Introduced By: Representatives Farrell, Faria and Barr
Date Introduced : May 14, 1998
WHEREAS, Enhanced third rail freight service to Quonset Point will provide the only clearance for container carriers from here to the Pacific Coast; and
WHEREAS, By way of the Central Falls switch, which holds the key to accessing the National Conrail System, Rhode Island can become the bridge between Europe and the Pacific rim; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That a special house commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of seven (7) members: seven (7) of whom shall be from the house of representatives, not more than six (6) from the same political party, to be appointed by the speaker.
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 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 the economic feasibility of the development of the third rail to Quonset.
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 it findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives on or before May 4, 1999 and said commission shall expire on July 1, 1999.