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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Measure to enhance CRMC leadership passes the Senate

Senate passes Sosnowski legislation to create executive director of Coastal Resources Management Council

The Senate passed legislation introduced by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, New Shoreham, South Kingstown) that would create the position of executive director for the Coastal Resources Management Council.

Under the legislation (2021-S 0187), the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, would appoint an executive director of the agency, who would coordinate with the director of the Department of Environmental Management. The purpose of the director would be to continue planning and management of coastal resources.

“This legislation would make the CRMC a cabinet-level agency led by a governor-appointed executive director,” said Senator Sosnowski. “This is a positive step needed to modernize, update and reform the agency to achieve more accountability and transparency for an agency that performs vitally important functions that are critical to the future of Rhode Island’s environment and economy.”

The Coastal Resources Management Council is primarily responsible for the preservation, protection, development and restoration of the coastal areas of the state through the implementation of its integrated and comprehensive coastal management plans and the issuance of permits for work with the coastal zone of the state.

The measure now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.