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RG 001/RG 001.03. General Assembly, 1776-

 Record Group Term
Identifier: RG 001/RG 001.03
Currently, the Rhode Island legislature is still a bicameral body constituting a seventy – five (75) member House of Representatives and a thirty – eight (38) member Senate which convenes on the first Tuesday in January annually. Leadership consists of a Speaker of the House of Representatives and President of the Senate who are chosen from among their membership. The General Assembly is responsible for all proposed legislation as well as the enactment of laws both of a public and private nature. The assembly also confirms judicial nominations and the appointment of heads of various State departments & boards and has general subpoena power in civil cases. Other responsibilities include the office of the Auditor General which provides independent evaluations of government programs, Legislative Council which is charged with obtaining information on the operation of state government and of making studies concerning legislative issue and the office of Law Revision which is responsible for consolidating, compiling, editing, printing & binding the public laws, acts & resolutions. There are currently twelve (12) permanent committees established within the House of Representatives including: Constituent Services, Corporations, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance, Health, Education & Welfare, Judiciary, Labor, Municipal Government, Rules, Separation of Powers & Veteran Affairs. Senate committees number seven (7) and include Constitutional & Regulatory Issues, Commerce, Education, Environment & Agriculture, Finance, Government Oversight & Health & Human Services. Permanent joint committees number eleven (11) and include Accounts & Claims, Water Resources, Highway Safety, Environment & Energy, Naming New Buildings, Bridges, Edifices & Other State Constructions, Retirement, Small Business, Strategic Development, Veterans’ Affairs, Economic Development & Legislative Services.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Deputies and Freeman records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00653
Overview Town returns of "freeman" admitted & men chosen to act as Deputies in the General Assembly
Dates: 1727-1778

Governor and Council

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00558
Overview "Book of Records Containing the Acts and Orders made By the Governor and Councill Both General & Perticular Since the First of May 1667"
Dates: 1652-1813

Land and Public Notary records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00481
Overview Record of early deeds & land grants/maritime related matters
Dates: 1642-1796

Public Laws, Acts and Resolutions Passed

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00210-2018-04-2020-01
Overview Public Law enactments of the Rhode Island legislature
Dates: 1728-2016

Public Laws, Acts & Resolves, General Statutes

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00612-C#00579-C#00599-C#00611
Scope and Contents Public law & general statute codifications (1719 - 1956) & contemporary publications of General Assembly session proceedings (1764+) detailing enactments of the legislature as found in manuscript series Rhode Island Colony Records; Acts & Resolutions & Private Acts / Charters. Latter initially bound as “schedules." with subsequent volumes containing reports submitted by various boards, commissions & government agencies as mandated. Commencing in the late 19th century annual...
Dates: 1647-2015