House Resolution #5340 (2017)

JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF ENACTING A LINE ITEM VETO, POTENTIAL RHODE ISLAND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS FOR A GOVERNOR RUNOFF, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ELECTION OF THE GOVERNOR

Creates a 12 member commission to study enacting a line item veto, Rhode Island Constitutional Amendments for a Governor runoff, the election of the Governor and report by April 5, 2018, and expire on May 7, 2018.

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  • 2017 – H 5340
  • 2017 – H 5340 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC001177
  • LC001177/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. 2017
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF
  • ENACTING A LINE ITEM VETO, POTENTIAL RHODE ISLAND CONSTITUTIONAL
  • AMENDMENTS FOR A GOVERNOR RUNOFF, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
  • ELECTION OF THE GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR AS A TEAM
  • Introduced By: Representatives Marshall, O'Brien, Costantino, and Tobon
  • Date Introduced: February 02, 2017
  • Referred To: House Judiciary
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of seven (7) members: seven (7) of whom shall be members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, not more than four (4) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House.
  • ELECTION OF THE GOVERNOR
  • Introduced By: Representatives Marshall, O'Brien, Costantino, and Tobon
  • Date Introduced: February 02, 2017
  • Referred To: House Judiciary
  • RESOLVED, That a special legislative commission be and the same is hereby created consisting of twelve (12) members: three (3) of whom shall be members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; three (3) of whom shall be members of the Rhode Island Senate, not more than two (2) from the same political party, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be an attorney with a background in Rhode Island Constitutional jurisprudence and research, with a background in economics, finance and/or political science, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be a retired educator from a public institution of higher education in Rhode Island, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House; one of whom shall be the President of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, or designee; one of whom shall be a retired judge of the Rhode Island Judiciary, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be a former general officer of the State of Rhode Island, to be appointed jointly by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate; one of whom shall be a representative of a large Rhode Island public service employer that has significant knowledge of the state budget process, to be appointed by the President of the Senate.
  • 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 member of the general public.
  • The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of the ramifications and/or fiscal impact and make recommendations on the effects of enacting a line item veto, potential Rhode Island Constitutional Amendments for a Governor runoff, and requirements for the election of the Governor and Lt. Governor as a team.
  • 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 a chairperson from among the legislators.
  • 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.
  • The purpose of the commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of the policy, political, and fiscal considerations of a line item veto in Rhode Island, including but not limited to an examination of the constitutional balance of power between the three branches of government in Rhode Island post- separation of powers, the roles of the Rhode Island legislative and executive branches of government in a modern society and economy, including the relative relationship and responsiveness of each branch to the public pursuant to their constitutional duties, obligations and responsibilities. The commission shall also examine the cost and benefits, both political and fiscal, to a constitutional amendment that would require a run-off election for Governor when one candidate does not receive a majority of the votes cast in a general election.
  • Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at the call of the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate, to organize and select co- chairpersons from among the legislators, one co-chairperson from each chamber of the legislature.
  • 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 February 7, 2018, and said commission shall expire on May 7, 2018. ======== LC001177 ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • H O U S E R E S O L U T I O N
  • CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF
  • ENACTING A LINE ITEM VETO, POTENTIAL RHODE ISLAND CONSTITUTIONAL
  • AMENDMENTS FOR A GOVERNOR RUNOFF, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
  • ELECTION OF THE GOVERNOR AND LT. GOVERNOR AS A TEAM
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  • This resolution would create a seven (7) member special legislative study commission whose purpose it would be to make a comprehensive study and provide recommendation on the effects of enacting a line item veto, potential Rhode Island Constitutional Amendments for a Governor runoff, and requirements for the election of the Governor and Lt. Governor as a team, and who would report back to the House of Representatives no later than February 7, 2018, and whose life would expire on May 7, 2018. ======== LC001177 ========
  • 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 no later than April 5, 2018, and said commission shall expire on May 7, 2018.
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  • LC001177/SUB A
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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 20, 2017 at 4:51pm
Yeas: 74 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 1 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros NV
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 Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
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 Y
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 Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
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

Floor vote for Passage In Concurrence

September 19, 2017 at 9:23pm
Yeas: 9 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte NV
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Doyle NV