2007 -- H 5766 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, Naughton, Segal, Diaz, and Lima
Date Introduced: February 28, 2007
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of fourteen (14) 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 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, or designee; one of
whom shall be the President of the National Education Association (NEA), or designee; two (2)
of whom shall be members of the general public, one (1) to be appointed by the Speaker of the
House; one (1) to be appointed by the President of the Senate; two (2) of whom shall be
Rhode Island public school teachers, one to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one to be
appointed by the President of the Senate; and one (1) of whom shall be the President of the Rhode
Island Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, or his/her designee.
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
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 the President of the Senate 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 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
General Assembly no later than May 1, 2008, and said commission shall expire on February 1,