Climate change education legislation in Rhode Island again

Providence, Rhode Island, skyline.

Providence, Rhode Island. Photo by Michael Denning on Unsplash.

Rhode Island's House Bill 7496 (PDF) would appropriate funds to support "a grant program to promote and enhance climate change and ocean protection programs for youth."

The bill specifies that $250,000 would be appropriated in fiscal year 2024; the amount for subsequent years would be decided by the legislature. Four similar bills introduced in 2023 attempted to appropriate $500,000 yearly for such a grant program; these bills all died in committee when the legislature adjourned, as NCSE previously reported.

Introduced by Jennifer Boylan (D-District 66) and nine of her colleagues on February 2, 2024, House Bill 7496 was referred to the House Finance Committee.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.