Notes from the Field


Bill Tracker update: APR 10

Two new bills with potential impacts on food businesses were added to the tracker this week. The first, SB661, would codify protections for warehouse workers (introduced by Sen. Ciccone).  The second, SB652, establishes a marina users’ bill of rights that could affect commercial fishing businesses (introduced by Sen. McKenney). 

Of the 143 bills being followed in the tracker, 50 are focused on food businesses, 44 are focused on climate change mitigation and/or environmental protection, 18 are focused on agriculture, and 15 are focused on fisheries and aquaculture.

The General Assembly is on spring recess next week so there will not be any committee hearings. Hearings resume on April 17.


The RIFPC Bill Tracker is a reference, covering all legislation affecting the Rhode Island food system and all topics of interest to Council Members. The Tracker is updated daily during the legislative session (January-June), and organized by major impact areas.