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Law

RI House Bill 5909/Senate Bill 31

Notary Law Update: RI House Bill 5909/Senate Bill 31

State: Rhode Island

Summary:

House Bill 5909/Senate Bill 31 allows an individual to create a supportive decision-making agreement that must be witnessed by 2 adults or be notarized.

Signed:  July 08, 2019

Effective:  July 08, 2019

Chapter: 113/124

Affects:

Creates new Chapter 66.13 of Title 42 in the Rhode Island General Laws.

Changes:
  1. Allows an individual to sign a supportive decision-making agreement to name a supporter who can assist the individual in managing life decisions.
  2. Requires the agreement to be signed before two witnesses or a Notary Public.
  3. Creates a statutory supportive decision-making agreement.
Analysis:

Supportive decision-making allows an adult with a disability to name another individual to be that person's supportive decision-maker in a supportive decision-making agreement. The decision-maker helps the adult make educational, financial and medical decisions as well as other important life decisions. Thus, supportive decision-making "is an alternative to guardianship. Guardians make decisions for the person with a disability. However, supported decision-making allows the person with the disability to make his or her own decisions instead of having someone else make them for him or her" (From About SDM, What is Supported Decision-making at supporteddecisions.org).

Read the bill text of House Bill 5909.

Read the bill text of Senate Bill 31.

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