House Bill #5478 (2017)

AN ACT RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - RHODE ISLAND SAILING EVENTS COMMISSION

Creates the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission in order to attract amateur and professional marine events in Rhode Island.

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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2017
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  • A N A C T
  • 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
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - RHODE ISLAND SAILING
  • EVENTS COMMISSION
  • Introduced By: Representatives Marshall, McNamara, Diaz, Carson, and Kennedy
  • Date Introduced: February 15, 2017
  • Referred To: House SmallBusiness
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Legislative Findings.
  • (1) Rhode Island has had a long history of yacht racing, was home of the designers and builders of the fastest and most elegant sailboats of the Gilded Age and was the site of the America's Cup defense from 1930 to 1983.
  • (2) Rhode Island has a worldwide reputation as an excellent venue for sailing and boating events, including the National One-Design Championship, the Newport to Bermuda Race and the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Ocean Race.
  • (3) Rhode Island is home to highly developed marine facilities, such as the Newport Shipyard, Melville Marina and numerous yacht clubs based in the seventeen (17) coastal communities.
  • (4) Major improvements to the facilities at Fort Adams State Park provide criticalsupport for championship sailing in Rhode Island while attracting and enhancing large-scale competitive sailing events to the state.
  • (5) These improvements and coordinated efforts of state and private organizations have helped attract new international championship racing events, including the Volvo Around the World Ocean Race in 2018.
  • (6) The sport of sailing has changed dramatically since 1980 when the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee was formed, with sailing events attracting larger audiences, generating greater economic impact and needing increased support from state and host communities.
  • SECTION 2. TITLE 42 of the General Laws entitled "State Affairs and Government"is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • EVENTS COMMISSION
  • Introduced By: Representatives Marshall, McNamara, Diaz, Carson, and Kennedy
  • Date Introduced: February 15, 2017
  • Referred To: House Small Business
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Legislative Findings.
  • (1) Rhode Island has had a long history of yacht racing, was home of the designers and builders of the fastest and most elegant sailboats of the Gilded Age and was the site of the America's Cup defense from 1930 to 1983.
  • (2) Rhode Island has a worldwide reputation as an excellent venue for sailing and boating events, including the National One-Design Championship, the Newport to Bermuda Race and the Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Ocean Race.
  • (3) Rhode Island is home to highly developed marine facilities, such as the Newport Shipyard, Melville Marina and numerous yacht clubs based in the seventeen (17) coastal communities.
  • (4) Major improvements to the facilities at Fort Adams State Park provide critical support for championship sailing in Rhode Island while attracting and enhancing large-scale competitive sailing events to the state.
  • (5) These improvements and coordinated efforts of state and private organizations have helped attract new international championship racing events, including the Volvo Around the World Ocean Race in 2018.
  • (6) The sport of sailing has changed dramatically since 1980 when the Rhode Island State Yachting Committee was formed, with sailing events attracting larger audiences, generating greater economic impact and needing increased support from state and host communities.
  • SECTION 2. TITLE 42 of the General Laws entitled "State Affairs and Government" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following chapter:
  • CHAPTER 159
  • RHODE ISLAND SAILING EVENTS COMMISSION
  • RHODE ISLAND SAILING EVENTS COMMISSION
  • 42-159-1. Short title.
  • This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission."
  • 42-159-2. Creation of the commission.
  • There is hereby created and established a permanent commission to be known as the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission hereinafter referred to as the "commission."
  • There is hereby created and established a permanent commission to be known as the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission hereinafter referred to as the "commission."
  • 42-159-3. Membership of the commission.
  • (a) The commission shall consist of twenty-one (21) members as follows:
  • (a) The commission shall consist of nineteen (19) members as follows:
  • (1) The director of the department of environmental management, or designee;
  • (2) A representative of the Rhode Island marine trades industry;
  • (3) A representative of a Rhode Island collegiate sailing program;
  • (4) A representative of SailNewport;
  • (5) The president/chief executive officer of Discover Newport, or designee;
  • (6) A representative of the city of Newport;
  • (7) The president/chief operating officer of the Rhode Island commerce corporation, or designee;
  • (8) A representative of sailing for the disabled;
  • (9) A representative who has been involved with the planning of America's Cup events;
  • (10) A representative of US Sailing;
  • (11) A representative of the Narragansett Bay Yacht Association;
  • (12) One representative from three (3) Rhode Island yacht clubs selected by the general assembly in accordance with subsection (b); and
  • (13) Seven (7) representatives from the generalpublic.
  • (b) The governor shall serve as honorary chairperson of the commission and shallappoint its chairperson from among the members. In the event of the absence or disability of both the chairperson and vice chairperson, the members of the commission shall elect a temporary chairperson by a majority vote of those present and voting. The generalassembly shallselect the three (3) Rhode Island yacht clubs and shall appoint the seven (7) representatives from the generalpublic.
