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4/2/2013 Senate passes bill to add business voice to State Planning Council
STATE HOUSE – The Senate today approved a piece of the “Moving the Needle” initiative, passing legislation that will add a business voice to the State Planning Council.

Sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere (R-Dist. 38, Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown), the bill, (2013-S0760), the legislation increases the membership of the council from 20 to 22 members, adding a representative of a business larger than 50 employees and a representative of a business with fewer than 50 employees.

The bill is one of several pieces of legislation introduced this year as part of the major “Moving the Needle” initiative that is designed to improve the state’s business climate in light of recent reports concerning the state’s economic competitiveness and business-friendly rankings.

“The State Planning Council makes many decisions which impact on Rhode Island’s economic competitiveness,” said Minority Leader Algiere. “Adding two business people to the council will help bring a voice from the business community to future statewide planning, a perspective that has so far been lacking.”

The State Planning Council focuses on a wide range of issues, including coordination of the planning and development activities of all state agencies.

The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. It is co-sponsored by Sen. Paul W. Fogarty (D-Dist. 23, Burrillville, Glocester, North Smithfield), Sen. Paul V. Jabour (D-Dist. 5, Providence), Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) and Sen. Juan M. Pichardo (D-Dist. 2, Providence).

For more information, contact:
Greg Pare, Press Secretary for the Senate
State House Room 314
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 276-5558