§ 42-4.2-2. Creation of commission.
(a) There is hereby established a permanent commission, to be known as the category one memorial designation commission, to consist of five (5) members; two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the speaker from a list of nominations provided by the chairperson of the Rhode Island historical society, one of whom shall be an elected official; two (2) shall be appointed by the senate president from a list of nominations provided by the adjutant general of the Rhode Island national guard, one to be a member of the Rhode Island veterans of foreign wars, and one to be a member of the American legion; and one to be the spouse or a child of a deceased veteran, to be appointed by the speaker.
(b) The members of the commission shall, in February of each odd-numbered year, elect from among themselves a chairperson. Vacancies in the commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.
(c) The purpose of the commission shall be to hear and make determinations on requests by members of the general public to designate items within the state as described in § 42-4.2-1 as category one memorial items. Upon deliberation, the commission may communicate their majority decision to designate an item as such in written form to the city or town clerk of the municipality wherein the item is located, for recording in the land records, and to the chief executive of the municipality.
(d) Three (3) members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
(e) The commission shall meet upon receipt of a request to designate.
(f) All departments and agencies of the state shall furnish advice and information, documentary and otherwise, to the commission and its agents as may be necessary or desirable to facilitate the purposes of this chapter.
(g) The speaker is authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters for the commission.
(h) The commission shall file a report with the general assembly.
(P.L. 2012, ch. 455, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 456, § 1.)