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  • Plastic Bag Ban | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Agenda Issues by Topic Other Info Resources RI Government Links Education Fund Awards We Give Chafee Conservation Leadership Awards Tisdale Awards Award Lists Ed Fund Bylaws Members ECRI Member Orgs Info For ECRI Members A Guide to ECRI Process on Positions and Actions ECRI Handbook News Pubs Contact 2016 Legislative Agenda You are here Home ECRI Calendar Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba Opportunities Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Plastic Bag Ban Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Waste Bill Year 2015 Brief Bill Description This act would establish a plan for the gradual ban on the use of disposable plastic checkout bags by retail establishments Link s to Bill text pdfs H5151 Legislative Activity Type Bill House Info House

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/bills/plastic-bag-ban (2016-05-01)
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  • Mercury Reduction & Education Act | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Process on Positions and Actions ECRI Handbook News Pubs Contact 2016 Legislative Agenda You are here Home ECRI Calendar Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba Opportunities Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Mercury Reduction Education Act Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Waste Bill Year 2015 Brief Bill Description Requires manufacturers of mercury containing lamps to establish and implement a statewide collection for the recycling of mercury containing lamps Required DEM to develop thermostat recycling goals by regulation and to conduct a study to evaluate the number of thermostats in use that will need to be recycled Link s to Bill text pdfs H5671 S0608 H5671subA Legislative Activity Type Bill House Info House Bill 5671 Rep Lead Sponsor Arthur Handy Rep Co Sponsor Eileen S Naughton Shelby Maldonado Edith H Ajello J Aaron Regunberg House Committee Assignment 2015 2016 House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources House Hearings House Environment Natural Resources Committee 2015 03 26 House Environment Natural Resources Committee 2015 06 16 Current House Bill Status House Vote House Bill Status Report 02 26 2015 Introduced referred to House Environment and Natural Resources 03 20 2015 Scheduled for hearing and or consideration 03 26 2015 03 26 2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 06 14 2015 Scheduled for consideration 06 16 2015 06 14 2015 Scheduled

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/bills/mercury-reduction-education-act (2016-05-01)
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  • Task force to review EPR programs (RI Regulatory Reform Act) | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Fund Bylaws Members ECRI Member Orgs Info For ECRI Members A Guide to ECRI Process on Positions and Actions ECRI Handbook News Pubs Contact 2016 Legislative Agenda You are here Home ECRI Calendar Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba Opportunities Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Task force to review EPR programs RI Regulatory Reform Act Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Waste Bill Year 2015 Brief Bill Description This act would require the division of planning to submit a report in consultation with a task force to the governor the house speaker and the senate president by December 31 2016 to eliminate regulatory conflicts among the department of environmental management the resource recovery corporation and municipalities and establish a uniform

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/bills/task-force-review-epr-programs-ri-regulatory-reform-act (2016-05-01)
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  • Wetlands and Buffers | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba Opportunities Your browser must support JavaScript to view this content Please enable JavaScript in your browser settings then try again Events calendar powered by Trumba See the Whole Opportunities Calendar 2015 2016 Environmental Priorities Selected 2016 environmental bills ECRI has not necessarily taken a stand on these bills See the bills that ECRI had positions on in the Legislative Agenda for 2015 User login Username Password Request new password Wetlands and Buffers Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Water Bill Year 2015 Brief Bill Description Legislation implementing recommendations of the 2014 Wetlands Taskforce Link s to Bill text pdfs H5962 H5962subA S0737 S0737subA S0737subAaa S0737subB Legislative Activity Type Bill House Info House Bill 5962 Rep Lead Sponsor Arthur Handy Rep Co Sponsor Patricia A Serpa Raymond E Gallison Jr House Committee Assignment 2015 2016 House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources House Hearings House Environment Natural Resources Committee 2015 04 09 House Environment Natural Resources Committee 2015 06 23 Current House Bill Status House Vote House Bill Status Report 03 20 2015 Introduced referred to House Environment and Natural Resources 04 03 2015 Scheduled for hearing and or consideration 04 09 2015 04 09 2015 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 06 19 2015 Scheduled for consideration 06 23 2015 06 23 2015 Committee recommends passage of Sub A 06 24 2015 Placed on House Calendar 06 24 2015 06 24 2015 House passed Sub A Senate Info Senate Bill 0737 Senate Lead Sponsor Erin P Lynch Prata Sen Co Sponsor V Susan Sosnowski William A Walaska Joshua Miller Senate Committee Assignment 2015 2016 Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture Senate Hearings Senate Environment Agriculture Committee 2015 03 25 Senate Environment Agriculture Committee 2015 06 11 Senate Environment Agriculture

