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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a vibrant agriculture and aquaculture economy, featuring producers of cheese, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, baked goods, dairy, and specialty foods;
WHEREAS, Massachusetts farmers, fishermen, and artisan food producers deserve the support of our communities;
WHEREAS, the Massachusetts agriculture and aquaculture industries generate $500 million in annual cash receipts;
WHEREAS, the City of Boston has a rich tradition of public markets, including the Haymarket;
WHEREAS, the availability of local, fresh food plays an important role in the health of our citizenry;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution, Part 2, c. 2, § 1, Art. I, hereby order as follows:
Section 1. There is hereby established the Public Market Commission.
Section 2. The Commission shall have the authority to:
Section 3. The Commission shall be chaired by the Commissioner of the Department of Agricultural Resources or his designee and shall consist of not more than 9 members.
Section 4. Commission members shall be persons with demonstrated interest, experience or expertise in the production and sale of fresh, local foods and seafood, real estate development or community planning. The Commission shall include the following members:
Section 5. The Commission shall meet at such times and places as determined by the Chair.
Section 6. The Chair may direct the Commission to form subcommittees to focus on particular aspects of the public market, including fundraising, mission, construction, operator selection, community programming, vendor selection, marketing, and permitting. The composition and nature of each committee shall be determined by the Chair.
Section 7. All agencies, departments, instrumentalities and boards of the Commonwealth shall fully cooperate with the Commission. The Commission may call and rely upon the expertise and services of individuals and entities outside of its membership for research, advice, support or other functions necessary and appropriate to accomplish its mission.
Section 8. The Commission shall report any findings or recommendations, including any recommendations for legislation or regulation(s), to the Governor at such periods as determined by the Chair.
Section 9. Members of the Commission shall be appointed for a term of two years. The Commission and its members shall receive no compensation for their work.
Section 10. This Executive Order shall continue in effect until amended, superseded or revoked by subsequent Executive Order.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 4th day of August in the year two thousand and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred and thirty-five.
DEVAL L. PATRICK
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
WILLIAM FRANCIS GALVIN
Secretary of the Commonwealth