2009 -- S 1048

Enacted 06/30/09



S E N A T E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Senators DaPonte, and Connors

     Date Introduced: June 30, 2009



     RESOLVED, The Senate finds that within the State of Rhode Island certain

municipalities participate in the State of Rhode Island Public Employee Pension System and that

certain municipalities have a municipal pension plan that does not participate in the State of

Rhode Island Public Employee Pension System. Those municipal pensions are an integral part of

the state's annual budget expenditure as well as the state's economy as a whole. As such, the

General Assembly finds that in order to provide the citizens of the State of Rhode Island with the

highest level of financial accountability while protecting the public employee's right to accrued

pension benefits it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive review and study of municipal

pensions within the State Pension System and those municipal pension plans not participating in

the State Pension System; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That a special Senate 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 on

Finance; and two (2) of whom shall be members of the Senate, to be appointed by the President

of the Senate.

     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


     The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study and analysis of

all aspects of municipal pensions within the State of Rhode Island, including, but not limited to

funding, investments and management, eligibility, age of retirement, benefits, contributions,

vesting, disqualification, review of any and all statutes, rules or regulations pertinent to

municipal pensions, 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 any applicable law or regulation, in any form

whatsoever, whereby the taxpayers of the State of Rhode Island would realize expenditure

savings through enhanced efficiencies, economies of scale and/or streamlined operations.

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

the call of the Senate Majority Leader 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 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 on or before June 30, 2010, and said commission shall expire on August 27, 1010.