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/bills/wetlands-and-buffers (2016-05-01)
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  • 2015 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Password Request new password 2015 Legislative Agenda ECRI has considered these bills and has decided to support or oppose them at hearings People interested in tracking legislation during the session are encouraged to sign up for an account in the General Assembly s Bill Tracker system Legislative Priority Legislative Topic Title and Description House Bill Senate Bill Link s to Bill text pdfs ECRI s Position Budget Infrastructure Bank Expand the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency an existing quasi public agency with a AAA credit rating that already loans money for infrastructure work This is budget article 24 of H5900 5900 Budget Article 24 Budget Art 14 SubA Art 14 SubA amended Support Legislative Priority Conservation Encroachment Regarding encroachment on state municipal or nonprofit land conservation organization open space land 5787 0263 S0263 H5787 Support Legislative Priority Energy Renewable Energy Standard This act would extend the 2004 Renewable Energy Standard Schedule Program which required the suppliers of retail electricity to obtain minimum increasing amounts of renewable energy resources beyond 2019 to 2035 5079 0089 H5079 S0089 Support Legislative Priority Energy Energy Efficiency and Conservation Extends the least cost procurement and system reliability programs reporting requirements regarding utility base rates and adds a charge per kilowatt to be charged to customers to fund demand like management programs 5904 0733 H5904 S0733 S0733subA Support Legislative Priority Waste Incineration This act would allow the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to consider the use of incineration as a method to dispose of solid waste 5273 H5273 Oppose Legislative Priority Water RI Cesspool Act Of 2007 Amend the Rhode Island cesspool act of 2007 by phasing out cesspools 5668 0369 H5668 S0369 S0369subA H5668subA Support Legislative Priority Legislative Agenda Legislative Topic Title and Description House Bill Senate Bill Link s to Bill text pdfs

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/2015_legislative_agenda?destination=2015_legislative_agenda (2016-05-01)
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  • 2014 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    collection of all source separated materials required by law such as recyclables and organics 7720 2434 Waste Hauler Licens Support Transportation Reducing State Gasoline Tax This bill would reduce the state gasoline tax by five cents a gallon 2027 S2027 Oppose Transportation RI Transportation Infrastructure Fund Provides substantial funds for transportation including for public transit RIPTA views transportation holistically to include both DOT and RIPTA qualified support 7432 2335 S2335 H7432 Support Transportation Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Incentive This legislation provides a 30 tax credit for residential or commercial installations of alternative automotive fueling stations It applies to electric charging stations natural gas ethanol bio fuel hydrogen for fuel cells and liquefied petroleum gas 7825 2202 S2202 H7825 Support Transportation Eliminating sales tax for electric vehicles This legislation would give a tax credit to individuals who purchase plug in electric vehicles equal to 100 of the sales tax up to 2000 7884 2197 S2197 H7884 Support Pollution Non toxic Ammunition This bill would require DEM to phase out the use of lead ammunition by hunters by 2017 if it is practicable and if the agency has the resources to enforce it DEM would provide coupons so hunters do not incur financial losses It does not apply to law enforcement officers Breaking the law is punishable by 500 fine for first offense 1000 second offense and 5000 third offense 7838 2628 S2628 H7838 Support Land Encroachment on Open Space This act would allow the owner of open space land or holder of a conservation easement or the attorney general to bring an action in superior court to prevent further encroachment of the land and to recover damages resulting from this encroachment 7684 H7684 Support Health State Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs Minimum Funding Requirement This act would provide that in the event of insufficient federal funds for the environmental lead program the General Assembly shall appropriate no less than six hundred thousand dollars 600 000 per year for support and maintenance of the Department of Health s environmental lead program and five hundred ninety thousand dollars 590 000 per year for the state match for the lead hazard abatement program Housing Resources Commission 7803 2674 S2674 H7803 Support Health Genetically Engineered Product Definitions This act would update and refine the definition section in the statutes on food drugs and cosmetics most notable a new definition for genetically engineered products It would also set forth rules for labeling such products 7042 H7042 Support Energy Renewable Energy Tax Credit This legislation would restore the Renewable Energy Tax Credit which provides a tax credit for 25 of the cost of a residential renewable energy project up to 3500 7083 2213 H7083 S2213 Support Energy Distributed Generation Extends and expands Rhode Island s distributed generation DG program Creates small solar class in DG Switches DG from contract to tariff based program Removes cap on net metering House and Senate Bills are identical 7727 2690 H7727 H7727 SubA H7727 SubA amended S2690 S2690 SubA S2690 SubA amended Support

