Chapter 052
2015 -- H 5942
Enacted 06/02/2015

A N   A C T

Introduced By: Representatives Fellela, Ucci, Winfield, Carnevale, and Serpa
Date Introduced: March 19, 2015

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
     SECTION 1. Sections 30-15-5 and 30-15-6 of the General Laws in Chapter 30-15
entitled "Emergency Management" are hereby amended to read as follows:
     30-15-5. Emergency management preparedness agency created -- Personnel --
Facilities. -- (a) There is hereby created within the executive department, the Rhode Island
emergency management agency (hereinafter in this chapter called the "agency"), to be headed by
an executive a director, who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of, the governor, and
who shall be in the unclassified service.
      (b) The executive director may employ such technical, clerical, stenographic, and other
personnel, all of whom shall be in the classified service, and may make such expenditures within
the appropriation therefor, or from other funds made available for the purposes of this chapter, as
may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter, consistent with other applicable
provisions of law.
      (c) The agency may provide itself with appropriate office space, furniture, equipment,
supplies, stationery, and printing.
      (d) The executive director, subject to the direction and control of the governor, shall be
the executive head of the agency, and shall be responsible to the governor for carrying out the
program for disaster preparedness of this state. The executive director shall coordinate the
activities of all organizations for disasters within the state, and shall maintain liaison with and
cooperate with disaster agencies and organizations of other states and of the federal government.
The executive director shall have such additional authority, duties, and responsibilities authorized
by this chapter as may be prescribed by the governor.
     (e) Wherever in the general or public laws, or any rule or regulation, any reference to the
"executive director" shall appear, it shall be deemed to mean and shall mean "the director."
     30-15-6. Advisory council. -- (a) There is hereby created the Rhode Island emergency
management advisory council (hereinafter in this chapter called the "council"). The council will
consist of forty (40) members as follows:
      (1) Twenty-two (22) ex officio members as follows:
      (i) The lieutenant governor;
      (ii) The adjutant general;
      (iii) The director of administration/statewide planning;
      (iv) The director of health;
      (v) The director of transportation;
      (vi) The director of human services;
      (vii) The superintendent of state police;
      (viii) The public utilities administrator;
      (ix) The director of the department of environmental management;
      (x) The director of department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and
      (xi) The director of elderly affairs;
      (xii) The chairperson of the state water resources board;
      (xiii) The chairperson of the governor's commission on disabilities;
      (xiv) The chairperson of the Rhode Island public transit authority;
      (xv) The executive director of the coastal resources management council or his or her
      (xvi) The executive director of the American Red Cross, Rhode Island chapter;
      (xvii) The executive director of the Rhode Island emergency management agency;
      (xviii) The state court administrator;
      (xix) The executive director of the commission on the deaf and hard of hearing;
      (xx) The director of the Providence emergency management agency;
      (xxi) The executive director of E-911 emergency telephone system division;
      (xxii) The federal security director of the transportation security administration for
Rhode Island; and
      (2) Eighteen (18) members appointed by by, and serving at the pleasure of of, the
governor, as follows:
      (i) Two (2) members of the senate, recommended by the president of the senate, not
more than one of whom shall be from the same political party;
      (ii) Two (2) members of the house of representatives, recommended by the speaker of
the house, not more than one of whom shall be from the same political party;
      (iii) One representative of the electric industry;
      (iv) One representative of the gas industry;
      (v) One representative of the telephone industry;
      (vi) The executive director of the Rhode Island petroleum association Petroleum
Association or other similarly situated person;
      (vii) Two (2) representatives of the general public, one who shall have expertise in
disaster preparedness;
      (viii) One representative of the Rhode Island league of cities and towns;
      (ix) One representative of the media;
      (x) One representative of the water supply industry;
      (xi) One representative of the health care industry;
      (xii) One representative of the Rhode Island firefighters association Firefighters
      (xiii) One representative of the Rhode Island association Association of fire chiefs Fire
      (xiv) One representative of a private ambulance company; and
      (xv) One representative of a level I trauma hospital who shall have direct expertise in
disaster preparedness.
      (b) It shall be the duty of the council to advise the governor and the executive director on
all matters pertaining to disaster preparedness. The lieutenant governor shall serve as chairperson
of the council and the executive director shall serve as vice-chairperson. In providing advice to
the governor and the executive director, the council shall, among other matters reasonably related
to their authority, do the following:
      (1) Establish a regular meeting schedule and form subcommittees as may be appropriate;
      (2) Review emergency management plans and other matters as may be acted upon or
otherwise provided for in this chapter;
      (3) Establish priorities and goals on emergency management matters on an annual basis;
      (4) Study emergency management plans in conjunction with the adjutant general
director, and otherwise conduct such other studies as may be deemed appropriate;
      (5) Review the coordination of the state's emergency management programs with
appropriate authorized agencies and conduct studies on the programs as may be necessary;
