HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3177        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2711

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Patricia A. Haddad

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to ensure gender parity on public boards and commissions.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

Paul J. Donato

35th Middlesex

Ruth B. Balser

12th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Michelle L. Ciccolo

15th Middlesex

Daniel R. Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Michelle M. DuBois

10th Plymouth

Nika C. Elugardo

15th Suffolk

Tricia Farley-Bouvier

3rd Berkshire

Anne M. Gobi

Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex

Carlos González

10th Hampden

James K. Hawkins

2nd Bristol

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Patrick Joseph Kearney

4th Plymouth

David Henry Argosky LeBoeuf

17th Worcester

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Jon Santiago

9th Suffolk

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

RoseLee Vincent

16th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3177        FILED ON: 1/18/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 2711

By Mrs. Haddad of Somerset, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2711) of Patricia A. Haddad and others relative to gender parity on public boards and commissions.  State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act to ensure gender parity on public boards and commissions.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION 1. Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 56, the following section:-

Section 56A. (a) (1) Beginning on and after January 1, 2022, the composition of each appointed public board and commission in the Commonwealth shall broadly reflect the general public of the commonwealth, including persons of different backgrounds, abilities, interests, and opinions including ethnic minorities and women and shall have not less than 50 per cent women board members or commissioners.  

(2) For the purposes of this section, “woman” means an individual who self-identifies her gender as a woman, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.

(b) When practicable, the racial and ethnic composition of each board and commission shall reflect the percentage of racial and ethnic minorities in the general population.

(c) (1) The commission against discrimination shall collect and release, annually, at a minimum, and on an aggregate basis, the following:

(A) Demographic data provided by all public board and commission applicants relative to ethnicity, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

(B) Demographic data provided by all public board and commission nominees or appointees relative to ethnicity, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

(2) Any demographic data disclosed or released pursuant to this section shall disclose only aggregated statistical data and shall not identify any individual applicant, nominee, or appointed board member or commissioner.

SECTION 2. The commission against discrimination shall provide annual notification of the provisions in section 1 to each appointing authority.