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4/18/2023 MEDIA ADVISORY: Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture to consider big reforms to CRMC
STATE HOUSE – The Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture is scheduled to meet this Wednesday, April 19, at 4 p.m. in the Senate Lounge on the second floor of the State House.  The committee will hear six bills, five of which propose reforms of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC). The bills include:
  • 2023-S 0501 — This bill, introduced by Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture Chairwoman Alana DiMario (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown, New Shoreham), would create the position of a full-time staff attorney for CRMC. The staff attorney would report directly to the executive director and would not be permitted to engage in outside employment.
  • 2023-S 0772 — This bill, introduced by Sen. Victoria Gu (D-Dist. 38, Charlestown, Westerly, South Kingstown), would replace the CRMC with a new Department of Coastal Resources and transfer all of the powers and duties between the two authorities.
  • 2023-S 0194 — This bill, introduced by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown), would require that a supermajority of three-fifths of the duly appointed council be required to override a recommendation by the CRMC staff.
  • 2023-S 0197 — This bill, introduced by Senator Sosnowski, would require that the appointment of public members to the CRMC council include an active, licensed fisher, a representative from Save the Bay and an individual from an organization representing developers.
  • 2023-S 0203 — This bill, introduced by Senator Sosnowski, would create the executive director of coastal resources management, who would be an employee of CRMC, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, and would coordinate and liaison with the director of the Department of Environmental Management.
  • 2023-S 0819 — This bill, introduced by Senator Sosnowski, would provide amendments to multiple sections of law related to the marine fisheries council.
The meeting will be televised by Capitol Television, which can be seen on channels 15 and 61 for high definition by Cox Communications subscribers, channel 15 for i3Broadband (formerly Full Channel) viewers and channel 34 for Verizon subscribers. Livestreaming is available at

For more information, contact:
Fil Eden, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903