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.
PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina Raimondo, who spoke at the April 25 Statehouse event, supports a carbon tax and other environmental bills, but said she hadn't read a bill designed to stop the proposed Burrillville fossil-fuel power plant.
PROVIDENCE — Renewable energy and farming has been a successful partnership for years. In the Midwest and other farming regions, wind turbines and solar arrays have been a financial lifeline for struggling farmers.
PROVIDENCE — Banning the use of cages to raise egg-laying chickens is a popular idea with the public but not one Rhode Island lawmakers and regulators are ready to embrace.
NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A Trump administration proposal to cut the national Sea Grant budget by $30 million would likely mean the elimination of the program altogether, including the Rhode Island Sea Grant program at the University of Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE — To brace for potential budget and staff cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency, state lawmakers have passed a resolution to measure those impacts on Rhode Island, specifically at the Department of Environmental Management, which receives 30 percent of its budget from the federal government.
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.