At the statewide level, officeholders consist of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Treasurer, and two U.S. Senators. At the district level, officeholders include your U.S. Representative, state Senator, state Representative, Governor's Councilor, District Attorney, and Sheriff.
The responsibility for law-making in Massachusetts lies with the Legislature, which is officially known as the General Court.
- Learn about volunteer opportunities in Massachusetts including Connect and Serve, the statewide volunteer website that helps connect citizens with volunteer organizations in their communities.
The Governor's Statewide Youth Council was created in 2008 to encourage the Commonwealth's young people to take on an active leadership role in their communities and give them a greater voice in state government. It acts an advisory body to the Governor and focuses on youth-related issues such as education, youth violence, economic development and civic engagement. Each of the Commonwealth's 14 counties has two Council representatives that serve 2 year terms.
Currently, the Governor's Office of Community Affairs is accepting applications for the 2012-2014 Youth Council. Applicants should be passionate, motivated, emerging leaders between the ages of 14 and 20 with an interest in public service. Responsibilities will include: attending monthly meetings and conference calls, advocating for youth issues and incorporating the ideas of other youth and young adults into the creation of effective policy. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 25, 2012.
The Massachusetts open meeting law requires that most government entities' meetings be open to the public, that notice of such meetings be publicly posted, and that accurate records of the meeting be kept and made available to the public. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement of the law.
- Learn more about the many different ways you can interact with state government online such as blogs, RSS and social media.
- There are over 700 boards and commissions dealing with virtually every state department and public policy area. Learn more about them and ways you can get involved.
Several agencies have hotlines for public and state employees to report suspected fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct. A task force has been created to enable these agencies to coordinate their efforts.