The Resilient Rhode Island Act, the state's first comprehensive climate change bill, was officially signed on August 1. The bill has received strong support since it was proposed.

The law will "Protect public health, safety, and welfare of the people of Rhode Island in the face of 29 probable, but not precisely predictable, effects of climate change by pursuing strategies of 30 mitigation in order to contribute to the reduction of the risk of catastrophic change and by 31 pursuing strategies of adaptation in order to achieve the benefits of resiliency."

An Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council will be created to oversee climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts in Rhode Island.

Read the full Resilient Rhode Island Act here.