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Bill Year: 2019
Topic Bill Title, Numbers, Description House Sponsors Senate Sponsors
2019

Planning and Development

Support - RI Energy Resources Act: Solar Siting - (H5789), (S0661), (S0661subA) - (ECRI PRIORITY) This bill includes a suite of strategies to incentivize proper siting and minimize the size of commercial solar in environmentally sensitive areas. It also requires the establishment of comprehensive solar energy siting ordinances in each Rhode Island town and city and requires the state to develop a renewable energy siting plan. Bennett, Handy, Edwards, Diaz, Slater Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Conley, Lombardo, Coyne
2019

Climate

Support - Economic & Climate Resilience Act Of 2019 - (H5869), (S0662) - This act would establish a fee on companies that sell fossil fuels in Rhode Island and establish an economic and climate resilience fund to disburse the collected revenues. It requires that both Massachusetts and one additional Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative state pass a carbon fee of at least five dollars ($5) per metric ton of carbon to take effect. Bennett, Handy, Kislak, Donovan, Carson Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Conley, Euer, Goldin
2019

Climate

Support - RI Global Warming Solutions Act - (H5444), (S0658) - This bill would require our State to take action on climate change. It would require reducing carbon emissions economy-wide by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, with interim targets for 2020 and 2035. Blazejewski, Carson, Solomon Jr., Ucci, Handy Euer, McCaffrey, Sosnowski, Goodwin, Conley
2019

Conservation

Support - Energy & Consumer Savings Act: Efficiency Standards - (H5667), (S0552) - This bill would establish new energy and water efficiency standards for appliances and other products sold in Rhode Island. Bennett, Edwards, Jacquard, Diaz Satchell, Sosnowski, Seveney, Coyne, Valverde
2019

Waste

Oppose - Plastics Pyrolosis Solid Waste Amendments - (H5448), (H5448subA), (S0408) - (ECRI OPPOSES) This bill would exempt plastics from being considered solid waste, creating a loophole in existing state law to circumvent the prohibition of incineration of solid waste. Ucci, Costantino, Quattrocchi, Fellela Lombardo, Lombardi (F), Gallo
2019

Pollution

Support - Plastic Bag Bill - (S0410), (S0410subA amended), (H5671), (H5671subA) - Creates the "Plastic Waste Reduction Act" designed to reduce the use of plastic bags by retail establishments by offering recyclable bag options and providing penalties for violations. McEntee, Fellela, Ucci, Costantino, Handy Ruggerio, Sosnowski, Euer, Coyne, Valverde
2019

Government

Support - Energy Facilities Siting Amendments (Burrillville) - (H5446) - Makes changes to the membership of the energy facilities siting board by increasing the size of the board from three (3) to seven (7) members for certain applications, and also imposes additional requirements on applicants for energy facilities. Place, Newberry
2019

Government

Oppose - Energy Facility Siting Amendments (TEC-RI/OER) - (H5804) - (ECRI OPPOSES) Amends provisions relative to the energy facility siting act including designating the public utilities commission as the public advocate and creates certain pre-application requirements. Bennett, Edwards, Jacquard
2019

Government

Support - Green New Deal Resolution - (H5665), (S0659) - This bill requests that the Rhode Island Green New Deal Research Council report their findings and recommendations regarding the potential benefits of green new deal initiatives to the General Assembly by May 15, 2019. Blazejewski, Carson, Vella-Wilkinson, Williams , McKiernan DiPalma, Goldin, Murray, Euer, Sosnowski
2019

Health

Support - Eliminate PFAS from Food Packaging - (H5565), (S0218) - This bill prohibits PFAS, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals, from being used in food packaging. Marszalkowski, Cortvriend, Caldwell Satchell, Sosnowski, Seveney, Coyne, Quezada
2019

Health

Support - Personal Care Products Disclosure - (H5826), (S0447) - Requires the personal care product industry to more fully disclose the ingredients they use and, where applicable, identify ingredients that have been published as a chemical of concern on one or more designated lists included in the act. Cassar, Caldwell, McEntee, Craven, Bennett Valverde, Goldin, Coyne, Lawson, Euer
2019

Climate

Support - Climate Change Adaptation Fund - (H5628), (S0412) - Establishes OSCAR, The Ocean State Climate Adaptation and Resilience fund, a fund which provides grants to support projects that adapt infrastructure to address climate change; assess eligibility of projects, allocation, disbursements and the fund's financing. Maldonado, O'Brien, Blazejewski, Serpa, Carson Lynch Prata
2019

