STATE HOUSE – The House Finance Subcommittee on General Government will be meeting tomorrow, July 23 at 4 p.m. in Room 35 of the State House to hear testimony on two FY 2021 department budgets and a budget amendment proposed by the governor.  The subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Michael A. Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket).

The subcommittee will be reviewing the FY 2021 budgets for the Department of Revenue and the Department of Business Regulation.  The subcommittee will also hear testimony on a proposed budget amendment by the governor that relates to insurance.

The meeting will be televised live on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15 and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will also be live streamed at http://ritv.devosvideo.com/show?video=cd679c40105a.

No in-person public testimony will be taken nor will the meeting be open to the public.

Public testimony can be given in two ways.  Documents provided at the hearing will be made available on the General Assembly website: http://www.rilegislature.gov/Special/comdoc/Pages/HFIN.aspx.

Written testimony is encouraged and should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For those who would prefer the option to provide verbal testimony please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

 

·         Bill # (or specific topic) you are testifying on

·         For/Against

·         Your Name and Phone number (to be reached for your testimony)

·         Affiliation: (if any)

*Deadline to request verbal testimony is Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11 am.

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