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     STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2014

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H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND PROVIDE

RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE NEED FOR LEGISLATION REGARDING

CONSTRUCTION OF SCHOOLS NEAR OR OVER MINE SITES IN THE STATE OF

RHODE ISLAND

     

     Introduced By: Representatives McLaughlin, MacBeth, McNamara, Bennett, and Hull

     Date Introduced: January 14, 2014

     Referred To: House Health, Education & Welfare

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     RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created

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consisting of eight (8) members: one of whom shall be the Chair of the House Committee on

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Health, Education & Welfare, or designee; one of whom shall be the Commissioner of the State

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Building Code Commission, or designee; one of whom shall be the Chair of the Rhode Island

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Building Code Standards Committee, or designee; one of whom shall be the Director of the

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Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, or designee; one of whom shall be the

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Director of Building Inspection for the City of Cranston, or designee; one of whom shall be the

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Building Official for the Town of Cumberland Building Department, or designee; one of whom

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shall be the Building Inspector for the Portsmouth Department of Business Inspection, or

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designee; one of whom shall be the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, or

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designee.

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     In lieu of any appointment of a member of the legislature to a permanent advisory

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commission, a legislative study commission, or any commission created by a General Assembly

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resolution, the appointing authority may appoint a member of the general public to serve in lieu

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of a legislator, provided that the majority leader or the minority leader of the political party which

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is entitled to the appointment consents to the member of the general public.

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     ┬áThe purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study and analysis of

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the current and/or necessary additional requirements/legislation/regulations for investigating the

 

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safety of construction of schools located on, over, or near the location of mine sites in the state,

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and the feasibility of denying a certificate of occupancy for school building construction on the

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site of a former mine.

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     Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at

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the call of the Speaker of the House and organize and shall select a chairperson.

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     Vacancies in said commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.

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     The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.

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     All departments and agencies of the state, shall furnish such advice and information,

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documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or

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desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.

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     The Speaker of the House is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters

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for said commission; and be it further

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     RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the

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House of Representatives no later than January 6, 2015, and said commission shall expire on

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March 6, 2015.

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EXPLANATION

BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

OF

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY AND PROVIDE

RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE NEED FOR LEGISLATION REGARDING

CONSTRUCTION OF SCHOOLS NEAR OR OVER MINE SITES IN THE STATE OF

RHODE ISLAND

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     This resolution would create an eight (8) member special legislative study commission

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whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study of the current requirements for

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investigating the safety of construction of school buildings located on, over, or near the location

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of mine sites in the state and to make recommendations on the feasibility and potential need to

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deny the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a school building constructed on the site of a

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former mine, and who would report back to the House of Representatives no later than January 6,

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2015, and whose life would expire on March 6, 2015.

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