Senate Resolution #2575 (2018)

SENATE RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY POTENTIAL REFORM OF VICIOUS DOGS HEARINGS

Creates a 10 member commission to study potential reform of vicious dogs hearings, and who would report back to the General Assembly by March 1, 2019, and expire on July 1, 2019.

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  • 2018 – S 2575
  • 2018 – S 2575 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC004847
  • LC004847/SUB A
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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. 2018
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  • J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY POTENTIAL REFORM
  • OF VICIOUS DOGS HEARINGS
  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATINGA SPECIALLEGISLATIVECOMMISSION TO STUDY POTENTIAL REFORM
  • OF VICIOUS DOGS HEARINGS
  • Introduced By: Senators Euer, Seveney, Lynch Prata, Archambault, and Lombardi
  • Date Introduced: March 01, 2018
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • WHEREAS, Chapter 13.1 of Title 4 of the General Laws governs the regulation of vicious dogs, including the hearings that determine a dog's status as vicious; and
  • WHEREAS, There continues to be debate among stakeholders including the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) regarding the form and procedure of said hearings; and
  • WHEREAS, Input from stakeholders representing the animal welfare community and city solicitors offices who participate in said hearings is vital to the meaningful reform of this process; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of ten (10) members: two (2) of whom shall be members of the Senate, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; two (2) of whom shall be members of the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the President of the RISPCA, or designee; one of whom shall be a certified animal behaviorist, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, or designee; one of whom shall be an Animal Control Officer, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the Rhode Island State Veterinarian, or designee; and one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Potter League for Animals, or 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.
  • WHEREAS, Chapter 13.1 of Title 4 of the General Laws governs the regulation of vicious dogs, including the hearings that determine a dog's status as vicious; and
  • WHEREAS, There continues to be debate among stakeholders including the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) regarding the form and procedure of said hearings; and
  • WHEREAS, Input from stakeholders representing the animal welfare community and city solicitors offices who participate in said hearings is vital to the meaningful reform of this process; now, therefore be it
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of eight (8) members: two (2) of whom shall be members of the Senate, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the President of the RISPCA, or designee; one of whom shall be a certified animal behaviorist, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, or designee; one of whom shall be an Animal ControlOfficer, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be the Rhode Island State Veterinarian, or designee; and one of whom shall be the Executive Director of the Potter League for Animals, or 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.
  • The purpose of said commission shall be to conduct a comprehensive review and make recommendations regarding the regulation of vicious dogs and any administrative hearings pertaining to them.
  • Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House and organize. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House shall each select one member to serve as co- chairpersons of the commission.
  • Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the President of the Senate and organize. The President of the Senate shallselect one member to serve as chairperson of the commission.
  • 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 purpose 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 General Assembly on or before March 1, 2019, and said commission shall expire on July 1, 2019.
  • RESOLVED, That the commission shall report its findings and recommendations to the Senate on or before March 1, 2019, and said commission shall expire on July 1, 2019.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY POTENTIAL REFORM
  • OF VICIOUS DOGS HEARINGS
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  • This resolution would create a ten (10) member special legislative commission whose purpose it would be to conduct a comprehensive review and make recommendations regarding the regulation of vicious dogs and any administrative hearings pertaining to them, and who would report back to the General Assembly no later than March 1, 2019, and whose life would expire on July 1, 2019. ======== LC004847 ========
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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 12, 2018 at 5:44pm
Yeas: 36 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte NV
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell Y
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan Y
Sen. Sosnowski Y