified by the U.S.


      33. Department of the Treasury.


      34. Executive Office of Commerce (EOC)

  1. EOC - Broadband. These funds shall be allocated to the executive office of commerce to


  2. invest in broadband projects to provide high-speed, reliable internet to all Rhode Islanders. The


  3. secretary of commerce, in partnership with the director of business regulation, will run a series of


  4. requests for proposals for broadband infrastructure projects, providing funds to municipalities,


  5. public housing authorities, business cooperatives and local internet service providers for projects


  6. targeted at those unserved and underserved by the current infrastructure as defined by national


  7. telecommunications and information administration standards. This investment shall be used to


  8. augment or provide a match for federal funds for broadband investment made available through the


  9. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. These funds shall be used in accordance with the statewide


  10. broadband strategic plan and may not be obligated nor expended prior to its submission in


  11. accordance with the requirements of the Rhode Island Broadband Development Program set forth


  12. in Chapter 42-162.


  13. SECTION 17. Reappropriation of Funding for State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Capital


  14. Projects Fund. Notwithstanding any provision of general law, any unexpended and unencumbered


  15. federal funds from the State Fiscal Recovery Fund and Capital Projects Fund shall be


  16. reappropriated in the ensuing fiscal year and made available for the same purposes. However, any


  17. such reappropriations are subject to final approval by the General Assembly as part of the


  18. supplemental appropriations act.


  19. SECTION 18. The pandemic recovery office shall monitor the progress and performance


  20. of all programs financed by the State Fiscal Recovery Fund and the Capital Projects Fund. On or


  21. before October 31, 2023, and quarterly thereafter, the office shall provide a report to the speaker of


  22. the house and senate president, with copies to the chairpersons of the house and senate finance


  23. committees, identifying programs that are at risk of significant underspending or noncompliance


  24. with federal or state requirements. The report, at a minimum must include an assessment of how


  25. programs that are at risk can be remedied.


  26. SECTION 19. Notwithstanding any general laws to the contrary, the State Controller shall


  27. transfer $55,000,000 to the Supplemental State Budget Reserve Account by July 14, 2023.


  28. SECTION 20. Notwithstanding any general laws to the contrary, the State Controller shall


  29. transfer $114,998,958 from the Information Technology Restricted Receipt Account to the Large


  30. Systems Initiatives Fund by July 14, 2023. Appropriations herein to the Large Systems Initiatives


  31. Fund (LSIF) shall be made in support of the following projects:


  32. Enterprise Resource Planning. For the project already in progress, at an estimated project


  33. cost of $68,700,000, of which no more than $50,000,000 shall be supported by the LSIF, these


  34. funds support the implementation and roll-out of a new enterprise resource planning software

  1. system.


  2. Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System. For the project already in progress, at


  3. an estimated project cost of $54,700,000, of which no more than $24,650,000 shall be supported


  4. by the LSIF, these funds support the replacement of the existing case management system with a


  5. new comprehensive child welfare information system.


  6. DEM Legacy Modernization. For the project already in progress, at an estimated project


  7. cost of $5,800,000, these funds support the modernization of the permit application and license


  8. tracking and processing systems.


  9. Wi-Fi and Tech at the ACI. For the project already in progress, at an estimated project cost


  10. of $3,300,000, these funds support upgrades to the networking infrastructure at the department of


  11. corrections.


  12. RIBridges Mobile Access and Child Care Tracking. For the project already in progress, at


  13. an estimated project cost of $6,700,000, these funds support an expansion of the existing mobile


  14. application.


  15. Gateway to Government. For the project already in progress, at an estimated project cost


  16. of $7,500,000, these funds support the transition of licensing processes toward a paperless platform


  17. housing digital identities and credentialing information.


  18. DLT Mainframe Legacy Modernization. For the project already in progress, at an estimated


  19. project cost of $19,400,000, these funds support the modernization of obsolete hardware and


  20. applications at the department of labor and training.


  21. Electronic Medical Records System. For the project already in progress, at an estimated


  22. project cost of $22,400,000, these funds support implementation of a comprehensive system to


  23. track clinical, administrative and financial needs of these hospitals.


  24. SECTION 21. With respect to the project and the funds allocated to the DCYF –


  25. Residential Treatment Facility, the provisions of Chapter 45-22.2 and Chapter 45-24 of the General


  26. Laws shall not apply.


  27. SECTION 22. This article shall take effect as of July 1, 2023, except as otherwise provided


  28. herein.


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    2. RELATING TO STATE FUNDS



    3. SECTION 1. Section 23-3-25 of the General Laws in Chapter 23-3 entitled “Vital Records”


    4. is hereby amended to read as follows:


    5. 23-3-25. Fees for copies and searches


    6. (a) The state registrar shall charge fees for searches and copies as follows:


    7. (1) For a search of two (2) consecutive calendar years under one name and for issuance of


    8. a certified copy of a certificate of birth, fetal death, death, or marriage, or a certification of birth, or


    9. a certification that the record cannot be found, and each duplicate copy of a certificate or


    10. certification issued at the same time, the fee is as set forth in § 23-1-54.


    11. (2) For each additional calendar year search, if applied for at the same time or within three


    12. (3) months of the original request and if proof of payment for the basic search is submitted, the fee


    13. is as set forth in § 23-1-54.


    14. (3) For providing expedited service, the additional handling fee is as set forth in § 23-1-54.


    15. (4) For processing of adoptions, legitimations, or paternity determinations as specified in


    16. §§ 23-3-14 and 23-3-15, there shall be a fee as set forth in § 23-1-54.


    17. (5) For making authorized corrections, alterations, and additions, the fee is as set forth in


    18. § 23-1-54; provided, no fee shall be collected for making authorized corrections or alterations and


    19. additions on records filed before one year of the date on which the event recorded has occurred.


    20. (6) For examination of documentary proof and the filing of a delayed record, there is a fee


    21. as set forth in § 23-1-54; and there is an additional fee as set forth in § 23-1-54 for the issuance of


    22. a certified copy of a delayed record.


    23. (b) Fees collected under this section by the state registrar shall be deposited in the general


    24. fund of this state, according to the procedures established by the state treasurer.


    25. (c) The local registrar shall charge fees for searches and copies of records as follows:


    26. (1) For a search of two (2) consecutive calendar years under one name and for issuance of


    27. a certified copy of a certificate of birth, fetal death, death, delayed birth, or marriage, or a


    28. certification of birth or a certification that the record cannot be found, the fee is twenty dollars


    29. ($20.00). For each duplicate copy of a certificate or certification issued at the same time, the fee is


    30. fifteen dollars ($15.00).

      1. (2) For each additional calendar year search, if applied for at the same time or within three


      2. (3) months of the original request and if proof of payment for the basic search is submitted, the fee


      3. is two dollars ($2.00).


      4. (d) Fees collected under this section by the local registrar shall be deposited in the city or


      5. town treasury according to the procedures established by the city or town treasurer except that six


      6. dollars ($6.00) of the certified copy fees shall be submitted to the state registrar for deposit in the


      7. general fund of this state.


      8. (e) To acquire, maintain, and operate an electronic statewide registration system (ESRS),


      9. the state registrar shall assess a surcharge of no more than five dollars ($5.00) for a mail-in certified


      10. records request, no more than three dollars ($3.00) for each duplicate certified record, and no more


      11. than two dollars ($2.00) for a walk-in certified records request or a certified copy of a vital record


      12. requested for a local registrar. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d), any such


      13. surcharges collected by the local registrar shall be submitted to the state registrar. Any funds


      14. collected from the surcharges listed above shall be deposited into the information technology


      15. investment fund (ITIF) information technology restricted receipt account (ITRR account)


      16. established pursuant to § 42-11-2.5(a).


      17. SECTION 2. Chapter 35-3-20 of the General Laws entitled "State Budget" is hereby


      18. amended by adding thereto the following section:


      19. 35-3-20.2. Supplemental state budget reserve account.


      20. (a) There is hereby created within the general fund a supplemental state budget reserve


      21. account, which shall be administered by the state controller and which shall be used solely for the


      22. purpose of providing such sums as may be appropriated to fund any unanticipated general revenue


      23. deficit caused by a general revenue shortfall.


      24. (b) At any time after the third quarter of a fiscal year that it is indicated that total resources


      25. which are defined to be the aggregate of estimated general revenue, general revenue receivables,


      26. and available free surplus in the general fund will be less than the estimates upon which current


      27. appropriations were based, the general assembly may make appropriations from the supplemental


      28. state budget reserve account for the difference between the estimated total resources and the


      29. original estimates upon which enacted appropriations were based, but only in the amount of the


      30. difference based upon the revenues projected at the latest state revenue estimating conference


      31. pursuant to chapter 16 of this title as reported by the chairperson of that conference.


      32. (c) Whenever a transfer has been made pursuant to subsection (b), that transfer shall be


      33. considered as estimated general revenues for the purposes of determining the amount to be


      34. transferred to the Rhode Island Capital Plan fund for the purposes of § 35-3-20.1(b).

        1. (d) The supplemental state budget reserve account shall consist of: (1) Such sums as the


        2. state may from time to time directly transfer to the account as authorized in law; and (2) Any


        3. amounts transferred pursuant to § 35-6-1(e).


        4. SECTION 3. Section 35-4-27 of the General Laws in Chapter 35-4 entitled “State Funds”


        5. is hereby amended to read as follows:


        6. 35-4-27. Indirect cost recoveries on restricted receipt accounts.


        7. Indirect cost recoveries of ten percent (10%) of cash receipts shall be transferred from all


        8. restricted-receipt accounts, to be recorded as general revenues in the general fund. However, there


        9. shall be no transfer from cash receipts with restrictions received exclusively: (1) From contributions


        10. from nonprofit charitable organizations; (2) From the assessment of indirect cost-recovery rates on


        11. federal grant funds; or (3) Through transfers from state agencies to the department of administration


        12. for the payment of debt service. These indirect cost recoveries shall be applied to all accounts,


        13. unless prohibited by federal law or regulation, court order, or court settlement. The following


        14. restricted receipt accounts shall not be subject to the provisions of this section:


        15. Executive Office of Health and Human Services


        16. Organ Transplant Fund


        17. HIV Care Grant Drug Rebates


        18. Health System Transformation Project


        19. Rhode Island Statewide Opioid Abatement Account


        20. HCBS Support-ARPA


        21. HCBS Admin Support-ARPA


        22. Department of Human Services


        23. Veterans’ home — Restricted account


        24. Veterans’ home — Resident benefits


        25. Pharmaceutical Rebates Account


        26. Demand Side Management Grants


        27. Veteran’s Cemetery Memorial Fund


        28. Donations — New Veterans’ Home Construction


        29. Department of Health


        30. Pandemic medications and equipment account


        31. Miscellaneous Donations/Grants from Non-Profits


        32. State Loan Repayment Match


        33. Healthcare Information Technology


        34. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

  1. Eleanor Slater non-Medicaid third-party payor account


  2. Hospital Medicare Part D Receipts


  3. RICLAS Group Home Operations


  4. Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


  5. Emergency and public communication access account


  6. Department of Environmental Management


  7. National heritage revolving fund


  8. Environmental response fund II


  9. Underground storage tanks registration fees


  10. De Coppet Estate Fund


  11. Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission


  12. Historic preservation revolving loan fund


  13. Historic Preservation loan fund — Interest revenue


  14. Department of Public Safety


  15. E-911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System


  16. Forfeited property — Retained


  17. Forfeitures — Federal


  18. Forfeited property — Gambling


  19. Donation — Polygraph and Law Enforcement Training


  20. Rhode Island State Firefighter’s League Training Account


  21. Fire Academy Training Fees Account


  22. Attorney General


  23. Forfeiture of property


  24. Federal forfeitures


  25. Attorney General multi-state account


  26. Forfeited property — Gambling


  27. Department of Administration


  28. OER Reconciliation Funding


  29. Health Insurance Market Integrity Fund


  30. RI Health Benefits Exchange


  31. Information Technology Investment Fund restricted receipt account


  32. Restore and replacement — Insurance coverage


  33. Convention Center Authority rental payments


  34. Investment Receipts — TANS

  1. OPEB System Restricted Receipt Account


  2. Car Rental Tax/Surcharge-Warwick Share


  3. Grants Management Administration


  4. RGGI-Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council Projects


  5. Executive Office of Commerce


  6. Housing Resources Commission Restricted Account


  7. Housing Production Fund


  8. Department of Revenue


  9. DMV Modernization Project


  10. Jobs Tax Credit Redemption Fund


  11. Legislature


  12. Audit of federal assisted programs


  13. Department of Children, Youth and Families


  14. Children’s Trust Accounts — SSI


  15. Military Staff


  16. RI Military Family Relief Fund


  17. RI National Guard Counterdrug Program


  18. Treasury


  19. Admin. Expenses — State Retirement System


  20. Retirement — Treasury Investment Options


  21. Defined Contribution — Administration - RR


  22. Violent Crimes Compensation — Refunds


  23. Treasury Research Fellowship


  24. Business Regulation


  25. Banking Division Reimbursement Account


  26. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner Reimbursement Account


  27. Securities Division Reimbursement Account


  28. Commercial Licensing and Racing and Athletics Division Reimbursement Account


  29. Insurance Division Reimbursement Account


  30. Historic Preservation Tax Credit Account


  31. Marijuana Trust Fund


  32. Social Equity Assistance Fund


  33. Judiciary


  34. Arbitration Fund Restricted Receipt Account

  1. Third-Party Grants


  2. RI Judiciary Technology Surcharge Account


  3. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


  4. Statewide Student Transportation Services Account


  5. School for the Deaf Fee-for-Service Account


  6. School for the Deaf — School Breakfast and Lunch Program


  7. Davies Career and Technical School Local Education Aid Account


  8. Davies — National School Breakfast & Lunch Program


  9. School Construction Services


  10. Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner


  11. Higher Education and Industry Center


  12. IGT STEM Scholarships


  13. Department of Labor and Training


  14. Job Development Fund


  15. Rhode Island Council on the Arts


  16. Governors’ Portrait Donation Fund


  17. Statewide records management system account


  18. SECTION 4. Section 35-6-1 of the General Laws in Chapter 35-6 entitled "Accounts and


  19. Control" is hereby amended to read as follows:


  20. 35-6-1. Controller — Duties in general.


