09-R319

2009 -- S 1034

Enacted 06/26/09

 

 

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

CREATING A SPECIAL SENATE COMMISSION

TO STUDY R.I.G.L. 23-17.14, THE HOSPITAL CONVERSION ACT

 

     

     

     Introduced By: Senator Daniel P. Connors

     Date Introduced: June 26, 2009

 

 

     RESOLVED, The Senate finds that the Rhode Island Hospital Conversion Act, R.I.G.L.

23-17.14 was enacted in 1997, and that since said enactment there has not been a comprehensive

review of the Act and its ramifications on the Rhode Island health care industry or the Rhode

Island business economy. As such, the Senate finds that in order to provide the citizens of the

State of Rhode Island with the highest level of health care services at the most competitive

pricing it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive review and study of the Act and any

amendments thereto; and be it further

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

consisting of five (5) members: one of whom shall be the Senate Majority Leader; one of whom

shall be the Senate Minority Leader; one of whom shall be the Chair of the Senate Committee of

Health and Human Services; one of whom shall be the Chair of the Senate Committee on

Corporations; and one of whom shall be the Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

     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 make a comprehensive study and analysis of

the efficacy and status of the Hospital Conversion Act, R.I.G.L. 23-17.14; study and analysis of

any economic impact to the health care industry since the inception of the Act; review of any and

all statutes, rules or regulations pertinent to the Act, as well as a review and analysis of any and

all data which may assist the commission in determining whether or not it would be in the best

interest of the citizens of the State of Rhode Island to amend, alter or repeal the Act in any form

whatsoever.

     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 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

Senate no later than June 30, 2010, and said commission shall expire on August 27, 2010.

     

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