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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 68 Collections and/or Records:

Joseph P. Burlingame photograph

 Item — Folder 30. Joseph P. Burlingame photograph (2014-26)
Identifier: 2014-26
Scope and Contents One 6.5” X 4.25” inch sepia tone photograph depicting Joseph P. Burlingame who was Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives from 1903-1906.
Dates: c. 1890-1910

Land and Public Notary records

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

Legislative Committee reports

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00261
Overview Original reports submitted by committees formed as either temporary or permanent bodies for specific purposes or mandated by statute. Including but not limited to those relating to banks, boundary issues, elections, fisheries, the affairs of the Narragansett Indians, warden & physician of the RI State prison, Revolutionary War confiscated estates, schools, the Truro Synagogue fund, General Treasurer or other expenditure related accounts & activities; chronological arrangement.
Dates: 1728-2015

Memorial of Professor Ridgway, Geologist and Mining engineer, in Relations to the Coal Field of Rhode Island

 Item — Folder 48 Memorial of Professor Ridgway, Geologist and Mining engineer, in Relations to the Coal Field of Rhode Island 1868
Identifier: 1636-828
Scope and Contents Memorial of Professor Ridgway, Geologist and Mining Engineer, in Relations to the Coal Field of Rhode Island, Presented to the General Assembly at its January Session A.D. 1868 and Printed. Reprinted by Order of the General Assembly at its January Session, 1870
Dates: 1870

Men in RI Able to Bear Arms census

 Series — Box Men in RI Able to Bear Arms census, 1777
Identifier: C#00196
Overview Includes: name of town, name of man, age range, whether able to bear arms or not, whether a Quaker, Indian, or Black - and thus exempt. This material has been microfilmed.
Dates: 1777

Minority Report of the Election Laws Study Commission of the State of Rhode Island

 Item — Folder Minority Report of the Election Laws Study Commission 1957 folder 22
Identifier: 1636-263

Petitions to the General Assembly

 Series
Identifier: C#01179-C#00165-C#00063
Overview Petitions submitted by individual citizens, groups, municipalities, political, corporate & religious organizations & entities. Wide array of topics including suffrage rights, slavery, affairs of Narragansett Indians, redress from actions of debt, insolvency & imprisonment, property encroachments & disbursement, establishment of lotteries, public schools, railroads, etc.
Dates: 1725-1974

Proceedings of the General Assembly

 Series
Identifier: C#00260-C#01012

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 and Resolves indices

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2013-43
Scope and Contents Series consists of indices of the public laws, resolutions and local acts passed by the Rhode Island General Assembly. Includes indices from 1902-1972 on microfilm and 1997 (arranged by subject and sponsor) which include all legislation proposed.
Dates: 1902-2013

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

Public Laws Before Revision

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1998-08

Rate Estimate Committee meeting minutes

 Series — Volume Rate Estimate Committee meeting minutes, 1822-1829
Identifier: C#00553
Overview Function: To record the actions of the committee appointed by the General Assembly to take an estimate of all the rateable property in RI. Includes: Copies of the enabling legislation for the committee. Minutes include the date and place of meetings, names of members present, issues discussed and action taken by the committee. Includes estimates of the total value of rateable property in each town.
Dates: June 1, 1822-January 26, 1829

Real Estate Committee meeting minutes

 Series
Identifier: C#00552
Overview Function: To record the actions of the committee appointed to take on estimateof all the rateable property in RI. Includes: Enabling legislation for the committee. Minutes include: date and place of meeting, names of members present, action taken by the committee. Includes text of instruction to appraisers, names of appraisers in each county, amount of money to be paid each appraiser.
Dates: May 1, 1855-January 16, 1856

Records of the Colony of Rhode Island volume

 Item — Volume Records of the Colony of Rhode Island, Vol V, 1741-1756
Identifier: C#00276
Overview The Records of the Colony of Rhode Island, Vol V includes the date of session, actions taken by the General Assembly, reports to the British Board of Trade, and other documents relative to the RI colonial government. This is published material.
Dates: 1741-1756

Registered State Debt with Certificates report

 Item — Volume Registered State Debt with Certificates report, 1849
Identifier: C#00618
Overview Report of committee appointed by General Assembly to investigate the origin and worth of certificates and notes of state debt issued approximately 50 years earlier. Includes report of committee findings, samples of certificates, copies of legislation and other documents related to the state debt.
Dates: 1849

Report of Findings and Recommendations concerning Civil Defense and Disaster Legislation

 Item — Folder 2 Report of Findings and Recommendations concerning Civil Defense and Disaster Legislation 1973
Identifier: 1636-845

Report of the Board of State Valuation made to the General Assembly, at its January Session A.D.

 Item — Folder 38 Report of the Board of State Valuation made to the General Assembly, at its January Session A.D. 1847
Identifier: 1636-818

Report of the Rhode Island Map Commission at its January Session, 1893

 Item — Folder 11 Rhode Island Map Commission report 1893
Identifier: 1992-32-363-1636-614

Report on the Industrial Statistics of the State of Rhode Island...for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry

 Item — Folder 4. Report on the Industrial Statistics of the State of Rhode Island...for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry, 1860
Identifier: 1636-165
Scope and Contents Report on the industrial statistics of the state of Rhode Island from materials collected by the Rhode Island Society for the encouragement of domestic industry, in accordance with a resolution of the General Assembly, January session, 1860
Dates: 1861

Revolutionary War Claims for Damages

 Series — Box Revolutionary War Claims for Damages, 1776-1781
Identifier: C#00252
Overview Lost or damaged property claimed resulting from Bristish occupation of Rhode Island, December 7, 1776 to October 25, 1779
Dates: 1776-1781

Revolutionary War Suspected Persons records

 Series — Box Revolutionary War Suspected Persons records, 1775-1783
Identifier: C#00251
Overview Records of persons suspected of being hostile to the united colonies or giving aid & intelligence to the enemy.
Dates: 1775-1783

Rhode Island House of Representatives photograph

 Item — Folder Rhode Island House of Representatives photograph, 1931-1932
Identifier: 2018-07

Rhode Island Militia Officer Elections Approved

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#01143-C#0144
Overview Annual returns of State Militia & Chartered Military Companies to the Governor & General Assembly as mandated
Dates: 1788-1862

Senate Finance Committee System of Taxes (Other States)

 Item — Volume Senate Finance Committee System of Taxes (Other States), 1881
Identifier: C#00602
Overview Brief description of the systems of taxes in Maine, New Hamphire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
Dates: 1881

Senate President Montalbano records

 Series — Box 40. Senate President Montalbano records, 2002-2004
Identifier: 2013-05.1