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§42-64.19-3  Executive office of commerce. –

Published: 2015

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State Affairs and Government

CHAPTER 42-64.19

Executive Office of Commerce

SECTION 42-64.19-3

   § 42-64.19-3  Executive office of commerce.


(a) There is hereby established within the executive branch of state government

an executive office of commerce effective February 1, 2015, to serve as the

principal agency of the executive branch of state government for managing the

promotion of commerce and the economy within the state and shall have the

following powers and duties in accordance with the following schedule:

   (1) On or about February 1, 2015, to operate functions from

the department of business regulation;

   (2) On or about April 1, 2015, to operate various divisions

and functions from the department of administration;

   (3) On or before September 1, 2015, to provide to the Senate

and the House of Representatives a comprehensive study and review of the roles,

functions, and programs of the department of administration and the department

of labor and training to devise recommendations and a business plan for the

integration of these entities with the office of the secretary of commerce. The

governor may include such recommendations in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget


   (b) In this capacity, the office shall:

   (1) Lead or assist state departments and coordinate business

permitting processes in order to:

   (i) Improve the economy, efficiency, coordination, and

quality of the business climate in the state;

   (ii) Design strategies and implement best practices that

foster economic development and growth of the state's economy;

   (iii) Maximize and leverage funds from all available public

and private sources, including federal financial participation, grants and


   (iv) Increase public confidence by conducting customer

centric operations whereby commercial enterprise are supported and provided

programs and services that will grow and nurture the Rhode Island economy; and

   (v) Be the state's lead agency for economic development.

   (c) The office shall include the office of regulatory reform

and other administration functions which promote, enhance or regulate various

service and functions in order to promote the reform and improvement of the

regulatory function of the state.

History of Section.

(P.L. 2013, ch. 489, § 3; P.L. 2013, ch. 492, § 3; P.L. 2014, ch.

528, § 59.)