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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Special Commission on the Official Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth

Date Time Topic Location Status Bills
7/19/2021 11:00 AM PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Virtual Hearing Completed
11/18/2021 1:30 PM Public Meeting Notice Virtual Hearing Completed
1/18/2022 11:00 AM Public Meeting Notice Virtual Hearing Completed
2/15/2022 11:00 AM Public Meeting Notice Virtual Hearing Completed
3/15/2022 11:00 AM Public Meeting Notice Virtual Hearing Completed
4/12/2022 9:00 AM The Subcommittee on Public Consultation was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to make recommendations on how best to communicate the work and intentions of the Commission with the public, state & local government, and members of the press, and to strategize on the timing of the report release and building public awareness. Virtual Hearing Completed
4/15/2022 3:00 PM Histories and Usage Subcommittee PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Virtual Hearing Completed
4/19/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
5/10/2022 10:00 AM History and Usages Subcommittee, PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Virtual Hearing Rescheduled
5/10/2022 11:00 AM History and Usages Subcommittee, PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE Virtual Hearing Completed
5/17/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
6/7/2022 11:00 AM The Subcommittee on Public Consultation was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to make recommendations on how best to communicate the work and intentions of the Commission with the public, state & local government, and members of the press, and to strategize on the timing of the report release and building public awareness. Virtual Hearing Completed
6/7/2022 11:00 AM The charge of the History and Usages Subcommittee is to examine the features of the seal, its current usage and its historical context. Points of focus include historical analysis of the individual elements of the seal, as well as the history of harm, the indigenous experience of the imagery, and the movement to change it. Virtual Hearing Completed
6/21/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
7/12/2022 11:00 AM The Subcommittee on Public Consultation was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to make recommendations on how best to communicate the work and intentions of the Commission with the public, state & local government, and members of the press, and to strategize on the timing of the report release and building public awareness. Virtual Hearing Completed
7/14/2022 11:39 AM The Subcommittee on Research & Design was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to analyze how similar efforts have been conducted elsewhere, determine best practices, including design elements and educational programming, and make recommendations on how to structure and conduct the work of the Commission. Virtual Hearing Completed
7/19/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
8/16/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
9/8/2022 11:00 AM The Subcommittee on Research & Design was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to analyze how similar efforts have been conducted elsewhere, determine best practices, including design elements and educational programming, and make recommendations on how to structure and conduct the work of the Commission. Virtual Hearing Completed
9/13/2022 11:00 AM The Subcommittee on Public Consultation was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to make recommendations on how best to communicate the work and intentions of the Commission with the public, state & local government, and members of the press, and to strategize on the timing of the report release and building public awareness. Virtual Hearing Completed
9/13/2022 12:00 PM The charge of the History and Usages Subcommittee is to examine the features of the seal, its current usage and its historical context. Points of focus include historical analysis of the individual elements of the seal, as well as the history of harm, the indigenous experience of the imagery, and the movement to change it. Virtual Hearing Completed
9/20/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
10/6/2022 11:00 AM The Subcommittee on Public Consultation was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to make recommendations on how best to communicate the work and intentions of the Commission with the public, state & local government, and members of the press, and to strategize on the timing of the report release and building public awareness. Virtual Hearing Completed
10/13/2022 11:00 AM The Subcommittee on Research & Design was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to analyze how similar efforts have been conducted elsewhere, determine best practices, including design elements and educational programming, and make recommendations on how to structure and conduct the work of the Commission. Virtual Hearing Canceled
10/18/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
10/25/2022 11:00 AM The charge of the History and Usages Subcommittee is to examine the features of the seal, its current usage, and its historical context. Points of focus include historical analysis of the individual elements of the seal, as well as the history of harm, the indigenous experience of the imagery, and the movement to change it. Virtual Hearing Completed
10/27/2022 11:00 AM The Subcommittee on Research & Design was approved by the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to analyze how similar efforts have been conducted elsewhere, determine best practices, including design elements and educational programming, and make recommendations on how to structure and conduct the work of the Commission. Virtual Hearing Completed
11/15/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. Virtual Hearing Completed
12/13/2022 11:00 AM Meeting of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth to investigate the features of the official seal and motto of the Commonwealth and make recommendations to ensure they reflect and embody the historic and contemporary commitments of the Commonwealth to justice, equality, and education for all. The Commission shall make recommendations for a revised or new design of the seal and motto and an educational program on the history and meaning of the seal and motto. A-2 Completed