Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Watch List - 2021

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Bill Title House Bill # & Sponsor Senate Bill & Sponsor House Committee Senate Committee House Bill Status Senate Bill Status ECRI Position Updated date
Pfas In Drinking Water, Groundwater And Surface Waters

Requires DOH to establish maximum contaminate levels of PFAS in drinking water and to set interim standards. Also requires DEM to set standards for PFAS in ground- and surface waters. Defines PFSA as hazardous substances.

0107
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Housing Construction

Creates the housing jobs department and a series of other initiatives designed to create jobs in housing construction, specifically affordable and low-income housing, green and solar energy jobs and programs for low-income individuals.

0219
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Biodiesel Products

Amends the compliance standards for heating oil biobased products providing minimum standards for the percentage of biobased product that certain types of heating oil must contain.

0357
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to state affairs and government -- department of administration

Defines light duty, non-emergency and zero emission vehicles and requires the state to convert its fleet of vehicles to no less than fifty percent (50%) of vehicles in those categories by the year 2029

0042
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Finance 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
An act relating to health and safety -- beverage container deposit recycling act of 2021

Creates a refundable four cent ($0.04) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A ten cent ($0.10) handling fee would be paid by distributors.

0106
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Pfas In Food Packaging 0110
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Extending The Reporting And Expiration Dates Of The Special Senate Commission To Study The Effect And Procedures For The Reorganization Of The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) 0072
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Energy Facility Siting Act

Increases membership from 3 to 5 members/revises siting process to mandate public/municipal participation

0194
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to state affairs and government -- environmental justice act

Requires the department of environmental management to create environmental justice areas.

0105
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
An act relating to state affairs and government -- energy siting

Requires carbon-emissions-reduction goals be considered in energy plant siting proceedings

0127
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Judiciary 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Economic And Climate Resilience Act Of 2021

Establishes a fee on companies that sell fossil fuels in Rhode Island and establishes a fund to disburse the collected funds

0154
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Appliance And Equipment Energy And Water Efficiency Standards Act Of 2021

Establishes minimum energy and water efficiency standards for appliances and specified equipment purchased or installed after January 1, 2023

0339
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
State Emblems

This act would designate "Northern Star Coral" as the official state coral.

0067
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to health and safety -- beverage container deposit recycling act of 2021

Creates a refundable four cent ($0.04) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A ten cent ($0.10) handling fee would be paid by distributors.

0106
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
An act relating to motor and other vehicles - parking facilities and privileges

Requires parking lots to designate parking spaces for electric vehicles/installation of charging stations for new existing public/private parking lots with fines for parking violations/compliance. Effective 7/1/21.

0173
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Housing & Municipal Government 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Single-Use Plastic Straws

Prohibits a food service establishment from providing a consumer with a single-use plastic straw, unless the consumer requests such a straw

0155
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Ri Resource Recovery Corporation

Provides that any operational surplus of the Rhode Island resource recovery corporation shall be automatically transferred, on an annual basis, to a restricted receipt account for the sole purpose of waste management infrastructure.

0291
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to health and safety -- beverage container deposit recycling act of 2021

Creates a refundable ten cent ($0.10) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A four cents ($0.04) handling fee would be paid by distributors

0220
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
An act relating to waters and navigation -- coastal resources management council

Authorizes the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, to appoint an executive director of coastal resources management to act as a liaison to the director of the department of environmental management to plan and manage coastal resources

0187
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Judiciary 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm

Extending the reporting and expiration dates of the special senate commission to study the effect and procedures for the reorganization of the rhode island coastal resources management council (crmc)

0072
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Biodiesel Products

Amends the compliance standards for heating oil biobased products providing minimum standards for the percentage of biobased product that certain types of heating oil must contain.

0357
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to waters and navigation -- pfas in drinking water, groundwater and surface waters

Requires DOH to establish maximum contaminate levels of PFSA in drinking water and to set interim standards. Also requires DEM to set standards for PFSA in ground- and surface waters. Defines PFSA as hazardous substances.

0107
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
An act relating to taxation -- sales and use taxes -- liability and computation

Exempts reusable bags not including paper or plastic bags from the state sales tax.

