12-R342

2012 -- H 7894 SUBSTITUTE A

Enacted 06/07/12

 

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

CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY RHODE ISLAND'S MINIMUM PRICING STATUTES

     

     

     Introduced By: Representative Jon D. Brien

     Date Introduced: March 06, 2012

 

 

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

consisting of twelve (12) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more

than two (2) of whom shall be from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of

the Senate; and three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, not more

than two (2) of whom shall be from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the

House; the Director of the Division of Taxation or his designee; a representative of the New

England Convenience Stores Association; a representative who is a tobacco wholesaler

distributer; a representative from the dairy industry; a member of the general public to be

appointed by the Governor; and an individual with expertise in finance or consumer economics,

to be appointed by the Governor. The commission shall adopt rules and establish procedures it

considers necessary for the conduct of its business.

     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 public.

     The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of all Rhode

Island laws and regulations pertaining to minimum pricing and to make recommendations to: (1)

Examine the minimum pricing laws in existence in Rhode Island and the purpose behind their

initial creation; (2) Examine the minimum pricing laws of Rhode Islandís neighboring states; (3)

Provide an analysis of the impact of the Rhode Island minimum pricing laws on the cost and price

of products so regulated; (4) Provide an analysis of the impact of the neighboring statesí

minimum pricing laws on the cost and price of products so regulated; and (5) Develop

recommendations as to whether Rhode Islandís minimum pricing laws continue to serve their

original purpose.

     Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at

the call of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House and organize. The President

of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall each select one member to serve as co-

chairpersons of the commission.

     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 in the State House for said commission; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and results to the general

assembly on or before January 17, 2013, and said commission shall expire on February 14, 2013.

     

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