2011 -- H 5193
H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY PUBLIC HIGHER
AFFORDABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY IN THE STATE OF
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 Health,
Education, and Welfare, or designee; and five (5) of whom shall be members of the House of
Representatives, not more than three (3) 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 of the
administrative and academic decisions and practices at the institution and system levels that affect
affordability and accessibility, to examine other states’ efforts to improve affordability and
accessibility, and to consider best practices from other states and public institutions and systems
of higher education; and to provide recommendations regarding actions that can reasonably be
taken at the state and institutional levels to enhance the affordability and increase the accessibility
of public higher education to all Rhode Islanders.
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
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.