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Lawmakers speak out against proposal to ease public-hearing requirements

A hearing on whether the state's transportation planning process should have fewer hearings has brought out complaints from some state lawmakers.

Reps. Sherry Roberts, R-West Greenwich, and Jared Nunes, D-Coventry, on Tuesday wrote separately of their concerns that a proposal to streamline the planning process would badly curtail public involvement.

"It is outrageous for the State Planning Council to attempt to cut out public input," Roberts wrote in a news release that also objected to the state holding a hearing on the proposal less than a week before Christmas.

Nunes wrote that eliminating a requirement for municipalities to hold public hearings before submitting project requests to the state and shortening public comment periods could have negative consequences.

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