Land

Support - Conservation Easement Restrictions - (S0170) - Requires conservation and preservation restrictions to be liberally interpreted in favor of the grants awarded. DiPalma, Sosnowski, Seveney, Coyne, Archambault
2019

Planning and Development

Support - Woodland Preservation & Stewardship Act - (H5813), (S0663) - Establishes and implements woodland stewardship and preservation programs managed by the Department of Environmental Management administered by cities and towns through local comprehensive planning and zoning. Handy, Barros, Alzate, Bennett Valverde, Sosnowski, Coyne, Euer, Conley
2019

Pollution

Support - Polystyrene Ban / Plastic Bag Bill - (S0268) - Prohibits retail sales establishments from providing plastic checkout bags and all retail establishments from providing expanded polystyrene disposable food containers and would be enforced by municipal designees, with an opt out provision. Miller, Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Ruggerio, Goldin
2019

Transportation

Support - Vulnerable Road User Protections - (S0596) - Provides for specific fines and sanctions to operators of motor vehicles who fail to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a vulnerable road user causing injury, serious injury, or death to the vulnerable road user. Archambault, Euer, Metts, Lombardi (F), Coyne
2019

Waste

Support - "Ask First" Plastic Straw Bill - (H5314), (S0202), (S0202subA) - This act would prohibit a food service establishment from providing a consumer with a single-use plastic straw, unless the consumer requests such a straw. Bennett, Handy, Ackerman, McNamara, Kislak McCaffrey, Sosnowski, Miller, DiPalma, Euer
Bill Year: 2020
Topic Bill Title, Numbers, Description House Sponsors Senate Sponsors
2020

Climate

Support - Resilient RI Act of 2014 - Act on Climate 2020 - (H7399), (S2165) - This bill puts Rhode Island on a path toward net-zero emissions by 2050. It also requires transparency and accountability, by making our targets legally binding and enforceable. Blazejewski, Abney, Bennett, Carson, Ruggiero Euer, Lynch Prata, Conley, Sosnowski, Goodwin
2020

Climate

Support - Climate Crisis Curriculum - (HR7471) - House Resolution Requesting That The Rhode Island Department Of Education Develop A Set Of Key Environmental And Climate Principles And Concepts To Be Infused In All Subjects For K-12 Public School Students. Cortvriend, Bennett, Donovan, Amore, Speakman
2020

Climate

Support - Ocean State Climate Adaptation Fund (OSCAR) - (S2194), (H7165) - This bill establishes the Ocean State Climate Adaptation and Resilience Fund (OSCAR) which allows municipalities and the state to apply for grants to improve public safety and community climate resilience for coastal habitats, as well as river and stream floodplains. Vella-Wilkinson, Shekarchi, Bennett, Handy, Ruggiero Lynch Prata, Pearson, Euer, Valverde, Coyne
2020

Climate

Support - Promotes Roof Solar Installations on School Property - (H7459) - Establishes a pilot program to promote the creation of roof solar installations on school property to generate electricity for school buildings in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Marszalkowski
2020

Composting

Support - School Waste Recycling and Refuse Disposal - (H7507) - This bill requires schools to comply with recycling & composting laws and promotes the donation of unspoiled nonperishable food by schools. Carson, Ucci, Donovan, Cassar, Blazejewski
2020

Conservation

Support - Creating a New Park or Conservation Land - (H7348) - Creates a voluntary mechanism for municipalities to use to dedicate a park, conservation or other land they own as public trust land in perpetuity to protect and preserve its future use. Edwards, Canario, Speakman, Cassar, Serpa
2020

Conservation

Support - Energy & Water Efficiency Standards - (S2043), (H7866) - This bill would establish minimum energy & water efficiency standards for appliances and specified equipment purchased or installed after July 1, 2021. Handy, Bennett, McKiernan, Ruggiero Satchell, Sosnowski, Valverde, Seveney, Coyne
2020

Conservation

Support - Prohibits Non-Native, Invasive Plants - (S2110) - Prohibits the importation, transportation, disbursement, distribution, sale, purchase, or possession of any species of non-native (exotic) invasive plants. Lynch Prata, Seveney, Euer, Sosnowski
2020

Conservation

Support - State Fleet Electrification - (H7680), (S2365) - This bill defines "light duty", "non-emergency" and "zero emission" vehicles and would require the state to convert its fleet of vehicles to no less than fifty percent (50%) of vehicles in those categories by the year 2028. Ajello, Marszalkowski, Knight, Barros, Abney Seveney, Coyne, DiPalma, Pearson, Euer
2020

