Rhode Island Senate Bill 2552

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On March 1, 2022 in the Senate: Introduced, referred to Senate Health and Human Services

UPDATES

April 23, 2022

The Epoch Times reports on this draconian bill. The consensus is that it has little chance of passing.

“This is an unconscionable overreach of legislative powers,” de la Cruz said. “The good news is this legislation has little chance of passing. I won’t rule it out, but I don’t believe it will pass, that said, I’m not taking it for granted, and neither should you.”

Read April 2s, 2022 Article at The Epoch Times

General Information

So Rhode Island wants to punish parents who do not get their children vaccinated. You read that right. The education you received is working. Bill SB2552 proposes a number of things. First, everyone over 16 will be required to be vaccinated. That right there is bad enough as it is, but it gets worse.

Kids under 16 are required to be vaccinated and as parents you are required to make sure that happens. If your kids are not vaccinated you’ll need to pay $50.00 dollars a month. That however, is not the worst of it. 50 a month, I wouldn’t like that, but it would be worth it to keep your kids vaccine free. The other part of the plan is to double your income tax. Again, you read that right. It’s not a typo on my part. If you doubt me (and you should never doubt The Inmate), you can read the entire bill PDF, opens new window and for your convenience, because I’m a nice guy, I’ve included that section below:

(e) Any person who violates this chapter shall be required to pay a monthly civil penalty of fifty dollars ($50.00) and shall owe twice the amount of personal income taxes as would otherwise be assessed pursuant to chapter 30 of title 44. All employers must require proof of  compliance with this chapter for any employee employed in in-person work within the State of Rhode Island. Employers may choose to waive proof of compliance with this chapter for purely remote work. Any employer found to be knowingly in violation of this section for more than seven (7) days shall be required to pay a monthly civil penalty of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for every violation.

I forgot to add, as you’ve no doubt read, employers can face fines of $5,000 for every violation. It appears the violation would include not only making sure your employees are vaccinated, but also making sure your employee’s children are vaccinated.

But hey, thank God the mask mandates are being dropped!

The person behind this bill is Rhode Island senator Samuel (The Communist) W. Bell(opens new window). Here’s his short bio:

Sam Bell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) was born on July 7, 1989. He is married to Samantha Weiser.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy and Geology from Amherst College; a Master’s Degree in Geosciences from Brown University; and a Ph.D. in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science from Brown University.
He was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate on November 4, 2018.

That kind of explains why he is in politics: those degrees have little relevance in the real world.

If you feel inclined to also write Sammy (The Communist) Bell as I did, here’s his email:

sen-bell@rilegislature.gov

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