Commerce Committee, Rhode Island State Senate

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The Commerce Committee is a standing committee of the Rhode Island State Senate. In 2013, the name of the Corporations Committee was changed to the Commerce Committee.

Per Section 5 of the Senate Rules, committees of the Rhode Island State Senate are assigned by the President of the Senate.[1] Senators are appointed to standing committees every two years, with current incumbents serving until January 6, 2015. Each standing committee is made up of the President of the Senate, and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate.[1] These three leaders are considered to be ex officio members with voting rights in all committees. Any vacancies that have occurred shall be filled by the President of the Senate.[2] The President of the Senate has the power to appoint the chair, vice chair and secretary among the membership of each committee.[3]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: 2013-- S 0378 Substitute A


It shall be the duty of the committee on commerce to consider the appointments of the governor referred to it by the senate which require the advice and consent of the senate and all legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance, technology and telecommunications, for profit as well as not-for-profit business entities, to maintain oversight over the application, execution and operation of the laws within its jurisdiction and to consider such other matters as may be referred to it by the senate.[4][5]

Committee members

2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Commerce Members, 2015
Democratic members (8)Republican members (1)
Roger A. Picard, ChairElaine Morgan
William Walaska, Vice Chair
Marc A. Cote, Secretary
Frank Ciccone
Paul Fogarty
Hanna Gallo
Paul Jabour
Frank Lombardo III


The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.



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