2012 -- S 2572 SUBSTITUTE A
S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO UNDERTAKE A
STUDY OF SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION AND NOTIFICATION LEGISLATION IN THE STATE OF
Introduced By: Senators Doyle, Gallo, DiPalma, and Tassoni
Date Introduced: February 28, 2012
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of thirteen (13) members: one of whom shall be the Senate President, or designee; one
of whom shall be the Presiding Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, or designee; one of
whom shall be the Chief Judge of the Rhode Island District Court, or designee; one of whom shall
be the Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Family Court, or designee; one of whom shall be the
Rhode Island Attorney General, or designee; one of whom shall be the Commissioner of Public
Safety, or designee; one of whom shall be the Director of the Rhode Island Department of
Children, Youth &
Families, or designee; one of whom shall be the Director of the
Department of Corrections, or designee; one of whom shall be the Chairperson of the Rhode
Island Parole Board, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Police
Chiefs Association, or designee; one of whom shall be the Rhode Island Public Defender, or
designee; one of whom shall be a member of the Rhode Island Bar with expertise in constitutional
and sexual registration law, to be appointed by the President of the Rhode Island Bar; and one of
whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Association of Defense Lawyers, or designee.
The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of all aspects
and implications related to the enactment of sex offender registration and notification legislation
and to make recommendations to the Senate. This study commission shall specifically consider,
but is not limited to, the following: The legality, specifically the Constitutional concerns under
adopting and implementing the Federal laws concerning the Sex Offender Registration and
Notification Act (SORNA), codified as Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety
Act of P.L. (109-248), 42 U.S.C. §16911 et. Seq. as amended. The study commission is also
authorized to study and recommend amendments, new enactments, or deletions to any previously
enacted laws relating to sex offenders.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the Senate President, whom shall serve as commission Chairperson.
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 no later than April 2, 2013, and said commission shall expire on July 30, 2013.