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Legislative Wrap-ups

2023 Legislative wins

As a multi-sector housing advocacy coalition, Homes RI was pleased to see the Rhode Island General Assembly’s continued focus on housing reflected in key legislative initiatives and the FY24 budget.

The General Assembly largely threw its support behind House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi’s housing policy package; approving 13 of 14 bills including legislation to prohibit rental application fees and allow tenants to provide their own state-issued background check and/or credit report during the screening process for an apartment. Other approved legislation will make it possible to seal an eviction record upon request. These new laws went into effect Jan. 1, 2024.

The General Assembly approved several more significant tenant and homeowner protections – firmly signaling that the expansion of these protections is essential to increasing housing stability while the State undertakes measures to address housing supply and affordability. These include a package of lead poisoning prevention bills backed by the Attorney General’s office.

Coupled with housing investments made in the FY24 budget, these policies will help keep more Rhode Islanders stably and safely housed.

 


 

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2023 Legislative Wrap-up

2022 Legislative Wrap-Up


 

Our annual legislative agenda is developed by the Policy & Advocacy Working Group and approved by the Homes RI Steering Committee. It aligns with our Policy Priorities and Framework

For more information about our Legislative Agenda, contact Katie West at kwest@housingnetworkri.org.


 

Read our Housing Policy Guide to stay informed on thoughtful, strategic practices to improve Rhode Island’s state of housing.

Together, we can work to ensure all Rhode Islanders live in safe, healthy, affordable homes.