2005 -- H 5744 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF
ENACTING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CHANGE THE MANDATORY SCHOOL
ATTENDANCE AGE FROM SIXTEEN (16) TO SEVENTEEN (17)
Introduced By: Representatives Diaz, Almeida, Slater, Pacheco, and Melo
Date Introduced: February 17, 2005
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of nine (9) members: four (4) of whom shall be from the house of representatives, not
more than three (3) from the same political party, to be appointed by the speaker; one member
shall be the commissioner of elementary and secondary education or his or her designee; one
member shall be a member of the American Federation of Teachers or the National Education
Association and shall be appointed by the speaker; one member shall be a current member of a
municipal school committee and shall be appointed by the speaker; one member shall be a current
member of a parent teacher organization and shall be appointed by the speaker; and one member
shall be a current member of the Rhode Island principals association and shall be appointed by
Members of the general public may be appointed in lieu of legislators, provided, that
at least two (2) legislators shall be appointed to the commission and said appointments shall
be made by the same authority as for the legislators supplanted.
The purpose of the commission shall be to study the feasibility of enacting legislation
that would change the mandatory school attendance age from sixteen (16) to seventeen (17).
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members shall meet at the call of the
speaker of the house and shall select, from among the legislators, a chairperson. Vacancies in said
commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services. All
departments and agencies of the state shall furnish such advice and information, documentary and
otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable by the
commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
The speaker of the house hereby is authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters
for said commission; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the
general assembly on or before March 1, 2006, and said commission shall expire on May 1, 2006.