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Environment Rhode Island Endorses Candidates for 2014 Elections

Environment Rhode Island, a statewide environmental organization, announced today the endorsement of three candidates for federal office in the 2014 elections.

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Barrington makes plastic bag ban permanent

Barrington's town council voted to remove the original sunset clause in the town's Reusable Bag Ordinance. The ordinance, which went into effect in January 2013, banned Barrington retailers from distributing single-use plastic checkout bags at the point of sale; a sunset provision ending the ban after two years was initially included to give the policy a trial period before making it permanent. By striking the sunset date, the council's reaffirmation of Barrington's ordinance comes as state lawmakers consider proposed legislation to ban plastic bags statewide in Rhode Island.

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Jamestown and Charlestown councils voice support for statewide plastic bag ban

On May 19, the Town Council of Jamestown voted to approve a letter from the Jamestown Conservation Commission to state lawmakers in support of the proposed legislation to ban disposable plastic checkout bags statewide in Rhode Island (H7178/S2314). The news comes one week after Charlestown's Town Council passed a resolution supporting the legislation as well.

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Whitehouse, Reed, Cicilline join community members to share vision for Rhode Island's environment

Dozens of community members and concerned citizens joined members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation––Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed along with Congressman David Cicilline––for a coffee hour hosted by Environment Rhode Island at the First Unitarian Church in Providence. The delegation and community members discussed opportunities to move forward to protect Rhode Island's environment at a time when Congress continues to face gridlock.

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With Senate hearing, plastic bag ban takes next step in legislative process

On April 2nd, the Rhode Island Senate’s Environment & Agriculture Committee held an initial hearing for S2314, the 2014 Senate bill to ban plastic shopping bags statewide in Rhode Island. Environmental groups, municipal leaders, and concerned citizens attended the hearing to testify in support of the measure. Supportive testimony outnumbered opposition 7 to 1.

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At hearing, overwhelming support for plastic bag ban

The Rhode Island House of Representatives' Environment & Natural Resources Committee held an initial hearing for H7178, the 2014 House bill to ban plastic shopping bags statewide in Rhode Island. Environmental groups, small business owners, policy experts, municipal leaders, and concerned citizens attended the hearing to testify in support of the measure. Of those who spoke at the hearing, twenty five supported the legislation and two opposed it.

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Volunteers turn out for Rhode Island Plastic Bag Hunt

As Rhode Island lawmakers consider proposed legislation to ban plastic shopping bags statewide, approximately 75 volunteers and activists turned out Saturday 3/8 for the Rhode Island Plastic Bag Hunt, a statewide scavenger hunt for plastic bag litter hosted by Environment Rhode Island. Participants set out in teams and took photographs of plastic bags to complete a checklist––with items from "find a plastic bag on a beach or shoreline" to "find someone using a reusable bag".

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Johnston senator sponsors bill to ban plastic bags statewide

State Sen. Frank Lombardo (Johnston) introduced a bill in the Rhode Island Senate to ban plastic bags statewide. A counterpart to the House of Representatives bill introduced last month by State Rep. Maria Cimini, the bill prohibits the distribution of disposable plastic shopping bags at the point of sale by Rhode Island retailers, effective January 2015 for large retailers and January 2016 for small businesses. 

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2014 statewide plastic bag ban introduced

State Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence) introduced a bill in the Rhode Island House of Representatives to ban plastic bags statewide. The introduction comes one day after advocacy group Environment Rhode Island delivered over 10,000 public comments to state lawmakers in support of a plastic bag ban in Rhode Island.

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Lawmakers receive 10,000+ signatures supporting plastic bag ban

Environment Rhode Island delivered over 10,000 public comments to state lawmakers in support of a plastic bag ban in Rhode Island. The petition delivery comes one day before the expected 2014 introduction of a plastic bag ban bill in the Rhode Island House of Representatives by State Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence).

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