11-R036

2011 -- H 5194

Enacted 01/27/11

 

 

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

CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY MUNICIPAL FINANCIAL

INTEGRITY IN THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

     

     

     Introduced By: Representative Gordon D. Fox

     Date Introduced: January 27, 2011

 

 

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

consisting of seven (7) members: one of whom shall be the Chair of the House Committee on

Finance, or designee; one of whom shall be the Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary, or

designee; one of whom shall be the Chair of the House Committee on Municipal Government, or

designee; and four (4) 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.

      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 member of the general public.

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

recommendations relating to the fiscal health of Rhode Islandís cities and towns, including, but

not limited to: methods to enhance the stability of Rhode Islandís cities and towns, financial

impact of local bond ratings, the funding of municipal pension plans, and protocols, models, and

proactive solutions to achieve municipal financial stability.

      Forthwith 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 a chairperson from among the

legislators.

      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 May 3, 2011, and bi-annually thereafter, and said

commission shall expire on July 30, 2016.

     

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