Finance Committee, Rhode Island State Senate

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The Finance Committee is a standing committee of the Rhode Island State Senate.

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 finance 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 relative to revenue, appropriations and taxes, to inquire into the state of the public debt, to report from time to time its opinion thereon and such propositions relative thereto as it shall deem expedient, 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. The chair of the committee shall be authorized to appoint as many subcommittees as he or she deems necessary, including, but not limited to, a subcommittee on veterans affairs.[4][5]

Committee members

2015 legislative session

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

Finance Members, 2015
Democratic members (8)Republican members (1)Third-party members (1)
Daniel DaPonte, ChairChristopher OttianoEdward J. O'Neill
Ryan Pearson, Secretary
Louis P. DiPalma, First Vice Chair
Walter S. Felag Jr., Second Vice Chair
James E. Doyle, II
Maryellen Goodwin
Juan M. Pichardo
V. Susan Sosnowski


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



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