R 246
98-S 2266A
Enacted 5/19/98

S E N A T E    R E S O L U T I O N


Introduced By: Senators Polisena and O'Leary

Date Introduced : January 27, 1998

RESOLVED, That a special senate commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of seven (7) members: three (3) of whom shall be from the senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the senate majority leader; one (1) of whom shall be representative of National Education Association of Rhode Island, to be appointed by the senate majority leader; one (1) of whom shall be representative of the RI Federation of Teachers, to be appointed by the senate majority leader; one (1) of whom shall be a representative of Council 94 (AFSCME), to be appointed by the senate majority leader; and one (1) of whom shall be the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education or his 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 study and to make recommendations concerning the cost, desirability, and feasibility of the state's funding the professional development of teacher assistants through the professional development investment fund established by section 16-7.1-10 of the general laws.

Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the majority leader 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 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 February 23, 1999 and said commission shall expire on April 23, 1999.

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