- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Taking a class to learn about rising sea levels in Rhode Island might become a requirement for the officials who help decide what can get built in the Ocean State’s towns and cities.

The state House of Representatives voted 59-10 on Tuesday to pass a bill to require training classes for members of local planning boards and commissions. It now moves to the Senate.

The legislation would require two hours of training every two years on sea level rise and the effects of developing in a flood plain.

The bill’s sponsor, Newport Democratic Rep. Lauren Carson, says it’s about sharing evidence of sea level rise with people making land-use decisions.

Republicans who voted against the bill say the state shouldn’t dictate training requirements, especially to communities away from the coast.

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