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4/13/2017 House passes two Ackerman-sponsored pro-business bills
STATE HOUSE — The House of Representatives has unanimously passed two pro-business bills introduced by Rep. Mia Ackerman (D-Dist. 45, Cumberland, Lincoln) — one that adds federal requirements to the way municipalities hire architects and engineers, and one that simplifies the process for foreign companies doing business in the state. Both measures now head to the Senate for consideration.

The first bill (2017-H 5817) would include certain federal requirements within the selection criteria for cities or towns hiring architects or engineers, and would permit cities or towns to prequalify firms selecting architecture, engineering and consulting services.

“This legislation gives cities and towns the flexibility to choose architects and engineers who are experienced and qualified without necessarily being the low bidder,” said Representative Ackerman, who serves as vice chairwoman of the House Municipal Government Committee. “It better for local businesses who have built up a longstanding professional reputation in their industry and in the community; and it’s also good for the cities and towns who want high-quality work done without having to be shackled to the lowest bidder, which may be some person just out of school.”

The legislation was cosponsored by House Majority Leader K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick).

The second bill (2017-H 5647Aaa) would simplify the application process of a foreign corporation to obtain a certificate of authority by requiring it to produce only a certificate of good standing or legal existence by a proper officer of the state or country where it was incorporated.

“This will make it easier for foreign companies to do business in Rhode Island,” explained Representative Ackerman. “It’s another part of our efforts to make Rhode Island a more business-friendly state by removing some of the red tape that tends to bog business down.”

The legislation was cosponsored by Representatives William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence), John G. Edwards (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton, Portsmouth), Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Dist. 22, Warwick) and Daniel P. McKiernan (D-Dist. 7, Providence). Similar legislation (2017-S 0618) has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Frank S. Lombardo III (D-Dist. 25, Johnston).

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903