(a) There shall be a commission to study the feasibility of establishing a bank owned by the commonwealth or by a public authority constituted by the commonwealth.
(b) The commission shall consist of the secretary for administration and finance and the secretary of housing and economic development or their respective designees, who shall serve as co-chairs of the commission; the state treasurer or the treasurer's designee; the state comptroller or the comptroller's designee; 2 persons to be appointed by the president of the senate, 1 of whom shall be a member of the senate; 1 person to be appointed by the minority leader of the senate; 2 persons to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; 1 of whom shall be a member of the house of representatives; 1 person to be appointed by the minority leader of the house; the executive directors of the Massachusetts Development Financing Agency and the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency or their designees; president of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation or the president's designee; and 8 persons to be appointed by the governor who shall not be employees of the executive branch, 3 of whom shall be drawn from a list of 5 names submitted by the Massachusetts Bankers Association, at least 1 of whom shall be a representative of a community bank operating in the commonwealth, 1 of whom shall be drawn from a list of 3 names submitted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, 1 of whom shall be drawn from a list of 3 names submitted by the Small Business Association of New England and 1 of whom shall be a professor at an institution of higher education in the commonwealth who has researched and published articles on banking. Of the governor's remaining appointments, not more than 1 may be a representative of a financial services firm located in the commonwealth. The governor shall ensure geographic diversity in the governor's appointments to the commission. The members of the commission shall be appointed not later 90 days after the effective date of this act.
(c) The commission shall examine the technical, legal and financial feasibility of establishing a commonwealth-owned bank, including but not limited to a commonwealth-owned bank for infrastructure investment purposes. The commission shall seek participation in its deliberations from the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston or the president's designee. The commission shall evaluate the experiences of other states with state-owned banks, identifying the financial performance of such banks and evaluating the lending practices of such banks to show whether such banks successfully fill lending gaps not filled by the private sector. The commission shall also evaluate the manner in which public funds are invested or deposited by the commonwealth and its political subdivisions including funds managed by the state treasurer; the Massachusetts Municipal Depository Trust and state and local pension funds. The commission shall examine the infrastructure investment activities conducted by other states with state-owned banks. The commission shall also examine the lending practices, including lending to support infrastructure, of the existing public agencies in the commonwealth that perform lending services. The Massachusetts development finance agency, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation and any other public authority in the commonwealth that lends money shall cooperate fully with the commission and shall supply information reasonably required by the commission to carry out its charge.
(d) The commission shall hold at least 3 public hearings in distinct geographic regions of the commonwealth.
(e) The commission shall publish its findings and recommendations, together with drafts of legislation, if any, necessary to carry those recommendations into effect, in a written report not later than 1 year after the effective date of this act. The report shall be published on the official website of the commonwealth, and shall be contemporaneously filed with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on financial services.
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