Executive Order

Executive Order No. 123: Local Government Advisory Committee

Date: 01/13/1976
Issuer: Michael S. Dukakis
Amended by: Executive Order 164

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WHEREAS, municipalities, as the principal political subdivisions of the state, should be involved in the formulation and evaluation of policies and programs of state government which impact on them, and

WHEREAS, the Governor and his Cabinet recognize the need for timely and substantive consultation with municipal officials in order to ensure viable and responsive state/local policies and programs, and

WHEREAS, the Governor and his Cabinet recognize the need for greater sensitivity on the part of state government to municipal problems and concerns, and

WHEREAS, the establishment of a Special Committee composed of municipal officials serving in an advisory capacity to the Governor and his Cabinet would provide such a forum for the discussion of issues of mutual concern to these officials;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MICHAEL S. DUKAKIS, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as supreme executive magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

I. The Local Government Advisory Committee, hereinafter refer- red to as the Committee, is established as follows:

A. The Committee shall consist of twenty-one members appointed by the governor with the advice of the Secretary of the Executive Office of Communities and Development, who shall be an ex-officio member.

1. Five members shall be appointed from among persons nominated by the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns;

2. Five members shall be appointed from among persons nominated by the Massachusetts Selectmen's Association, Inc.;

3. Five members shall be appointed from among persons nominated by the Massachusetts Mayor's Association, Inc.;

4. Five members shall be appointed from among persons nominated by the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association, and;

5. One member shall be appointed from among persons nominated by the Massachusetts Association of Town Finance Committees.

B. The members of the Committee shall be nominated by each organization following its annual election of officers. The members shall serve a term of one year from the date of appointment, unless sooner removed by the Governor upon the recommendation of the appropriate nominating organization after consultation with the secretary of the Executive Office of Communities and Development. When a vacancy occurs for any reason, a new member representing the same organization shall be appointed to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.

C. An Executive Committee shall be established to formulate the agenda for the full Committee meetings and direct the staff assigned to the Committee by the nominating organizations. The Executive Committee shall consist of a designee from each of the five nominating organizations and the Secretary of EOCD, who shall have a vote. A Chairperson of the full Committee, who shall also be chairperson of the Executive Committee, shall be elected by the Executive Committee from among its (the Executive Committee) members. If the Executive Committee shall divide evenly in its vote on any issue the vote shall be considered negative.

D. In the event that any of the designated organizations cease to exist, the Committee shall either name an appropriate organization to nominate the same number of members as the originally designated organization or expand the representation of the remaining member organizations.

E. Members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.

II. The Committee shall have the following responsibilities:

A. To act as an Independent advocate for the Interests of local governments in their relations with the state and federal governments.

B. To advise officials of the Commonwealth and the Federal Government on the needs of local governments, assist in mobilizing state and federal resources to deal with problems of local governments, provide coordinative support to agencies responsible for administering federal-state-local programs, and promote legislative and administrative proposals reflecting the interests of local governments.

C. To meet monthly and at such times as the Chairperson deems necessary.

D. To promulgate rules and regulations governing its procedures and those of the Executive Committee.

E. To perform such other like services as the Committee shall decide upon.

III. Any provision herein which is in conflict with any existing statute shall be deemed to be null and void.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 13th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventy-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundredth.

Michael S. Dukakis

Governor

Paul Guzzi

Secretary of the Commonwealth

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