  21. (a) Within the department of administration there shall be a controller who shall be


  22. appointed by the director of administration pursuant to chapter 4 of title 36. The controller shall be


  23. responsible for accounting and expenditure control and shall be required to:


  24. (1) Administer a comprehensive accounting and recording system that will classify the


  25. transactions of the state departments and agencies in accordance with the budget plan;


  26. (2) Maintain control accounts for all supplies, materials, and equipment for all departments


  27. and agencies except as otherwise provided by law;


  28. (3) Prescribe a financial, accounting, and cost accounting system for state departments and


  29. agencies;


  30. (4) Identify federal grant-funding opportunities to support the governor’s and general


  31. assembly’s major policy initiatives and provide technical assistance with the application process


  32. and post-award grants management;


  33. (5) Manage federal fiscal proposals and guidelines and serve as the state clearinghouse for


  34. the application of federal grants;

    1. (6) Pre-audit all state receipts and expenditures;


    2. (7) Prepare financial statements required by the several departments and agencies, by the


    3. governor, or by the general assembly;


    4. (8) Approve the orders drawn on the general treasurer; provided, that the pre-audit of all


    5. expenditures under authority of the legislative department and the judicial department by the state


    6. controller shall be purely ministerial, concerned only with the legality of the expenditure and


    7. availability of the funds, and in no event shall the state controller interpose his or her judgment


    8. regarding the wisdom or expediency of any item or items of expenditure;


    9. (9) Prepare and timely file, on behalf of the state, any and all reports required by the United


    10. States, including, but not limited to, the Internal Revenue Service, or required by any department


    11. or agency of the state, with respect to the state payroll; and


    12. (10) Prepare a preliminary closing statement for each fiscal year. The controller shall


    13. forward the statement to the chairpersons of the house finance committee and the senate finance


    14. committee, with copies to the house fiscal advisor and the senate fiscal and policy advisor, by


15 September 1 following the fiscal year ending the prior June 30 or thirty (30) days after enactment


  1. of the appropriations act, whichever is later. The report shall include but is not limited to:


  2. (i) A report of all revenues received by the state in the completed fiscal year, together with


  3. the estimates adopted for that year as contained in the final enacted budget, and together with all


  4. deviations between estimated revenues and actual collections. The report shall also include cash


  5. collections and accrual adjustments;


  6. (ii) A comparison of actual expenditures with each of the actual appropriations, including


  7. supplemental appropriations and other adjustments provided for in the Rhode Island general laws;


  8. (iii) A statement of the opening and closing surplus in the general revenue account; and


  9. (iv) A statement of the opening surplus, activity, and closing surplus in the state budget


  10. reserve and cash stabilization account and the state bond capital fund.


  11. (b) The controller shall provide supporting information on revenues, expenditures, capital


  12. projects, and debt service upon request of the house finance committee chairperson, senate finance


  13. committee chairperson, house fiscal advisor, or senate fiscal and policy advisor.


  14. (c) Upon issuance of the audited annual financial statement, the controller shall provide a


  15. report of the differences between the preliminary financial report and the final report as contained


  16. in the audited annual financial statement.


  17. (d) The controller shall create a special fund not part of the general fund and shall deposit


  18. amounts equivalent to all deferred contributions under this act into that fund. Any amounts


  19. remaining in the fund on June 15, 2010, shall be transferred to the general treasurer who shall

  1. transfer such amounts into the retirement system as appropriate.


  2. (e) Upon issuance of the audited financial statement, the controller shall transfer fifty


  3. percent (50%) of all general revenues received in the completed fiscal year net of transfer to the


  4. state budget reserve and cash stabilization account as required by § 35-3-20 in excess of those


  5. estimates adopted for that year as contained in the final enacted budget to the employees' retirement


  6. system of the State of Rhode Island as defined in § 36-8-2 and fifty percent (50%) to the


  7. Supplemental State Budget Reserve Account as defined in § 35-3-20.2.


  8. (e)(f) The controller shall implement a direct deposit payroll system for state employees.


  9. (1) There shall be no service charge of any type paid by the state employee at any time


  10. which shall decrease the net amount of the employee’s salary deposited to the financial institution


  11. of the personal choice of the employee as a result of the use of direct deposit.


  12. (2) Employees hired after September 30, 2014, shall participate in the direct deposit


  13. system. At the time the employee is hired, the employee shall identify a financial institution that


  14. will serve as a personal depository agent for the employee.


  15. (3) No later than June 30, 2016, each employee hired before September 30, 2014, who is


  16. not a participant in the direct deposit system, shall identify a financial institution that will serve as


  17. a personal depository agent for the employee.


  18. (4) The controller shall promulgate rules and regulations as necessary for implementation


  19. and administration of the direct deposit system, which shall include limited exceptions to required


  20. participation.


  21. SECTION 5. Section 37-2-12 of the General Laws in Chapter 37-2 entitled “State


  22. Purchases Act” is hereby amended to read as follows:


  23. 37-2-12. Centralization of the procurement authority.


  24. (a) All rights, powers, duties, and authority relating to the procurement of supplies,


  25. services, and construction, and the management, control, warehousing, sale, and disposal of


  26. supplies, services, and construction now vested in or exercised by any state agency under the


  27. several statutes relating thereto are hereby transferred to the chief purchasing officer as provided


  28. in this chapter, subject to the provisions of § 37-2-54. A public agency does not have to utilize the


  29. centralized purchasing of the state but the public agency, through its existing internal purchasing


  30. function, shall adhere to the general principles, policies and practices set forth in this chapter.


  31. (b) The chief purchasing officer, as defined in § 37-2-7(3)(i), may establish, charge, and


  32. collect from state contractors, listed on master-price agreements, a statewide contract


  33. administrative fee not to exceed one percent (1%) of the total value of the annual spend against a


  34. contract awarded to a state contractor. All statewide contract administrative fees collected pursuant

  1. to this subsection shall be deposited into a restricted-receipt account within the general fund


  2. designated as the “division of purchases administrative-fee account” and shall be used for the


  3. purposes of implementing technology for the submission and processing of bids, online vendor


  4. registration, bid notification, and other costs related to state procurement. On or before January 15,


  5. 2019, and annually thereafter on or before January 15, the chief purchasing officer or designee shall


  6. file a report with the governor, the speaker of the house, and the president of the senate detailing:


  7. (i) The total amount of funds collected and deposited into the division of purchases


  8. administrative-fee account for the most recently completed fiscal year;


  9. (ii) The account balance as of the date of the report;


  10. (iii) An itemization of all expenditures and other uses of said funds from said account for


  11. the most recently completed fiscal year; and


  12. (iv) An annual evaluation as to the appropriateness of the amount of the contract


  13. administrative fee on master-price agreements.


  14. (c) Subject to the approval of the director of the department of administration, the state


  15. controller is authorized to offset any currently recorded outstanding liability on the part of


  16. developmental disability organizations (DDOs) to repay previously authorized startup capital


  17. advances against the proceeds from the sale of group homes within a fiscal year prior to any sale


  18. proceeds being deposited into the information technology investment fund restricted receipt


  19. account established pursuant to § 42-11-2.5(a).


  20. SECTION 6. Section 37-7-15 of the General Laws in Chapter 37-7 entitled “Management


  21. and Disposal of Property” is hereby amended to read as follows:


  22. 37-7-15. Sale of state-owned land, buildings and improvements thereon and other real


  23. property.


  24. (a) Total annual proceeds from the sale of any land and the buildings and improvements


  25. thereon, and other real property, title to which is vested in the state of Rhode Island or title to which


  26. will be vested in the state upon completion of any condemnation or other proceedings, shall be


  27. transferred to the information technology restricted receipt account (ITRR account) and made


  28. available for the purposes outlined in § 42-11-2.5(a), unless otherwise prohibited by federal law.


  29. (b) Provided, however, this shall not include proceeds from the sale of any land and the


  30. buildings and improvements thereon that will be created by the relocation of interstate route 195,


  31. which is sometimes collectively referred to as the “I-195 Surplus Land,” which land is identified


  32. in the “Rhode Island Interstate 195 Relocation Surplus Land: Redevelopment and Market Analysis”


  33. prepared by CKS Architecture & Urban Design dated 2009, and such term means those certain


  34. tracts or parcels of land situated in the city of Providence, county of Providence, state of Rhode

  1. Island, delineated on that certain plan of land captioned “Improvements to Interstate Route 195,


  2. Providence, Rhode Island, Proposed Development Parcel Plans 1 through 10, Scale: 1”


  3. (c) Subject to the approval of the director of the department of administration, the state


  4. controller is authorized to offset any currently recorded outstanding liability on the part of


  5. developmental disability organizations (DDOs) to repay previously authorized startup capital


  6. advances against the proceeds from the sale of group homes within a fiscal year prior to any sale


  7. proceeds being deposited into the information technology investment fund.


  8. SECTION 7. Section. 39-18.1-4 of the General Laws in Chapter 39-18.1 entitled


  9. "Transportation Investment and Debt Reduction Act of 2011” is hereby amended to read as follows:


  10. 39-18.1-4. Rhode Island highway maintenance account created.


  11. (a) There is hereby created a special account in the intermodal surface transportation fund


  12. as established in § 31-36-20 that is to be known as the Rhode Island highway maintenance account.


  13. (b) The fund shall consist of all those moneys that the state may, from time to time, direct


  14. to the fund, including, but not necessarily limited to, moneys derived from the following sources:


  15. (1) There is imposed a surcharge of thirty dollars ($30.00) per vehicle or truck, other than


  16. those with specific registrations set forth below in subsection (b)(1)(i). Such surcharge shall be paid


  17. by each vehicle or truck owner in order to register that owner’s vehicle or truck and upon each


  18. subsequent biennial registration. This surcharge shall be phased in at the rate of ten dollars ($10.00)


  19. each year. The total surcharge will be ten dollars ($10.00) from July 1, 2013, through June 30,


  20. 2014, twenty dollars ($20.00) from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, and thirty dollars ($30.00)


  21. from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, and each year thereafter.


  22. (i) For owners of vehicles or trucks with the following plate types, the surcharge shall be


  23. as set forth below and shall be paid in full in order to register the vehicle or truck and upon each


  24. subsequent renewal:


  25. Plate Type Surcharge


  26. Antique $5.00


  27. Farm $10.00


  28. Motorcycle $13.00


  29. (ii) For owners of trailers, the surcharge shall be one-half (½) of the biennial registration


  30. amount and shall be paid in full in order to register the trailer and upon each subsequent renewal;


  31. (2) There is imposed a surcharge of fifteen dollars ($15.00) per vehicle or truck, other than


  32. those with specific registrations set forth in subsection (b)(2)(i) below, for those vehicles or trucks


  33. subject to annual registration, to be paid annually by each vehicle or truck owner in order to register


  34. that owner’s vehicle or truck and upon each subsequent annual registration. This surcharge will be

  1. phased in at the rate of five dollars ($5.00) each year. The total surcharge will be five dollars ($5.00)


  2. from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, ten dollars ($10.00) from July 1, 2014, through June 30,


  3. 2015, and fifteen dollars ($15.00) from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, and each year


  4. thereafter.


  5. (i) For registrations of the following plate types, the surcharge shall be as set forth below


  6. and shall be paid in full in order to register the plate, and upon each subsequent renewal:


  7. Plate Type Surcharge


  8. Boat Dealer $6.25


  9. Cycle Dealer $6.25


  10. In-transit $5.00


  11. Manufacturer $5.00


  12. New Car Dealer $5.00


  13. Used Car Dealer $5.00


  14. Racer Tow $5.00


  15. Transporter $5.00


  16. Bailee $5.00


  17. (ii) For owners of trailers, the surcharge shall be one-half (½) of the annual registration


  18. amount and shall be paid in full in order to register the trailer and upon each subsequent renewal.


