|William F. Weld
|Executive Order 383
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WHEREAS, the horse drawn carriage trade has grown in recent years in the Commonwealth and around the country; and
WHEREAS, accidents have occurred on the public roads and ways; and
WHEREAS, regulation of the horse drawn carriage trade is necessary to ensure the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth and the horses involved in the trade; and
WHEREAS, legislation that has recently been drafted, but not signed into law, merits further refinement;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby establish a special commission on the regulation of the horse drawn carriage trade ("Special Commission"), and order as follows:
- The Special commission shall consist of 18 members who shall serve without compensation. The membership shall consist of the senate and House chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Safety or their designees, the Attorney General or his designee, the Secretary of Public Safety or his designee, the Director of the Governor's Highway Safety Bureau, the Secretary of Consumer Affairs or her designee; and 12 members appointed by the Governor, two of whom shall be engaged in the horse drawn carriage trade, two of whom shall be law enforcement officials, two of whom shall be veterinarians, one of whom shall be a representative of the Massachusetts society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of whom shall be a representative of the Animal Rescue League, and four open members to be chosen by the Governor, at his discretion, to represent the public interest. The Governor shall designate the chair of the Special Commission.
- The Special commission shall investigate and review the various alternatives for licensing horse drawn carriages, educating horse drawn carriage drivers, ensuring the safety of horse drawn carriage drivers and passengers and the citizens of the Commonwealth using the public roads and ways, and finally, protecting the health and monitoring the care of the horses drawing the carriages.
- The Special Commission shall meet on a regular basis and make recommendations to the Governor and, if appropriate, submit to the Governor proposed legislation to implement said recommendations. Said recommendations and any accompanying legislation shall be filed with the Governor as soon as practicable, but no later than June 1, 1993.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 8th day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-three.
William F. Weld, Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary ot the Commonwealth