R 401
2019 -- S 1006
Enacted 06/26/2019

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator V. Susan Sosnowski
Date Introduced: June 25, 2019

     WHEREAS, The Coastal Resources Management Council is a management agency with
regulatory functions "whose primary responsibility is for the preservation, protection,
development and where possible the restoration of the coastal areas of the state, which extends
out to the extent of the state's jurisdiction in the territorial sea, via the authority given in state law
and through implementation of its integrated and comprehensive coastal management plans "; and
     WHEREAS, A reorganization of the CRMC and its operations and management
procedures could provide increased efficiencies, opportunities and protection of our coastal
resources; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created
consisting of fifteen (15) members: six (6) of whom shall be members of the Senate, not more
than four (4) from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of
whom shall be the Executive Director of Save the Bay, or designee; one of whom shall be the
Town Manager of South Kingstown, or designee; one of whom shall be the Chair of the Warwick
Planning Board, or designee; one of whom shall be the City Manager of the City of Newport, or
designee; one of whom shall be the President of the R.I. Shellfisherman's Association, or
designee; two (2) of whom shall be commercial fishermen, to be appointed by the President of the
Senate; one of whom shall be the Dean of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of
Oceanography, or designee; and one of whom shall be the Dean of the Roger Williams University
Department of Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science, 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, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which
is entitled to the appointment consents to the appointment of the member of the general public.
     The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of, and provide
recommendations for, the reorganization of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management
     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 a
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 purposes 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 January 2, 2020, and said commission shall expire on April 2, 2020.