05-R 397

2005 -- H 6439 AS AMENDED

Enacted 07/15/05



J O I N T  R E S O L U T I O N





     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.