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/2014_legislative_agenda?order=field_leg_agenda_topics&sort=desc (2016-05-01)
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  • 2014 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    be appointed by the Executive Council members themselves 2 for each The mitigation targets in this bill are much weaker than the Resilient RI Act targets in the near term but do call for an 80 reduction by 2050 2952 S2952 S2952 SubA Support Budget DEM Budget FTE Cap Article 1 Section 10 RI Department of Environmental Management DEM is capped at 399 FTE Full Time Equivalent positions Which represents status quo from FY 2014 7133 Budget Article 1 Budget Art 1 SubA Budget Art 1 SubAaa Oppose Energy Distributed Generation Extends and expands Rhode Island s distributed generation DG program Creates small solar class in DG Switches DG from contract to tariff based program Removes cap on net metering House and Senate Bills are identical 7727 2690 H7727 H7727 SubA H7727 SubA amended S2690 S2690 SubA S2690 SubA amended Support Transportation Eliminating sales tax for electric vehicles This legislation would give a tax credit to individuals who purchase plug in electric vehicles equal to 100 of the sales tax up to 2000 7884 2197 S2197 H7884 Support Land Encroachment on Open Space This act would allow the owner of open space land or holder of a conservation easement or the attorney general to bring an action in superior court to prevent further encroachment of the land and to recover damages resulting from this encroachment 7684 H7684 Support Energy Farm Conservation and Renewable Energy Act of 2014 This legislation would establish siting guidelines to make it easier for farmers to install wind turbines on their land The installed renewable energy facilities would also be exempt from property taxes 2438 S2438 S2438 SubA Support Composting Food Residuals Recycling Initiative This act would create a food residuals recycling program to establish a safe and environmentally sound method to dispose of food residuals 7033 2315 H7033 H7033 SubA S2315 S2315 SubA S2315SubA Amended Support Health Genetically Engineered Product Definitions This act would update and refine the definition section in the statutes on food drugs and cosmetics most notable a new definition for genetically engineered products It would also set forth rules for labeling such products 7042 H7042 Support Water New Freshwater Position at DEM This act would create a new position within the water resources division of DEM which would have oversight over all freshwater lakes streams and ponds within the state 2688 S2688 Support Pollution Non toxic Ammunition This bill would require DEM to phase out the use of lead ammunition by hunters by 2017 if it is practicable and if the agency has the resources to enforce it DEM would provide coupons so hunters do not incur financial losses It does not apply to law enforcement officers Breaking the law is punishable by 500 fine for first offense 1000 second offense and 5000 third offense 7838 2628 S2628 H7838 Support Waste Overturn the Ban on Waste Incineration in RI This bill will strike the following language from Sections 23 19 3 and 23 19 11 of the General Laws in Chapter

    Original URL path: http://www.environmentcouncilri.org/2014_legislative_agenda?order=title&sort=asc (2016-05-01)
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  • 2014 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    a residential renewable energy project up to 3500 7083 2213 H7083 S2213 Support Budget DEM Budget FTE Cap Article 1 Section 10 RI Department of Environmental Management DEM is capped at 399 FTE Full Time Equivalent positions Which represents status quo from FY 2014 7133 Budget Article 1 Budget Art 1 SubA Budget Art 1 SubAaa Oppose Budget Budget Article 5 Nov 2014 Ballot Question 3 Article 5 would create ballot questions for the November 2014 state general election Question 3 would authorize the issuance of bonds for Mass Transit Hub Infrastructure 40 million 7133 Budget Article 5 Budget Art 5 SubA Budget Art 5 SubAaa Support Budget Budget Article 5 Nov 2014 Ballot Question 4 Article 5 would create ballot questions for the November 2014 state general election Question 4 would authorize the issuance of bonds for Clean Water Open Space and Healthy Communities 75 million Brownfield Remediation and Economic Development 5 million Green Streets and Green Neighborhoods 4 million Flood Prevention 3 million and many more environmentally important projects 7133 Budget Article 5 Budget Art 5 SubAaa Support Budget RGGI Budget Article 7 Would increase the use of Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative RGGI proceeds for administrative functions of Office of Energy Resources OER and DEM 7133 Budget Article 7 Budget Art 7 SubA Support Waste Plastic Waste Reduction This act would establish a plan for the gradual ban on the use of disposable plastic checkout bags by retail establishments 7178 2314 H7178 S2314 Support Waste Overturn the Ban on Waste Incineration in RI This bill will strike the following language from Sections 23 19 3 and 23 19 11 of the General Laws in Chapter 23 19 entitled Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation 7 The plan shall not include incineration of solid waste and 16 That incineration of solid waste is the most costly method of waste disposal with known and unknown escalating costs that would place substantial and unreasonable burdens on both state and municipal budgets to the point of seriously jeopardizing the public s interest 7411 2437 H7411 S2437 Oppose Transportation RI Transportation Infrastructure Fund Provides substantial funds for transportation including for public transit RIPTA views transportation holistically to include both DOT and RIPTA qualified support 7432 2335 S2335 H7432 Support Composting Requiring Composting of Food Scraps by Certain Large Businesses This act would require certain large commercial food scrap generators to divert food residuals to composting facilities 7482 2436 H7482 Support Water Repeal of Radio Frequency Water Meters in Johnston This act would repeal the provision of the general laws that requires water suppliers that service the town of Johnston to formulate and carry out a program for installation of radio frequency reading systems The Senate and House versions are identical 7627 2865 H7627 S2865 Oppose Land Encroachment on Open Space This act would allow the owner of open space land or holder of a conservation easement or the attorney general to bring an action in superior court to prevent further encroachment of the land

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