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SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1840


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act Resolve to establish a commission to study the feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics .

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

              Resolved, that a special commission is hereby established to study the feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics in the commonwealth in 2024. The commission shall consist of 9 members: 3 persons to be appointed by the governor, 1 of whom shall be a member of the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee, Inc. and 1 of whom shall have experience in public safety or law enforcement; and 2 persons to be appointed by the president 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 and 1 person to be appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives.

              The study shall include, but not be limited to, the prospects of working with other New England states and should seek input from local governments and organizations. The commission shall review all aspects of a prospective summer Olympics in the commonwealth, including, but not limited to, infrastructure, transportation, lodging, locations for events, costs, benefits and any other factors the commission deems relevant.

              The commission may receive and expend grants, gifts, contributions, bequests and in-kind contributions, including volunteer services, from individuals, corporations or other business entities, foundations and state or other government bodies for the purpose of completing this study.

              The commission shall submit its findings and recommendations, together with drafts of legislation necessary to carry out those recommendations by filing the same with the clerks of the house of representatives and senate, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on tourism, arts and cultural development not later than March 1, 2014. The commission shall submit with its findings and recommendations a detailed accounting of the grants, gifts and financial contributions received by the commission and how those funds were used.  The commission shall convene its first official meeting not later than September 30, 2013.

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