A N A C T
RELATING TO DISTRESSED AREAS -- ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION ACT
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 42-64.3-5 of the General Laws in Chapter 42-64.3 entitled "Distressed Areas Economic Revitalization Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
42-64.3-5. Criteria for enterprise zone designation. -- (a) The zone shall consist of not more than five (5) contiguous United States census tracts or portions thereof as set forth in the most recent federal census, except that the council may add Block 101 of Census Tract 135 in the City of Cranston to any enterprise zone abutting that Block; provided, that the addition is approved by the city councils of Cranston and Providence; except that blocks 108, 110, and 111 of Federal Census tract 8 of the Providence II Enterprise Zone shall not be eligible for any enterprise zone benefits, and as a replacement of those, the Council may add blocks 318, 319, and 307 of census tract 37 and block 104 of census tract 9, and blocks 105, 107 and 120 of census tract 12, to the Providence II Enterprise Zone, provided that such addition is approved by the city council of Providence; and, that portion of federal census tract 114.03 in the town of Cumberland which includes any portion of the Highland II Corporate Park as approved by the Cumberland town council and the Woonsocket city council; and, that portion of the federal census tract 173 in the city of Woonsocket which includes the Singleton Street Mill District as approved by the Woonsocket City Council, and federal census tract 114.02 in the town of Cumberland; except that the council may add blocks 103, 104, 119, and 131, as well as census block group 3 of census tract 308, may add census block groups 2 and 3 of census tract 309.01, and may delete census block 2 of census tract 309.02 to the Mount Hope enterprise zone and those portions of federal census tracts 113.01 and 114.03 that constitute the Ashton/Berkeley Mill Village area; except that the council may add Census Tract 180 in the city of Woonsocket to the Woonsocket/Cumberland Enterprise Zone as approved by the Woonsocket city council; except that the council may add federal census tract 141 in the City of Cranston which includes the site of the former Narragansett Brewery, as approved by the Cranston City Council and except that the council shall add the census blocks that are along the following streets, to the Providence II Enterprise Zone designation: Hartford Avenue from census tract 19 to the Johnston town line, Plainfield Street from census tract 19 to the Johnston town line, and Pocasset Avenue from census tract 19 to the Cranston city line, and further excepting that the council may add block group 1 of census tract 401.02 and delete block groups 1 and 2 of census tract 401.01 in the town of Portsmouth, as approved by the Portsmouth town council; except that the council shall add block groups 1, 2, and 3 of federal census tract 136 and block groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 of federal census tract 137.01 and block groups 1 and 2 of federal census tract 138 in the city of Cranston, as approved by the Cranston city council; and except that the council may add block group 2 of federal census tract 107.01 in the city of East Providence, as approved by the East Providence city council.
(b) The council shall promulgate any additional criteria for the designation of an enterprise zone that the council deems appropriate. Additional criteria shall include but not be limited to:
(1) The poverty level within the enterprise zone as defined by the federal office of management and budget, or the percent of households receiving public assistance; and
(2) The unemployment level within the enterprise zone.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.