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3/29/2017 MEDIA ADVISORY: Streamlining business startup processes commission to hold first meeting on Thursday
STATE HOUSE – The Special Legislative Commission to Study Streamlining New Business Startup Processes will be holding its first meeting on Thursday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in Room 101 of the State House.  The commission was created after legislation (2016-H 7299), sponsored by Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton), passed the House of Representatives last legislative session. 

The purpose of the commission is to make a comprehensive study of the costs, fees, and procedures associated with starting a business in Rhode Island and to provide recommendations on ways to streamline the process.  The commission will report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives.

The commission will be electing a chairperson and a vice-chair, as well as, reviewing the charge of the commission and discussing the commission’s goals and objectives.  Representative Canario is anticipated to be elected chairman of the commission and Rep. Deborah L. Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) is anticipated to be elected vice-chairwoman.

The other members of the commission are:
·         Rep. Patricia A. Serpa (D-Dist. 27, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick)
·         Rep. Kenneth J. Mendonca (R-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown)
·         William Vernon – NFIB, Rhode Island state director
·         Robert Mancini – RI Society of CPAs, President
·         Daniel Holmander - Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.
·         Nancy Scarduzio - Small Business Ombudsman
·         John Simmons - RIPEC, Executive Director
·         Grafton "Cap" Willey -- CBIZ Tofias, Managing Director

No public testimony will be taken at the meeting.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903