  19. (iii) For owners of school buses, the surcharge will be phased in at the rate of six dollars


  20. and twenty-five cents ($6.25) each year. The total surcharge will be six dollars and twenty-five


  21. cents ($6.25) from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, and twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50)


  22. from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, and each year thereafter;


  23. (3) There is imposed a surcharge of thirty dollars ($30.00) per license to operate a motor


  24. vehicle to be paid every five (5) years by each licensed operator of a motor vehicle. This surcharge


  25. will be phased in at the rate of ten dollars ($10.00) each year. The total surcharge will be ten dollars


  26. ($10.00) from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, twenty dollars ($20.00) from July 1, 2014,


  27. through June 30, 2015, and thirty dollars ($30.00) from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, and


  28. each year thereafter. In the event that a license is issued or renewed for a period of less than five


  29. (5) years, the surcharge will be prorated according to the period of time the license will be valid;


  30. (4) All fees assessed pursuant to § 31-47.1-11, and chapters 3, 6, 10, and 10.1 of title 31,


  31. except for fees assessed pursuant to §§ 31-10-31(6) and (8), shall be deposited into the Rhode


  32. Island highway maintenance account, provided that for fiscal years 2016, 2017, and 2018 these fees


  33. be transferred as follows:


  34. (i) From July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016, twenty-five percent (25%) will be deposited;

  1. (ii) From July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, fifty percent (50%) will be deposited;


  2. (iii) From July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, sixty percent (60%) will be deposited; and


  3. (iv) From July 1, 2018, and each year thereafter, one hundred percent (100%) will be


  4. deposited;


  5. (5) All remaining funds from previous general obligation bond issues that have not


  6. otherwise been allocated.


  7. (c) Effective July 1, 2019, ninety-five percent (95%) of all funds collected pursuant to this


  8. section shall be deposited in the Rhode Island highway maintenance account and shall be used only


  9. for the purposes set forth in this chapter. The remaining funds shall be retained as general revenues


  10. to partially offset cost of collections


  11. (d) Unexpended balances and any earnings thereon shall not revert to the general fund but


  12. shall remain in the Rhode Island highway maintenance account. There shall be no requirement that


  13. monies received into the Rhode Island highway maintenance account during any given calendar


  14. year or fiscal year be expended during the same calendar year or fiscal year.


  15. (e) The Rhode Island highway maintenance account shall be administered by the director,


  16. who shall allocate and spend monies from the fund only in accordance with the purposes and


  17. procedures set forth in this chapter.


  18. SECTION 8. Section 39-21.1-14 of the General Laws in Chapter 39-21.1 entitled “911


  19. Emergency Telephone Number Act” is hereby amended to read as follows:


  20. 39-21.1-14. E-911 surcharge and first response surcharge.


  21. (a)(1) A monthly E-911 surcharge of fifty cents ($.50) is hereby levied upon each residence


  22. and business telephone line or trunk, or path and data, telephony, internet, voice over internet


  23. protocol (VoIP) wireline, line, trunk, or path in the state including PBX trunks and centrex


  24. equivalent trunks and each line or trunk serving, and upon each user interface number or extension


  25. number or similarly identifiable line, trunk, or path to or from a digital network (such as, but not


  26. exclusive of, integrated services digital network (ISDN), Flexpath, or comparable digital private


  27. branch exchange, or connecting to or from a customer-based or dedicated telephone switch site


  28. (such as, but not exclusive of, a private branch exchange (PBX)), or connecting to or from a


  29. customer-based or dedicated central office (such as, but not exclusive of, a centrex system but


  30. exclusive of trunks and lines provided to wireless communication companies) that can access to,


  31. connect with, or interface with the Rhode Island E-911 uniform emergency telephone system (RI


  32. E-911). In each instance where a surcharge is levied pursuant to this subsection (a)(1) there shall


  33. also be a monthly first response surcharge of fifty cents ($.50). The surcharges shall be billed by


  34. each telecommunication services provider at the inception of services and shall be payable to the

  1. telecommunication services provider by the subscriber of the services.


  2. (2) A monthly E-911 surcharge of fifty cents ($.50) is hereby levied on each wireless


  3. instrument, device, or means, including prepaid, cellular, telephony, internet, voice over internet


  4. protocol (VoIP), satellite, computer, radio, communication, data or data only wireless lines, or any


  5. other wireless instrument, device, or means that has access to, connects with, or activates or


  6. interfaces or any combination thereof with the E-911 uniform emergency telephone system. In each


  7. instance where a surcharge is levied pursuant to this subsection (a)(2) there shall also be a monthly


  8. first response surcharge of seventy-five cents ($.75). The surcharges shall be billed by each


  9. telecommunication services provider and shall be payable to the telecommunication services


  10. provider by the subscriber. Prepaid wireless telecommunications services shall not be included in


  11. this act, but shall be governed by chapter 21.2 of this title. The E-911 uniform emergency telephone


  12. system shall establish, by rule or regulation, an appropriate funding mechanism to recover from the


  13. general body of ratepayers this surcharge.


  14. (b) The amount of the surcharges shall not be subject to the tax imposed under chapter 18


  15. of title 44 nor be included within the telephone common carrier’s gross earnings for the purpose of


  16. computing the tax under chapter 13 of title 44.


  17. (c) Each telephone common carrier and each telecommunication services provider shall


  18. establish a special account to which it shall deposit on a monthly basis the amounts collected as


  19. surcharges under this section.


  20. (d) The money collected by each telecommunication services provider shall be transferred


  21. within sixty (60) days after its inception of wireline, wireless, prepaid, cellular, telephony, voice


  22. over internet protocol (VoIP), satellite, computer, internet, or communications services in this state


  23. and every month thereafter, to the division of taxation, together with the accrued interest. The E-


  24. 911 surcharge shall be deposited in a restricted-receipt account and used solely for the operation of


  25. the E-911 uniform emergency telephone system. The first response surcharge shall be deposited in


  26. the general fund; provided, however, that ten percent (10%) of the money collected from the first


  27. response surcharge shall be deposited in the information technology investment fund restricted


  28. receipt account (ITRR account) established pursuant to § 42-11-2.5(a). Any money not transferred


  29. in accordance with this subsection shall be assessed interest at the rate set forth in § 44-1-7 from


  30. the date the money should have been transferred.


  31. (e) Every billed subscriber-user shall be liable for any surcharge imposed under this section


  32. until it has been paid to the telephone common carrier or telecommunication services provider. Any


  33. surcharge shall be added to and shall be stated separately in the billing by the telephone common


  34. carrier or telecommunication services provider and shall be collected by the telephone common

  1. carrier or telecommunication services provider.


  2. (f) Each telephone common carrier and telecommunication services provider shall annually


  3. provide the E-911 uniform emergency telephone system division, or any other agency that may


  4. replace it, with a list of amounts uncollected, together with the names and addresses of its


  5. subscriber-users who can be determined by the telephone common carrier or telecommunication


  6. services provider to have not paid the E-911 surcharge.


  7. (g) Included within, but not limited to, the purposes for which the money collected from


  8. the E-911 surcharge may be used, are rent, lease, purchase, improvement, construction,


  9. maintenance, repair, and utilities for the equipment and site or sites occupied by the E-911 uniform


  10. emergency telephone system; salaries, benefits, and other associated personnel costs; acquisition,


  11. upgrade, or modification of PSAP equipment to be capable of receiving E-911 information,


  12. including necessary computer hardware, software, and database provisioning, addressing, and non-


  13. recurring costs of establishing emergency services; network development, operation, and


  14. maintenance; database development, operation, and maintenance; on-premise equipment


  15. maintenance and operation; training emergency service personnel regarding use of E-911;


  16. educating consumers regarding the operations, limitations, role, and responsible use of E-911;


  17. reimbursement to telephone common carriers or telecommunication services providers of rates or


  18. recurring costs associated with any services, operation, administration, or maintenance of E-911


  19. services as approved by the division; reimbursement to telecommunication services providers or


  20. telephone common carriers of other costs associated with providing E-911 services, including the


  21. cost of the design, development, and implementation of equipment or software necessary to provide


  22. E-911 service information to PSAPs, as approved by the division.


23 (h) [Deleted by P.L. 2000, ch. 55, art. 28, § 1.]


  1. (i) Nothing in this section shall be construed to constitute rate regulation of wireless


  2. communication services carriers, nor shall this section be construed to prohibit wireless


  3. communication services carriers from charging subscribers for any wireless service or feature.


27 (j) [Deleted by P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 4, § 1.]


  1. SECTION 9. Section 42-9-19 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-9 entitled "Department


  2. of Attorney General" is hereby amended to read as follows:


  3. 42-9-19. Acceptance of settlements — Attorney General settlement restricted account


  4. Acceptance of settlements -- Multi-state initiatives -- Attorney general settlement restricted


  5. account.


  6. (a) The attorney general is hereby authorized and empowered to accept in the name of the


  7. state any settlement resulting from a multi-state initiative. The attorney general is additionally

  1. authorized and empowered to recover attorney’s fees and costs that shall be considered settlement


  2. proceeds for purposes of this chapter.


  3. (b) The settlement proceeds shall be transferred to the general treasurer for deposit in the


  4. general fund. The general treasurer shall transfer proceeds, up to seven hundred and fifty thousand


  5. dollars ($750,000) in any fiscal year, to the “attorney general multi-state initiative restricted-receipt


  6. account.” Any balance in excess of seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($750,000) remaining


  7. in the account at the end of the fiscal year shall be transferred back to the state general fund. The


  8. restricted-receipt account shall be used to pay for staff, operational, and litigation costs associated


  9. with multi-state initiatives.


  10. (c) Expenditure of all settlement proceeds accepted by the attorney general as part of the


  11. terms of the relevant master settlement agreement shall be subject to the annual appropriation


  12. process and approval by the general assembly.


  13. SECTION 10. Chapter 42-9 of the General Laws entitled "Department of Attorney


  14. General" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:


  15. 42-9-19.1. Acceptance of settlements -- Non-Multi-state initiatives -- Attorney general


  16. settlement restricted account.


  17. (a) There is hereby established a restricted receipt account within the Department of


  18. Attorney General entitled "attorney general non-multi-state initiative restricted-receipt account."


  19. Funds consisting of attorneys' fees previously recovered pursuant to the Distributors -- Rhode


  20. Island Settlement Agreement resolving opioid-related claims against McKesson Corporation,


  21. Cardinal Health, Inc., and/or AmerisourceBergen Corporation in the case State of Rhode Island v.


  22. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al., CA No. PC-2018-4455, shall be deposited into this restricted receipt


  23. account.


  24. (b) The following funds shall also be deposited into this restricted receipt account:


  25. (1) All future attorneys' fees recovered from the case referenced in subsection (a) of this


  26. section; and


  27. (2) Twenty percent (20%) of attorneys' fees recovered in other non-multi-state initiatives.


  28. (c) This restricted receipt account shall be used to pay for staff and other operational


  29. expenses of the Department.


  30. (d) Expenditures from this restricted receipt account shall be subject to the annual


  31. appropriation process and approval by the general assembly.


  32. (e) All settlement proceeds from non-multi-state initiatives, except those deposited in this


  33. restricted receipt account pursuant to this section, shall be deposited into the general fund.


  34. SECTION 11. Sections 42-11-2.5, 42-11-2.6 and 42-11-2.8 of the General Laws in Chapter

    1. 42-11 entitled “Department of Administration” are hereby amended to read as follows:


    2. 42-11-2.5. Information technology investment fund Information technology restricted


    3. receipt account and large systems initiatives fund.


    4. (a) All sums from the sale of any land and the buildings and improvements thereon, and


    5. other real property, title to which is vested in the state, except as provided in §§ 37-7-15(b) and 37-


    6. 7-15(c), shall be transferred to an information technology investment fund restricted-receipt


    7. account (ITRR account) that is hereby established. This fund ITRR account shall consist of such


    8. sums from the sale of any land and the buildings and improvements thereon, and other real property,


    9. title to which is vested in the state, except as provided in §§ 37-7-15(b) and 37-7-15(c), as well as


    10. a share of first response surcharge revenues collected under the provisions of § 39-21.1-14. This


    11. fund ITRR account may also consist of such sums as the state may from time to time appropriate;


    12. as well as money received from the disposal of information technology equipmenthardware, loan,


    13. interest, and service charge payments from benefiting state agencies; as well as interest earnings,


    14. money received from the federal government, gifts, bequest, donations, or otherwise from any


    15. public or private source. Any such funds shall be exempt from the indirect cost recovery provisions


    16. of § 35-4-27.


    17. (b)(1) This fund ITRR account shall be used for the purpose of acquiring information


    18. technology improvements, including, but not limited to: hardware, software, consulting services,


    19. and ongoing maintenance and upgrade contracts for state departments and agencies.


    20. (c)(2) The division of enterprise technology strategy and service of the Rhode Island


    21. department of administration shall adopt rules and regulations consistent with the purposes of this


    22. chapter and chapter 35 of this title, in order to provide for the orderly and equitable disbursement


    23. of funds from this ITRR account.


    24. (d)(3) For all requests for proposals that are issued for information technology projects, a


    25. corresponding information technology project manager shall be assigned.


    26. (b) There is also hereby established a special fund to be known as the large systems


    27. initiatives fund (LSI fund), separate and apart from the general fund of the state, to be administered


    28. by the chief information officer within the department of administration for the purpose of


    29. implementing and maintaining enterprise-wide software projects for executive branch departments.


