A second climate change education bill in Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island, skyline.

Rhode Island's Senate Bill 2356 (PDF) would appropriate funds to support "a grant program to promote and enhance climate change and ocean protection programs for youth."

Like its House counterpart House Bill 7496, 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 Valarie J. Lawson (D-District 14) and nine of her colleagues on February 12, 2024, Senate Bill 2356 was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.