2011 -- S 0496 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED
S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
SPECIAL SENATE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE METHODOLOGY AND VALUES OF LAND ENROLLED
IN THE RHODE ISLAND FARM,
Introduced By: Senators Sosnowski, Walaska, McCaffrey, Goodwin, and Kettle
Date Introduced: March 10, 2011
WHEREAS, It is in the public interest to encourage the preservation of farm, forest, and
open space land in order to maintain a readily available source of food and farm products close to
the metropolitan areas of the state, to conserve the state's natural resources, and to provide for the
welfare and happiness of the inhabitants of the state; and
WHEREAS, It is in the public interest to prevent the forced conversion of farm, forest,
and open space land to more intensive uses as the result of economic pressures caused by the
assessment for purposes of property taxation at values incompatible with their preservation as
farm, forest, and open space land; and
WHEREAS, The Rhode
preservation of farm, forest, and open space land in this state; now therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That a special Senate commission to be known as the “Special Senate
Commission to Study the
Rhode Island Farm,
is hereby created consisting of (8) eight members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the
Senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Senate
President; one of whom shall be the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental
Management, or his or her
designee; one of whom shall be a representative of the
Farm Bureau; one of whom shall be a representative of the Rhode Island League of Cities and
Towns; one of whom shall be a representative of the Rhode Island Association of Assessing
Officers; and one of whom shall be the chairperson of the Rhode Island Agriculture Council.
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
methodology and values established for the assessment of land for property taxation based on the
current use of farm, forest, and open space land enrolled in
the Rhode Island Farm,
Open Space Program established pursuant to chapter 44-27.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the Senate President 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 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 December 1, 2011, and said commission shall expire on January 1, 2012.