PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly may meet again this year to complete its unfinished business, including passing a budget for fiscal 2018, but its results in the environmental sector to this point are somewhat lopsided.
PROVIDENCE — As the dust settles on the abrupt end to the 2017 General Assembly session, there are least a few developments to report from the session's final days.
As local bag bans gain momentum in Rhode Island, there is concern that a proposed statewide ban could wipe them out and eventually end bag bans for good.
PROVIDENCE — According to the Statehouse press office, this week will likely be the last before the General Assembly wraps up the 2017 session. Advocates and opponents of legislation, therefore, are urging public action on outstanding bills.
PROVIDENCE — Any effort to reinstate environmental programs and funds removed from the fiscal 2018 budget didn’t happen — publicly, at least — during an unusually short session June 22 to pass the spending bill in the House of Representatives.
PROVIDENCE — Some 20 environmental groups are imploring their supporters to contact their members of the House ahead of its marathon budget vote and ask them to restore $12.5 million to Rhode Island's energy-efficiency program.
PROVIDENCE — The bill banning battery cages is on the same path it followed the previous two years: moving through the House and dying in the Senate.
PROVIDENCE — A bill that could halt the fossil-fuel power plant proposed for Burrillville was met with skepticism at a recent Senate hearing.
PROVIDENCE — Several key environmental bills are on the cusp of passing or running out of time as the General Assembly draws to a close for the summer.
PROVIDENCE — The House is scheduled to vote May 31 on a bill that speeds up approvals for new home construction. H5475 cleared the House Committee on Municipal Government after a financial penalty for missing an approval deadline was removed the bill.
PROVIDENCE — As the General Assembly enters its final phase of lawmaking for 2017, hearings and votes are on tap for important bills this week.
PROVIDENCE — The legislative effort to stop the fossil-fuel power plant proposed for Burrillvile and reverse Rhode Island’s dependence on imported fossil fuels met resistance and downright contempt during a recent Statehouse hearing.
PROVIDENCE — The General Assembly is scheduled to hold votes and hearings on a bunch of important environmental bills this week.
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — Middletown is the latest community to kick the plastic-bag habit. On May 1, the Town Council unanimously approved a ban on thin-film plastic bags offered by retailers.