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Bennett Named House Committee on Environment, Natural Resources Chair

Editor’s note: The following report was provided by the Legislative Press and Public Information Bureau.

STATE HOUSE – House SpeakerNicholas A. Mattiello has appointed Rep. David A. Bennett (D-Dist. 20, Warwick,Cranston) chairman of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

The House Committee onEnvironment and Natural Resources hears all matters pertaining to environmentalissues, such as conservation, pollution, renewable energy and the greeneconomy.

Bennett previously servedas vice chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, on whichhe has served since he first joined the House in 2011.

“I am honored and look forwardto this role,” said Bennett. “I’ve always cared deeply about protecting RhodeIsland’s beautiful environment and natural resources, and it will be a pleasureto help steer our state’s environmental policies. It’s an exciting time to bein this position, as our green sector is one of the most successful and rapidly

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expanding parts of our economy. Our committee has some challenging andsatisfying work ahead of us.”

Representative Bennett willcontinue to serve as a member of the House Health, Education and WelfareCommittee, a role he has also had as long as he has been in the House.

A psychiatric nurse, Bennettlives in Warwick with his wife, Ann, and daughter, Giana. Besides environmentalissues, he has been active sponsoring bills addressing health, includingnumerous successful initiatives aimed at addressing the state’s opioid overdosecrisis. He has also been the primary sponsor of every law enacted to raiseRhode Island’s minimum wage since 2012.