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Assembly passes Sen. Sosnowski's legislation to allow URI trustee meetings to be held virtually

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STATE HOUSE – The General Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski and Rep. Kathleen A. Fogarty that would allow University of Rhode Island trustee members to remotely participate in meetings. Senator Sosnowski’s bill was passed on Tuesday and Representative Fogarty’s bill was passed on Thursday.

“This bill will grant URI’s trustees the flexibility to continue guiding the university through these challenging times. URI has continuously and successfully adapted to ever-changing difficulties and this bill will allow them to continue to lead the university into a prosperous future,” said Senator Sosnowski (D-Dist. 37, South Kingstown, New Shoreham).

The legislation (2022-S-2372) amends the General Laws by striking the provision that meeting virtually is only allowed if trustee members are unable to be physically present at the meeting location. The bill also states that a trustee quorum is achieved through participating in the meeting, not whether or not a member is present at the meeting location.

The bills now head to the governor’s desk for consideration.