2012 -- H 7894 SUBSTITUTE A
J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO
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
initial creation; (2) Examine the minimum pricing laws of
Provide an analysis of the
impact of the
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
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.