2007 -- H 6501
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
Introduced By: Representatives Palumbo, Jackson, Naughton, Dennigan, and Malik
Date Introduced: June 06, 2007
RESOLVED, That a special House commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of twelve (12) 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; one of whom shall be the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education, or designee; one of whom shall be the Director of the Department of
Human Services, or designee; one of whom shall be the Director of the Department of Health, or
designee; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of The Autism Project of Rhode Island, or
designee; one of whom shall be the President of the National Autism Association, or designee;
one of whom shall be the President of TL Autism Research, or designee; one of whom shall be
the President of the Rhode Island Chapter – Autism Society of America; one of whom shall be a
diagnostician to be appointed by the Speaker; and one of whom shall be a representative of higher
education, to be appointed by the Speaker.
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 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 education
of children with autism, particularly the diagnosis and assessment, the prevalence of numbers in
the state, the effect on and role of families, the appropriate goals for education, effective
interventions and educational programs, public policy approaches to ensuring access to
appropriate education and personnel preparation.
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 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 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
House of Representatives no later than January 30, 2008 and said commission shall expire on
June 15, 2008.