RHODE ISLAND: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES MEETING

Rhode Island flag Since 2003, the NCSL/AECF Partnership on Family Economic Success has held a yearly meeting to give lawmakers a chance to convene with their colleagues and discuss solutions to the challenges faced by low-income working families. Legislative leadership from 10 states send small teams of legislators to the forum. Participants hear from leading experts and practitioners and develop an action plan that is relevant to their state.

Read Rhode Island state action plans below including a list of attending legislators, priorities areas and legislative action by meeting participants related to their working families policy goals.

History of Participation

Rhode Island has participated six times in the working families meeting. Here are the state action plans for Rhode Island and a list of team members who have participated in our meeting since 2003.

List of State Team Members from All Years

State Action Plans

2013
2012
2010
2009
2008
2007

All Rhode Island State Action Plans and Participants

View Rhode Island's Featured State page for more about state team accomplishments.

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Legislative Action by Year

The following legislative actions were taken by team members in relation to their action plan. Legislative actions include follow up meetings with key stakeholders, constituent meetings and newsletters, statutory enactments and resolutions, appropriations, and the creation of legislative working groups.

  • RI HB 6070 (2013) - Establishes the Council of Economic Advisors to collect and publish data that will inform policy.
  • RI SB 2399 (2010) – Authorizes a credit union registered to do business in the State of Rhode Island to conduct a savings promotion raffle. Explains that the credit union shall conduct a savings promotion raffle so that each token or ticket representing an entry in the raffle has an equal chance of being drawn.  Specifies that a credit union shall not conduct a savings promotion raffle in a manner that jeopardizes the credit union's safety and financial soundness or misleads its members.
  • RI SB 728 (2009) –  Requires adoption and implementation of a formula to calculate information about on-time graduation from students in public high schools in the state.  
  • RI HB 5983 (2009) - Exempts EITC payments from a family's income and assets when under consideration for public assitance. The EITC is unaffected by the new language in the bill.
  • RI HB 6561 (2007) - Creates the a Joint Legislative Commission on Family Income and Asset Building. Comprised of three senators, three representatives and two staff members, the commission was tasked to conduct a review of state initiatives and private programs designed to support low-income families and help them build assets.