Ruggiero to lead CRMC study commission

 

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Deborah Ruggiero has been elected chairwoman of the newly organized House commission to study the Coastal Resources Management Council.

Created by legislation (2021-H 6252) sponsored by Representative Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown), the 15-member commission is to comprehensively study and provide recommendations for the reorganization of the CRMC and issue its findings and recommendations by April 1, 2022.

The CRMC is the state’s lead agency reviewing proposals for 19 coastal communities and is charged with offshore wind projects, dredging, development, marinas and aquaculture. 

“Our commission is going to review the process for coastal management procedures, the scope of CRMC’s work, and listen, identify and assess opportunities to make CRMC better for the future of Rhode Island and its residents. This will not be a look back at past CRMC decisions, especially since some of those decisions are in litigation. This is about looking to the future. We will make policy decisions based on facts, data, and science to better ensure coastal development in the Ocean State. The process must be consistent, fair, safe and sustainable for generations to come,” said Chairwoman Ruggiero.

At the commission’s first meeting Wednesday, its members also elected Rep. Arthur Handy (D-Dist. 18, Cranston) vice chairman. Other members include Rep. Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport), Rep. Michael W. Chippendale (R-Dist. 40, Foster, Glocester, Coventry), Save The Bay Director of Advocacy Topher Hamblett, Jamestown Town Administrator Jamie Hainsworth; Exeter Town Planner William DePasquale Jr.; Newport City Manager Joe Nicholson Jr., Rhode Island Builders Association designee David Baud, Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association President Richard Hittinger, Rhode Island Shellfisherman’s Association President Michael McGiveney, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography Dean Paula Bontempi, Audubon Society of Rhode Island Executive Director Lawrence Taft, New Shoreham Town Councilor Sven Risom and Westerly Town Planner Nancy Letendre.

The commission has scheduled its next two meetings:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at Seaman’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport. This meeting will feature a presentation by CRMC Executive Director Jeff Willis on the work of the CRMC, the staff, and issues before the CRMC.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m.at Jamestown Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. This meeting will be a presentation by CRMC on the Bay Special Area Management Plan (Bay SAMP) and aquaculture.

 

 

 

Longtime Trump adviser Steve Bannon is being held in contempt of Congress. House Democrats crafted the contempt resolution after Bannon defied a subpoena from the committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The resolution will be referred to the Justice Department after Republican leaders urged a no vote, calling it a partisan political exercise.       Texas is urging the Supreme Court to leave its restrictive new abortion law in place. The Biden administration wants to block the ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. In a response filed today, the Texas Attorney General's office points to the Fifth Circuit's conclusion that Texas is likely to prevail.       Much of the country is looking at a warmer than average winter. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's forecast says the warmer weather outlook is especially true across the Southwest and southern U.S. Meantime, the Pacific Northwest is projected to deal with temperatures that are below normal.        Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is teaming up with a mental health services company that makes getting help more accessible. As Cerebral's Chief Impact Officer, Biles says everyone's mental health journey is unique and she wants to help others. Cerebral is a one stop shop online platform that offers resources to counseling, therapy, medication and other treatment services.       Wall Street is closing with stocks mixed as the S&P 500 finished at a record high as it was boosted by strong earnings reports. Jobless claims also fell to a new pandemic low, coming in at 290-thousand. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by six points to 35-603. The S&P 500 gained 13 points to 45-49 and the Nasdaq added 94 points to 15-215.       The jury selection process in the Ghislaine [[ GHEE-lane ]] Maxwell case will not be kept from the public. The judge cited the First Amendment to the Constitution in ruling that the press and public would be able to see jurors questioned. Maxwell is accused of contributing to the abuse of multiple young girls by the late Jeffrey Epstein.