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Judiciary Committee, Rhode Island House of Representatives

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The Judiciary Committee is a standing committee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Per Section 11 of the House Rules, committees of the Rhode Island House of Representatives are assigned by the Speaker of the House.[1] After the adoption of House Rules, the standing committees are appointed each year in the month of January.[2] The Speaker and the Minority Leader are responsible for appointing minority membership on standing committees, subcommittees, joint committees, boards and commissions.[1] The Speaker has the power to appoint the chair, vice chair and secretary of each committee. Any vacancies that have occurred in any committees or subcommittees after members have been appointed will be filled by the Speaker.[1] The Speaker, Majority Leader and Minority Leader are considered to be ex officio members with voting rights in all committees but are not counted for purposes in determining quorum.[1]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: 2013 -- H 5293 Substitute A

Function

The function of the Judiciary Committee is to consider all bills affecting the penal code, judicial system, ethics, open meetings, access to public records and election laws.[3][4]

Committee members

2013-2014

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

Judiciary Committee Members, 2013
Democratic members (12)Republican members (1)
Edith H. Ajello, ChairDoreen Marie Costa
John J. DeSimone, Vice Chair
Peter F. Martin, Secretary
Joseph S. Almeida
Christopher R. Blazejewski
Robert E. Craven, Sr.
Donald J. Lally Jr.
Charlene Lima
Michael J. Marcello
J. Patrick O'Neill
K. Joseph Shekarchi
Donna M. Walsh

2011-2012

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Rhode Island State Legislature, "2013 -- H 5293 Substitute A," accessed January 6, 2014(Section 11(b))
  2. Rhode Island State Legislature, "2013 -- H 5293 Substitute A," accessed January 6, 2014(Section 11(a))
  3. Information submitted by Speaker Gordon Fox via email to a Ballotpedia staffer on January 21, 2014.
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.