    30. The LSI fund shall consist of such sums as the state may from time to time directly appropriate to


    31. the LSI fund. After the completion of any project, the chief digital officer shall inform the state


    32. controller of unexpended sums previously transferred to the LSI Fund for that project and the state


    33. controller shall subsequently transfer any such unexpended funds to the information technology


    34. restricted receipt account.

      1. (c) For any new project initiated using sums expended from the LSI Fund, as part of its


      2. budget submission pursuant to § 35-3-4 relative to state fiscal year 2025 and thereafter, the


      3. department of administration shall include a statement of project purpose and the estimated project


      4. cost.


      5. 42-11-2.6. Office of Digital Excellence established.


      6. (a) Within the department, division of enterprise technology strategy and services, there


      7. shall be established the Office of Digital Excellence. The purposes of the office shall be to move


      8. Rhode Island state government into the 21st century through the incorporation of innovation and


      9. modern digital capabilities throughout state government and to leverage technology to expand and


      10. improve the quality of services provided to Rhode Island citizens; to promote greater access to


      11. government and the internet throughout cities and towns; and to position Rhode Island as a national


      12. leader in e-government.


      13. (b) Within the office, there shall be a chief digital officer who shall be appointed by the


      14. director of administration with the approval of the governor and who shall be in the unclassified


      15. service. The chief digital officer shall report to the director of administration and be required to:


      16. (1) Manage the implementation of all new and mission-critical technology infrastructure


      17. projects and upgrades for state agencies. The division of enterprise technology strategy and


      18. services, established pursuant to § 42-11-2.8, shall continue to manage and support all day-to-day


      19. operations of the state’s technology infrastructure, telecommunications, and associated


      20. applications;


      21. (2) Increase the number of government services that can be provided online in order to


      22. allow residents and businesses to complete transactions in a more efficient and transparent manner;


      23. (3) Improve the state’s websites to provide timely information to online users and as many


      24. government services as possible online; and


      25. (4) Establish, improve, and enhance the state’s use of social media and mobile


      26. technological applications.


      27. (c) The office shall coordinate its efforts with the division of enterprise technology strategy


      28. and services in order to plan, allocate, and implement projects supported by the information


      29. technology investment fund restricted receipt account (ITRR account) established pursuant to § 42-


      30. 11-2.5(a) and the large systems initiatives fund (LSI fund) established pursuant to § 42-11-2.5(b).


      31. (d) All intellectual property created as a result of work undertaken by employees of the


      32. office shall remain the property of the state of Rhode Island. Any patents applied for shall be in the


      33. name of the state.


      34. (e) The director of administration may promulgate rules and regulations recommended by

        1. the chief digital officer in order to effectuate the purposes and requirements of this act.


        2. (f) The chief digital officer shall report no later than January 31, 2013, and every January


        3. 31 thereafter, to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the senate president


        4. regarding the implementation status of all technology infrastructure projects; website


        5. improvements; number of e-government transactions and revenues generated; projects supported


        6. by the information technology investment fund; and all other activities undertaken by the office.


        7. The report shall also include planned use for projects related to public safety communications and


        8. emergency services, recommendations on the development of and opportunities for shared


        9. implementation and delivery of these services among municipalities, and strategies for such shared


        10. services. The annual report shall be posted on the office’s website.


        11. 42-11-2.8. Division of enterprise technology strategy and services established.


        12. (a) Established. Within the department there shall be established the division of enterprise


        13. technology strategy and service (ETSS), which shall include the office of information technology,


        14. the office of digital excellence (ODE), and the office of library and information services (OLIS).


        15. Within ETSS, there shall be a chief digital officer in the unclassified service who shall oversee and


        16. manage the division and shall be appointed by the director of administration. Any prior reference


        17. in statute to the division of information technology shall now mean ETSS. The chief digital officer


        18. shall supervise the state’s chief information officer, chief technology officer, chief information


        19. security officer, the directors of information technology, and all associated employees. The chief


        20. digital officer may promulgate rules and regulations in order to effectuate the purposes and


        21. requirements of this act.


        22. (b) Purposes; duties. The purposes of ETSS shall be to align existing and future technology


        23. platforms, along with technical expertise, across the agencies of the executive branch. ETSS shall


        24. be responsible for managing and consolidating the strategy and budgets of the division, including


        25. the office of information technology, the office of library and information services and the office


        26. of digital excellence, and the information technology investment fund. The focus of ETSS will be


        27. to lead the strategic technology decisions and efforts across all of the executive branch state


        28. agencies; identify opportunities to implement technology solutions across state agencies to prevent


        29. duplication of systems and effort; as well as effectively support these solutions in an efficient


        30. manner. ETSS shall have the following duties:


        31. (1) Manage the implementation of all new and mission-critical technology infrastructure


        32. projects and upgrades for state agencies. The office of information technology, under ETSS, shall


        33. manage and support all day-to-day operations of the state’s technology infrastructure,


        34. telecommunications, and associated applications;

          1. (2) Manage the office of digital excellence in order to ensure that large-scale technology


          2. projects are delivered in a timely manner in accordance with accepted best-industry practices;


          3. (3) To oversee the chief of library services and the office of library and information services


          4. to ensure that this office fulfills its statutory duties in an effective manner;


          5. (4) Coordinate efforts with the director of administration in order to plan, allocate, and


          6. implement projects supported by the information technology investment fund restricted receipt


          7. account (ITRR account) established pursuant to § 42-11-2.5(a) and the large systems initiatives


          8. fund (LSI fund) established pursuant to § 42-11-2.5(b);


          9. (5) Supervise all intellectual property created as a result of work undertaken by employees


          10. of ETSS to ensure that ownership of this intellectual property remains with the state. Any patents


          11. applied for shall be in the name of the state.


          12. (c) Reporting. The chief digital officer shall annually report no later than January 31 to the


          13. governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the senate president regarding the


          14. implementation status of all technology infrastructure projects; website improvements; number of


          15. e-government transactions and revenues generated; projects supported by the information


          16. technology investment fund; and all other activities undertaken by the division. The annual report


          17. shall be posted on the ETSS website.


          18. SECTION 12. This article shall take effect upon passage.

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            1. ARTICLE 3


            2. RELATING TO GOVERNMENT REFORM AND REORGANIZATION



            3. SECTION 1. Section 21-36-3 of the General Laws in Chapter 21-36 entitled “The


            4. Interagency Food & Nutrition Policy Advisory Council Act” is hereby amended to read as follows:


            5. 21-36-3. Council composition.


            6. There shall be an inter-agency food and nutrition policy advisory council which shall


            7. consist of seven (7) nine (9) members: the director of health, or his or her designee; the director of


            8. environmental management, or his or her designee; the director of administration, or his or her


            9. designee; the director of the department of human services, or his or her designee; the director of


            10. the office of healthy aging, or his or her designee; the director of the department of corrections, or


            11. his or her designee; the secretary of commerce, or his or her designee; the director of the department


            12. of children, youth & families, or his or her designee; and the commissioner of elementary and


            13. secondary education, or his or her designee. The members of the commission shall elect a


            14. chairperson from among themselves.


            15. SECTION 2. Section 24-8-27 of the General Laws in Chapter 24-8 entitled “Construction


            16. and Maintenance of State Roads” is hereby amended to read as follows:


            17. 24-8-27. “Bridge” defined — Responsibility for smaller structures“Bridge” defined -


            18. - Responsibility for structures.


            19. (a) The word “bridge” as used in this chapter shall be a structure including supports erected


            20. over a depression or an obstruction, such as water, highway, or railway, and having a track or


            21. passageway for carrying traffic or other moving loads, and having an opening measured along the


            22. center of the roadway of eight (8) feet or more between under copings of abutments, spring lines


            23. of arches, or the extreme ends of openings for multiple boxes; it also includes single or multiple


            24. pipes where the clear distance between openings of multiple pipes is less than half of the smaller


            25. contiguous opening. any structure not less than five feet (5′) in width. Any structure less than five


            26. feet (5′) in width lying in any highway now being or hereafter becoming a part of the state highway


            27. system shall be constructed, repaired or reconstructed at the expense of the state.


            28. (b) The State will be responsible for the following related to bridges, as defined above:


            29. (1) Reporting of inspection and load rating findings for National Bridge Inventory (NBI)


            30. bridges on all roadways.

              1. (2) Construction and maintenance costs of:


              2. (i) Bridges on state owned roads


              3. (ii) Structures less than eight (8) feet on State roads


              4. (ii) Other state-owned structures unless otherwise agreed upon.


              5. (c) The State is not responsible for construction or maintenance costs for bridges or smaller


              6. structures it does not own.


              7. (d) Performing inspections or load ratings on any bridge or structures less than eight (8)


              8. feet by the State for public safety does not constitute ownership or responsibility of the structure.


              9. SECTION 3. Section 30-25-14 of the General Laws in Chapter 30-25 entitled "Burial of


              10. Veterans" is hereby amended to read as follows:


              11. 30-25-14. Rhode Island veterans’ memorial cemetery.


              12. (a) The Rhode Island veterans’ memorial cemetery, located on the grounds of the Joseph


              13. H. Ladd school in the town of Exeter, shall be under the management and control of the director of


              14. the department of human services. The director of the department of human services shall appoint


              15. an administrator for the Rhode Island veterans’ memorial cemetery who shall be an honorably


              16. discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces and shall have the general supervision over,


              17. and shall prescribe rules for, the government and management of the cemetery. He or she shall


              18. make all needful rules and regulations governing the operation of the cemetery and generally may


              19. do all things necessary to ensure the successful operation thereof. The director shall promulgate


              20. rules and regulations, not inconsistent with the provisions of 38 U.S.C. § 2402, to govern the


              21. eligibility for burial in the Rhode Island veterans’ memorial cemetery. In addition to all persons


              22. eligible for burial pursuant to rules and regulations established by the director, any person who


              23. served in the army, navy, air force, or marine corps of the United States for a period of not less than


              24. two (2) years and whose service was terminated honorably, shall be eligible for burial in the Rhode


              25. Island veterans’ memorial cemetery. The director shall appoint and employ all subordinate officials


              26. and persons needed for the proper management of the cemetery. National guard members who are


              27. killed in the line of duty or who are honorably discharged after completion of at least twenty (20)


              28. six (6) years’ of service in the Rhode Island national guard and/or reserve and their spouse shall be


              29. eligible for interment in the Rhode Island veterans’ memorial cemetery. National guard members


              30. and/or reservists who are honorably discharged after completion of at least six (6) years of service


              31. with another state, and who are a Rhode Island resident for at least two (2) consecutive years


              32. immediately prior to death, shall be eligible, along with their spouse, for interment in the Rhode


              33. Island veterans’ memorial cemetery. For the purpose of computing service under this section,


              34. honorable service in the active forces or reserves shall be considered toward the twenty (20) six (6)

  1. years of national guard service. The general assembly shall make an annual appropriation to the


  2. department of human services to provide for the operation and maintenance for the cemetery. The


  3. director shall charge and collect a grave liner fee per interment of the eligible spouse and/or eligible


  4. dependents of the qualified veteran, national guard member and/or reservist equal to the


  5. department’s cost for the grave liner.


  6. (b) No domestic animal shall be allowed on the grounds of the Rhode Island veterans’


  7. memorial cemetery, whether at large or under restraint, except for seeing eye guide dogs, hearing


  8. ear signal dogs or any other service animal, as required by federal law or any personal assistance


  9. animal, as required by chapter 9.1 of title 40. Any person who violates the provisions of this section


  10. shall be subject to a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500).


  11. (c) The state of Rhode Island office of veterans services shall bear the cost of all tolls


  12. incurred by any motor vehicles that are part of a veteran’s funeral procession, originating from


  13. Aquidneck Island ending at the veterans’ memorial cemetery, for burial or internment. The


  14. executive director of the turnpike and bridge authority shall assist in the administration and


  15. coordination of this toll reimbursement program.


  16. SECTION 4. Section 36-4-16.4 of the General Laws in Chapter 36-4 entitled "Merit


  17. System" is hereby amended to read as follows:


  18. 36-4-16.4. Salaries of directors.


  19. (a) In the month of March of each year, the department of administration shall conduct a


  20. public hearing to determine salaries to be paid to directors of all state executive departments and


  21. secretaries serving as the head of any state executive department or executive office, including but


  22. not limited to, the secretary of the executive office of health and human services, the secretary of


  23. commerce and the secretary of housing for the following year, at which hearing all persons shall


  24. have the opportunity to provide testimony, orally and in writing. In determining these salaries, the


  25. department of administration will take into consideration the duties and responsibilities of the


  26. aforenamed officers, as well as such related factors as salaries paid executive positions in other


  27. states and levels of government, and in comparable positions anywhere that require similar skills,


  28. experience, or training. Consideration shall also be given to the amounts of salary adjustments made


  29. for other state employees during the period that pay for directors and secretaries was set last.


  30. (b) Each salary determined by the department of administration will be in a flat amount,


  31. exclusive of such other monetary provisions as longevity, educational incentive awards, or other


  32. fringe additives accorded other state employees under provisions of law, and for which directors


  33. and secretaries are eligible and entitled.


