State House, Providence, RI – Rhode Island House Republican Representative Jack W. Lyle, Jr. has been selected as the 2020 Rhode Island State Lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). This position recognizes the leadership of Lyle within the Caucus for promoting innovative and effective environmental policy in Rhode Island.
“I am honored by this national appointment and look forward to working with my colleagues in government in promoting sound environmental policies for the State of Rhode Island,” said Lyle.
Lyle has served in the Rhode Island General Assembly for 12 years, five terms as State Senator and one term as State Representative. Lyle represents constituents in District 46 which spans Lincoln and Pawtucket. During his tenure he initially served on the Joint Committee on the Environment and currently serves on the House Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources. Since first being elected to the Senate in 1980, he has been an advocate for a host of issues including a bottle bill, a ban on single-use plastic bags and plastic straws. He has championed additional funding and resources for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), and advocates for measures offered by Save the Bay, the Blackstone Valley Watershed Commission, and the Conservation Law Foundation. He consistently supports initiatives designed to encourage development of alternate energy sources in an effort to help eliminate our carbon footprint.
As an NCEL State Lead, Lyle will serve as the main point of contact in the state, coordinating in-state engagements and recruiting his colleagues to join NCEL.
“State leads are a crucial element of a thriving network like NCEL,” said Jeff Mauk, Executive Director of NCEL. “The Caucus is led by legislators, so the State Leads provide an active conduit of engagement and information sharing with environmental state legislators across the country."
Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally-committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.
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