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The Special Legislation and Veterans' Affairs 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

Function

It shall be the duty of the committee on special legislation and veterans’ affairs 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 constitutional amendments, liquor laws, gaming issues, license plates, veterans’ affairs, domestic animals, commissions and resolutions, 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

2013-2014

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

Members, 2013
Democratic members (7)Republican members (2)
Walter S. Felag Jr., ChairDavid E. Bates, Secretary
Erin P. Lynch, Vice ChairChristopher Scott Ottiano
Marc A. Cote
Paul V. Jabour
Ryan w. Pearson
Juan M. Pichardo
Leonidas P. Raptakis

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