Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 196: Governor's advisory council on small business

Date: 05/13/1981
Issuer: Edward J. King
Mass Register: No. 262
Revoked by: Executive Order 256

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WHEREAS, it is in the interest of our Commonwealth and the responsibility of its Supreme Executive Magistrate to encourage and facilitate the development and expansion of small businesses throughout the commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward J. King, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Common- wealth, do hereby order and direct as follows:

1. There is hereby created a Council, to be known as the Governor's Advisory Council on Small Business, to consist of nineteen members. The Council shall include the Secretary of Manpower Affairs and eighteen individuals appointed by the Governor, who shall serve without compensation and who are individuals familiar with the problems and interests of small businesses. Each member appointed by the Governor shall serve for a term of five years. In the case of members appointed initially hereunder, four shall be appointed for five years, four shall be appointed for four years, four shall be appointed for three years, three shall be appointed for two years and three shall shall be appointed for one year. The chairman shall be chosen by the Governor.

2. The Council shall meet three times annually, during the second week of each of the months of October, January and April and may meet and hold public hearings at such other times as considered necessary or appropriate by the chairman.

3. The Council may form committees of its own membership, at the discretion of the chairman, and may call upon task forces from outside its own membership for support, research and recommendations relating to the functions of the Council.

4. The Council shall have the following functions and responsibilities:

A. To survey and evaluate all statutes of the commonwealth and all state governmental programs and practices relating to small businesses and to make recommendations to the Governor for such changes as the Council may deem necessary.

B. To investigate the need for new and expanded programs and services that may be required to encourage and facilitate the development and expansion of small businesses within the commonwealth.

C. To draft and sponsor legislation to see that the recommendations of the Council are enacted into law, and to monitor the implementation of such legislation throughout the commonwealth.

D. To do any and all things necessary or convenient to carry out the purpose or exercise the powers expressly granted in this order.

5. The Council shall receive the cooperation of all state departments and agencies in carrying out its activities.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 13th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighty-one and of the independence of the United States of America, two hundred and five.

Edward J. King, Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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