In the person of Eric Thayer The wind farm on Block Island. Legislation to purchase up to 600 megawatts of newly developed offshore wind capacity will be considered by the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee this week.
Congratulations on reaching the home stretch of the current legislature’s final week (most likely).
There are still a lot of unresolved issues and political intrigue to keep an eye on as state legislators prepare to begin their reelection campaigns in earnest on Thursday. You can see some of it in the video below.
On Wednesday, the Senate’s Committee on Housing and Municipal Government is scheduled to hear a number of bills that the House of Representatives has already approved. Shekarchi’s bill to create a cabinet-level position of secretary of housing is still awaiting Senate approval.
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to take a look at the $13.6 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins on July 1, following the House’s work last week. A majority of senators are expected to vote in favor of the bill on Thursday.
Whether the House will approve a bill to allow “advanced recycling” plants to use the high-heat pyrolysis process to turn plastic into fuel is one thing to watch this week. The bill was approved by the Senate by a vote of 19-14, but the House Corporations Committee has not yet scheduled a vote on the controversial measure..
Schools in Providence: The Rhode Island Department of Education is working hard to kill a bill that would give more oversight of the state takeover of Providence schools to the city’s school board. It’s scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Wednesday, the House’s version of the bill.
Will Rhode Island allow undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses in this year’s legislative session? House Judiciary is scheduled to vote later today on a revised version of the Senate bill on the matter.
The House Corporations Committee will vote on legislation to purchase up to 600 megawatts of newly developed offshore wind capacity, a bill supported by Governor Dan McKee and already approved in the Senate.
Who will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary? Cynthia Coyne, the state senator who heads the powerful Judiciary Committee, has announced that she will not seek re-election for a fifth term. Coyne supported a bill to limit the capacity of gun magazines in committee last week, but it was defeated because the committee was tied at six members. The magazine ban happened anyway because the Senate approved a House version of the bill without sending it to committee.
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