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State of Rhode Island
2003 Legislative Session
Enacted Environmental Bills and Resolutions

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Topic
Description
S-0413 Sub A
 (Sosnowski)
H-6042 Sub A
 (McHugh)
(DEM BILL)
Solid Waste Management Pilot Projects Allows DEM to approve solid waste management pilot projects proposed by municipalities as a means of encouraging the development of safe, alternative waste management techniques in Rhode Island. Such pilot projects would serve to promote waste reduction and the safe and effective management of solid waste.
S-0452
 (Algiere)
H-6031
 (Amaral)
(DEM BILL)
Assaults on DEM Inspectors Makes it a felony to assault DEM inspectors while engaged in the performance of their duties, extending the existing provision that covers assaults against state and municipal police officers, DEM environmental police officers, RIPTA bus drivers, and other officials.
S-1152
 (Algiere)
H-6582
 (Watson)
(DEM BILL)
Naming of DEM's New John H. Chafee Research Vessel Names the new marine research vessel (still under construction) for the Department's Division of Fish & Wildlife after the late Senator John H. Chafee. The Senator was instrumental in securing necessary federal funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service for the construction of this vessel.
S-1206
 (Sosnowski)
H-6596
 (Sherlock)
Funding for RIPDES Program Amends the FY 04 Budget (H-6174 Sub A aa) to restore funding for the Rhode Island Pollution Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) program as administered by DEM. The RIPDES Program is responsible for issuing permits, and for tracking compliance with permit requirements for discharges of pollutants from any point sources into waters of the state. Such discharges include municipal and industrial wastewater, storm water and combined sewer overflow. The program is the backbone of the state's water pollution control strategy. Also creates a 6-member legislative commission to determine the merits of Rhode Island having the delegated responsibility of maintaining the program.
FY 2004 Budget Article 14 Sub A Restricted Receipt Accounts for State Forests and Parks & Recreational Areas Creates two new restricted receipt accounts (one each within DEM's Bureau of Natural Resources and Bureau of Environmental Protection) for the purpose of receiving grants and bequests of funds from other states, interstate agencies and independent authorities, and private firms, individuals and foundations. Such grants and bequests shall be expended in accordance with the provisions of the grant or bequest, or for the enhanced management of the department's forest and recreation areas. Prior to this amendment, grants, bequests and donations were deposited as general revenue, not held in a restricted receipt account.
S-1075 Sub A aa
 (Badeau)
H-5040 Sub A
 (McNamara)
H-5878 Sub A
 (Kilmartin)
Alternative Fueled Vehicle and Filling Station Tax Credit Extends the expiration date of the Alternative Fueled Vehicle and Filling Station Tax Credit Act from January 1, 2003 through January 1, 2008. Under the Act, a 50% credit against the Business Corporation Tax, Personal Income Tax, or Public Service Corporation Tax is available for taxpayers who: 1) incur costs for capital, labor and equipment directly for the construction of any filling station or improvements to any existing filling station in order to provide alternative fuel, or for the construction of any recharging station or improvements to any existing recharging station in order to provide for the recharging of electric vehicles; and/or 2) incur costs for purchase of alternative fueled motor vehicles or for the capital, labor and equipment costs for alternative fueled motor vehicles or the capital, labor and equipment cost for the conversion of motor vehicles so they can use alternative fuels.
S-0581 Sub A aa
 (Lenihan)
H-5686 Sub A
 (Palumbo)
Closure of Marine Waters to Fishing Prevents the closure of marine waters in the state (or portions thereof) to fishing, unless such closure is sufficiently justified and subject to full public review and input.
H-6214 Sub A aa
 (Naughton)
Tree Stumps Authorizes the Town of Richmond to promulgate rules and regulations governing tree stump disposal in the town.
H-5160
 (Trillo)
Jet Skis Amends the Personal Watercraft Safety Act to prohibit the circling of larger vessels by jet skis for the purpose of jumping the larger boat's wake.
S-0270 Sub A aa
 (Breene)
H-5083 Sub A
 (Shanley)
Sale of Fruits and Vegetables at Farms Allows products grown or produced on a Rhode Island farm and sold or offered for sale at the farm, roadside stands, farmers markets or pick-your-own operations located in Rhode Island, to be sold or offered for sale by any means (weight, dry measure or count), provided, that they are clearly marked as to the method of sale being used.
S-0578 Sub A aa
 (Sosnowski)
H-6610
 (Ginaitt)
Mercury Amends the 2001 Mercury Reduction and Education Act by pushing off, until 2005 and later, many of the key provisions of the law (e.g. phase-outs, labeling, disposal ban, collection plans, and disclosure for formulated mercury-added products). Creates a 14-member Commission on Oversight and Planning for Mercury Hazard Reduction and Elimination in Rhode Island. The Director of DEM, or a designee, shall serve as an ex-officio voting member of the commission. In addition, novelties incorporating one or more mercury-added button cell batteries as their only mercury-added component(s) are no longer subject to the ban on the sale, use, or distribution of mercury-added novelties.
S-0420 aa
 (Breene)
Tax Exemptions for Farmland Enables cities and towns to exempt from taxation any real property situated in the city/town classified and utilized as farmland for which the development rights have been sold or donated in perpetuity.
S-0406
 (Celona)
H-5860
 (McCauley)
Joint Resolution - Declaring 2003 as the Year of the Woonasquatucket River Proclaims 2003 as the Year of the Woonasquatucket River.
