SECTION 1. The Massachusetts General Laws are hereby amended by inserting the
following new chapter: An Act to Improve the Functioning of Various Boards and Commissions.
1.) The Office of Boards and Commissions, within the Executive Office for
Administration and Finance, shares, and helps perform, the important tasks related to filling
appointments, in over 700 Boards and Commissions. While the performance, has improved,
there are certain additional abilities, that can be added, in order to improve the filling of
appointments, the renewal of appointments, and the more complete membership of especially
important bodies. This legislation is created, to add these powers, and opportunities, to The
Office of Boards and Commissions.
2.) Whereas, the various Boards, and Commissions, of Massachusetts, have been created
over time, to accomplish a variety of public tasks, and decisions, in a manner that allows
informed consideration, deliberation, and decision making.
3.) Whereas, a large and persistent problem has continued, of the nature that members,
and memberships of many of the said Boards, and Commissions, have failed of renewal,
appointment, and/or reappointment, often leaving boards absent of quorums, and/or ability to
make legally binding decisions.
4.) Therefore, this legislation sets the following requirements, in order to improve the
functioning of boards, and commissions, and the quality of legally-binding decisions:
A general Registry Of Available Volunteer Board and Commission Members, for
appointment, shall be created; as a mechanism to recruit individuals capable of service on such
bodies. This Registry will engage in regular and suitable publicity, and recruitment activities,
through all forms of media, printed, broadcast, electronic, and social media, seeking competent
professionals, talented career individuals, and general citizens, with both specific and general
skills. These publicity efforts should include, regular News Releases, and Public Service
Announcements (PSAs) for general distribution.
As individuals are identified, suitable personnel screenings, shall be conducted, to
establish eligibility for this Registry.
Once individuals are determined to be qualified for various bodies, they may be
identified, also, as particularly qualified, for particular bodies.
As this roster is compiled for the Registry, it should be updated on a yearly basis.
All winning, and losing, candidates for any elected public office in Massachusetts, shall
be contacted, and may be included in such a list(s) of potential appointees, since they, by being
candidates for public office, have indicated an interest in aspects of public service.
All members, of all existing Boards and Commissions, shall be annually queried by
postal mail, and other means, as to the continuing nature of their activity as a member, their
interest in remaining as a member, such thoughts as they may have in the continuation of their
service, and of the Board, or Commission, of which they are a member; and also ideas about
effective recruitment of members such as themselves, including the names of other capable
and/or talented individuals.
In the cases of those Boards, and Commissions, which intersect with, or relate to decision
making on the licensure, or the determination of conduct of professional paid activities,
employment, or activities; and meeting at least every three (3) months, a nominal stipend of three
(3) hours per meeting, of the equivalent value of the Minimum Wage, may be compensated to
members, if so authorized by the General Court.
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