R 426
2019 -- S 1042
Enacted 06/28/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Pearson, Conley, and McCaffrey
Date Introduced: June 28, 2019

     RESOLVED, That a special task force be and the same is hereby created consisting of
nine (9) members: nine (9) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more than seven (7)
from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate. The chairs of the
Senate Finance Committee and Senate Education Committee shall serve as ex-officio members.
     In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory
commission, a legislative study commission, or any task force 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 task force shall be to review and recommend changes or
modifications to the implementation of the State's education funding formula established pursuant
to the Rhode Island General Laws.
     The task force shall assess whether the current formula is meeting the needs of students,
districts, and taxpayers and shall include, but not be limited to, review of the core principles of
the education equity and property tax relief act, which are as follows:
     1. All children should have access to an adequate and meaningful education regardless of
their residence or economic means;
     2. An education funding system should treat property taxpayers equitably, limit the
portion of school budgets financed by property taxes, and establish sufficient cost controls on
     3. The state should ensure that its education funding structure adequately reflects the
different needs of students, and responds to educational inequities among the state's school
districts; and
     4. The state education funding system should provide a predictable amount and source of
funding to ensure stability in the funding of education aid.
     The task force shall identify options to fund the formula and related impacts to local
property tax levies and review the appropriate level of funding by the state and local
     Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the task force shall meet at the
call of the President of the Senate and organize. The President of the Senate shall select a
chairperson from among its members.
     Vacancies in said task force shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
     The membership of said task force 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 task force and its agents as is deemed necessary or desirable
by the task force to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.
     The Joint Committee on Legislative Services is hereby authorized and directed to provide
suitable quarters for said task force; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the task force shall issue a report on its findings and recommendations
to the Senate no later than January 2, 2020, and said task force shall expire on January 5, 2021.