Our bill tracker has three new bills this week: SB683, SB684, and HB6160. Introduced by Sen. DiMario, SB683 extends COVID-19 moratorium on penalties for food businesses that altered or modified its business to comply with the pandemic emergency declaration. SB684 provides for net metering owned or operated by a renewable energy developer to be treated as an eligible net metering system so long as it is not in a defined core forest. HB6160 would amend the definition of “under the direct supervision” to include a person acting under the control of a certified or licensed application who is available when needed, even though not physically present when the pesticide is applied.
Hearing Updates: 6 Committees to Hear Food Systems Bills
- SB39 (allowing manufacturer-wineries to sell up to three drinks of wine for on-site consumption or three bottles of wine for off-site consumption.);
- SB435 (allowing happy hour drink specials served in conjunction with the purchase of a food item, which would include appetizers or entree prepared on premises.);
- SB683 discussed above.
- SB504 (establishing the renewable ready program which is designed to promote responsible siting and development of renewable energy on certain sites.)
- SB684 detailed above.
- HB5776 (providing for a kosher option for school lunches for public elementary and secondary schools in Rhode Island upon the request of the local school districts.)
- SB472 (creating a new chapter related to grocery stores, limiting the number of self-service checkout units.)
- HB5989 (prohibiting a covered establishment from preparing, selling, processing, or providing food or beverages in or on a disposable food service container that is composed in who or in part of polystyrene foam.)
- HB5091 (establishing the Package Reduction and Recycling Program.)
- HB5502 (establishing a system for the recycling of beverage containers working with the department of environmental management.)
- HB5672 (mandating that food service establishments only provide single-use food ware accessories and standard condiments to a customer upon request.)
- HB5673 (prohibiting the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS in various products including carpets, cookware, cosmetics, ski wax, and various other items.)
- HB6054 (creating a refundable twenty-five cent deposit for miniature alcoholic beverage containers, often referred to as nips.)
- HB5450 (prohibiting municipalities from charging any recycling fees.)
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.