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§30-15-6  Advisory Council. –

Published: 2015

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SECTION 30-15-6

   § 30-15-6  Advisory council. –

(a) There is hereby created the Rhode Island emergency management advisory

council (hereinafter in this chapter called the "council"). The council will

consist of forty (40) members as follows:

   (1) Twenty-two (22) ex officio members as follows:

   (i) The lieutenant governor;

   (ii) The adjutant general;

   (iii) The director of administration/statewide planning;

   (iv) The director of health;

   (v) The director of transportation;

   (vi) The director of human services;

   (vii) The superintendent of state police;

   (viii) The public utilities administrator;

   (ix) The director of the department of environmental


   (x) The director of department of behavioral healthcare,

developmental disabilities and hospitals;

   (xi) The director of elderly affairs;

   (xii) The chairperson of the state water resources board;

   (xiii) The chairperson of the governor's commission on


   (xiv) The chairperson of the Rhode Island public transit


   (xv) The executive director of the coastal resources

management council or his or her designee;

   (xvi) The executive director of the American Red Cross, Rhode

Island chapter;

   (xvii) The director of the Rhode Island emergency management


   (xviii) The state court administrator;

   (xix) The executive director of the commission on the deaf

and hard of hearing;

   (xx) The director of the Providence emergency management


   (xxi) The executive director of E-911 emergency telephone

system division;

   (xxii) The federal security director of the transportation

security administration for Rhode Island; and

   (2) Eighteen (18) members appointed by, and serving at the

pleasure of, the governor, as follows:

   (i) Two (2) members of the senate, recommended by the

president of the senate, not more than one of whom shall be from the same

political party;

   (ii) Two (2) members of the house of representatives,

recommended by the speaker of the house, not more than one of whom shall be

from the same political party;

   (iii) One representative of the electric industry;

   (iv) One representative of the gas industry;

   (v) One representative of the telephone industry;

   (vi) The executive director of the Rhode Island Petroleum

Association or other similarly situated person;

   (vii) Two (2) representatives of the general public, one who

shall have expertise in disaster preparedness;

   (viii) One representative of the Rhode Island league of

cities and towns;

   (ix) One representative of the media;

   (x) One representative of the water supply industry;

   (xi) One representative of the health care industry;

   (xii) One representative of the Rhode Island Firefighters


   (xiii) One representative of the Rhode Island Association of

Fire Chiefs;

   (xiv) One representative of a private ambulance company; and

   (xv) One representative of a level I trauma hospital who

shall have direct expertise in disaster preparedness.

   (b) It shall be the duty of the council to advise the

governor and the director on all matters pertaining to disaster preparedness.

The lieutenant governor shall serve as chairperson of the council and the

director shall serve as vice-chairperson. In providing advice to the governor

and the director, the council shall, among other matters reasonably related to

their authority, do the following:

   (1) Establish a regular meeting schedule and form

subcommittees as may be appropriate;

   (2) Review emergency management plans and other matters as

may be acted upon or otherwise provided for in this chapter;

   (3) Establish priorities and goals on emergency management

matters on an annual basis;

   (4) Study emergency management plans in conjunction with the

director, and otherwise conduct such other studies as may be deemed appropriate;

   (5) Review the coordination of the state's emergency

management programs with appropriate authorized agencies and conduct studies

on the programs as may be necessary;

   (6) Review the plans and operations of the various cities and

towns in disaster preparedness in conjunction with the director and his or her

office as required or necessary; and

   (7) [Deleted by P.L. 2000, ch. 170, § 2];

   (8) Provide an annual report on its activities in conjunction

with the director.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1973, ch. 67, § 2; P.L. 1980, ch. 226, § 8; P.L. 1981, ch. 124,

§ 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 77, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 63, § 1; P.L. 1996,

ch. 100, art. 41, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 150, § 7; P.L. 2000, ch. 170,

§ 2; P.L. 2003, ch. 185, § 4; P.L. 2003, ch. 189, § 4; P.L.

2007, ch. 337, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 342, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 410,

§ 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 450, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 289, § 1; P.L.

2008, ch. 319, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 145, art. 14, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch.

52, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch. 53, § 1.)