Block Island, R.I. – Independent State Representative Blake A. Filippi has announced that he will seek re-election to the District 36 seat serving Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly. Filippi, an attorney, farmer and business-owner, currently serves on the Committee on Judiciary, the Committee on Municipal Government, the Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, and as Vice-Chair of the House Commission to Study Methods for Growing Tourism.
Filippi declared that he “wants to continue to advocate for South County values: an honest and strong business climate that rewards hard work and not insider dealings, lean and clean government, environmental preservation, local control of planning, and the protection of individual liberty.”
Said Filippi of this term’s highlights: “I advocated for the successful passage and placement on the ballot of the proposed Constitutional Amendment to reassert full Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly. We also helped to protect our Westerly and Charlestown neighbors by advancing landmark legislation to empower DEM to control fugitive dust from Copar Quarry. Tax reductions for our seniors were realized in the last two budgets. I was a lead opposition voice to the RhodeWorks tolling proposal and developed an alternative funding stream to fix our bridges with tax dollars already in the budget. I stood for reduced costs to small business and the elimination of the hated car tax. I fought the abuse-ridden legislative grant program and helped expose CommerceRI’s failed “Cooler and Warmer” campaign. We passed a critical bill to protect our privacy by requiring law enforcement obtain a warrant before accessing our cell phone location data -- with emergency exceptions. I also protected municipal sovereignty and opposed the onslaught of bills to undermine local self-governance in zoning and planning matters.”
“I have always been just a cell phone call away – and hope to continue working on behalf of our House District 36 for another two years,” said Filippi in closing.
More information can be found by visiting www.Blake36.com.
STATE HOUSE – Representative Blake Filippi (I-Dist. 36; Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly) has testified before the House Health, Education & Welfare Committee regarding his legislation (2016-H 7255) that would require grocery stores to post signs informing customers that their products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“People have the right to know what’s in their food. More and more foods have come onto the market that have their genesis in a petri dish and DNA splicing, rather than natural farming. Basic truth and transparency in food labeling is only fair,” said Filippi.
“Over 25 countries have taken action to protect their citizens from GMO products – either through partial or outright bans, or with labeling requirements. Unfortunately, our federal government has failed to enact even a most basic GMO labeling requirement. It is now left to the state of Rhode Island to enact reforms to fully apprise customers of what is in their food,” said Filippi.
“While I fully support my colleagues’ bills requiring manufacturers to label foods that contain GMOs, I am concerned of potential legal challenges. Our bill is meant to withstand these legal challenges because it labels foods at the point of sale rather than by a manufacturer that operates in interstate commerce. Grocers are asked to post a sign informing customers their food contains GMOs unless the individual packaging states otherwise. This is a smart way to inform customers about the foods they eat while avoiding federal legal challenges,” explained Filippi.
Co-sponsors of the bill are Rep. Scott Slater (D-District 10, Providence), Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-District 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown), and Rep. Charlene M. Lima (D-District 14, Cranston, Providence).
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