0218
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Nonregulated Power Producer Consumer Bill Of Rights

Excludes municipal and government bodies that aggregate electrical loads for residential retail customers from the requirement that a new contract is required when there is a change of terms for electric-generation services

0025
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Nonregulated Power Producer Consumer Bill Of Rights

Excludes municipal and government bodies that aggregate electrical loads for residential retail customers from the requirement that a new contract is required when there is a change of terms for electric-generation services

0025
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to health and safety - pfas in food packaging

This act would prohibit PFAS, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals, from being used 1in food packaging.

0110
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services 02/23/2021 - 7:02am
An act relating to state affairs and government -- housing construction

Creates the housing jobs department and a series of other initiatives designed to create jobs in housing construction, specifically affordable and low-income housing, green and solar energy jobs and programs for low-income individuals.

0219
Jonathon Acosta
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/24/2021 - 5:15pm
Public Utilities Commission

Creates the uniform natural gas leaks classification act which classifies gas leaks into different grades and identifies the steps and procedures to be taken and provides a reporting requirement for a gas company subsequent to a leak.

0026
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Public Utilities Commission

Creates the uniform natural gas leaks classification act which classifies gas leaks into different grades and identifies the steps and procedures to be taken and provides a reporting requirement for a gas company subsequent to a leak.

0026
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to health and safety -- economic and climate resilience act of 2021

Establishes a fee on companies that sell fossil fuels in Rhode Island and establishes a fund to disburse the collected funds

0154
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Forest Conservation Act

Creates a forest conservation commission, to be coordinated with the department of environmental management, to seek new funding and identify incentives for landowners to maintain their land as forest.

5760
June S. Speakman
2021-2022 House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources In Committee 03/06/2021 - 5:38pm
Air Quality In Schools

Requires the department of health, in conjunction with the department of environmental management, to conduct indoor and outdoor air quality tests in all public and private schools throughout the state on an annual basis.

0030
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Air Quality In Schools

Requires the department of health, in conjunction with the department of environmental management, to conduct indoor and outdoor air quality tests in all public and private schools throughout the state on an annual basis.

0030
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to food and drugs -- single-use plastic straws

Prohibits a food service establishment from providing a consumer with a single-use plastic straw, unless the consumer requests such a straw

0155
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Act On Climate

Establishes a statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction mandate.)

0078
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Resolution Protecting And Ensuring Farmland Preservation 0039
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Resolution Protecting And Ensuring Farmland Preservation 0039
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to towns and cities

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

2021-2022 Senate Committee on Housing & Municipal Government 02/22/2021 - 10:06pm
Ocean State Climate Adaptation Fund

Establishes the Ocean State Climate Adaptation and Resilience Fund. Enables 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.

0035
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Resolution Extending The Reporting And Expiration Dates Of The Special Senate Commission To Study The Effect And Procedures For The Reorganization Of The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)

Extends the reporting and expiration dates for the commission to study the effect and procedures for the reorganization of the CRMC from June 9, 2020, to June 1, 2022, and would expire on January 3, 2023

0072
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
School Waste Recycling And Refuse Disposal

Requires schools to comply with recycling and composting laws and promotes the donation of unspoiled nonperishable food by schools. Requires the use of share tables at all schools.

0104
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Extending the reporting and expiration dates of the special senate commission to study the effect and procedures for the reorganization of the rhode island coastal resources management council (crmc) 0072
02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Disposable Food Service Containers

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

0036
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
School Waste Recycling And Refuse Disposal

Requires schools to comply with recycling and composting laws and promotes the donation of unspoiled nonperishable food by schools. Requires the use of share tables at all schools.

0104
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Beverage Container Deposit Recycling Act Of 2021

Creates a refundable four cent ($0.04) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A ten cent ($0.10) handling fee would be paid by distributors.

0106
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to public utilities and carriers -- nonregulated power producer consumer bill of rights

Excludes municipal and government bodies that aggregate electrical loads for residential retail customers from the requirement that a new contract is required when there is a change of terms for electric-generation services

0025
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Commerce 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Plastic Waste Reduction Act

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.

