Winners of the 2023 legislative session

BY: and - June 19, 2023

Between the record $14 billion spending plan and a marathon final day that kept lawmakers voting until almost 2 a.m. on June 16, the 2023 legislative session brought a slew of key victories for policymakers and advocates.  Here are some of the top winners from the session. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi The most powerful […]

Styrofoam ban clears Senate

BY: - June 2, 2023

PROVIDENCE — A measure to ban Styrofoam containers in Rhode Island restaurants by 2025 cruised through the Rhode Island Senate Thursday.  The state Senate on Thursday voted 33-2 to ban plastic cocktail stirrers and foam to-go boxes at restaurants, pubs, snack bars in an effort to reduce litter caused by these containers. The legislation, sponsored […]

Bill to ban Styrofoam takeout containers clears Senate committee

BY: - May 25, 2023

The perennial push to ban takeout containers made of polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, has again advanced out of committee in one chamber of the Rhode Island General Assembly. The Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture unanimously voted Thursday to send to the floor a bill that would stop food service establishments from using styrofoam containers […]