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WHEREAS, veterans are deserving of full employment opportunities in recognition of their service to this nation: and
WHEREAS, veterans of the Vietnam War have never received just recognition of their service to this nation: and
WHEREAS, the Director of the State Office of Affirmative Action is the chief affirmative action officer for internal employment for the Commonwealth and is charged with the responsibility of carrying out the Commonwealth's policy on nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action; and
WHEREAS, our Commonwealth already expresses employment preference for members of other groupings in an effort to promote employment among disadvantaged groups: and
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 224 purported to revise and amend Executive Orders 114, 116 and 117, and WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 114 had previously been revoked by Executive Order NO. 223, and
WHEREAS, Executive Order NO. 74, as amended by Executive Orders 116, 117 and 227, is the Governor's code of Fair Practices relating the Commonwealth's policy of affirmative action,
NOW THEREFORE, Executive Order No. 74, as most recently amended by Executive Order No. 221, is hereby further amended by adding at the end the following paragraph:-
Article XV. Within 60 days of the date of this Executive Order, the State Office of Affirmative Action shall issue guidelines for the revision of the current affirmative action plans of state agencies. These guidelines shall provide for the development of affirmative action strategies for the employment of Vietnam Era Veterans and persons disabled as a result of participating in the Vietnam conflict.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 10th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred and eight.
MICHAEL S. DUKAKIS
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
MICHAEL JOSEPH CONNOLLY
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH