House Judiciary Committee en House Committee Approves Mental Health Gun Legislation <p>The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve what may be some of the only gun legislation this session.</p><p>The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is one of three federal databases that federally licensed gun sellers check before selling anyone a gun. &nbsp;</p><p>Right now the state does not submit any information to NICS. &nbsp;The bill voted on by the House Judiciary Committee would allow the state’s District Court to report to NICS anyone who has been deemed a danger to themselves or others after a mental health hearing.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:33:34 +0000 John Bender 34711 at House Judiciary Committee to Consider Voter ID Compromise <p>A compromise measure in the Rhode Island House will require voters to show ID – but not photo ID – when they go to the polls. The bill will be the subject of a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.</p><p>Democratic State Representative Larry Valencia of Richmond had introduced a bill to repeal the state’s voter ID law. Valencia says he opposes voter ID because he sees it as a barrier to voting. But the rep said his bill will be amended to address concerns on both sides of the issue.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:24:34 +0000 Ian Donnis 17089 at Same-Sex Marriage Clears Another Legislative Hurdle <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is expected Thursday to sign into law legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.&nbsp; The House Judiciary Committee quickly approved the bills Tuesday.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Any uncertainty facing the same-sex bills was eliminated when the state Senate overwhelmingly approved them last week. In a largely procedural matter, House Judiciary followed up with an unanimous 13-to-zero vote. Education activist Maryellen Butke, who can recall how fellow gays and lesbians once faced overt hostility in Rhode Island, called the vote historic.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 10:42:48 +0000 Ian Donnis 14475 at Same-Sex Marriage Clears Another Legislative Hurdle Same-sex marriage bill moves to full RI House <p>A bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island has cleared its first legislative hurdle.&nbsp;The House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the legislation, paving the way for a full House vote later this week.</p><p>The crowd assembled for the same sex marriage vote erupted in applause and cheers when the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to pass the bill on to the full House.&nbsp; The panel had heard hours of testimony. By the time it came to vote, only Committee chair Edith Ajello had anything left to say.</p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:42:54 +0000 Flo Jonic 9016 at Same-sex marriage bill moves to full RI House