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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1266         FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 14

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Bruce E. Tarr

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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 proposal for constitutional amendment:

Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the reform of the Executive Council.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Bruce E. Tarr

 

Robert L. Hedlund

 

Michael R. Knapik

 

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex

Jason Panos

30 Reed Rd


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1266        FILED ON: 1/20/2011

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 14

By Mr. Tarr, petition (accompanied by proposal, Senate, No. 14) of Bruce Tarr, Robert Hedlund, Michael Knapik and Richard Ross for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the reform of the Executive Council. The Judiciary.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the reform of the Executive Council.
 

A majority of all the members elected to the Senate and House of Representatives, in joint session, hereby declares it to be expedient to alter the Constitution by the adoption of the following Article of Amendment, to the end that it may become a part of the Constitution [if similarly agreed to in a joint session of the next General Court and approved by the people at the state election next following]:
 

ARTICLE OF AMENDMENT.
 

              SECTION 1. Part the Second, Chapter II, Section I, Article IX of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall be amended by adding the following:

              “The Executive Council shall, in all respects, be subject to the requirements and provisions of General Laws of Massachusetts Chapter 30A §§ 18 ~ 25 (the “Open Meeting Law”) as may be amended from time to time which Open Meeting Law and the Senate and the House of Representatives shall undertake to do all acts to amend the Open Meeting Law accordingly.

              SECTION 2.  Part the Second, Chapter II, Section I, Article IX of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall be amended by adding the following:

              “The Executive Council shall issue an "Annual Report", simultaneously, to the Governor and the Joint Committee On The Judiciary of the General Court not prior to December 1 but not later than December 31 annually.  The Annual Report shall include, without limitation, a synopsis of each vote taken by each of the members of the Executive Council, a study of its organization, rules and methods of procedure and practice, the work accomplished and the results produced by that system and those processes as adopted by the Executive Council from time to time and a plan for implementation of recommendations by the Executive Council it intends to undertake for future implementation to improve such organization, rules and methods of procedure and practice.

              The Governor and the members of the Joint Committee On The Judiciary of the General Court shall have forty-five (45) days from the date of submission to each to review the Annual Report and may require that the Annual Report be supplemented with additional and pertinent information germane to the subject matter of the Annual Report and the Constitutional charge of the Executive Council. If no comments are received by the Executive Counsel from the Governor and/or the Joint Committee On The Judiciary of the General Court within the expiration of said forty-five (45) day period then the Annual Report shall become final. If, within said forty-five (45) day period, either the Governor or the Joint Committee On The Judiciary of the General Court or both submits comments to the Executive Council causing revisions to the Annual Report then the Executive Council shall have an additional thirty (30) days to revise the Annual Report and re-submit such Annual Report containing said revision(s) to the Governor and the Joint Committee On The Judiciary of the General Court upon which resubmission the Annual Report shall become final.”

              SECTION 3. Part the Second, Chapter II, Section I, Article IX of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall be amended by adding the following:

              “The Executive Council shall establish and maintain its own official website. The content of the Executive Council’s website shall contain, at minimum, such information including, without limitation, prior to confirmation, information on judge designates and all others seeking confirmation before the Executive Council substantially similar in quality to that utilized by the Executive Council in making its confirmation decisions, biographical information of each Executive Council member to be updated no less frequently then immediately after the administration of the oath of office of each Executive Counsel member following each biannual election of its members and further, the website shall contain each Executive Council member’s respective voting and attendance record to be published and updated on a monthly basis. The Executive Council shall also cause all records of its meetings, including, without limitation, all transcripts, questionnaires and other documentation used by the Executive Council in carrying out its duties along with a record of all votes taken and such other documents and records as required under the Open Meeting Law to be published on its official website no later than a date which is thirty (30) days after the date of such meeting and/or vote is taken unless such date is a Saturday, Sunday or federal or state holiday and then the next day following on the date when official business of the state is conducted in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Additionally, the Executive Council shall cause to be published its final Annual Report (as required under Section 2 above) within thirty (30) days after its submission or resubmission to the Governor and the Joint Committee On The Judiciary of the General Court as the case may be.”

              SECTION 4. This act shall take effect twelve (12) months after its passage.

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