NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Gov. Gina Raimondo recently held a bill-signing ceremony to brag about the unusually high number of renewable-energy bills passed by the General Assembly this year — and to show her commitment to address climate change.
On the same night that the U.S. Senate rejected the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, it also come out forcefully against President Trump’s effort to eliminate funding for key coastal programs.
Three outspoken environmentalists on the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council board were not asked to return to the committee, and Gov. Gina Raimondo isn’t saying much about it.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has seen plenty of acts of deception by Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Those actions include using a private e-mail account for state business and being untruthful during his confirmation hearings.
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.