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Rhode Island Legislature Follows Maine's Lead in Support of Trans Pacific Trade Agreement

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The model said to be used in the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement in which corporations are granted special terms not available to others is being used throughout Maine economic development policies- except that the special terms go exclusively to special interests qualified by the Maine legislature as the targeted sector and frequently implemented through public-private relationships, a concept presented to the public uncritically and with bias by Maine’s main stream media.
In The Course of My research I also Found that in 2015  Rhode Island also passed J O I N T  R E S O L U T I O N  REAFFIRMING THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND TAIWAN, ENHANCING BILATERAL TRADE RELATIONS, AND SUPPORTING TAIWAN IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY including support for the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement
Representative Art Handy, Rhode Island  signed the 2012  letter from the states which objects to the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement special treatment of corporations over teh interests of the people:

We have a particular concern about the impact on state regulatory, legal, and judicial authority if the Investor-State dispute arbitration provisions are adopted as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The TPP, which is currently under negotiation among nine Pacific Rim nations including the U.S. – and may be expanded to include NAFTA partners Canada and Mexico plus Japan — is a wide ranging treaty that will likely have significant implications for the states.

Arthur Handy (D) represents District 18, Cranston. He was first elected in November 2002. Rep. Handy is the chairman of the House Environment & Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Health, Education and Welfare Committee.
2. 2015-S 142 (See Amendment) BY Picard ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND TAIWAN, ENHANCING BILATERAL TRADE RELATIONS, AND SUPPORTING TAIWAN IN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY Committee on Corporations recommends passage in concurrence. Francis McCabe Clerk of the House
The State of Rhode Island General Assembly
  Representative Stephen M. Casey
  Member
  Representative Raymond H. Johnston, Jr.
  Member
  Representative Katherine S. Kazarian
  Member
  Representative Brian Patrick Kennedy
  Chairman
  Representative Charlene Lima
  Member
  Representative Michael J. Marcello
  Member
  Representative Kenneth A. Marshall
  Member
  Representative Mary Messier
  Secretary
  Representative Michael Morin
  Member
  Representative Robert A. Nardolillo
  Member
  Representative Jared R. Nunes
  Member
  Representative William W. O’Brien
  Vice Chairman
  Representative Jeremiah T. O’Grady
  Member
  Representative Robert D. Phillips
  Member
  Representative Sherry Roberts
  Member
  Representative Joseph A. Trillo
  Member
  Representative Anastasia Williams
  Member
The Resolution was passed by the Rhode Island House and Senate. I could not locate a roll call. Credit goes to Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo for NOT signing this Resolution !
01/22/2015 Placed on the Senate Consent Calendar (01/29/2015)
01/29/2015 Senate read and passed
01/29/2015 Referred to House Corporations
02/24/2015 Committee recommends passage in concurrence
02/24/2015 Placed on House Calendar (02/26/2015)
02/26/2015 House passed in concurrence
02/26/2015 Transmitted to Governor
03/06/2015 Effective without Governor’s signature

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