House Resolution #6274 (2017)

HOUSE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO EXPLORE CONSTRUCTION OF A VETERANS' OF INVISIBLE WOUNDS MEMORIAL

Creates a 7 member special legislative commission to study the creation of a permanent Veterans' of Invisible Wounds Memorial at Veterans Memorial Cemetery and to report back to the house by March 15, 2018 and would expire on June 15, 2018.

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  • 2017 – H 6274
  • 2017 – H 6274 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC002697
  • LC002697/SUB A
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
  • ____________
  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
  • DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INVISIBLE
  • WOUNDS MEMORIAL
  • Introduced By: Representatives Marshall, Azzinaro, McLaughlin, Vella-Wilkinson, and
  • Abney
  • Date Introduced: June 01, 2017
  • Referred To: House Finance
  • WHEREAS, As a state, we are thankful that the core ideals of our free nation are still preserved due to the noble sacrifices that veterans have and continue to make; and
  • WHEREAS, When these brave-hearted men and women, who have honorably served this great nation return home, they oftentimes continue to battle the invisible wounds of war; and
  • WHEREAS, While advances in medicine and technology have made it possible for more of our soldiers to return safely home, the stress of modern warfare, compounded by longer periods of deployment and frequent redeployment, has left our warriors with invisible wounds to their mental health in the form of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance-use issues; and
  • WHEREAS, The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 20 veterans commit suicide each day; and
  • WHEREAS, The service and sacrifice of these veterans, who continue to carry the burden of invisible wounds, should never be forgotten; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That there is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated for the fiscal year 2017-2018, such sums or such portions thereof as may be required from time to time to the Department of Human Services Division of Veterans Affairs for the purpose of establishing and maintaining an Invisible Wounds Memorial at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery located in Exeter, Rhode Island; and the state controller is hereby authorized and directed to draw his orders upon the general treasurer for the payment of said sum, or so much thereof as may be from time to time required, upon receipt of properly authenticated vouchers. ======== LC002697 ========
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
  • DIVISION OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INVISIBLE
  • WOUNDS MEMORIAL
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  • This resolution would authorize an appropriation to the Department of Human Services Division of Veterans Affairs such sums as necessary to establish an Invisible Wounds Memorial at the Rhode Island Veterans MemorialCemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island. ======== LC002697 ========
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
  • ____________
  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO EXPLORE CONSTRUCTION
  • OF A VETERANS' OF INVISIBLE WOUNDS MEMORIAL
  • Introduced By: Representatives Marshall, Azzinaro, McLaughlin, Vella-Wilkinson, and
  • Abney
  • Date Introduced: June 01, 2017
  • Referred To: House Finance
  • WHEREAS, As a state, we are thankful that the core ideals of our free nation are still preserved due to the noble sacrifices that veterans have and continue to make; and
  • WHEREAS, When these brave-hearted men and women, who have honorably served this great nation return home, they oftentimes continue to battle the invisible wounds of war; and
  • WHEREAS, While advances in medicine and technology have made it possible for more of our soldiers to return safely home, the stress of modern warfare, compounded by longer periods of deployment and frequent redeployment, has left our warriors with invisible wounds to their mental health in the form of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance-use issues; and
  • WHEREAS, The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 20 veterans commit suicide each day; and
  • WHEREAS, The service and sacrifice of these veterans, who continue to carry the burden of invisible wounds, should never be forgotten; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of seven (7) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House and one of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House in consultation with the House minority leader; one of whom shall be the Director of the office of Veterans Affairs, or designee, one of whom shall be the Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard, or designee; one of whom shall be a member of the general public who is a Rhode Island resident and veteran, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; and one of whom shall be a member of the general public who is a family member of an affected veteran, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House.
  • 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 make a comprehensive study and provide recommendations for all aspects pertaining to the creation of a permanent Veterans' of Invisible Wounds Memorial at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island.
  • 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 House of Representatives no later than March 15, 2018, and said commission shall expire on June 15, 2018.
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Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for PASSAGE

June 27, 2017 at 8:14pm
Yeas: 70 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 5 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino NV
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz NV
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian NV
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips NV
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell NV
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y