H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
CREATING A SPECIAL HOUSE COMMISSION TO STUDY ALTERNATIVES TO ANIMAL EUTHANASIA BY CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
RESOLVED, That a special house commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of fifteen (15) 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; two (2) of whom shall be animal control officers from a municipality, to be appointed by the speaker; two (2) of whom shall be veterinarians to be appointed by the speaker; four (4) of whom shall be members of the general public, to be appointed by the speaker; one (1) of whom shall be the general agent of the Rhode Island S.P.C.A., or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the executive director of the Defenders of Animals, or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the executive director of the Potter League for Animals, or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the executive director of the Providence Animal Rescue League, or designee; the following are to be ex-officio members: one (1) of whom shall be the director of the department of health, or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the director of the department of environmental management, or designee; one (1) of whom shall be the state veterinarian; one (1) of whom shall be the attorney general, or designee; and one (1) of whom shall be the executive director of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns.
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 study animal euthanasia by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the speaker 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 1, 2004 and said commission shall expire on March 1, 2004.