House Bill #5783 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Requires DOT to identify impact of Rhode Works projects on affected small businesses and provide DOC with information to minimize the economic financial impact.

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  • 2017 – H 5783
  • 2017 – H 5783 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC001623
  • LC001623/SUB A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
  • ____________
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF
  • TRANSPORTATION
  • Introduced By: Representatives Carson, Ruggiero, Phillips, and Tanzi
  • Date Introduced: March 01, 2017
  • Referred To: House Finance
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Chapter 42-13 of the GeneralLaws entitled "Department of Transportation" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
  • 42-13-2.1. Duties of the department - Rhode works project.
  • (a) It shall be the responsibility of the department to identify the specific impact of Rhode Works projects on small businesses to deliver and communicate it to the department of commerce. The department shall identify the traffic flow to Rhode Island small business commercial areas as it relates to road and bridge closings due to Rhode Works projects, identify road and bridge closings, parking restrictions and alterations in traffic patterns to accommodate road and bridge repairs, including proposed dates of work, road closure and re-routing of any traffic and parking patterns.
  • (b) The department shall share the information collected in subsection (a) of this section with the commerce corporation to allow at least four (4) months for the commerce corporation to review this information, and assist those businesses affected by Rhode Works projects, by providing strategic and marketing assistance as necessary, and sharing this information with small businesses in the affected communities and neighborhoods.
  • (c) The commerce corporation shall provide those affected businesses in the construction areas with actions to provide support to minimize the economic and financial impact upon those businesses during road and bridge construction, including, but not limited to, mailing by the commerce corporation to affected businesses and meeting with affected businesses to review business plans during construction.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC001623 ========
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  • (a) It shall be the responsibility of the department to identify the specific impact of Rhode Works projects on small businesses and to deliver and communicate this information to the department of commerce. The department shall identify the traffic flow to Rhode Island small business commercial areas as it relates to road and bridge closings due to Rhode Works projects, identify road and bridge closings, parking restrictions and alterations in traffic patterns to accommodate road and bridge repairs, including proposed dates of work, road closure and re- routing of any traffic and parking patterns.
  • (b) During construction season (April to October), the department shall share the information collected in subsection (a) of this section with the commerce corporation to allow at least two (2) months for the commerce corporation to assist businesses affected by Rhode Works projects, by providing strategic and marketing assistance as necessary, and sharing this information with small businesses in the affected communities and neighborhoods. During emergencies, the department will contact the commerce corporation in order to coordinate a plan of action in the affected area. The department will meet with the commerce corporation on a monthly basis in order to review upcoming projects and coordinate a plan of action for the affected businesses.
  • (c) The commerce corporation shall provide those affected businesses in the construction areas with actions to provide support to minimize the economic and financial impact upon those businesses during road and bridge construction, including, but not limited to, a mailing by the commerce corporation to affected businesses and a meeting with affected businesses to review business plans during construction.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage. ======== LC001623/SUB A ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - DEPARTMENT OF
  • TRANSPORTATION
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  • This act would require the department of transportation to identify the impact of Rhode Works projects on Rhode Island small businesses commercial areas and provide the commerce corporation with that information to allow the commerce corporation sufficient time to provide the affected businesses with support to minimize the economic and financial impact.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001623 ========
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  • This act would require the department of transportation to identify the impact of Rhode Works projects on Rhode Island small business commercial areas, particularly during construction season (April to October) and provide the commerce corporation with that information to allow the commerce corporation sufficient time to provide the affected businesses with support to minimize the economic and financial impact.
  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC001623/SUB A ========
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Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 14, 2017 at 5:39pm
Yeas: 70 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 5 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan NV
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi NV
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall NV
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady NV
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater NV
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y