      (6) Review the plans and operations of the various cities and towns in disaster
preparedness in conjunction with the director and his or her office as required or necessary; and
      (7) [Deleted by P.L. 2000, ch. 170, ยง 2];
      (8) Provide an annual report on its activities in conjunction with the executive director.
     SECTION 2. Section 30-15.9-14 of the General Laws in Chapter 30-15.9 entitled "The
Rhode Island Emergency Management Assistance Compact" is hereby amended to read as
     30-15.9-14. Reporting to legislature. -- The director of the Rhode Island defense civil
preparedness emergency management agency shall, on or before the first day of January, one
thousand nine hundred ninety-eight, provide to the general assembly and the governor copies of
all mutual aid plans and procedures promulgated, developed, or entered into after the effective
date of this section. The adjutant general director shall annually thereafter provide the general
assembly and governor with copies of all new or amended mutual aid plans and procedures on or
before the first day of January of each year.
     SECTION 3. Section 27-5-3.8 of the General Laws in Chapter 27-5 entitled "Fire
Insurance Policies and Reserves" is hereby amended to read as follows:
     27-5-3.8. Rhode Island commission on hurricane loss projection methodology. -- (a)
Legislative findings and intent.
      (1) Reliable projections of hurricane losses are necessary in order to assure that rates for
residential property insurance meet the statutory requirement that rates be neither excessive nor
      (2) The general assembly recognizes the need for expert evaluation of computer models
and other recently developed or improved actuarial methodologies for projecting hurricane losses,
in order to resolve conflicts among actuarial professionals, and in order to provide both
immediate and continuing improvement in the sophistication of actuarial methods used to set
rates charged to consumers.
      (3) It is the intent of the general assembly to create the Rhode Island commission on
hurricane loss projection methodology as a panel of experts to provide the most actuarially
sophisticated guidelines and standards for projection of hurricane losses possible, given the
current state of actuarial science.
      (b) Commission created.
      (1) There is created the Rhode Island commission on hurricane loss projection
methodology. For the purposes of this section, the term "commission" means the Rhode Island
commission on hurricane loss projection methodology. The commission shall be administratively
housed within the department of administration, but it shall independently exercise the powers
and duties specified in this section.
      (2) The commission shall consist of the following eight (8) members:
      (i) The director of business regulation, acting as the administrator of insurance, or
      (ii) The adjutant general director of the Rhode Island emergency management agency;
      (iii) A member of the board of directors of the Rhode Island Joint reinsurance
Reinsurance Association appointed by the governor;
      (iv) Five (5) members directly appointed by the governor, as follows:
      (A) An actuary who is employed full-time by a property and casualty insurer which that
was responsible for at least one percent of the aggregate statewide direct written premium for
homeowner's insurance in the calendar year preceding the member's appointment to the
      (B) An expert in insurance finance who has a background in actuarial science;
      (C) An expert in statistics who has a background in insurance;
      (D) An expert in computer system design.
      (E) An expert in meteorology who specializes in hurricanes.
      (3) Members designated under subparagraphs (b)(2)(i)-(iii) shall serve on the
commission as long as they maintain the respective offices designated in subparagraphs (b)(2)(i)-
(iii). Members under subparagraph (b)(2)(iv)(A)-(E) shall serve for a term of three (3) years, and
may be reappointed to the commission. All members may be removed by the governor prior to
the expiration of their term, for cause. Vacancies on the commission shall be filled in the same
manner as the original appointment.
      (4) The governor shall annually appoint one of the members of the commission to serve
as chair.
      (5) Members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be
reimbursed for per diem and travel expenses.
      (6) There shall be no liability on the part of, and no cause of action of any nature shall
arise against, any member of the commission for any action taken in the performance of their
duties under this section. In addition, the commission may, in writing, waive any potential cause
of action for negligence of a consultant, contractor, or contract employee engaged to assist the
      (c) Adoption and effect of standards and guidelines.
      (1) The commission shall consider any actuarial methods, principles, standards, models,
or output ranges that have the potential for improving the accuracy of or reliability of the
hurricane loss projections used in residential property insurance rate filings. The commission
shall, from time to time, adopt findings as to the accuracy or reliability of particular methods,
principles, standards, models, or output ranges.
      (2) The commission shall adopt revisions to previously adopted actuarial methods,
principles, standards, models, or output ranges at least annually.
      (3) (i) A trade secret that is used in designing and constructing a hurricane loss model
and that is provided pursuant to this section, by a private company, to the commission, is
confidential and shall not be deemed a public record pursuant to the provisions of chapter 2 of
title 38.
      (ii) That portion of a meeting of the commission or of a rate proceeding on an insurer's
rate filing at which a trade secret made confidential and exempt by this paragraph is discussed
shall be deemed confidential and not open to disclosure pursuant to the open meetings act, but
may be discussed at a closed meeting as provided for in chapter 46 of title 42.
      (d) The Rhode Island commission is hereby authorized to form a multi-state commission
with the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut Connecticut, and any other interested state in
furtherance of the goals of this act.
     SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon passage.