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2015 Workshop Videos
HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules Apply to YOU! Are You Complying?
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule sets standards for the authorized and required uses and disclosures of confidential health information. In this session, guidance will be provided on how public sector entities can adopt a risk management approach to precisely frame the purpose and means for the collection, maintenance, and transfer of high risk data throughout your organization. Discussion will include examples of state and federal data privacy and security investigations and data breaches.

Speakers include:
  • Russ Godin, Director of Claims, Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust
  • Linn Freedman, Esq., Partner, Nixon Peabody


Can the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax be Fixed?

This workshop will review the background of the tax which generates over $200 million in annual city and town revenues. It will focus on the disparity of tax rates around the state, the amount of exemption applicable, and the current as well as modified valuation methods available. The substance of recent legislative initiatives which have been proposed to modify the tax will also be reviewed. The chair of the RI Vehicle Value Commission will discuss administrative and financial difficulties of modifying the valuation method as well as limitations on the appeal process. Finally, representatives of the Providence City Council and staff will present a recent Council report which associates the cost of road maintenance with the levy from the tax, the legitimacy of no tax for lower value cars, and strategies employed in other states.

Speaker includes:
  • Peder Schaefer, Associate Director, RI League of Cities and Towns
  • Linda Cwiek, Tax Assessor, N Kingstown and Chair RI Vehicles Value Commission
  • Sam Zuier, Ward 2 Councilmember, City of Providence
  • Nick Freeman, Research Analyst, Providence City Council   


What's REALLY Happening with RI Streetlights?
Streetlighting is one of municipality’s highest energy-related expenses. Yet two-thirds of the expense is for operation and maintenance, not energy. RI’s cities and towns can now buy their lights and capture and estimated 40% savings. This panel will inform RI’s municipalities about why the Municipal Streetlights Investment Act was developed and passed, how cities and towns can take advantage of it, and how much a town or city might save in the process. The Moderator is the developer and author of the bill, and panelists include the sponsor of the bill, a national expert on municipally-owned streetlighting who has worked with over 100 communities, a representative of National Grid, and the OER’s lead staff person on streetlights, who helped with the legislation and OER’s intervention in the PUC process. You will leave knowing what you can do and why.

Speakers includes:
  • Jeff Broadhead, Executive Director, WCRPC/PRISM
  • Deborah Ruggiero, Representative District 74 Jamestown/Middletown
  • Jerry Drummond, National Grid
  • Christopher Kearns, Chief of Program Development, Office of Energy Resource 
  • George Woodbury, SolLux Technologies