Legislative Council is the principal research and legal arm
of the General Assembly. Established under R.I.G.L. § 22-8-1, the
Council’s staff of attorneys, researchers, secretaries and clerical
aides provide legislators with information on matters pending or to
come before the legislature. Legislative Council’s principal
activity is the drafting of legislation for individual members.
Staffed by a number of attorneys, the council will take
bill-drafting requests and prepare the legislation. Staff members
also handle the typing, proofing and duplicating of the bill and its
delivery to legislators in the House and Senate chambers.
Paul D. Zarrella, Esq.
Phone: (401) 222-2653
Another unit of Legislative Council is the Legislative Proofing
Office. It is responsible for reading and proofing of all bills
prepared by Legislative Council before they are duplicated and
delivered to individual legislators. The office staff reads material
to ensure that the finished product is accurate as to the intent of
the legislator, as well as typographically and grammatically