Guv signs bill creating Cape & Islands commission on the status of women

Governor signs bill creating the Cape Cod & Islands Commission on the Status of Women

BOSTON – Over this past weekend, Governor Patrick signed Senate bill 2884, an Act Establishing the Cape Cod & Islands Commission on the Status of Women into law. The bill creates a permanent commission on the status of women consisting of 13 people from the Cape and Islands who will be appointed by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Women on the Cape and Islands will be able to best recognize and address county-specific needs and concerns and make recommendations to their local and state legislators.

"I look forward to working with this commission to more accurately address the needs of women on Cape Cod and the Islands," said State Senator Robert O’Leary (D-Cape & Islands). "By giving the women of the Cape and the Islands a forum to recommend changes that they see needed around them, I believe we can work together to enact the best public policies for our communities."

"It is important that we focus not only on issues affecting womenacross the Commonwealth, but also the unique challenges that women onCape Cod and the Islands face," said Senate President Therese Murray."This commission will focus on those unique challenges and give thewomen who call Cape Cod and the Islands home a voice."

"It is important that we focus not only on issues affecting women across the Commonwealth, but also the unique challenges that women on Cape Cod and the Islands face," said Senate President Therese Murray. "This commission will focus on those unique challenges and give the women who call Cape Cod and the Islands home a voice."

Currently, there is no local organization that functions to advise elected officials on the status of women or make recommendations on how public policy and legislation can best serve the women of the Cape and Islands. The powers of the Cape and Islands Commission include:

  • Conducting an ongoing study of all matters concerning women on the Cape & Islands
  • Using voluntary and uncompensated services of private individuals, agencies and organizations as may from time to time be offered and needed
  • Recommending policies and making recommendations to agencies and officers of the state and local subdivisions of government to effectuate the purposes of the commission
  • Enacting bylaws for its own governance
  • Holding regular, public meetings and to hold fact-finding hearings and other public forums as it may deem necessary.

"This Commission will help us at the local, county, and state level to better identify, understand and address the needs of women who call the Cape and Islands home.  I applaud the small, but mighty group of women who represent varied interests and party affiliations who came together to help make this happen.  I was honored to be the chief sponsor in the House", said Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown).

Read about the bill when it was originally proposed here.

Release courtesy of Senator Robert O'Leary's office.

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