2011 -- S 1088
S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL SENATE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE RI CORPORATION AND PARTNERSHIP ACTS
Introduced By: Senators Doyle, and Lynch
Date Introduced: June 28, 2011
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
RESOLVED, A special Senate commission is hereby created consisting of nine (9)
members: three (3) of whom shall be from the Senate, not more than two (2) of whom shall be
from the same political party, to be appointed by the Senate President; one of whom shall be the
Secretary of State, or his designee; one of whom shall be from the RI Bar Association, to be
appointed by the Senate President; one of whom shall be a Certified Public Accountant, licensed
in RI, to be appointed by the Senate President; one of whom shall be the Presiding Justice of the
Superior Court, or his or her designee; and two (2) representatives of businesses in RI, one of
whom shall be from a company with less than one hundred (100) employees, to be appointed by
the Senate President, and one of whom shall be from a company with greater than one hundred
(100) employees, to be appointed by the Senate President.
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 the commission shall be to: (1) Study the stateís business laws,
comparing and contrasting RIís laws with the laws of other states, and (2) Recommend the
adoption of best practices, to make the state more business friendly.
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 from among the senators a
Chairperson. Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original
The membership shall receive no compensation for their services.
All departments, boards, commissions 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 support, assistance, and quarters for the commission; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the
Senate on or before January 3, 2012, and the commission shall expire on May 1, 2012.