Resolved, That there shall be established, pursuant to section 2A of chapter 4 of the General Laws, a special commission to consist of the co-chairs of the joint committee on children and families, the co-chairs of the joint committee on education, the co-chairs of the joint committee on public health, the co-chairs of the joint committee on public safety and homeland security, 2 members of the senate to be appointed by the senate president, 1 member of the senate to be appointed by the minority leader, 2 members of the house of representatives to be appointed by the speaker of the house, 1 member of the house of representatives to be appointed by the minority leader, the attorney general or a designee, the secretary of public safety and security or a designee, the secretary of housing and economic development or a designee, the secretary of health and human services or a designee, the commissioner of education or a designee, the chancellor of higher education or a designee, and 5 members appointed by the governor with expertise in immigration issues. The commission shall conduct an investigation and study relative to: (1) the impact, both positive and negative, of undocumented aliens living in the commonwealth; (2) the specific impacts of undocumented aliens residing in Massachusetts on (i) the economy, including the impact on tax revenue and the fiscal ramifications of compliance with federal laws requiring the provision of specific services to undocumented aliens, (ii) public safety, (iii) education, (iv) health, (v) social services, (vi) business competition, (vii) workforce development, including the need for workers willing to work in low paying jobs and industries, and (viii) housing ; (3) the respective roles of federal, state and local governments in addressing the need for, cost of, and legal basis of providing services, including employment and training, housing, public education, or health care for such residents; (4) a review of actions being taken by other states in response to the increase in undocumented aliens within their borders; and (5) any other relevant issues. The commission shall also make recommendations about what actions, if any, should be implemented to address the issues raised by the presence of undocumented aliens in the commonwealth.
The commission shall report to the general court the results of its investigation and study, and its recommendations, if any, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry such recommendations into effect by filing them with the clerk of the senate and the clerk of the house of representatives on or before June 30, 2018. The commission may issue preliminary or interim reports to the general court before that date.
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