Executive Order

Executive Order No. 5: (1st Series) Production and transportation of war materials: Commissioner of Labor and Industries authorized to suspend certain sections of M.G.L. c.149

Date: 02/18/1942
Issuer: Leverett Saltonstall
Revoked by: 1st Series Executive Order 98

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WHEREAS, the production, processing and transportation of materials related to the prosecution of the present war are and may continue to be interfered with, delayed or obstructed by the operation of certain laws affecting the employment of persons within the Commonwealth:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, LEVERETT SALTONSTALL, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acting under the authority of Acts of 1942, Chapter 13, Section 2, clause (11), and section 3, and of all other authority vested in me, do hereby issue this order as a measure necessary and expedient for meeting the supreme emergency of the existing state of war between the United States and foreign countries:

The Commissioner of Labor and Industries of the Commonwealth is hereby authorized and empowered to suspend the application or operation of any or all of the provisions of General Laws (Ter. Ed.), Chapter 149, Sections 47, 48, 56, 59, 66 and 100, as amended, when, in such instances, and for such periods of time as the said Commissioner deems such suspension necessary to remove any interference, delay or obstruction in connection with the production, processing or transportation of the materials which are related to the prosecution of the existing war between the United States and any foreign country.

The powers and authority herein delegated to and conferred upon the Commissioner of Labor and Industries shall be exercised by him by the issuance of permits to persons who have filed written applications therefor with the said Commissioner and who have furnished to him such pertinent information as he may require.

GIVEN at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this eighteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-sixth.

By His Excellency the Governor,

Leverett Saltonstall

Frederic W. Cook,

Secretary of the Commonwealth

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