2013 -- S 0246 SUBSTITUTE A
J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
RELATING TO TAXATION -- SALES TAX REPEAL ACT OF 2013
Introduced By: Senators Picard, Bates, Raptakis, Walaska, and Ottiano
Date Introduced: February 13, 2013
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of thirteen (13) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of
Representatives, not more than two (2) of whom from the same political party, to be appointed by
the Speaker; three (3) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more than two (2) of whom
from the same political party, to be appointed by the Senate President; one of whom shall be the
Director of the Department of Revenue, or designee; one of whom shall be the Executive Director
of RIPEC, or designee; one of whom shall be the President of the Greater Providence Chamber of
Commerce, or designee;
(2) one of whom shall be a members member of
community at large,
one of whom shall to be appointed
by the Speaker, and one of whom shall be
a taxpayer representative appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the
President of the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, or designee; and one of whom shall be the
President of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, or designee.
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
The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of all aspects of
the current system pertaining to sales tax in the State
to, the possibility of repealing the sales tax.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the Speaker of the House and Senate President and organize and shall select from
among the legislators a 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, boards, commissions, 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
General Assembly on or before February 6, 2014, and said commission shall expire on April 8,