Introduced By: Representatives Menard, Smith, S. Anderson, Montanaro and Moura
Date Introduced : February 3, 1998
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
RESOLVED, That a special house commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of twelve (12) members: three (3) of whom shall be from the house of representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party to be appointed by the speaker; one (1) of whom shall be representative of the Department of Health, to be appointed by the director; one (1) of whom shall be representative of the Department of Labor and Training, to be appointed by the director; two (2) of whom shall be representative of the hospitals, to be appointed by the President of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island; two (2) of whom shall be hospital employees, to be appointed by the President of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; one (1) of whom shall be a representative of the Board of Nursing Education and Nurse Registration, to be appointed by its chairman; one (1) of whom shall be a representative to the department of mental health, retardation and hospitals, to be appointed by the director; and one (1) of whom shall be a staff nurse representative of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, to be appointed by the president.
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 examine the amount of overtime worked by nursing staff and the impact of overtime on staffing and employment patterns. The commission shall compile a report of the amount of overtime and shall consider how overtime affects the nursing staff and the quality of patient care.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the speaker of the house and organize and shall select from among the legislators a chairperson. 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 speaker of the house 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 house of representatives on or before January 28, 1999, and said commission shall expire on March 28, 1999.