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5/2/2017 Senate passes Archambault legislation that would promote economic growth in plant-based industries
STATE HOUSE — The Senate has passed legislation introduced by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston) that would facilitate economic growth in plant-based industries and agriculture in Rhode Island.

The bill (2017-S 0095A) would require the Office of Regulatory Reform to consult with the departments of  Environmental Management, Labor and Training, Revenue, and the Coastal Resources Management Council, and plant-based and agriculture industry representatives to reduce burdensome regulations, improve interagency efficiency, and coordinate the regulatory process.

“This legislation will go a long way toward eliminating a lot of red tape for plant-based industries,” said Senator Archambault. “A recent URI study concluded that a 5 percent growth in green-related industries would add $94.5 million to the state’s economy and would create 387 jobs.  There is a significant opportunity for continued growth in this sector, and this legislation will not only grow our economy, but also help save our planet.”

The bill is the latest in a series of legislative initiatives aimed at improving the state’s regulatory climate.

The measure, which is cosponsored by Senators V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham), Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), William J. Conley Jr. (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket) and Minority Whip Nicholas D. Kettle (R-Dist. 21, Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich), now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903