Chippendale Bill Strengthens Business-Friendly Environment

Bill gives DEM and CRMC last say on environmental issues.


Rep. Michael W. Chippendale (R-District 40, Foster, Glocester, Coventry) has submitted legislation that would prohibit cities and towns from enacting ordinances which are more restrictive than regulations established and enforced by the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) or the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC).

“While I respect the rights of cities and towns to pass ordinances which specifically address the unique aspects and viewpoints of their respective communities, I believe that when it comes to environmental matters, DEM and CRMC have the expertise and experience to look at situations with a neutral eye,” said Chippendale. “We want to ensure cities and towns are not able to create stricter guidelines that restrict business from coming into their towns or have a negative impact on already existing properties. In these economic times, we need to ensure that we are being business-friendly while also ensuring experienced state agencies are looking at the big picture.”

Cosponsoring the bill are House Minority Leader Brian C. Newberry (R-District 48, North Smithfield, Burrillville), Rep. Anthony Giarrusso (R-District 30, East Greenwich, West Greenwich), Minority Whip Joseph Trillo (R-District 24, Warwick), Rep. Doreen Costa (R-District 31, North Kingstown, Exeter) and Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-District 26, Coventry,Warwick, West Warwick).

coventry taxpayer 2 February 03, 2013 at 05:29 AM
WOW All right -wingnuts Are for this Amazing bill !!!! Give it to business and F@#k the little guy!!
Leave RI February 03, 2013 at 06:09 AM
As long as the regs don't incur more more taxes to the locals I would agree
A Taxpayer February 03, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Sounds like it would keep the special interests of town/city council members and mayors in check. Sorry if this disturbs the "good ol' boy" club you so dearly cling to.
Michael Chippendale February 03, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Interesting reaction - please cite one example of how this does what you claim to the "little guy"? Just 1 example...
eye in the sky February 03, 2013 at 09:05 PM
So this takes all the power from locals who I believe know what's best for they're city's and towns. Allows the state and business to dictate what can be built? So in other words when Wal-Mart wants to plop a store down in your backyard you have no say? With people like Trillo and Costa behind it ...Look out


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