Introduced By: Senators Goodwin, Connors and Ruggerio
Date Introduced : February 10, 1998
RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of eleven (11) 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, 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 the chairman of the board of governors, or his or her designee; one (1) of whom shall be the commissioner of higher education, or his or her designee; one (1) of whom shall be a representative of the National Education Association of Rhode Island (N.E.A.R.I.), to be appointed by the speaker; one (1) of whom shall be a representative of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers (R.I.F.T.), to be appointed by the senate majority leader; and one of whom shall be a member of the general public to be appointed by the governor.
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 minority leader of the same 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 feasibility of allowing unionized classified employees at all higher education institutions to be able to negotiate directly with the Rhode Island Board of Governors.
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 general assembly on or before January 27, 1999, and said commission shall expire on March 27, 1999.