TITLE 30
Military Affairs and Defense

CHAPTER 30-24
Rhode Island Veterans' Home

SECTION 30-24-3


§ 30-24-3 Administrator – Advisory council.

(a) The director of human services shall appoint an administrator for the Rhode Island veterans' home who shall be an honorably discharged war veteran of the United States Armed Forces. There shall be an advisory council for veterans' affairs, consisting of not more than twenty-seven (27) qualified electors of this state, ten (10) of whom shall be honorably discharged war veterans of the armed forces of the United States; sixteen (16) of the members shall be appointed by the governor, consisting of a member designated by each of the various state departments of chartered veteran organizations, one of whom shall be a member of the purple heart organization, and the remaining member or members at large; provided, however, that each of those departments of veteran organizations shall have, and continue to have, at least one member on the advisory council for veterans' affairs; and, provided further, that one member shall be a female veteran, one member shall be a minority veteran, one member shall be a representative of the Persian Gulf War Veterans' Association, and one member shall be a representative of the Korean War Veterans' Association; seven (7) members shall consist of five (5) members of the house of representatives, not more than four (4) members from the same political party, to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and two (2) members from the senate, not more than one from the same political party, to be appointed by the president of the senate. The seven (7) members of the general assembly who shall serve on the advisory council for veterans' affairs shall serve so long as they are members of the general assembly.

(b) The remaining members shall be one former representative having served at least five (5) years on the advisory council, to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and one former senator having served at least five (5) years on the advisory council, to be appointed by the president of the senate. If either of the last two (2) mentioned are not available, the selections may be members at-large selected from the general public; provided, further, the immediate past chief of veterans' affairs shall serve as ex-officio of the veterans' council with voting privileges for a period of five (5) years and may be reappointed for an additional term by the governor. The final remaining member shall be an active National Guard person to be appointed by the state adjutant general.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1939, ch. 660, § 89; P.L. 1951, ch. 2696, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 30-24-3; P.L. 1976, ch. 102, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 70, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 429, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 333, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 180, § 62; P.L. 2001, ch. 361, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 233, § 3; P.L. 2009, ch. 234, § 3; P.L. 2011, ch. 151, art. 9, § 5.)