Energy

Support - 100% Renewable Energy Standard - (S2404) - Sets new renewable energy standards which increase annually beginning in 2021 so that by 2030 all obligated entities shall obtain 100% of electricity sold at retail to Rhode Island end-use customers from eligible renewable-energy resources. Miller, Conley, Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Goodwin
2020

Energy

Support - 100% Renewable Energy; Lead By Example - (S2638) - This bill requires the state, including all its agencies and departments, to purchase one hundred percent (100%) of their energy needs from renewable sources by January 1, 2031. Valverde, Euer, Miller, Murray, Seveney
2020

Energy

- Community Remote Net Metering Expansion - (S2109), (H7280) - Allows new applicants for net-metering systems to increase the maximum mega wattage from thirty (30 MW) to sixty megawatts (60 MW). Tobon, Bennett, Barros, Alzate, Blazejewski Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Goodwin, Ruggerio, Conley
2020

Energy

Support - Economic & Climate Resilience Act of 2020 - (S2108) - This bill creates a fee on companies that sell fossil fuels in Rhode Island and establishes an "economic and climate resilience fund" to disburse the collected funds to all residents and businesses in RI for climate resilience, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and climate adaptation programs, including low-income residents and small businesses. Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Conley, McKenney
2020

Energy

- Energy Facility Siting Regulation - (S2192) - This bill states that applicants/licensees for fossil fuel electricity generating facilities must invest in renewable energy facilities in conjunction with their fossil fuel facility construction. Miller, Conley, Valverde, Sosnowski
2020

Energy

Support - Non-Regulated Power Producer Consumer Bill of Rights - (H7110) - Each non-regulated power producer, except governmental bodies, will provide the potential residential customer with a complete "Bill of Rights" prior to the initiation of electric-generation services. Ruggiero, Jacquard, Blazejewski, Craven, Handy
2020

Energy

Support - Residential Solar Energy Bill of Rights - (H7217) - Grants residential purchasers of solar energy systems protections and disclosures in the retail sale/lease documents as well as the right to cancel/rescind the agreement within ninety (90) days prior to installation and notice of any liens filed against their residential property. McNamara, Ackerman, Bennett, Jackson, Lyle Jr.
2020

General Assembly Rules

- Marine Fisheries Council - (H7874) - This bill would assign the regulatory jurisdiction over all marine animal species within the jurisdictional territory of the state to the Marine Fisheries Council. McEntee, Craven, O'Brien, Price
2020

Government

Oppose - Alternative Procedure for Approval of Freshwater Wetlands Alteration Applications - (H7867) - This bill would require DEM to pay for other engineers to conduct a wetland evaluation if they don't get to it within statutory timelines on their own. Chippendale, Filippi, Lyle Jr., Place, Quattrocchi
2020

Government

Support - Climate Issues – Part of Long-Term Economic Planning - (H7174) - This bill adds climate change/sea-level rise/coastal resiliency to data analysis in long-term economic planning. Changes number of members of the economic development planning council from 17 to 19 by adding the Directors of Environmental Management and Coastal Resources Council. Blazejewski, Carson, Knight, Cortvriend, Caldwell
2020

Government

Support - Control of Mosquitoes and Ticks Act - (H7870) - This bill establishes a program to control mosquitoes and ticks by the Dept of Health & DEM to coordinate the state's response to combatting the spread of mosquito-borne and tick-borne diseases. It engages stakeholders before aerial spraying for mosquitos and ticks; monitor afterwards. Craven, McEntee, Caldwell
2020

Government

Support - CRMC Member Appointed by Governor - (S2637) - Authorizes the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint an executive director of Coastal Resources Management Council to act as a liaison to the Director of the Department of Environmental Management to plan and manage coastal resources. Sosnowski, Felag, McKenney, Lynch Prata, McCaffrey
2020

Government

- EFSA Amendments - (H7930) - This bill increases the membership of the Energy Facility Siting Board from three (3) to five (5) members and would revise the process of energy facility siting to mandate inclusion and participation of the public and cities and towns. Edwards, Place, Slater, Newberry
2020

Government

Support - Fines for Drivers Who Injure Vulnerable Road Users - (S2082) - Provides for fines and sanctions to operators of motor vehicles who fail to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a vulnerable road user causing injury, serious injury, or death to the vulnerable road user. Archambault, Lombardi (F), Euer, Coyne, Metts
2020