  34. (c) In no event will the department of administration lower the salaries of existing directors

    1. and secretaries during their term of office.


    2. (d) Upon determination by the department of administration, the proposed salaries of


    3. directors and secretaries will be referred to the general assembly by the last day in April of that


    4. year to go into effect thirty (30) days hence, unless rejected by formal action of the house and the


    5. senate acting concurrently within that time.


    6. (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, for 2022 only, the time period for the


    7. department of administration to conduct the public hearing shall be extended to September and the


    8. proposed salaries shall be referred to the general assembly by October 30. The salaries may take


    9. effect before next year, but all other provisions of this section shall apply.


10 (f) [Deleted by P.L. 2022, ch. 231, art. 3, § 12.]


  1. (g) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section or any law to the contrary, for 2023 only,


  2. the salary of the director of the department of children, youth and families shall be determined by


  3. the governor.


  4. SECTION 5. Sections 35-1.1-3 and 35-1.1-9 of the General Laws in Chapter 35-1.1 entitled


  5. "Office of Management and Budget" are hereby amended to read as follows:


  6. 35-1.1-3. Director of management and budget -- Appointment and responsibilities.


  7. (a) Within the department of administration there shall be a director of management and


  8. budget who shall be appointed by the director of administration with the approval of the governor.


  9. The director shall be responsible to the governor and director of administration for supervising the


  10. office of management and budget and for managing and providing strategic leadership and direction


  11. to the budget officer, the performance management office, and the federal grants management


  12. office.


  13. (b) The director of management and budget shall be responsible to:


  14. (1) Oversee, coordinate, and manage the functions of the budget officer as set forth by


  15. chapter 3 of this title; program performance management as set forth by § 35-3-24.1; approval of


  16. agreements with federal agencies defined by § 35-3-25; and budgeting, appropriation, and receipt


  17. of federal monies as set forth by chapter 41 of title 42;


28 (2) [Deleted by P.L. 2019, ch. 88, art. 4, § 9];


  1. (3) Oversee the director of regulatory reform as set forth by § 42-64.13-6;


  2. (4) Maximize the indirect cost recoveries by state agencies set forth by § 35-4-23.1; and


  3. (5) Undertake a comprehensive review and inventory of all reports filed by the executive


  4. office and agencies of the state with the general assembly. The inventory should include, but not


  5. be limited to: the type, title, and summary of reports; the author(s) of the reports; the specific


  6. audience of the reports; and a schedule of the reports’ release. The inventory shall be presented to

  1. the general assembly as part of the budget submission on a yearly basis. The office of management


  2. and budget shall also make recommendations to consolidate, modernize the reports, and to make


  3. recommendations for elimination or expansion of each report.; and


  4. (6) Conduct, with all necessary cooperation from executive branch agencies, reviews,


  5. evaluations, and assessments on process efficiency, operational effectiveness, budget and policy


  6. objectives, and general program performance.


  7. 35-1.1-9. Cooperation of other state executive branch agencies.


  8. (a) The departments and other agencies of the state of the executive branch that have not


  9. been assigned to the executive office of management and budget under this chapter shall assist and


  10. cooperate with the executive office as may be required by the governor and/or requested by the


  11. director of management and budget, this. This assistance may include, but not be limited to,


  12. providing analyses and related backup documentation and information, organizational charts and/or


  13. process maps, contractual deliverables, and utilizing staff resources from other departments or


  14. agencies for special projects within a defined period of time to improve processes or performance


  15. within agencies and/or lead to cost savings.


  16. (b) Within thirty (30) days following the date of the issuance of a final audit report


  17. completed pursuant to subdivision 35-1.1-2(6), the head of the department, agency or private entity


  18. audited shall respond in writing to each recommendation made in the final audit report. This


  19. response shall address the department’s, agency’s or private entity’s plan of implementation for


  20. each specific audit recommendation and, if applicable, the reasons for disagreement with any


  21. recommendation proposed in the audit report. Within one year following the date on which the


  22. audit report was issued, the office may perform a follow-up audit for the purpose of determining


  23. whether the department, agency or private entity has implemented, in an efficient and effective


  24. manner, its plan of action for the recommendations proposed in the audit report.


  25. SECTION 6. Sections 35-3-17.1 and 35-3-24.1 of the General Laws in Chapter 35-3


  26. entitled “State Budget” are hereby amended to read as follows:


  27. 35-3-17.1. Financial statements required from state departments, agencies, and


  28. instrumentalities.


  29. The several state departments, agencies, and public authorities and corporations shall


  30. submit to the fiscal advisors of the house and senate, statements of financial conditions and


  31. operations within thirty (30) days of the close of each of the first three (3) fiscal quarters of each


  32. year. The statements shall include, at a minimum:


  33. (1) Account numbers;


  34. (2) Allotments;

  1. (3) Expenditures to-date;


  2. (4) Estimated expenditures to complete the fiscal year; and


  3. (5) Surplus or deficiency projections.


  4. (6) Progress on any corrective action plans per the most recent annual findings of the


  5. auditor general.


  6. 35-3-24.1. Program performance measurement.


  7. (a) Beginning with the fiscal year ending June 30, 1997, the governor shall submit, as part


  8. of each budget submitted to the general assembly pursuant to § 35-3-7, performance objectives for


  9. each program in the budget for the ensuing fiscal year, estimated performance data for the fiscal


  10. year in which the budget is submitted, and actual performance data for the preceding two (2)


  11. completed fiscal years. Performance data shall include efforts at achieving equal opportunity hiring


  12. goals as defined in the department’s annual affirmative action plan. The governor shall, in addition,


  13. recommend appropriate standards against which to measure program performance. Performance in


  14. prior years may be used as a standard where appropriate. These performance standards shall be


  15. stated in terms of results obtained.


  16. (b) The governor may submit, in lieu of any part of the information required to be submitted


  17. pursuant to subsection (a), an explanation of why the information cannot, as a practical matter be


  18. submitted.


  19. (c)(1) The office of management and budget shall be responsible for managing and


  20. collecting program performance measures on behalf of the governor. The office is authorized to


  21. conduct performance reviews and audits of agencies to determine progress towards achieving


  22. performance objectives for programs the manner and extent to which executive branch agencies


  23. achieve intended objectives and outcomes.


  24. (2) In order to collect performance measures from agencies, review performance and


  25. provide recommendations the office of budget and management is authorized to coordinate with


  26. the office of internal audit regarding the findings and recommendations that result from audits


  27. conducted by the office.


  28. (3) In order to facilitate the office of management and budget’s performance reviews,


  29. agencies must generate and provide timely access to records, reports, analyses, audits, reviews,


  30. documents, papers, recommendations, contractual deliverables, or other materials available relating


  31. to agency programs and operations.


  32. (4) In order to ensure alignment of executive branch agency operations with the state’s


  33. priorities, the office of management and budget may produce, with all necessary cooperation from


  34. executive branch agencies, analyses and recommendations to improve program performance,

  1. conduct evidence-based budgeting, and respond to sudden shifts in policy environments.


  2. (5) In order to gain insight into performance or outcomes and inform policymaking and


  3. program evaluation, the office of management and budget may lead, manage, and/or coordinate


  4. interagency and cross-system collaboration or integration initiatives.


  5. SECTION 7. Section 37-14.1-6 of the General Laws in Chapter 14.1 titled “Minority


  6. Business Enterprise” is hereby amended to read as follows:


  7. 37-14.1-6. Minority business enterprise participation.


  8. (a) Minority business enterprises shall be included in all procurements and construction


  9. projects under this chapter and shall be awarded a minimum of ten percent (10%) fifteen percent


  10. (15%) of the dollar value of the entire procurement or project. Of that fifteen percent (15%),


  11. minority business enterprises owned and controlled by a minority owner, as defined in § 37-14.1-


  12. 3, shall be awarded a minimum of seven- and one-half percent (7.5%), and minority business


  13. enterprises owned and controlled by a woman shall be awarded a minimum of seven- and one-half


  14. percent (7.5%). Annually, by October 1, the department of administration shall submit a report to


  15. the general assembly on the status of achieving the aforementioned participation requirements in


  16. the most recent fiscal year. The director of the department of administration is further authorized


  17. to establish by rules and regulation the certification process and formulas for giving minority


  18. business enterprises a preference in contract and subcontract awards.


  19. (b) Any minority business enterprise currently certified by the U.S. Small Business


  20. Administration as an 8(a) firm governed by 13 C.F.R. part 124 shall be deemed to be certified by


  21. the department of administration as a minority business enterprise and shall only be required to


  22. submit evidence of federal certification of good standing.


  23. (c) The provisions of chapter 14.1 of title 37 shall not be waived, including, but not limited


  24. to, during a declared state of emergency.


  25. (d) The State of Rhode Island will arrange for a disparity study to evaluate the need for the


  26. development of programs to enhance the participation in state contracts of business enterprises


  27. owned by women and minorities, to be repeated every five (5) years, beginning in fiscal year 2025.


  28. SECTION 8. Section 42-28-25 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-28 entitled “State


  29. Police” is hereby amended to read as follows:


  30. 42-28-25. State and municipal police training school established.


  31. (a) Within the Rhode Island state police there is hereby created and established a state and


  32. municipal police training school.


  33. (b) The superintendent of the state police shall have supervision of the state and municipal


  34. police training academy and shall establish standards for admission and a course of training. The

  1. superintendent shall report to the governor and general assembly a plan for a state and municipal


  2. police training academy on or before December 31, 1993. The superintendent shall, in consultation


  3. with the Police Chiefs' Association and the chairperson of the Rhode Island commission on


  4. standards and training make all necessary rules and regulations relative to the admission, education,


  5. physical standards and personal character of the trainees and such other rules and regulations as


  6. shall not be inconsistent with law.


  7. (c) Applicants to the state and municipal police training academy shall pay an application


  8. fee in the amount of fifty dollars ($50.00); provided, however, the superintendent may waive such


  9. application fee if payment thereof would be a hardship to the applicant.


  10. (d) Trainees shall pay to the division an amount equal to the actual cost of meals consumed


  11. at the state police and municipal police training academy and the actual cost of such training


  12. uniforms which remain the personal property of the trainees.


  13. (e) All fees and payments received by the division pursuant to this section shall be


  14. deposited as general revenues.


  15. SECTION 9. Section 42-56-20.2 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-56 entitled


  16. “Corrections Department” is hereby amended to read as follows:


  17. 42-56-20.2. Community confinement.


  18. (a) Persons subject to this section. Every person who shall have been adjudged guilty of


  19. any crime after trial before a judge, a judge and jury, or before a single judge entertaining the


  20. person’s plea of nolo contendere or guilty to an offense (“adjudged person”), and every person


  21. sentenced to imprisonment in the adult correctional institutions (“sentenced person”) including


  22. those sentenced or imprisoned for civil contempt, and every person awaiting trial at the adult


  23. correctional institutions (“detained person”) who meets the criteria set forth in this section shall be


  24. subject to the terms of this section except:


  25. (1) Any person who is unable to demonstrate that a permanent place of residence (“eligible


  26. residence”) within this state is available to that person; or


  27. (2) Any person who is unable to demonstrate that he or she will be regularly employed, or


  28. enrolled in an educational or vocational training program within this state, and within thirty (30)


  29. days following the institution of community confinement; or


  30. (3)(i) Any adjudged person or sentenced person or detained person who has been


  31. convicted, within the five (5) years next preceding the date of the offense for which he or she is


  32. currently so adjudged or sentenced or detained, of a violent felony.


  33. A “violent felony” as used in this section shall mean any one of the following crimes or an


  34. attempt to commit that crime: murder; manslaughter; sexual assault; mayhem; robbery; burglary;

  1. assault with a dangerous weapon; assault or battery involving serious bodily injury; arson; breaking


  2. and entering into a dwelling; child molestation; kidnapping; DWI resulting in death or serious


  3. injury; or driving to endanger resulting in death or serious injury; or


  4. (ii) Any person currently adjudged guilty of or sentenced for or detained on any capital


  5. felony; or


  6. (iii) Any person currently adjudged guilty of or sentenced for or detained on a felony


  7. offense involving the use of force or violence against a person or persons. These shall include, but


  8. are not limited to, those offenses listed in subsection (a)(3)(i) of this section; or


  9. (iv) Any person currently adjudged guilty, sentenced, or detained for the sale, delivery, or


  10. possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in violation of § 21-28-4.01(a)(4)(i) or


  11. possession of a certain enumerated quantity of a controlled substance in violation of § 21-28-4.01.1


  12. or § 21-28-4.01.2; or


  13. (v) Any person currently adjudged guilty of, or sentenced for, or detained on an offense


  14. involving the illegal possession of a firearm.


  15. (b) Findings prior to sentencing to community confinement. In the case of adjudged


  16. persons, if the judge intends to impose a sentence of community confinement, he or she shall first


  17. make specific findings, based on evidence regarding the nature and circumstances of the offense


  18. and the personal history, character, record, and propensities of the defendant that are relevant to the


  19. sentencing determination, and these findings shall be placed on the record at the time of sentencing.


