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1/25/2022 Media Advisory: Shoreline access commission to discuss testimony Thursday
STATE HOUSE – The legislative committee studying the issue of public access to the shoreline will meet Thursday for a discussion of the testimony it has collected.

The Special Legislative Commission to Study and Provide Recommendations on the Issues Relating to Lateral Access Along the Rhode Island Shoreline will meet Thursday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in Room 101 on the first floor of the State House.

The commission’s agenda includes the reading of written testimony of Professor Michael C. Blumm Esq., Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School, followed by a round table discussion of previous commission testimony and documents. No public testimony will be accepted at this meeting.

The meeting will be televised by Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox Channels 15, and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers. It will also be live streamed at

The commission is led by Rep. Terri Cortvriend (D-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown), who sponsored the resolution creating it. In addition to Chairwoman Cortvriend, the commission includes Rep. Blake A. Filippi (R-Dist. 36, New Shoreham, Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly); Michael Rubin, who serves as a resident of a coastal community; Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Jeffrey M. Willis; David Splaine, representing the Rhode Island Realtors Association; Julia Wyman, representing the Marine Affairs Institute and Rhode Island Sea Grant legal program at Roger Williams University; Dennis Nixon of the Marine Affairs Department at University of Rhode Island; Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone; land use attorney Mark P. McKenney; Mark Boyer of the Rhode Island Society of Professional Land Surveyors; retired Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Francis X. Flaherty; and Alison Hoffman, Special Assistant Attorney General, Environmental Unit.

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923