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  • (c) Should any member cease to be an officer or employee of the unit or agency they are appointed to represent, their membership on the commission shall terminate immediately. Any vacancy on the commission shall be filled by the appointing authority in the same manner as the original appointment.
  • (d) Twelve (12) members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
  • (e) The commission shall adopt policies concerning the responsibilities of its voting members, including attendance at commission meetings.
  • (2) The president of the Narragansett Bay Yacht Association, or designee;
  • (3) The chief executive officer of US Sailing, or designee;
  • (4) The chief executive officer of SAIL TO PREVAIL, or designee;
  • (5) The Southern Regional Director of the New England Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, or designee;
  • (6) The executive director of Sail Newport, or designee;
  • (7) The president/chief executive officer of Discover Newport, or designee;
  • (8) The chairperson of the board of directors of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), or designee;
  • (9) A representative of the city of Newport, to be appointed by the mayor of the city of Newport;
  • (10) One representative each from four (4) Rhode Island yacht clubs, to be appointed by the president of the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association; and
  • (11) Six (6) representatives from the general public, three (3) of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one of whom shall be appointed for a term of one year, one of whom shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years and one of whom shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years; and three (3) of whom shall be appointed by the president of the senate, one of whom shall be appointed for a term of one year, one of whom shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years and one of whom shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years.
  • (b) The chair of the commission shall be elected from among the membership by the commission members. In the event of the absence or disability of the chairperson, the members of the commission shall elect a temporary chairperson by a majority vote of those present and voting.
  • (c) Should any member cease to be an officer or employee of the unit or agency they are appointed to represent, their membership on the commission shall terminate immediately. Any vacancy on the commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
  • (d) Ten (10) members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.
  • 42-159-4. Terms of office.
  • The members shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years exceptthat of the twenty-one (21) members originally appointed by each of the appointing authorities; seven (7) shall be appointed for a term of one year, seven (7) shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years and seven (7) for a term of three (3) years.
  • The members shall serve until their successors are appointed and qualified.
  • 42-159-5. Purpose.
  • The commission is created and established to identify, evaluate, and support nationally and internationally recognized sailing and marine events, both amateur and professional, and to attract and encourage activity in Rhode Island. In addition, the commission shall advise state and local leaders on the suitability and practicality of hosting qualified marine events in the state.
  • The commission is created and established to identify, evaluate, and provide recommendations to assist nationally and internationally recognized sailing and marine events, both amateur and professional, and to attract and encourage activity in Rhode Island. In addition, the commission shall advise state and local leaders on the suitability and practicality of hosting qualified marine events in the state.
  • 42-159-6. Authority.
  • (a) The commission is authorized to accept and expend funds from the state of Rhode Island, in carrying out the commission's efforts to manage financial support for sailing events. In coordination with the Rhode Island Sailing Foundation, the commission is authorized to solicit grants and charitable funds or in-kind contributions from public and private individuals and organizations to fund projects and programs.
  • (a) The commission is authorized to accept and empowered to accept and expend funds made available by the United States government or any agency thereof, in order to carry out the commission's efforts to manage financial support for sailing events. In coordination with the Rhode Island Sailing Foundation, the commission is authorized to solicit grants and charitable funds or in-kind contributions from public and private individuals and organizations to fund projects and programs. The proceeds of grants received shall be paid to the general treasurer of the state and be deposited by them in a separate fund to be utilized for the purposes of those grants, and in the manner and degree as shall be deemed to be in the best interest of the state.
  • (b) The allocation of any funds received shall be decided by a majority vote of voting members in attendance at a meeting duly convened for the conduct of business by the commission.
  • SECTION 3. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
  • SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.
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  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - RHODE ISLAND SAILING
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - RHODE ISLAND SAILING
  • EVENTS COMMISSION
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  • This act would create the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission in order to attract amateur and professional marine events in Rhode Island. The commission would advise state and local leaders on the suitability of hosting such activities.
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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 7:36pm
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 Y
Rep. Regunberg NV
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