RI Legislature studying issues from sex workers to shoreline access

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PROVIDENCE — The curtain has fallen but the play goes on.

Before closing down the 2021 legislative session last Thursday, Rhode Island lawmakers created more than a dozen “special commissions” to delve into:

Shoreline access. The plight of commercial sex workers. The once-a-decade redrawing of the boundary lines for R.I.’s legislative and congressional districts. Obstacles to the construction of more affordable housing.

And that’s just a sampling. 

Two of the commissions were created at the behest of Rep. Anastasia Williams.

One was created to: “establish a permanent record” of minorities who have held appointed and elected positions in state and local government in Rhode Island from “the founding of this state’s original settlement by Roger Williams in 1636 to the present.”

The other was given this mouthful of a name:

Special Legislative Commission to Study Ensuring Racial Equity and Optimizing Health and Safety Laws Affecting Marginalized Individuals.”