  20. These findings shall include, but are not limited to:


  21. (1) A finding that the person does not demonstrate a pattern of behavior indicating a


  22. propensity for violent behavior;


  23. (2) A finding that the person meets each of the eligibility criteria set forth in subsection (a)


  24. of this section;


  25. (3) A finding that simple probation is not an appropriate sentence;


  26. (4) A finding that the interest of justice requires, for specific reasons, a sentence of non-


  27. institutional confinement; and


  28. (5) A finding that the person will not pose a risk to public safety if placed in community


  29. confinement.


  30. The facts supporting these findings shall be placed on the record and shall be subject to


  31. review on appeal.


  32. (c) Community confinement.


  33. (1) There shall be established within the department of corrections, a community


  34. confinement program to serve that number of adjudged persons, sentenced persons, and detainees,

  1. that the director of the department of corrections (“director”) shall determine on or before July 1 of


  2. each year. Immediately upon that determination, the director shall notify the presiding justice of


  3. the superior court of the number of adjudged persons, sentenced persons, and detainees that can be


  4. accommodated in the community confinement program for the succeeding twelve (12) months.


  5. One-half (½) of all persons sentenced to community confinement shall be adjudged persons, and


  6. the balance shall be detainees and sentenced persons. The director shall provide to the presiding


  7. justice of the superior court and the family court on the first day of each month a report to set forth


  8. the number of adjudged persons, sentenced persons, and detainees participating in the community


  9. confinement program as of each reporting date. Notwithstanding any other provision of this section,


  10. if on April 1 of any fiscal year less than one-half (½) of all persons sentenced to community


  11. confinement shall be adjudged persons, then those available positions in the community


  12. confinement program may be filled by sentenced persons or detainees in accordance with the


  13. procedures set forth in subsection (c)(2) of this section.


  14. (2) In the case of inmates other than those classified to community confinement under


  15. subsection (h) of this section, the director may make written application (“application”) to the


  16. sentencing judge for an order (“order”) directing that a sentenced person or detainee be confined


  17. within an eligible residence for a period of time, which in the case of a sentenced person, shall not


  18. exceed the term of imprisonment. This application and order shall contain a recommendation for a


  19. program of supervision and shall contain the findings set forth in subsections (b)(1), (b)(2), (b)(3),


  20. (b)(4), and (b)(5) of this section and facts supporting these findings. The application and order may


  21. contain a recommendation for the use of electronic surveillance or monitoring devices. The hearing


  22. on this application shall be held within ten (10) business days following the filing of this


  23. application. If the sentencing judge is unavailable to hear and consider the application the presiding


  24. justice of the superior court shall designate another judge to do so.


  25. (3) In lieu of any sentence that may be otherwise imposed upon any person subject to this


  26. section, the sentencing judge may cause an adjudged person to be confined within an eligible


  27. residence for a period of time not to exceed the term of imprisonment otherwise authorized by the


  28. statute the adjudged person has been adjudged guilty of violating.


  29. (4) With authorization by the sentencing judge, or, in the case of sentenced persons


  30. classified to community confinement under subsection (h) of this section by the director of


  31. corrections, or in accordance with the order, persons confined under the provisions of this chapter


  32. may be permitted to exit the eligible residence in order to travel directly to and from their place of


  33. employment or education or training and may be confined in other terms or conditions consistent


  34. with the basic needs of that person that justice may demand, including the right to exit the eligible

  1. residence to which that person is confined for certain enumerated purposes such as religious


  2. observation, medical and dental treatment, participation in an education or vocational training


  3. program, and counseling, all as set forth in the order.


  4. (d) Administration.


  5. (1) Community confinement. The supervision of persons confined under the provisions


  6. of this chapter shall be conducted by the director, or his or her designee.


  7. (2) Intense surveillance. The application and order shall prescribe a program of intense


  8. surveillance and supervision by the department of corrections. Persons confined under the


  9. provisions of this section shall be subject to searches of their persons or of their property when


  10. deemed necessary by the director, or his or her designee, in order to ensure the safety of the


  11. community, supervisory personnel, the safety and welfare of that person, and/or to ensure


  12. compliance with the terms of that person’s program of community confinement; provided,


  13. however, that no surveillance, monitoring or search shall be done at manifestly unreasonable times


  14. or places nor in a manner or by means that would be manifestly unreasonable under the


  15. circumstances then present.


  16. (3) The use of any electronic surveillance or monitoring device which is affixed to the body


  17. of the person subject to supervision is expressly prohibited unless set forth in the application and


  18. order or, in the case of sentenced persons classified to community confinement under subsection


  19. (h), otherwise authorized by the director of corrections.


  20. (4) Regulatory authority. The director shall have full power and authority to enforce any


  21. of the provisions of this section by regulation, subject to the provisions of the Administrative


  22. Procedures Act, chapter 35 of this title. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the


  23. department of corrections may contract with private agencies to carry out the provisions of this


  24. section. The civil liability of those agencies and their employees, acting within the scope of their


  25. employment, and carrying out the provisions of this section, shall be limited in the same manner


  26. and dollar amount as if they were agencies or employees of the state.


  27. (e) Violations. Any person confined pursuant to the provisions of this section, who is found


  28. to be a violator of any of the terms and conditions imposed upon him or her according to the order,


  29. or in the case of sentenced persons classified to community confinement under subsection (h),


  30. otherwise authorized by the director of corrections, this section, or any rules, regulations, or


  31. restrictions issued pursuant hereto shall serve the balance of his or her sentence in a classification


  32. deemed appropriate by the director. If that conduct constitutes a violation of § 11-25-2, the person,


  33. upon conviction, shall be subject to an additional term of imprisonment of not less than one year


  34. and not more than twenty (20) years. However, it shall be a defense to any alleged violation that

  1. the person was at the time of the violation acting out of a necessary response to an emergency


  2. situation. An “emergency situation” shall be construed to mean the avoidance by the defendant of


  3. death or of substantial personal injury, as defined above, to him or herself or to others.


  4. (f) Costs. Each person confined according to this section shall reimburse the state for the


  5. costs or a reasonable portion thereof incurred by the state relating to the community confinement


  6. of those persons. Costs shall be initially imposed by the sentencing judge or in the order and shall


  7. be assessed by the director prior to the expiration of that person’s sentence. Once assessed, those


  8. costs shall become a lawful debt due and owing to the state by that person. Monies received under


  9. this section shall be deposited as general funds.


  10. (g) Severability. Every word, phrase, clause, section, subsection, and any of the provisions


  11. of this section are hereby declared to be severable from the whole, and a declaration of


  12. unenforceability or unconstitutionality of any portion of this section, by a judicial court of


  13. competent jurisdiction, shall not affect the portions remaining.


  14. (h) Sentenced persons approaching release. Notwithstanding the provisions set forth


  15. within this section, any sentenced person committed under the direct care, custody, and control of


  16. the adult correctional institutions, who is within one (1) year of the projected good time release


  17. date, provided that the person shall have completed at least one-half (½) of the full term of


  18. incarceration, or any person who is sentenced to a term of six (6) months or less of incarceration,


  19. provided that the person shall have completed at least one-half (½) of the term of incarceration,


20 may in the discretion of the director of corrections be classified to community confinement. This


  1. provision shall not apply to any person whose current sentence was imposed upon conviction of


  2. murder, first degree sexual assault or first degree child molestation.


  3. (i) Persons sentenced to life without parole with a serious health condition.


  4. Notwithstanding the provisions set forth within this section, any person sentenced to life without


  5. parole committed under the direct care, custody, and control of the adult correctional institutions,


  6. who has a condition that renders him or her confined to a medical facility and who is sufficiently


  7. physically, mentally or otherwise disabled that the presence of correctional officers provides no


  8. additional safety to the public or the personnel caring for them in that facility, may, in the discretion


  9. of the director of corrections, be classified to community confinement in a medical facility with an


  10. electronic surveillance and/or monitoring device. In consultation with medical professionals, such


  11. an individual shall be removed from community confinement in a medical facility, if their medical


  12. condition improves or resolves to a degree that the presence of correctional officers does enhance


  13. the safety of the public and/or the personnel caring for them in that facility and be subject to a return


  14. to the adult correctional institutions.

    1. (i)(j) Notification to police departments. The director, or his or her designee, shall notify


    2. the appropriate police department when a sentenced, adjudged or detained person has been placed


    3. into community confinement within that department’s jurisdiction. That notice will include the


    4. nature of the offense and the express terms and conditions of that person’s confinement. That notice


    5. shall also be given to the appropriate police department when a person in community confinement


    6. within that department’s jurisdiction is placed in escape status.


    7. (j)(k) No incarceration credit for persons awaiting trial. No detainee shall be given


    8. incarceration credit by the director for time spent in community confinement while awaiting trial.


    9. (k)(l) No confinement in college or university housing facilities. Notwithstanding any


    10. provision of the general laws to the contrary, no person eligible for community confinement shall


    11. be placed in any college or university housing facility, including, but not limited to, dormitories,


    12. fraternities or sororities. College or university housing facilities shall not be considered an “eligible


    13. residence” for “community confinement.”


    14. (l)(m) A sentencing judge shall have authority to waive overnight stay or incarceration at


    15. the adult correctional institution after the sentencing of community confinement. The waiver shall


    16. be binding upon the adult correctional institution and the staff thereof, including, but not limited to


    17. the community confinement program.


    18. SECTION 10. Title 42 of the General Laws entitled “State Affairs and Government” is


    19. hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:


    20. CHAPTER 42-165


    21. RHODE ISLAND LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM ACT


    22. 42-165-1. Rhode Island longitudinal data system act.


    23. This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the “Rhode Island Longitudinal Data


    24. System Act.”


25 42-165-2. Findings.


  1. (a) Purpose. The Rhode Island Longitudinal Data System (RILDS) is Rhode Island’s


  2. statewide longitudinal data system that integrates and links individual or unit-level data. The


  3. purpose of the RILDS is to connect data across sectors over time to support research aligned with


  4. the state’s priorities; inform policymaking and program evaluation; and improve the well-being of


  5. all Rhode Islanders.


  6. (b) The general assembly finds and declares that:


  7. (1) The state is committed to maintaining a longitudinal data system that the public,


  8. researchers, and policymakers can use to analyze and assess Rhode Islanders’ aggregate progress


  9. from early learning programs through postsecondary education and into employment; and

    1. (2) A national collaborative effort among federal and state policymakers, state officials,


    2. and national education organizations have defined the essential components of a statewide


    3. longitudinal data system; and


    4. (3) The RI DataHUB is the state education and workforce longitudinal data system, aligned


    5. to the U.S. Department of Education’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant program


    6. and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative grant program.


    7. 42-165-3. Definitions.


    8. For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings


    9. unless the context clearly requires otherwise:


    10. (1) “Participating agency” means the Rhode Island department of education, the office of


    11. the postsecondary commissioner, the Rhode Island department of labor and training, and any


    12. agency that has executed a memorandum of understanding for recurring participation in the Rhode


    13. Island longitudinal data system.


    14. (2) “Rhode Island Longitudinal Data System” (RILDS) formerly known as the RI


    15. DataHUB operated by DataSpark, is the current statewide longitudinal data system and will be


    16. located for budgetary purposes in the office of the postsecondary commissioner.


    17. (3) “Rhode Island Longitudinal Data System Center” (Center) is comprised of the current


    18. entity known as DataSpark and whatever other resources as necessary to accomplish the powers


    19. and duties prescribed herein.


    20. (4) “Statewide integrated data system” or “integrated data system” or “IDS” means an


    21. individual-, family- or unit-level data system that links and integrates records from state data sets


    22. from all major education, economic, health, human service, labor and public safety programs.


    23. (5) “Statewide longitudinal data system” or “longitudinal data system” or “SLDS” means


    24. an individual- or unit-level data system that links and integrates records from state datasets


    25. including but not limited to early childhood and prekindergarten, through elementary, secondary,


    26. and postsecondary education, and into the workforce from participating agencies and entities.


    27. (6) “State and federal privacy laws” means all applicable state and federal privacy laws


    28. and accompanying regulations, including but not limited to the Federal Family Educational Rights


    29. and Privacy Act and its accompanying regulations (“FERPA”), Health Insurance Probability and


    30. Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-42-38, 20 CFR 603.1 et seq., and any other


    31. privacy measures that apply to the personally identifiable information that is used by the center


    32. and/or becomes part of the RILDS hereunder.


33 42-165-4. Creation.


34 (a) The RILDS is hereby established within the office of the postsecondary commissioner

  1. and is granted and authorized to use all the powers set forth in this chapter.


  2. (b) Functions The RILDS shall:


  3. (1) Transmit, store, enable access to, permit the use, and dispose of linked data and


  4. information in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


  5. Cybersecurity Framework and associated NIST 800-53 security controls commensurate with data


  6. sensitivity level and in accordance with all applicable state and privacy laws and state security


  7. policies;


  8. (2) Serve as a central repository of the state’s inter-agency, longitudinal, linked data;


  9. (3) Enable the integration, linkage, and management of information;


  10. (4) Report on and provide public access to aggregate data to, among other things, address


  11. inequities in access, opportunities, and outcomes and improve student and educator decision-


  12. making;


  13. (5) Provide clarity to university and other researchers on the process to request data and


  14. what data is available to request; and


  15. (6) Nothing in this chapter shall negate or otherwise adversely affect the validity and legal


  16. enforceability of any existing data sharing and/or research agreements executed between and


  17. among the states’ participating agencies and the state’s statewide longitudinal data system.