Government

Support - Penalties on Careless Motorists for Injuring Vulnerable Road Users - (H7259), (S2082) - Provides for fines and sanctions to operators of motor vehicles who fail to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a vulnerable road user causing injury, serious injury, or death to the vulnerable road user. McNamara, Caldwell, Shekarchi, Jackson Archambault, Lombardi (F), Euer, Coyne, Metts
2020

Government

Support - Study of Reorganization of Rhode Island CRMC - (Resolution S2026) - Amends the membership of the special Senate Commission to study the effect and procedures for the reorganization of the CRMC from 15 to 11, and extends the reporting and expiration dates from January 2, 2020, to June 9, 2020, and expires on January 12, 2021. Sosnowski, Felag
2020

Government

Support - Tax Incentive for Connecting to a Sewer System - (H7406) - This bill allows real property owners a one-time non-refundable tax credit for the actual costs of connecting a single family or multi-family dwelling to a municipal sewer system credited to the owner's personal or corporate income tax. Solomon Jr., Serpa, Noret, Casey, Shanley
2020

Health

Support - Prohibition of PFAS in Food Packaging Act - (S2068), (H7307) - This bill would prohibit PFAS, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals, from being used in food packaging. Cortvriend, Marszalkowski, Speakman, Shekarchi, Ranglin-Vassell Satchell, Sosnowski, Quezada, Seveney, Coyne
2020

Land

Support - Coastal & Riverine Home Protection - (H7083) - Enables cities & towns to provide a tax exemption to individuals who take resiliency measures to rehabilitate their property because of flood hazards. Casimiro, McEntee, Carson, Knight, Craven
2020

Land

Support - Conservation and Preservation Restrictions on Real Property - (H7245) - Requires conservation and preservation restrictions to be liberally interpreted in favor of the grants awarded. Blazejewski, Ajello, Bennett, Kazarian, Casimiro
2020

Land

Support - Conservation Easement Enabling Legislation - (S2426) - Requires conservation and preservation restrictions to be liberally interpreted in favor of the grants awarded. DiPalma, Euer, Coyne, Raptakis, Valverde
2020

Land

Support - Open Space Bond Resolution - (Resolution H7676) - This Resolution provides for a voter referendum to seek approval of bonds not to exceed $4,000,000 and for a state Local Land Acquisition Matching Grant Program for open space and land conservation. Slater, Blazejewski, Kislak, Diaz, Bennett
2020

Other

Support - Prohibiting Artificial Propagation of Game - (H7308) - Prohibits captive hunting/possession, sale, breeding, importation of any mammal for purpose of captive hunting. O'Brien, Vella-Wilkinson, McEntee, Amore, Morin
2020

Other

Support - Prohibiting Import of Wild Animals into RI - (H7305) - Prohibits the practice of importing a wild animal into Rhode Island, where the animal is not native or indigenous to RI, for the purpose of conducting canned hunting. McNamara, Ackerman, Kislak, Diaz, Edwards
2020

Planning and Development

Support - Creating a New Park or Conservation Land - (S2469) - Creates a voluntary mechanism for municipalities to use to dedicate a park, conservation or other land they own as public trust land in perpetuity to protect and preserve its future use. Euer, DiPalma, Seveney, Sosnowski, Pearson
2020

Planning and Development

Support - Prohibits Development Near State House - (H7210) - Prohibits any development of land contiguous to the State House unless approved by the general assembly. Solomon Jr., Blazejewski, Jackson, Phillips, Noret
2020

Planning and Development

Oppose - RI Cesspool Act of 2007 - (H7052) - Amends the 2007 Cesspool Act by exempting a residential homeowner who has abandoned an on-site system from obtaining a contractor to pump out and to fill in with material, as long as the residential homeowner has taken the necessary steps to secure the abandoned on-site system. Roberts, Nardone, Chippendale, Serpa, Noret
2020

Planning and Development

- RI Cesspool Act of 2007 – Extended - (H7331) - This bill would allow DEM to extend certain deadlines for required sewer construction in the replacement of cesspools, but would not extend them beyond January 1, 2025. Edwards, Canario, Bennett, Diaz, Solomon Jr.
2020

Planning and Development

Support - RI Energy Resources Act: Solar Siting - (H7426) - This bill allows for the establishment of comprehensive solar energy siting ordinances in each municipality of the state. Speakman, Cortvriend, Knight, Cassar, Bennett
2020

Pollution

- Drug Take-back Program - (H7128) - Requires drug manufactures to establish fund and manage state approved drug take back programs, free of charge to the consumer and pharmacy. Corvese, Canario, Vella-Wilkinson, Azzinaro, Ucci
2020

