Chapter 3 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following section:--
Section 69. A permanent special commission is hereby established for the purpose of evaluating the continuing impacts on state laws and regulations by international trade policy and international trade agreements, examining proposed international trade agreements, maintaining active communications with any individual or entity, as the commission determines appropriate, regarding ongoing developments in international trade agreements and policy; and examining any aspects of international trade, international economic integration and international trade agreements that the members of the commission consider appropriate. An “international trade agreement” is defined as any international trade or investment agreement or treaty, including but not limited to, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and agreements concluded by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Said Commission shall engage in at least one public hearing annually and shall report on the economic and sovereignty impacts of international trade agreements on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Such report may include recommendations of support or opposition of revisions in United States trade policy or commitments, including but not limited to proposed international trade agreements. This annual report shall be transmitted to the General Court, the Governor, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; to federal officials, including the United States Trade Representative and members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation.
Said commission shall consist of 3 members of the Senate of the General Court, 3 members of the House of Representatives of the General Court, the Governor or his designee, the Attorney General or her designee, the Treasurer or his designee, a representative from the Office of International Trade & Investment, and 9 persons appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be a representative of organized labor, one of whom shall represent small business, one of whom shall be a representative from a human rights organization, one of whom shall represent farmers, one of whom shall be a representative from an environmental group, one of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, one of whom shall be engaged in the business of exporting goods internationally, one of whom shall be a member of a graduate faculty of law, with expertise in issues of constitutional federalism, of a private university in the commonwealth, and one of whom shall be a member of a graduate faculty of economics or labor studies of the University of Massachusetts.
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