2005 -- H 6439 AS AMENDED
J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE
CONSOLIDATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN RHODE ISLAND
Introduced By: Representatives Slater, Almeida, Diaz, and Williams
Date Introduced: April 28, 2005
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of eleven (11) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of
Representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the
Speaker of the House; three (3) of whom shall be a members of the Senate, not more than two (2)
from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall
be the President of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, or designee; one of whom shall
be the president of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees; one of whom shall be the
President of the American Federation of Teachers, or designee; and two (2) of whom shall be
members of the general public, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House.
In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory
commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a general
assembly resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to
serve in lieu of a legislator; provided, that that the Majority Leader or the Minority Leader of
the political party which is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the
member of the general public.
The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of the
consolidation of Rhode Island's school districts.
Forthwith, upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the Speaker of the House and organize and shall select, from among the legislators, a
chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original
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 is hereby 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 no later than May 2, 2006, and said commission shall expire on July 2, 2006.