12-R351

2012 -- S 3073

Enacted 06/12/12

 

 

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

CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY MODELS FOR PAPER AND PACKAGING

     

     

     Introduced By: Senators Paiva Weed, Ruggerio, and Goodwin

     Date Introduced: June 12, 2012

 

 

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

consisting of nine (9) members: four (4) of whom shall be representatives from the Senate, not

more than three (3) of whom shall be from the same political party, to be appointed by the Senate

President; one of whom shall be the Director of the recycling program from the Rhode Island

Resource Recovery Corporation, or designee; two (2) of whom shall be representatives of

environmental interests to be appointed by the Senate President; and two (2) of whom shall be

representatives of businesses, including an expert on producer responsibility programs for paper

and packaging, 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 member of the general public.

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

opportunity to preserve long-term landfill capacity for Rhode Island municipalities by continuing

to expand the diversion of paper and packaging through a producer responsibility program.

     The commissionís recommendations shall include, at a minimum: a set of criteria to be

used to evaluate paper and packaging materials proposed for product stewardship solutions;

methods to identify and monitor progress toward stewardship performance goals for collection

and recycling of materials; options to facilitate the creation of industry-managed stewardship

management organizations; methods to fund increased diversion of paper and packaging; and

structures for agency oversight of a collection and recycling program.

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

the call of Senate President who shall select a chairperson from among the Senators.

     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 President no later than March 5, 2013, and said commission shall expire on June 4, 2013.

     

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