R 303
2018 -- S 2575 SUBSTITUTE A
Enacted 06/12/2018

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Euer, Seveney, Lynch Prata, Archambault, and Lombardi
Date Introduced: March 01, 2018

     WHEREAS, Chapter 13.1 of Title 4 of the General Laws governs the regulation of
vicious dogs, including the hearings that determine a dog’s status as vicious; and
     WHEREAS, There continues to be debate among stakeholders including the Rhode
Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) regarding the form and
procedure of said hearings; and
     WHEREAS, Input from stakeholders representing the animal welfare community and
city solicitors offices who participate in said hearings is vital to the meaningful reform of this
process; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of eight (8) members: two (2) of whom shall be members of the Senate, to be
appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the President of the RISPCA, or
designee; one of whom shall be a certified animal behaviorist, to be appointed by the President of
the Senate; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs
Association, or designee; one of whom shall be an Animal Control Officer, to be appointed by the
President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Rhode Island State Veterinarian, or designee;
and one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Potter League for Animals, 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.
     The purpose of said commission shall be to conduct a comprehensive review and make
recommendations regarding the regulation of vicious dogs and any administrative hearings
pertaining to them.
     Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at
the call of the President of the Senate and organize. The President of the Senate shall select one
member to serve as chairperson of the commission.
     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 purpose 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 on or before March 1, 2019, and said commission shall expire on July 1, 2019.
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