These are the bills that the 2012 Green Report Card will be based on.
2012 Legislative Priorities in the RI General Assembly
For status updates on these bills, please enter the number series for each bill into the “Bills” field of the form located here: http://status.rilin.state.ri.us/
An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers Public Transit Investment
Sponsors: O'Grady, Tanzi, Handy, Blazejewski, Valencia H7581
Would Restore RIPTA to the dedicated trust fund created in the 2011 budget to provide for investments in transit services while simultaneously moving the timeline forward and creating additional revenue by transferring all existing registration fees into the fund.
RI Budget FY 2013
Clean Water Bond & Local Farm, Open Space, and Recreation Bond
RI Budget Article 5, Question #3 and Question #4
These 2 bond referendums are proposed by Governor Chafee's budget and would provide funding for:
Clean Water Bond — $20 million for wastewater treatment plant improvements, sewer line extensions, sewer-tie ins, residential septic system upgrades. Clean Water Bond Fact Sheet (pdf file, 60kb).
Local Farm, Open Space and Recreation Bond — $25 million for farm land conservation, local grants for open space acquisition for habitat and recreation, local grants to develop outdoor recreation facilities, fish passages, stormwater management and habitat restoration. Local Farm, Open Space and Recreation Bond Fact Sheet (pdf file, 32kb).
An Act Relating to Health and Safety
House Sponsors: Brien, Phillips, and Baldelli-Hunt H7049
This bill would overturn the State's ban on incineration of waste and facilitate the creation of a waste-to-energy facility located in the city of Woonsocket.
An Act Relating to Towns and Cities
House Sponsors: Gallison, San Bento, Malik, Brien, and Dickinson H7866
Senate Sponsors: McCaffrey, and Lynch S2616
This bill was drafted by the RI Builders Association and would limit municipalities' ability to protect wetlands and steep slopes through the planning, zoning and subdivision process. This legislation will increase development density in rural areas that have wetlands and/or steep slopes and zoning requirements for lots larger than 1 acre.
Act Relating to Parks & Recreation Areas — Public Use of Private Lands
Senate Sponsor: McCaffrey S2491
This legislation would eliminate the liability protection for public recreation use of lands owned by municipalities and the state. It would increase municipal and state costs for liability insurance and for accident claims. As a result, it would discourage municipal efforts to develop parks and otherwise encourage public recreation use on land they own. It would also discourage partnerships between non-profit organizations and municipalities and the state to develop trails and promote recreational use of other protected areas.