Executive Order

Executive Order No. 130: Anti-Boycott Covenant

Date: 12/06/1976
Issuer: Michael S. Dukakis
Mass Register: No. 35

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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a special interest in protecting local businesses with home offices and principal places of business in the state from improper pressures affecting their business operations; and

WHEREAS, as a result of direct and indirect economic pressures from foreign nations upon businesses in the United States to participate in an international boycott of a foreign country, of businesses which trade or have business relations with the boycotted country, and of businesses which are controlled by persons of a particular color, creed, religion or national origin, there has been and will continue to be economic discrimination against and coercion of certain Massachusetts businesses; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth has an an interest and an obligation to insure that such local businesses, especially those doing business with the state, comply with state and federal laws and policies forbidding discrimination and economic coercion based on the national origin, ethnic identification or religious affiliation of persons and/or their foreign trade or business relationships.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael S. Dukakis, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acting pursuant to all authority and responsibility vested in me as Chief Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

That in all contracts of the Commonwealth for goods or services entered into after January l, 1977 where the cost to the Commonwealth will exceed $5,000.00, the following provision shall be included:

The Contractor warrants, represents and agrees that during the time this contract is in effect, neither it nor any affiliated company, as hereafter defined, participates in or competes with an international boycott, as defined in Section 999(b) (3) and (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, or engages in conduct declared to be unlawful by Section 2 of Chapter 151 E, Massachusetts General Laws. If there shall be a breach in the warranty, representation and agreement contained in this paragraph, then without limiting such other rights as it may have the Commonwealth shall be entitled to rescind this contract. As used herein, an affiliated company shall be any business entity of which at least 51% of the ownership interests are directly or indirectly owned by the Contractor or by a person or persons or business entity or entities directly or indirectly owning at least 51% of the ownership interests of the Contractor, or which directly or indirectly of the owns at least 51% of the owner- ship interests of the Contractor.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 6th day of December in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and seventy-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, two hundred.

Michael S. Dukakis
Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Paul Guzzi
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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