Pollution

Support - Idling - (S2111) - Would expand the prohibition against idling of engines to include all types of engines, not just diesel engines. Sosnowski, McCaffrey, Lynch Prata, Conley, McKenney
2020

Pollution

Support - Neonicotinoid Ban - (H7425), (S2403) - This bill would prohibit the use of neonicotinoids, which are a class of insecticides. McNamara, Speakman, Caldwell, Bennett, Kislak Miller, Conley, Coyne
2020

Pollution

Support - Prohibited Release of Balloons - (H7261), (S2191) - This bill would prohibit the intentional release of a balloon inflated with lighter-than-air gas. The prohibition would not apply to: a balloon released for scientific or metrological purposes on behalf of a governmental agency or pursuant to a governmental contract; a hot air balloon that is recovered after launching; or a balloon that is released and remains indoors. Donovan, Carson, Bennett, Fogarty, Speakman Sosnowski, Lynch Prata, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, McKenney
2020

Transportation

- Bus Lane Travel Fine - (H7622) - Makes it a violation to use bus lanes while driving a car. Slater, Diaz, Edwards, McKiernan
2020

Transportation

Support - Commuter Transportation Benefit Act - (S2705) - Establishes the Commuter Transportation Benefit Act such that employers with five hundred (500) or more employees would provide a pre-tax transportation fringe benefit program or provide transportation to their employees. Lawson, Ciccone, Lombardi (F), Lombardo, Metts
2020

Waste

Support - "Ask First" Plastic Straw Bill - (H7163) - This bill prohibits food service establishments from providing plastic straws, unless requested by the consumer. Bennett, Canario, Jackson, Vella-Wilkinson, Handy
2020

Waste

Support - Adds "Cigarette Butts" to the Definition of "Litter" - (S2195) - Re: Litter Control & Recycling, this bill adds "cigarette butts" to the definition of "litter". Gallo, Murray, Lombardo, Conley
2020

Waste

Support - Bottle Bill – 10¢ Deposit on Bottles - (S2513) - Creates a refundable ten cent ($0.10) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. McKenney, Sheehan, Cano, Valverde, Sosnowski
2020

Waste

- Bottle Bill – 5¢ Deposit on Bottles - (H7611) - Creates a refundable five cent ($0.05) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A one cent ($0.01) handling fee would be paid by distributors. McEntee, Bennett, Ajello, Abney, Speakman
2020

Waste

Support - Composting Facilities - (H7868) - This bill requires businesses & educational facilities that produce at least fifty-two (52) tons of organic-waste yearly and are located within thirty (30) miles of an authorized composting facility to use authorized methods of recycling. Ruggiero, Cortvriend, Carson, Fogarty, Cassar
2020

Waste

Support - No Styrofoam in Food Service Containers - (H7164) - Prohibits the preparing, selling, processing or providing food or beverages in or on a disposable food service container that is composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. Bennett, Canario, Jackson, Vella-Wilkinson, Handy
2020

Waste

Support - Plastic Waste Reduction Act - (S2003), (H7306), (S2003subA) - To reduce the use of plastic bags by retail establishments by offering recyclable bag options and providing penalties for violations. McEntee, Shekarchi, Bennett, Craven, Knight Ruggerio, Sosnowski, Coyne, Euer, Miller
2020

Waste

Support - Prohibits Polystyrene Food Packaging - (S2636) - Prohibits a covered establishment from preparing, selling, processing or providing food or beverages in or on a disposable food service container that is composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. Miller, Sosnowski, Conley, Euer, McCaffrey
2020

Waste

Support - Tax Credit to Homeowner as Incentive to do Sewer over Septic - (S2215) - Allows a one-time non-refundable tax credit to the owner of real property for the costs of connecting to a municipal sewer system. McKenney, McCaffrey, Pearson, Satchell, Raptakis
2020

Water

- Creating a New Water Resources Board - (S2640) - Establishes a new Rhode Island water authority consisting of eleven (11) members. The water authority would be established as a new quasi-public corporation and would assume all the duties and powers of the old water resources board. The act would repeal all statutory provisions regarding or relating to the water resources board. Sosnowski, Coyne, Ruggerio, Conley, Lynch Prata
2020

Water

Support - Establishes Limits on PFAS in Water - (H7216), (S2235) - Instructs the Department of Health to establish maximum PFAS levels in water. Speakman, Cortvriend, Carson, Cassar, Donovan Lynch Prata, Satchell, Euer, Sosnowski, Miller