Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
There shall be a commission on the status of women in Essex county consisting of 9 persons to be appointed by the Massachusetts commission on the status of women. The commission shall conduct an ongoing study of all matters concerning women in Essex county. The commission shall report their findings to the Massachusetts commission on the status of women annually, not later than June 2, and recommend solutions to the problems facing the women of Essex county. The Massachusetts commission on the status of women shall make such appointments to the Essex commission from a pool of applicants who reside in Essex county. Members shall serve for a term of 3 years and until their successors are appointed and may be reappointed for 2 consecutive terms. After the completion of 2 consecutive terms, former members may reapply to serve on the commission after a year has passed since their last term. The initial members of the Essex county commission on the status of women shall be appointed for the following terms: 3 members for a term of 1 year, 3 members for a term of 2 years and 3 members for a term of 3 years. Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled by the Massachusetts commission on the status of women for the balance of the unexpired term. Appointments by the Massachusetts commission on the status of women to the Essex county commission on the status of women shall be made in consultation with women's organizations. Nominations shall be solicited between August 1 and September 16 annually through an open application that is widely distributed throughout Essex county. Members of the commission shall represent diverse backgrounds and reside in different municipalities in Essex county. Members shall serve on the commission as volunteers and shall not be compensated. The commission shall elect from among its members a chair, a vice chair, a treasurer and any other officers it deems necessary to effectuate the purposes of the commission.
Approved August 3, 2010