0037
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Beverage Container Deposit Recycling Act Of 2021

Creates a refundable four cent ($0.04) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A ten cent ($0.10) handling fee would be paid by distributors.

0106
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Energy Siting

Requires carbon-emissions-reduction goals be considered in energy plant siting proceedings

0127
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
2021 Act On Climate

Establishes a statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction mandate.

0078
Dawn Euer
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture Voted out of Committee 03/06/2021 - 8:30pm
Relating to public utilities and carriers -- public utilities commission

Creates the uniform natural gas leaks classification act which classifies gas leaks into different grades and identifies the steps and procedures to be taken and provides a reporting requirement for a gas company subsequent to a leak.

0026
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Commerce 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Helium Balloons

Prohibits the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gas

0038
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Set Goal Of 50% State Fleet Zero Emissions

Defines light duty, non-emergency and zero emission vehicles and requires the state to convert its fleet of vehicles to no less than fifty percent (50%) of vehicles in those categories by the year 2029

0042
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Energy Siting

Requires carbon-emissions-reduction goals be considered in energy plant siting proceedings

0127
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Parking Facilities And Privileges

Requires parking lots to designate parking spaces for electric vehicles/installation of charging stations for new existing public/private parking lots with fines for parking violations/compliance. Effective 7/1/21.

0173
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to waters and navigation -- the ocean state climate adaptation fund

Establishes the Ocean State Climate Adaptation and Resilience Fund. Enables 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.

0035
Ryan W. Pearson
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/24/2021 - 5:27pm
An act relating to health and safety -- air quality in schools

Requires the department of health, in conjunction with the department of environmental management, to conduct indoor and outdoor air quality tests in all public and private schools throughout the state on an annual basis.

0030
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Education 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Environmental Justice Act

Requires the department of environmental management to create environmental justice areas.

0105
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Parking Facilities And Privileges

Requires parking lots to designate parking spaces for electric vehicles/installation of charging stations for new existing public/private parking lots with fines for parking violations/compliance. Effective 7/1/21.

0173
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Coastal Resources Management Council

Authorizes the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, to appoint an executive director of coastal resources management to act as a liaison to the director of the department of environmental management to plan and manage coastal resources

0187
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to food and drugs -- disposable food service containers

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

0036
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Resolution protecting and ensuring farmland preservation 0039
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Beverage Container 4-Cent Deposit Recycling Act Of 2021

Creates a refundable four cent ($0.04) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A ten cent ($0.10) handling fee would be paid by distributors.

0106
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Coastal Resources Management Council

Authorizes the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, to appoint an executive director of coastal resources management to act as a liaison to the director of the department of environmental management to plan and manage coastal resources

0187
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Sales And Use Taxes -- Liability And Computation

Exempts reusable bags not including paper or plastic bags from the state sales tax.

0218
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to health and safety - plastic waste reduction act

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.

0037
Dominick J. Ruggerio
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture Deferred 02/25/2021 - 10:52am
Resolution extending the reporting and expiration dates of the special senate commission to study the effect and procedures for the reorganization of the rhode island coastal resources management council (CRMC)

Extends the reporting and expiration dates for the commission to study the effect and procedures for the reorganization of the CRMC from June 9, 2020, to June 1, 2022, and would expire on January 3, 2023

0072
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
Beverage Container 10-Cent Deposit Recycling Act Of 2021

Creates a refundable ten cent ($0.10) deposit for non-reusable beverage containers. A four cents ($0.04) handling fee would be paid by distributors

0220
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Sales And Use Taxes -- Liability And Computation

Exempts reusable bags not including paper or plastic bags from the state sales tax.

0218
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
Ri Resource Recovery Corporation

Provides that any operational surplus of the Rhode Island resource recovery corporation shall be automatically transferred, on an annual basis, to a restricted receipt account for the sole purpose of waste management infrastructure.

0291
03/08/2021 - 8:00pm
An act relating to health and safety -- balloons

Prohibits the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gas

0038
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm
An act relating to education -- school waste recycling and refuse disposal

Requires schools to comply with recycling and composting laws and promotes the donation of unspoiled nonperishable food by schools. Requires the use of share tables at all schools.

0104
2021-2022 Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture 02/22/2021 - 11:54pm