PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island builders want to loosen restrictions on construction to help accelerate development. The latest development-friendly bill speeds up the process for dividing parcels of land into smaller lots for building single-family homes.
KINGSTON, R.I. — With all of the doom and gloom coming from Washington, D.C., about cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and subsequently to state environmental programs, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., says not to fret.
NEWPORT, R.I. — A second Rhode Island community has passed a bag ban. By a 7-0 vote March 8, the City Council swiftly approved a prohibition on single-use checkout bags.
PROVIDENCE — The evidence against chemical flame-retardants has been mounting for decades. Not only do they not prevent fires, but these synthetic additives to furniture and plastics are dangerous to human health and the environment.
PROVIDENCE — In the ongoing effort to make it easier to develop open space, a bill has been introduced that requires Rhode Island municipalities to speed up the process for approving subdivisions and land development.
As White House scandals dominate the headlines, President Donald Trump’s agency nominees continue to cruise through confirmation. The candidacy of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency is one of Trump’s remaining cabinet appointees.
PROVIDENCE — A bill to tax fossil fuels is back again, and this time it’s designed to be more attractive to skeptical lawmakers.
PROVIDENCE — Local advocates for women’s reproductive freedom aren’t waiting around for Washington, D.C., to roll back hard-fought protections over their bodies.
The environment was a really hot topic for a while. The Trump administration’s environment-related activity was often front-page material, sometimes even above the fold. Until, that is, the recent uproar over the travel ban on Syrian refugees and visa-wielding visitors from selected Muslim countries.
PROVIDENCE — The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bill that would shield college professors and researchers from turning over a portion of their research for Freedom of Information Act data requests.
PROVIDENCE — The waves of protest sweeping the country made their way to the Statehouse and later to a school on the city’s East Side, where Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., encountered a crowd upset with the actions of the nation’s new president.
PROVIDENCE — The House Judiciary moved quickly to advance a bill that would impose fines for damaging or building on protected open space.
PROVIDENCE — Buoyed by the passage of the Green Economy Bond referendum in November, the state’s leading environmental advocacy group has set some ambitious goals for the 2017 session of the General Assembly, which runs through June.