2014 -- S 2537 SUBSTITUTE A
J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
PROVIDING FOR A BI-PARTISAN PREPARATORY COMMISSION TO ASSEMBLE
INFORMATION ON CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS IN PREPARATION FOR A VOTE
BY THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS ON THE HOLDING OF A CONSTITUTIONAL
CONVENTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE XIV SECTION 2 OF THE RHODE
Introduced By: Senators P Fogarty, Cote, Ottiano, and Lynch
Date Introduced: February 27, 2014
WHEREAS, Under the terms of Section 2 of Article XIV of Amendments and Revisions
to the Rhode Island Constitution the question "Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the
constitution?" must appear on the ballot at the general election, to be held on November 4, 2014;
WHEREAS, Section 2 of Article XIV further provides that "prior to a vote by the
qualified electors on the holding of a convention, the general assembly…shall provide for a bi-
partisan preparatory commission to assemble information on constitutional questions for the
electors…"; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That such Preparatory Commission shall consist of twelve (12) members,
appointed as herein provided, to serve until the submission of their final report; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint three (3)
members of the House of Representatives; the House Minority Leader shall appoint one member
of the House of Representatives; the President of the Senate shall appoint three (3) members of
the Senate; the Senate Minority Leader shall appoint one member of the Senate; and four (4) of
whom shall be members of the public, none of whom shall be a holder of any elective public
office and shall be appointed as follows; one by the Speaker of the House, one by the House
Minority Leader, one by the President of the Senate, and one by the Senate Minority Leader; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That the Preparatory Commission shall report its findings to the Governor,
the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and to the public,
through the news media, no later than July 30, 2014.
Forthwith upon the passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet
at the call of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate and shall organize and
select from among themselves two (2) co-chairpersons, one of whom shall be a member of the
House of Representatives and one of whom shall be a member of the Senate. Vacancies in said
commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment. Members shall serve until
submission of their final report.
The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services but
shall be allowed their travel and necessary expenses. The commission may engage such clerical,
technical and other assistance as it may deem necessary to accomplish this purpose.
The commission may make use of such sources and means of gathering information
pertinent to the fulfillment of its charge as it may deem appropriate.
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 requested to
provide suitable quarters for said commission.