97-S 316
Effective Without the Governor's Signature
Jul. 8, 1997


It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows

SECTION 1. Section 16-58-3 of the General Laws in Chapter 16-58 entitled "Adult Education Commission" is hereby amended to read as follows:

16-58-3. Composition of commission. -- The commission shall be composed of {DEL twenty-six (26) DEL} {ADD thirty-two (32) ADD} members, as follows:

(1) {DEL Nine (9) DEL} {ADD Fourteen (14) ADD} members representing state officials, including three (3) members of the state senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party, who shall be nominated by the lieutenant governor; and three (3) members of the state house of representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, who shall be nominated by the speaker of the house; and one member of the board of regents for elementary and secondary education, who shall be nominated by the chairperson of the board; the commissioner of higher education, or his or her designee; and one member of the human resource investment council appointed by the chairperson {DEL . DEL} {ADD ; and five (5) members who shall be the directors or the director's designee of each of the following: (1) the department of labor and training; (2) the economic development corporation; (3) the department of health; (4) the department of human services; and (5) the department of library services. ADD}

(2) {DEL Eight (8) DEL} {ADD Nine (9) ADD} members representing the adult education profession, including the commissioner of elementary and secondary education, or his or her designee; and seven (7) other professionals; two (2) program administrators or teachers who shall be nominated by the executive board of the adult education association of Rhode Island, with not less than five (5) years experience in local adult education programs; five (5) program administrators or teachers nominated by the Rhode Island adult literacy council, including one representative from each of the following program areas: (i) english as a second language program; (ii) vocational literacy program; (iii) G.E.D. Preparation program; (iv) Basic reading and literacy program; (v) family literacy program {DEL . DEL} {ADD ; and one (1) member designated by the Rhode Island literary resource center. ADD}

(3) Nine (9) members from local cities and towns appointed by the governor, including one member of a school committee from a city or town which has an active adult education program appointed by the executive committee of the Rhode Island association of school committees, one representative of the Rhode Island school superintendents' association, to be nominated by the executive committee of the association; two (2) representatives of business or industry; one representative of organized labor; three (3) persons who have received, or are receiving, adult education services; and one (1) member representing a public library from a city or town with an active adult education program.

{ADD (4) It is hereby recognized that the policy of the commission shall be to facilitate and insure, to the fullest extent possible, that adult education will provide adult Rhode Islanders the educational opportunities to achieve their fullest potential as community members, workers, parents, and productive citizens. ADD}

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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