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  • 2014 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    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 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 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 Transportation Reducing State Gasoline Tax This bill would reduce the state gasoline tax by five cents a gallon 2027 S2027 Oppose 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 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 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 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 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 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 Waste Waste Hauler Licensing Would require waste haulers to be licensed by the Department of Business Regulation to ensure that they offer standard contracts that include collection of all source separated materials required by law such as recyclables and organics 7720 2434 Waste Hauler Licens Support Energy An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers DG Standard Contracts Extends current program at 20MW year no innovative features no change in net metering 7723 2435 H7723 S2435 Oppose 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

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  • 2014 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    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 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 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 Climate Climate Change Council Senate Climate Bill This is the Senate s bill to comprehensively address climate change The strategy of this bill is essentially to codify the Executive Climate Change Council which would be aided by the input of an advisory council whose members would 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Water Cesspool phaseout This act would phase out the use of

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  • 2014 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    the Division of Administration Statewide Planning program that has 24 members including 13 state agencies as well as municipal university and public members The committee s responsibilities include integrating vulnerability assessments developed by state agencies setting goals to reduce climate change impacts on Rhode Island s population and extending low impact development and green infrastructure solutions 7904 H7904 H7904 SubA Support Climate Climate Change Council Senate Climate Bill This is the Senate s bill to comprehensively address climate change The strategy of this bill is essentially to codify the Executive Climate Change Council which would be aided by the input of an advisory council whose members would 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 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 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 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 Energy An Act Relating to Public Utilities and Carriers DG Standard Contracts Extends current program at 20MW year no innovative features no change in net metering 7723 2435 H7723 S2435 Oppose 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 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 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

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  • 2013 Legislative Agenda | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    glass to be used as cover material Oppose Creation of RI Climate Change Commission Advisory Committee Establishes and appoints members to a climate change advisory committee Oppose Restricting Emergency Rule Making by DEM Other Admin Agencies This act would establish a rigid schedule for the covered administrative agencies to publish and adopt rules and amendments It would also prohibit the promulgation of an emergency rule or amendment without the written consent of the governor This bill would cripple all of DEM s rule making ability especially in their Marine Fisheries and Fish Wildlife divisions where regulatory changes are frequent and necessary Oppose Inclusion of Incineration of Solid Waste in Statewide Resource Recovery System Development Plan Eliminates the prohibition on inclusion of incineration of solid waste in the statewide resource recovery system development plan Oppose Distributed Generation Hydro Quebec Expands distributed generation program expands long term contracting renewable energy programs to include large hydro facilities Oppose Water Suppliers And Installation Of Radio Frequency Reading Systems 5534 SUB A as amended This act would repeal the provision of the general laws requiring water suppliers to formulate a program for the installation of radio frequency reading systems This act would also provide that water suppliers bill quarterly or less frequently by December 31 2013 Oppose Use Of Contaminated Soils To Cover Material at RI Resource Recovery Corp This act would allow the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation to use non hazardous contaminated soils free of solid waste and originating out of state as daily cover material at its facility Oppose Use Of Glass As A Material To Cover Solid Waste At A Landfill This act would allow any resource recovery system or facility made available by the corporation to use glass as a material to cover compacted solid waste at a sanitary landfill Oppose Reducing The Gas Tax By Five Cents This act would reduce the gasoline tax by five cents 05 from thirty two cents 0 32 per gallon to twenty seven cents 0 27 per gallon Oppose Establishing Executive Office of Commerce 6063 SUB B This bill would establish a new executive office of commerce to develop an integrated system of economic development activities in the state Also create a secretary of commerce to be appointed by the governor Oppose Including Steep Slopes as Buildable This act would provide for the addition of certain definitions relative to slope of land and other terms within the chapters of the general laws relating to zoning and subdivision of land Notably slope of land shall not be excluded from the calculation of the buildable lot area or the minimum lot size or in the calculation of the number of buildable lots or units Oppose Energy Reform Act Facilitates promotes and supports the creation of newly developed renewable energy resources In addition the act extends the distributed generation contracts program Oppose Mgt And Disposal Of Regulated Medical Waste This act would require hospitals and pharmacies to provide sharps containers for public use Support Access To

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  • Access To Public Transportation | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    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 Access To Public Transportation Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Transportation Bill Year 2013 Brief Bill Description This act would require the state properties committee to consider access to public transportation when selecting a site for a public facility and to state specific reasons for the lack of accessibility when they select

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  • Mandating $600,000 Toward Lead Prevention | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Agenda 2014 Legislative Agenda 2013 Legislative Agenda 2012 Legislative Agenda 2011 Legislative 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 Mandating 600 000 Toward Lead Prevention Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Health Bill Year 2013 Brief Bill Description Mandates that RI supplement no less than 600 000 toward lead prevention in the event of insufficient federal funds Link

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  • DEM Jurisdiction | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    Username Password Request new password DEM Jurisdiction Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Water Bill Year 2013 Brief Bill Description 5425Sub A and 0672Sub A This act would require the Rhode Island division of planning in consultation with a task force representing diverse interests to prepare and submit to the governor the senate president and the speaker of the house a report that would make recommendations for state standards that addresses onsite waste water treatment systems OWTS regulations and wetlands and watershed planning This act would not apply to OWTS maintenance and cesspool phase outs This act would take effect upon passage Link s to Bill text pdfs H5425subA S0672subA Legislative Activity Type Bill House Info House Bill 5425 Rep Lead Sponsor Patricia A Serpa Rep Co Sponsor Deborah A Fellela Jared R Nunes K Joseph Shekarchi Michael W Chippendale House Committee Assignment 2013 2014 House Committee on Judiciary Current House Bill Status Signed House Bill Status Report H5425 SUB A 02 13 2013 Introduced referred to House Judiciary 03 29 2013 Committee transferred to House Environment and Natural Resources 04 09 2013 Scheduled for hearing and or consideration 04 11 2013 04 11 2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 05 06 2013 Scheduled for hearing and or consideration 05 06 2013 Meeting postponed 05 08 2013 05 06 2013 Scheduled for hearing and or consideration 05 08 2013 Meeting postponed 05 09 2013 05 28 2013 Scheduled for consideration 05 30 2013 05 30 2013 Committee recommends passage of Sub A 05 30 2013 Placed on House Calendar 06 05 2013 06 05 2013 House passed Sub A 06 05 2013 Referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture 06 07 2013 Scheduled for hearing and or consideration 06 12 2013 06 12 2013 Committee recommends passage of Sub

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  • Establishing Executive Office of Commerce | Environment Council of Rhode Island
    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 Establishing Executive Office of Commerce Bills Bill Info Legislative Topic Government Bill Year 2013 Brief Bill Description 6063 SUB B This bill would establish a new executive office of commerce to develop an integrated system of economic development activities in the state Also create a secretary of commerce to be appointed by the governor Link s to Bill text pdfs H6063subB Legislative Activity Type Bill House Info House Bill 6063 Rep Lead Sponsor Helio Melo Rep Co Sponsor Stephen R Ucci Christopher R Blazejewski Thomas Winfield Gregory J Costantino House Committee Assignment 2013 2014 House Committee on Finance Current House Bill Status Signed House Bill Status Report 05 01 2013 Introduced referred to House Finance 05 02 2013 Scheduled for hearing and or consideration 05 07 2013 05 07 2013 Committee recommended measure be held for further study 05 24 2013 Scheduled for consideration 05 29 2013 05 29 2013 Committee recommends passage of Sub A 05 29 2013 Placed on House Calendar 06 04 2013 06 04 2013 House passed Sub A 06 05 2013 Referred to Senate Commerce

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