H-6611
 (Malik)
Joint Resolution - Control and Remediation of Oil Pollution Creates a 6-member joint legislative commission to study all issues related to the need for and availability of funds to control and remediate oil pollution in the state. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before April 15, 2004.)
S-0591
 (Gibbs)
H-6043
 (McCauley)
Joint Resolution -June as "Rivers Month" Declares the month of June as "Rivers Month" and encourages Rhode Islanders to participate with organizations and agencies such as the Rhode Island Rivers Council, the Narragansett Bay Commission's Woonasquatucket River Restoration Initiative, and DEM in activities to promote awareness and contribute to the preservation of the state's rivers.
S-0933
 (Gibbs)
Joint Resolution - RI Sustainability Commission Reinstates the Rhode Island Sustainability Commission as originally created in 2000. The purpose of the commission is to study the concept of sustainability as it could be used by state government to foster the long term health, well being, and viability of the state. Three representatives of state government/agencies, appointed by the Governor, serve on the Commission. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before June 1, 2004.)
S-1179
 (Sosnowski)
Senate Resolution - Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse Creates a 14-member Senate commission to study the issue of wastewater reclamation and reuse in Rhode Island. The Director of DEM, or a designee, shall serve on the Commission. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before March 2, 2004.)
S-0983 Sub A aa
 (Ruggerio)
Senate Resolution - Toxic Mold Creates a 10-member Senate commission to study the health effects of toxic mold and to make recommendations on methods to protect the public from unsafe indoor exposure to toxic mold. The Director of DEM, or a designee, shall serve on the Commission. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before March 17, 2004.)
S-1020
 (Sosnowski)
Senate Resolution - 2002 Farm Bill Memorializes Congress to insure regional equity as established in the 2002 Farm Bill.
S-1107
 (Blais)
H-6349
 (Naughton)
Senate/House Resolutions -Pawtuxet River Heritage Corridor Supports the creation of a Heritage Corridor along the Pawtuxet River with equal status to other Heritage Corridors in the State of Rhode Island.
S-1177
 (Sosnowski)
Senate Resolution - Supporting RI's Dairy Industry Expresses support for the Rhode Island dairy industry and dairy farmers, and in particular, cooperative efforts within Rhode Island to sell labeled milk under the trade name "Proud Cow."
S-1194
 (Badeau)
Senate Resolution - Penalties from RI's Mercury Reduction and Education Act Creates a 5-member Senate commission to examine all aspects of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's authority to dispose of the proceeds from fines and penalties pursuant to the provisions of RIGL Chapter 23-24.9 (the 2001 RI Mercury Reduction and Education Act). The Director of DEM, or a designee, shall serve on the Commission. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before February 1, 2004.)
S-1195
 (Sosnowski)
Senate Resolution - Environmental Impacts of Sand and Gravel Operations Requests that DEM convene a task force to examine the environmental impacts of sand and gravel activities in the State of Rhode Island.
H-5201
 (Ginaitt)
House Resolution - New Source Review Urges the federal government to block the implementation of rules signed by the US EPA on December 31, 2002, which would weaken the New Source Review provision of the Clean Air Act.
H-6049 Sub A aa
 (Dennigan)
House Resolution - Tire Recycling Creates a 13-member House commission to study vehicle tire storage and recycling in the State of Rhode Island. The Director of DEM, or a designee, shall serve on the Commission. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before June 23, 2004.)
H-6176
 (Palumbo)
House Resolution - Finfish Depletion Extends the reporting date of the Special House Commission to study the rapid depletion of finfish in Rhode Island coastal waters through March 30, 2004.
H-6303
 (Naughton)
House Resolution - Earth Month Proclaims April 2003 as "Earth Month" in Rhode Island.
H-6558
 (Trillo)
House Resolution - Lead Paint Commission Creates a 5-member House commission to study all issues relating to lead paint poisoning, prevention and abatement. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before February 4, 2004.)
H-6564
 (Fox)
House Resolution - Special House Commission to Study Ways to Promote Brownfields Remediation and Reuse Renames, extends and expands the House Commission on Brownfields. (The commission was formerly known as the Special House Commission to Develop Necessary Legislative Recommendations to Be Introduced in the January 2002 Session Which Would Complement and Strengthen Existing Brownfields Programs and to Increase Public Awareness about Brownfields Remediation and Reuse.) The resolution adds 6 new members and calls for the Commission to issue a report to the General Assembly in January 2004. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before January 31, 2004, and said commission shall expire at the end of the 2004 legislative session.)
H-5829 Sub A
 (Naughton)
House Resolution - Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) Creates a 13-member House commission to perform a comprehensive analysis of products that contain cathode ray tubes (CRTs). The Director of DEM, or a designee, shall serve on the Commission. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before September 15, 2004.)
H-6577
 (Naughton)
House Resolution - Planning for Narragansett Bay and Associated Watersheds Creates a 16-member House commission to: study the status of the state's policy formulation for the environmental management and sustainable economic development of Rhode Island's bays and their watersheds; examine models and best practices of planning for marine areas and their watersheds from other jurisdictions; assess the goals and objectives for such planning in Rhode Island; and analyze the adequacy of authority and capacity of state agencies and other public bodies to undertake planning for marine areas and their watersheds. (Findings and recommendations to be completed on or before March 9, 2004.)

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