  18. 42-165-5. Governing board.


  19. (a) Composition of board. The RILDS will be governed by the Rhode Island longitudinal


  20. data system governing board (the board).


  21. (1) The board shall be composed of:


  22. (i) The director of the department of administration or designee who serves as one co-chair;


  23. (ii) Director of any participating agencies as described in § 42-165-3 and § 42-165-6, or


  24. their designee;


  25. (iii) The director of the office of management and budget or designee;


  26. (iv) The chief digital officer or designee; and


  27. (v) The director of the center, as set forth in § 42-165-7.


  28. (vi) the secretary of health and human services or designee; and


  29. (vii) the commissioner of postsecondary education who serves as one co-chair.


  30. (2) The board shall be overseen by two co-chairs. As co-chair, the director of


  31. administration or designee shall be responsible for overseeing and directing the policy duties and


  32. responsibilities of the board. The other co-chair shall be the commissioner of postsecondary


  33. education who shall be responsible for overseeing, supervising, and directing the operational duties


  34. of the center and its personnel.

    1. (b) Powers and Duties. The board shall:


    2. (1) In consultation with the center and in accordance with federal and state privacy law,


    3. approve policies regarding how data requests from state and local agencies, the Rhode Island


    4. general assembly, universities, third-party researchers, and the public will be managed;


    5. (2) In consultation with the center, approve policies regarding the publishing of reports and


    6. other information that should be available to public stakeholders;


    7. (3) Approve standards implemented by the center for the security, privacy, access to, and


    8. confidentiality of data, including policies to comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy


    9. Act, Health Insurance Probability and Accountability Act, R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-42-38, 20 CFR


    10. 603.1 et seq. and any other privacy measures, as required by law, state policy or the board;


    11. (4) Perform other functions that are necessary to ensure the successful continuation,


    12. management, and expansion of the RILDS;


    13. (5) Establish a data governance committee to work with the center on an ongoing basis to


    14. among other responsibilities, approve data requests;


    15. (6) Oversee and collaborate with the data governance committee and the center as set forth


16 in § 42-165-7; and


  1. (7) By November 1, 2023, provide a plan to the Governor, the House and the Senate on


  2. how to establish a statewide integrated data system. The plan should consider elements such as:


  3. (i) the role an IDS can play in improving the operation of programs; reduce fraud, waste,


  4. and abuse and establishing a state culture of program evaluation;


  5. (ii) providing state agencies with evaluation services and providing state analysts access to


  6. data based on their role;


  7. (iii) providing researchers with access to state data;


  8. (iv) the importance of data privacy and security;


  9. (v) the importance of public transparency and the role of the state transparency portal;


  10. (vi) the creation of a state chief data officer;


  11. (vii) sustainable funding and governance for the IDS;


  12. (viii) the role of data federation; and


  13. (ix) the timeline for implementing the IDS.


  14. 42-165-6. Participating agencies.


  15. (a) Participating agencies shall transfer data, as applicable, to the RILDS in accordance


  16. with the data security policies as approved by the board, and pursuant to the requirements of state


  17. and federal privacy laws and policies.


  18. (b) Any agencies providing data on a recurring basis to the RILDS shall provide a

    1. representative to the board and be governed in the same manner as the initial agencies and entities


    2. and shall be subject to applicable board policies.


    3. 42-165-7. The Rhode Island longitudinal data system center.


    4. (a) Purpose. The purpose of the center is to manage and operate the RILDS and conduct


    5. research and evaluate programs regarding federal, state, and local programs and policies. The center


    6. shall be managed by an executive director (hereafter the “director”) responsible for the daily


    7. management and operations of the center. The director will also be responsible for interfacing and


    8. collaborating between the board and the data governance committee, as well as external


    9. communications and agreements. The director shall be a non-classified employee of the council on


    10. postsecondary education under the supervision of and subject to the authority of the commissioner


    11. of postsecondary education.


    12. (b) Powers and Duties.


    13. The duties of the center shall be to:


    14. (1) Act as an authorized representative, research partner, and business associate of the


    15. state’s agencies, including those responsible for education and workforce, under and in accordance


    16. with the requirements of applicable federal and state statutes and/or state and federal privacy laws


    17. and state security policies;


    18. (2) Enter into memoranda of understanding with state agencies, non-profits, universities,


    19. subnational governments, and other entities for the purposes of data sharing and analysis;


    20. (3) Coordinate with participating agencies and other entities to ensure the integrity and


    21. quality of data being collected, including implementing the data quality and metadata policies


    22. approved by the board;


    23. (4) Advance research and allow policymakers to explore critical research policy questions


    24. and to measure investments in education and workforce development;


    25. (5) In consultation with the board, identify the state’s critical research and policy questions;


    26. (6) Provide analysis and reports that assist with evaluating programs and measuring


    27. investments, subject to the policies approved by the board;


    28. (7) Implement policies and procedures approved by the board that govern the security,


    29. privacy, access to, and confidentiality of the data, in accordance with relevant federal and state


    30. privacy laws;


    31. (8) Ensure that information contained in and available through the RILDS is kept secure,


    32. and that individual privacy is protected, and maintain insurance coverage;


    33. (9) Respond to approved research data requests in accordance with the policies and


    34. procedures approved by the board;

      1. (10) Enter into contracts or other agreements with appropriate entities, including but not


      2. limited to universities, and federal, state, and local agencies, to the extent necessary to carry out its


      3. duties and responsibilities only if such contracts or agreements incorporate adequate protections


      4. with respect to the privacy and security of any information to be shared, and are approved, in


      5. writing, by the applicable agency whose data or information is to be shared, and are allowable


      6. under applicable state and federal privacy laws; and


      7. (11) Maintain staff necessary to carry out the above duties as provided for in the state


      8. budget. Staff at the center shall be non-classified employees of the council on postsecondary


      9. education, under the supervision of and subject to the authority of the commissioner of


      10. postsecondary education. The non-SLDS activity of the center shall also be under the supervision


      11. and authority of the commissioner of postsecondary education and the council on postsecondary


      12. education. The council on postsecondary education, its office of the postsecondary commissioner,


      13. and its employees shall be included under the limitation of damages for tort liability for the State


      14. set out in §§ 9-31-1 et seq., for all actions involving the center regarding the RILDS and/or SLDS


      15. and for any other activity of the center regarding its receipt, storage, sharing and transmission of


      16. data as part of its non-SLDS operations and activities.


      17. (12) The council on postsecondary education shall be the employer of public record for the


      18. Center.


      19. (c) Funding. Appropriations made pursuant to this Act shall be used exclusively for the


      20. development and operation of RILDS.


      21. (1) The board and the center may implement a data request fee policy to compensate for


      22. excessive use of the data system, to recover costs that would otherwise typically be borne by the


      23. requesting data researcher, or both. A data request fee policy implemented pursuant to this section


      24. shall be reviewed and approved by the board, revised periodically, and made publicly available and


      25. posted in a prominent location on the RILDS’s internet website.


      26. (2) The center may receive funding for its operation of the RILDS from the following


      27. sources:


      28. (a) State appropriations;


      29. (b) Federal grants;


      30. (c) User fees; and


      31. (d) Any other grants or contributions from public agencies or other entities.


      32. (e) There is hereby established a restricted receipt account in the general fund of the state


      33. and housed in the budget of the office of postsecondary commissioner entitled “longitudinal data


      34. system- non-federal grants.” The express purpose of this account is to record receipts and

  1. expenditures of the program herein described and established within this section.


  2. SECTION 11. Sections 46-12.9-3, 46-12.9-5 and 46-12.9-11 of the General Laws in


  3. Chapter 46-12.9 entitled “Rhode Island Underground Storage Tank Financial Responsibility Act”


  4. are hereby amended to read as follows:


  5. 46-12.9-3. Definitions.


  6. When used in this chapter:


  7. (1) "Advisory board" means the Rhode Island underground storage tank financial


  8. responsibility advisory board established pursuant to the provisions of § 46-12.9-8.


  9. (2 )(1) "Department" means the Rhode Island department of environmental management.


  10. (3)(2) "Director" means the director of the department of environmental management, or


  11. his or her designee.


  12. (4)(3) "Eligible costs" means costs, expenses, and other obligations as incurred by a


  13. responsible party for site investigation, site remediation, or other corrective action activities ordered


  14. or directed, and approved, by the department or performed by the responsible party and not


  15. specifically identified by the department as ineligible.


  16. (5)(4) "Facility" means any parcel of real estate or contiguous parcels of real estate owned


  17. and/or operated by the same person(s), which together with all land, structures, facility components,


  18. improvements, fixtures, and other appurtenances located therein, form a distinct geographic unit


  19. and at which petroleum products or hazardous materials are or have been stored in underground


  20. storage tanks.


  21. (6)(5) "Fund" means the Rhode Island underground storage tank financial responsibility


  22. fund established herein.


  23. (7)(6) "Operator" means any person in control of, or having the responsibility for, the daily


  24. operation of an underground storage tank system.


  25. (8)(7) "Owner" means any person, corporation, group, or other entity who or that holds


  26. exclusive or joint title to, or lawful possession of, a facility or part of a facility.


  27. (9)(8) "Petroleum product" means crude oil, or any fractions thereof, that is liquid at


  28. standard conditions of temperature sixty degrees Fahrenheit (60°F) and pressure fourteen and seven


  29. tenths pounds per square inch absolute (14.7 psia) and includes substances derived from crude oil


  30. including, but not limited to, the following:


  31. (i) Gasoline;


  32. (ii) Fuel Oils;


  33. (iii) Diesel Oils;


  34. (iv) Waste Oils;

  1. (v) Gasohol, lubricants and solvents.


  2. (10)(9) "Release" means any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, injecting, emitting,


  3. escaping, leaching, discharging, or disposing of any material stored in an underground storage tank


  4. system subject to these regulations into groundwater, surface water, soil, air, or any other


  5. environmental media.


  6. (11)(10) "Responsible party" means the person or persons liable for release of petroleum


  7. or the remediation of a release.


  8. (12)(11) "Site" means any location at which, or from which, there has been a release of


  9. petroleum associated with an underground storage tank or an underground storage tank system, or


  10. any location to which such petroleum has migrated.


  11. (13)(12) "UST" or "Underground storage tank system" means any one or more


  12. underground tanks, and their associated components, including piping, used to contain, transport,


  13. or store petroleum product or hazardous material whose volume is ten percent (10%) or more


  14. beneath the surface of the ground.


  15. 46-12.9-5. Purpose of fund.


  16. (a) The purpose of the fund shall be to facilitate the clean-up of releases from leaking


  17. underground storage tanks, underground storage tank systems, including those located on sites in


  18. order to protect the environment, including drinking water supplies and public health.


  19. (b) The fund shall provide reimbursement to responsible parties for the eligible costs


  20. incurred by them as a result of releases of certain petroleum from underground storage tanks or


  21. underground storage tank systems as provided herein. Monies in the fund shall be dispensed only


  22. upon the order of the department for the following purposes:


  23. (1) The fund shall pay not more than one million dollars ($1,000,000) per incident, and up


  24. to two million dollars ($2,000,000) in the aggregate, for damages of eligible costs, as defined in


  25. regulations promulgated hereunder and, as further defined in § 46-12.9-3, excluding legal costs and


  26. expenses, incurred by a responsible party as a result of a release of petroleum from an underground


  27. storage tank or underground storage tank system; provided, however, that a responsible party may


  28. be responsible for the first twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) of said eligible costs;


  29. (2) Reimbursement for any third-party claim including, but not limited to, claims for bodily


  30. injury, property damage, and damage to natural resources that are asserted against a responsible


  31. party and that have arisen as a result of a release of petroleum from an underground storage tank


  32. or underground storage tank system, in an amount not to exceed one million dollars ($1,000,000)


  33. for each release as set forth in subsection (b)(1); provided, that such claims are found by the


  34. department to be justified, reasonable, related to the release of petroleum, and not excessive or

  1. spurious in nature;


  2. (3) Costs incurred by the department in carrying out the investigative, remedial, and


  3. corrective action activities at sites of a petroleum release associated with an underground storage


  4. tank or underground storage tank system where the responsible party fails to comply with an order


  5. of the department to undertake such activities. In the event of such failure or documented inability


  6. to comply, the department may access the fund to perform the ordered work and may proceed to


  7. recover from the responsible party, on behalf of the fund, any amount expended from the fund by


  8. the department;


  9. (4) Nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to prevent subrogation by the state


  10. of Rhode Island against any responsible party, other than the owner and/or operator, for all sums


  11. of money that the fund shall be obligated to pay hereunder, plus reasonable attorney's fees and costs


  12. of litigation and such right of subrogation is hereby created; and


  13. (5) Eligible costs incurred by the department to support the fund, including, but not limited


  14. to, all personnel support to process and review claims in order to formulate recommendations for


  15. reimbursement for consideration, and providing meeting space for board meetings; provided,


  16. however, that no more than five hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($550,000) shall be dispensed


  17. from the fund for administrative purposes during any fiscal year. The department shall directly


  18. access the fund, pursuant to the limits set forth in subdivision (b)(1) of this section, to pay for such


  19. expenses.


