2012 -- S 3073
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
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
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.