06-R 037

2006 -- S 2015

Enacted 01/19/06

 

S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N

CREATING A SPECIAL SENATE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE FINANCING OF

NECESSARY REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS TO MUNICIPAL EDUCATIONAL

FACILITIES

     

     

     Introduced By: Senators Ciccone, Badeau, Lanzi, Connors, and Pichardo

     Date Introduced: January 12, 2006

 

 

     RESOLVED, That a special Senate commission be and the same is hereby created

consisting of ten (10) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the senate, not more than

two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one (1) of

whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island AFT, or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the

President of the NEA Rhode Island, or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the President of the

Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association, or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the

Executive Director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, or designee; one (1)

of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, or

designee; and two (2) of whom shall be representatives of a design and/or construction company

that has regularly engaged in renovation or repair of municipal educational facilities, to be

appointed by the President of the Rhode Island Building Trades Association.

     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 the majority leader or the minority leader of the

political party which is entitled to the appointment consent to the member of the general

public.

     The purpose of said commission shall be to study the needs of Rhode Islandís thirty-

nine (39) cities and towns in regard to the financing of repairs and renovations costing less

than $3 million per project, for public schools located in each of the municipalities. Said

commission shall produce a complete inventory of existing educational facilities in need of

repair or renovation, as part of an interim report, including, but not limited to: age of

structure; purpose of repair; estimated durability of repair; and estimated cost of repair or

renovation.

     Said commission shall recognize that:

     (1) Rhode Islandís cities and towns rely heavily upon the local tax levy to finance

improvements to educational facilities; and

     (2) Further escalation of the local tax levy places the burden for maintenance and repair

on local property owners; and

     (3) Municipalities have, in the past, deferred preventative maintenance for

educational facilities in times of economic hardship; and

     (4) It is of utmost importance to provide a safe, secure, and healthy environment

conducive to learning for the children of Rhode Island.

     Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at

the call of the President of the Senate and organize and shall select, from among the legislators, a

chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filed in like manner as the original

appointment.

     The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.

     All municipalities, school districts, 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 Joint Committee on Legislative Services 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

Senate periodically, with an interim report to be issued no later than March 30, 2006, and said

commission shall expire on December 31, 2006.

     

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LC00429

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