20 (6) [Deleted by P.L. 2016, ch. 148, § 1 and P.L. 2016, ch. 160, § 1].


21 46-12.9-11. Fundings.


  1. (a) There is hereby imposed an environmental protection regulatory fee of one cent ($0.01)


  2. per gallon payable of motor fuel, to be collected by distributors of motor fuel when the product is


  3. sold to owners and/or operators of underground storage tanks. Each distributor shall be responsible


  4. to the tax administrator for the collection of the regulatory fee, and if the distributor is unable to


  5. recover the fee from the person who ordered the product, the distributor shall nonetheless remit to


  6. the tax administrator the regulatory fee associated with the delivery. In accordance with the


  7. regulations to be promulgated hereunder, the fee shall be collected, reported, and paid to the Rhode


  8. Island division of taxation as a separate, line-item entry, on a quarterly tax report by those persons


  9. charged with the collection, reporting, and payment of motor fuels taxes. This fee shall be


  10. administered and collected by the division of taxation. Notwithstanding the provisions of this


  11. section, the fee shall not be applicable to purchases by the United States government.


  12. (b) Of the one-cent-per-gallon ($0.01) environmental protection regulatory fee collected


  13. by distributors of motor fuel and paid to the Rhode Island division of taxation, one-half cent

  1. ($0.005) shall be deposited in the intermodal surface transportation fund to be distributed pursuant


  2. to § 31-36-20 and one-half cent ($0.005) shall be paid to the fund. All environmental protection


  3. regulatory fees paid to the department shall be received by the department, which shall keep such


  4. money in a distinct, interest-bearing, restricted-receipt account to the credit of, and for the exclusive


  5. use of, the fund provided that for the period January 1, 2008, through June 30, 2008, all revenues


  6. generated by the environmental protection regulatory fee, up to a maximum of two million dollars


  7. ($2,000,000), shall be deposited into the general fund. In fiscal year 2009, all revenues generated


  8. by the environmental protection regulatory fee, up to a maximum equivalent to two million two


  9. hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred dollars ($2,237,500), shall be deposited into the


  10. intermodal surface transportation fund. All fees collected may be invested as provided by law and


  11. all interest received on such investment shall be credited to the fund.


  12. (c) When the fund reaches the sum of eight million dollars ($8,000,000), the imposition of


  13. the fee set forth in this chapter shall be suspended, and the division of taxation shall notify all


  14. persons responsible for the collection, reporting, and payments of the fee of the suspension. In the


  15. event that the account balance of the fund subsequently is reduced to a sum less than five million


  16. dollars ($5,000,000) as a result of fund activity, the fee shall be reinstated by the division of


  17. taxation, following proper notice thereof, and once reinstated, the collection, reporting, and


  18. payment of the fee shall continue until the account balance again reaches the sum of eight million


  19. dollars ($8,000,000).


  20. (d) Upon the determination by the advisory board and the department that the fund has


  21. reached a balance sufficient to satisfy all pending or future claims, the advisory board department


  22. shall recommend to the general assembly the discontinuation of the imposition of the fee created


  23. in this section.


  24. SECTION 12. Section 46-12.9-8 of the General Laws in Chapter 46-12.9 entitled “Rhode


  25. Island Underground Storage Tank Financial Responsibility Act” is hereby repealed.


  26. 46-12.9-8. Advisory board.


  27. (a) There is hereby authorized, created, and established the "underground storage tank


  28. advisory board," to have such powers as are provided herein.


  29. (b) The advisory board shall consist of seven (7) members, as follows: the director of the


  30. department of environmental management, or his or her designee, who shall be a subordinate within


  31. the department of environmental management. The governor, with the advice and consent of the


  32. senate, shall appoint six (6) public members, one of whom shall have expertise and experience in


  33. financial matters. In making these appointments the governor shall give due consideration to


  34. recommendations from the American Petroleum Institute, the Independent Oil Marketers

  1. Association, the Oil Heat Institute, the Environment Council, the Independent Oil Dealers


  2. Association, and the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association. The newly appointed members will


  3. serve for a term of three (3) years commencing on the day they are qualified. Any vacancy which


4 may occur on the board shall be filled by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate,


  1. for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the member's predecessor as


  2. prescribed in this section. The members of the board shall be eligible to succeed themselves.


  3. Members shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified. No one shall be eligible for


  4. appointment unless he or she is a resident of this state. The members of the board shall serve without


  5. compensation. Those members of the board, as of the effective date of this act [July 15, 2005], who


  6. were appointed to the board by members of the general assembly, shall cease to be members of the


  7. board on the effective date of this act, and the governor shall thereupon nominate three (3)


  8. members, each of whom shall serve the balance of the unexpired term of his or her predecessor.


  9. Those members of the board, as of the effective date of this act [July 15, 2005], who were appointed


  10. to the board by the governor, shall continue to serve the balance of their current terms. Thereafter,


  11. the appointments shall be made by the governor as prescribed in this section.


  12. (c) The advisory board shall meet at the call of the chair. All meetings shall be held


  13. consistent with chapter 46 of title 42.


  14. (d) The advisory board and its corporate existence shall continue until terminated by law.


  15. Upon termination of the existence of the advisory board, all its rights and properties shall pass to


  16. and be vested in the state.


  17. (e) The advisory board shall have the following powers and duties, together with all powers


  18. incidental thereto or necessary for the performance of those stated in this chapter:


  19. (1) To elect or appoint officers and agents of the advisory board, and to define their duties:


  20. (2) To make and alter bylaws, not inconsistent with this chapter, for the administration of


  21. the affairs of the advisory board. Such bylaws may contain provisions indemnifying any person


  22. who is, or was, a director or a member of the advisory board, in the manner and to the extent


  23. provided in § 7-6-6 of the Rhode Island nonprofit corporation act;


  24. (3) To oversee, review, and evaluate the condition and performance of the underground


  25. storage tank fund and approve and submit an annual report after the end of each fiscal year to the


  26. governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the secretary


  27. of state, of its activities during that fiscal year. The report shall provide information provided by


  28. the department, including: an operating statement summarizing meetings held, including meeting


  29. minutes, subjects addressed, and decisions rendered; a summary of the advisory board's actions,


  30. fees levied, collected, or received, as prescribed in §§ 46-12.9-7 and 46-12.9-11, claims submitted,

  1. verified, approved, modified, and denied, as prescribed in § 46-12.9-7, and reconsideration hearings


  2. held; a synopsis of any law suits or other legal matters related to the fund; and a summary of


  3. performance during the previous fiscal year, including accomplishments, shortcomings, and


  4. remedies; a briefing on anticipated activities in the upcoming fiscal year; and findings and


  5. recommendations for improvements; and a summary of any training courses held pursuant to


  6. subdivision (e)(4). The report shall be posted electronically as prescribed in § 42-20-8.2. The


  7. advisory board may make recommendations or suggestions on the claims process and/or the


  8. condition and management of the fund, and the department shall respond, in writing, to any of these


  9. suggestions or recommendations; and


  10. (4) To conduct a training course for newly appointed and qualified members and new


  11. designees of ex-officio members within six (6) months of their qualification or designation. The


  12. course shall be developed by the executive director, approved by the board, and conducted by the


  13. executive director. The board may approve the use of any board or staff members or other


  14. individuals to assist with training. The training course shall include instruction in the following


  15. areas: the provisions of chapter 12.9 of title 46, chapter 46 of title 42, chapter 14 of title 36 and


  16. chapter 2 of title 38; and the board's rules and regulations. The director of the department of


  17. administration shall, within ninety (90) days of the effective date of this act [July 15, 2005], prepare


  18. and disseminate training materials relating to the provisions of chapter 14 of title 36, chapter 2 of


  19. title 38, and chapter 46 of title 42.


  20. (f) Upon the passage of this act and the appointment and qualification of the three (3) new


  21. members prescribed in subsection (b), the board shall elect, from among its members, a chair.


  22. Thereafter, the board shall elect annually, in February, a chair from among the members. The board


23 may elect, from among its members, such other officers as it deems necessary.


  1. (g) Four (4) members of the board shall constitute a quorum and the vote of the majority


  2. of the members present shall be necessary and shall suffice for any action taken by the board. No


  3. vacancy in the membership of the board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all of the


  4. rights and perform all of the duties of the board.


  5. (h) Members of the board shall be removable by the governor pursuant to § 36-1-7 and


  6. removal solely for partisan or personal reasons unrelated to capacity or fitness for the office shall


  7. be unlawful.


  8. SECTION 13. This article shall take effect upon passage.

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    1. ARTICLE 4 AS AMENDED


    2. RELATING TO TAXES



    3. SECTION 1. Title 44 of the General Laws entitled "TAXATION" is hereby amended by


    4. adding thereto the following chapter:


    5. CHAPTER 5.3


    6. STATEWIDE TANGIBLE PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION


    7. 44-5.3-1. Municipal tangible property tax exemption.


    8. (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 5 of this title or any other provisions of law


    9. to the contrary, in an effort to provide relief for businesses, including small businesses, and to


    10. promote economic development, a city, town, or fire district shall provide each tangible property


    11. taxpayer on the aggregate amount of all ratable, tangible personal property not otherwise exempt


    12. from taxation an exemption from taxation of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) applicable to the


    13. assessment date of December 31, 2023 and for each assessment date thereafter. All ratable,


    14. tangible, personal property valued above fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) remains subject to


    15. taxation.


    16. (b) Individual personal exemptions granted to tangible property taxpayers in any city, town,


    17. or fire district at the time of the effective date of this chapter shall be applied to assessed values


    18. prior to applying the statewide exemption provided in this section in order that any lost revenue to


    19. be reimbursed pursuant to this chapter for each respective city, town, or fire district shall not include


    20. revenue loss resulting from these individual personal exemptions.


    21. (c) Exemptions existing and uniformly applied to all tangible property taxpayers in any


    22. city, town, or fire district at the time of the effective date of this chapter shall be disregarded in


    23. order that any lost revenue to be reimbursed pursuant to this chapter for each respective city, town,


    24. or fire district shall include revenue loss resulting from such pre-existing uniform exemptions.


    25. 44-5.3-2. Reimbursement of lost tax revenue.


    26. (a) Beginning in fiscal year 2025 and for each fiscal year thereafter, cities, towns, and fire


    27. districts shall receive reimbursements, as set forth in this section, from state general revenues for


    28. lost tax revenues due to the reduction of the tangible property tax resulting from the statewide


    29. exemption set forth in § 44-5.3-1.


    30. (b) Beginning in fiscal year 2025, and for each fiscal year thereafter, cities, towns, and fire

      1. districts shall receive a reimbursement equal to the tangible property levy for the assessment date


      2. of December 31, 2022, minus the tangible personal property levy for the assessment date of


3 December 31, 2023.


4 (c) Reimbursements shall be distributed in full to cities, towns, and fire districts on


5 September 30, 2024 and every September 30 thereafter; provided, however, that reimbursement


  1. shall not be provided to any city, town, or fire district in any year in which it has failed to provide


  2. to the division of municipal finance its certified tax roll in accordance with § 44-5-22 or any other


  3. information required by the division of municipal finance to calculate the reimbursement amount.


  4. 44-5.3-3. Tangible property tax rate cap.


  5. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the tax rate for the class of


  6. property that includes tangible personal property for any city, town, or fire district shall be capped


  7. and shall not exceed thereafter the tax rate in effect for the assessment date of December 31, 2022.


  8. (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, for assessment dates on and


  9. after December 31, 2023, any city, town, or fire district shall be permitted to tax all other classes


  10. of property, or where no classification has been enacted all other types of property, at a different


  11. tax rate than the tax rate for tangible personal property required by subsection (a) of this section.


  12. 44-5.3-4. Removal of certain limitations and requirements.


  13. For assessment dates on or after December 31, 2023, tangible tax rates shall be disregarded


  14. for purposes of compliance with limitations on the extent to which the effective tax rate of one class


  15. of property may exceed that of another, or requirements that the same percentage rate change be


  16. applied across property classes from one year to the next, under § 44-5-11.8 or any other similar


  17. statutory provision applicable to a city, town, or fire district.


  18. 44-5.3-5. Application.


  19. The statewide exemption set forth in this chapter shall not apply to:


  20. (1) Public service corporation tangible property subject to taxation pursuant to § 44-13-13;


  21. and


  22. (2) Renewable energy resources and associated equipment subject to taxation pursuant to


28 § 44-5-3(c).


  1. SECTION 2. Chapter 44-13 of the General Laws entitled “Public Service Corporation Tax”


  2. is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:


  3. 44-13-37. Temporary Relief from the Gross Earnings Tax on Electricity and Gas.


  4. (a) As used in this section:


  5. (1) “Electric utility customer” means an individual or business who purchases electricity


  6. from a utility company during any of the months between and including December 2023 through

    1 March 2024.


    1. (2) “Gas utility customer” means an individual or business who purchases natural gas from


    2. a utility company during any of the months between and including December 2023 through March


    3. 2024.


    4. (3) “Utility company” means any entity that qualifies as a “public service com