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Issue Position: Environment

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Like the federal investment in our national parks, Rhode Island must invest in our green space. Maria supports policies fostering and maintaining bicycle paths and walking trails throughout our state. In addition, Maria believes that public transportation is an area for growth and can revitalize our community.

State policy should encourage energy efficiency in building regulations and encourage Rhode Island to be a hub of Green Architecture and experimentation. This work will care for our state's precious natural resources, make utilities more affordable for our people, and provide valued jobs as we continue our development in the 21st century.

First Term Legislative Impact
Passed legislation to mandate recycling waste cooking oil by commercial operations, such as restaurants
Created a program that will help low-income Rhode Islanders pay what they can afford to prevent shut-offs and pay down utility debts with the Henry Shelton Act
Passed legislation extending the renewable energy fund, which is expected to increase renewable energy production and create green jobs
Enacted a new law increasing penalties for animal abusers

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