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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth recognizes the value inherent in its maintaining communication with members of the public interested in enhancing the well-being of people with mental retardation and in its providing a forum for discussion and the resolution of disputes that may not otherwise be addressed by the Department of Mental Retardation pursuant to its statutory responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth's network of individualized services designed to address the wide variety of needs of people with mental retardation must be continually evaluated and monitored to ensure its quality and effectiveness; and
WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth to safeguard the health, safety and well-being of its citizens with mental retardation; and
WHEREAS, the Governor's Commission on Mental Retardation is an important part of the Commonwealth's efforts to enhance the well-being of people with mental retardation; and
WHEREAS, the Commission on Mental Retardation has found that the quorum requirement established by Executive Order 356 has unnecessarily hindered the Commission's efforts to carry out its assigned tasks; and
WHEREAS, the reduction of the quorum by one person will not adversely affect the proper conduct of the Commission's tasks and will improve the Commission's ability to fulfill its duties;
NOW THEREFORE, I, William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby amend Article III, Section 3.1 of Executive Order Number 356 to read as follows:
3.1 The Commission shall adopt such internal procedures as are appropriate for the effective performance of its duties. Decisions of the Commission shall be by majority vote of those present, with a quorum of six members present required for such decisions. Any procedural issues that may arise during Commission meetings shall be resolved by reference to Robert's Rules of Order.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 19th day of July in the year one thousand nine hundred and ninety- four.
William F. Weld Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary of the Commonwealth