2009 -- H 6455
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO DEVELOP ALTERNATIVES TO THE
CURRENT PROVISION OF HEALTH CARE BENEFITS TO GOVERNMENTAL
THE STATE OF
Introduced By: Representatives Murphy, Fox, Watson, Kennedy, and Williamson
Date Introduced: October 29, 2009
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of eleven (11) members: six (6) members shall be from the Rhode Island House of
Representatives, not more than four (4) from the same political party, to be appointed by the
Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island AFL/CIO or a
designee who must be an elected official from a bargaining unit representing state or municipal
employees; one of whom shall be a Mayor or town manager or their designee, appointed by the
Speaker of the House; one
of whom shall be the State Court
one of whom shall be a human relations administrator representing one of the general officers
appointed by the Speaker of the House; and one of whom shall be the executive director of the
Joint Committee on Legislative Services.
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 conduct a comprehensive study to develop a
better model for the provision of health care benefits to government employees including, but not
limited to: increasing the state’s purchasing power; increasing the number of plans and options;
minimizing administrative costs throughout the state; and developing other alternatives, as to be
determined by the commission.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the Speaker of the House 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
House of Representatives on or before April 8, 2010 and said commission shall expire on June