General Assembly OKs legislation that would promote economic growth in plant-based industries
STATE HOUSE — The General Assembly today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Stephen R. Archambault (D-Dist. 22, Smithfield, North Providence, Johnston) and Rep. Jason Knight (D-Dist. 67, Barrington, Warren) that would facilitate economic growth in plant-based industries and agriculture in Rhode Island. The measure now moves to the governor’s office.
The bill (2017-S 0095A, 2017-H 6296) 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.
“Anytime we can streamline our regulatory process to help business in Rhode Island, it benefits the whole state,” said Representative Knight. “Since this legislation is aimed at agriculture and plant-based industry, it has the double-benefit of easing regulatory burdens and promoting green industries.”
For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903