SECTION 1. There is hereby established a special commission, pursuant to section 2A of chapter 4 of the General Laws, to investigate and study the promotion and celebration of the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.
The commission shall consist of the following 19 members: 3 members of the house of representatives, 1 of whom shall be the house chair of the joint committee on tourism, arts and cultural development, and 1 of whom shall be nominated by the minority leader; 3 members of the senate, 1 of whom shall be the senate chair of the joint committee on tourism, arts and cultural development, and 1 of whom shall be nominated by the minority leader; the commissioner of conservation and recreation; and 12 members to be appointed by the governor, 2 of whom shall be nominated by the speaker of the house of representatives, 2 of whom shall be nominated by the president of the senate, 1 of whom shall be the president of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts Colonial Society, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Museum of African-American History in Boston, 1 of whom shall be a professor from an institution of higher learning with expertise in the area of colonial or revolutionary era history, 1 of whom shall be a representative of the Congregational Library, 1 of whom shall be a member of the Boston area business community, and 1 of whom shall be employees of the National Parks Service with experience in geographical areas of the commonwealth with particular Revolutionary War history.
As part of its study and investigation, the commission shall: (1) develop a comprehensive plan for promoting and celebrating the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution; (2) identify all opportunities for individuals, municipalities, or other actors across the commonwealth to participate in celebrations of the anniversary and recognize the particular history of their geographical areas; (3) investigate and promote under-represented voices in the American Revolution including but not limited to women, native peoples, and persons of color; and (4) submit a report to the governor, speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate and the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate which may, upon the agreement of the governor, speaker and senate president, be published for distribution to the public, and which shall contain an overview of Massachusetts’ particular role in the American Revolution, and notable battles, events and figures of the era.
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