Read the 2023 Legislative Session’s highlights and learn about RIFPC’s advocacy on behalf of crucial food policy bills!
2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION:
Important victory for agricultural land preservation, but wasted food solutions stall
The 2023 legislative session has come to an end. We’re excited to share the hits and misses from this year with you. This year, RIFPC tracked 169 bills.
Similar to last year, we saw the most activity in the Climate Change and Food Business areas with a total of fifteen bills being passed. We saw our biggest win in the Agriculture area, with $2.5 million in funds successfully appropriated for agricultural land conservation in the FY2024 State Budget.
This season, we received a lot of support from our legislative allies and we expect many key bills will be reintroduced next year. You can rest assured that RIFPC will be back at the state house in 2024 to advocate for a just and resilient food system in our state!
2023 WORK GROUP WRAP-UP
Let’s celebrate! This year our work groups actively advocated for dozens of bills that would improve our state’s food system. We educated elected officials and advocated for positive food policies through our Legislative Farm Visit, legislative roundtables, written and verbal testimony, and more. Learn more about this session’s actions in our Legislative Recap.
Read our Work Group Wrap-Up to learn more about the activities of our Active Farmland Preservation, Wasted Food Solutions, and Food Access Work Groups.
This 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.
A summary of legislative trends and activities, and other notes of interest, are provided once per week on Monday mornings during the legislative session; links to upcoming committee meetings and agendas will be included in those updates.
Inclusion in this report does not indicate either support or opposition by the RI Food Policy Council.
PLEASE NOTE: A bill that impacts the food system in multiple ways is only listed once, in what is determined to be its primary area of impact.
Questions or feedback on the bill tracker should be sent to [email protected].