Mass. Legislature’s 2007 budget would also create new “super” Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth "...not subject to the control of any other department or agency."
See actual language below:
This is a homosexual activist's paradise when it comes to pushing an agenda to kids in the schools and elsewhere. Very broad and and unconstrained duties. By law, members will be appointed from the most hard-core homosexual groups in the Boston area. They can use the"official" status of the Commission to get involved with a whole range of government agencies, including schools -- and also use that status to raise money privately (in addition to the millions of taxpayer dollars they will get in the current 2007 budget), all under the banner of "suicide prevention" and "violence prevention.". And on top of that, they will now be "not subject to the control of any other department of agency" -- completely independent and unaccountable for their actions, except to the gay activists in the Legislature. This will be an unbelievable nightmare.
Massachusetts continues to be the only state in America (in the world?) with a taxpayer-funded "Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth".
||Senate Budget Amendment
COMMISSION ON GAY AND LESBIAN YOUTH
Mr. Barrios, Mr. Augustus, Mr. Antonioni, Mr. Buoniconti, Ms. Chandler, Ms.
Creem, Mr. Havern, Ms. Jehlen, Mr. Joyce, Mr. Knapik, Mr. Lees, Mr. McGee, Ms.
Resor, Ms. Spilka, Mr. Tisei, and Mr. Tolman moved that the bill be amended, in
Section 2, in item 4590-0250, by striking out the words “governor’s commission
on gay and lesbian youth” and inserting in place thereof the following words:-
“commission on gay and lesbian youth established by section 67 of chapter 3 of
the General Laws”;
in said section 2, in item 7010-0005, by striking out the words “Governor’s
Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth” and inserting in place thereof the
following words:- “commission on gay and lesbian youth established by section 67
of chapter 3 of the General Laws”;
by inserting after section 3 the following section:-
“SECTION 3A. Chapter 3 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the
Section 67. (a) There shall be a permanent commission on gay and lesbian youth,
which shall consist of 27 persons as follows: 3 persons appointed by the
Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, 3 persons
appointed by the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, 2 persons
appointed by the Fenway Community Health Center, 4 persons appointed by the
Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, 2 persons
appointed by the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus, 1 person
appointed by MassEquality, 1 persons appointed by the Massachusetts Teachers
Association, 1 persons appointed by the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers, 3
persons appointed by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of
Pediatricians, 2 persons appointed by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education
Network of Boston, 2 persons appointed by the Massachusetts Public Health
Association, and 3 persons appointed by the Association of School
Superintendents. The membership of the commission shall include at least 1
parent of a gay or lesbian person; 1 high school student; 1 college student; 1
representative from an educational institution; and 1 representative of the
mental health professions. Members of the commission shall be drawn from diverse
racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual-orientation and socio-economic
backgrounds from throughout the commonwealth. Members shall be subject to
chapter 268A as it applies to special state employees. The commission shall be
an independent agency of the government of the commonwealth and shall not be
subject to the control of any other department or agency.
(b)(1) Members shall serve terms of 2 years and until their successors are
(2) Vacancies in the membership of the commission shall be filled by the
original appointing authority for the balance of the unexpired term.
(3) Appointments shall be made in consultation with gay and lesbian
organizations. Nominations shall be solicited between August 1 and November 1 of
each year through an open application process using a uniform application that
is widely distributed throughout the state.
(4) The commission shall elect from among its members a chair annually. The
chair of the commission may designate on an annual basis 1 or more commission
members as vice-chairs of the commission, and may appoint on an annual basis
members of the commission as chairs of advisory committees on high school
education, higher education, human services and youth. The chair of the
commission may create other advisory committees as needed after consultation
with the commission.
(5) The members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their
services, but shall be reimbursed for any usual and customary expenses incurred
in the performance of their duties.
(c) The commission shall investigate the use of resources from both the public
and private sectors to enhance and improve the ability of state agencies to
provide services to gay and lesbian youth. In furtherance of that
responsibility, the commission shall: (1) work in partnership with the
department of education and the department of public health to create
school-based and community-based programs focusing on suicide prevention,
violence intervention, and the promotion of zero-tolerance policies regarding
harassment and discrimination against gay and lesbian youth; and (2) make
recommendations about policies and programs supporting gay and lesbian youth on
an ongoing basis to the department of education, the department of public health
and the executive office of health and human services. The commission shall
annually, on or before June 2, report the results of its findings and activities
of the preceding year and make recommendations relating to the concerns of gay
and lesbian youth to the governor and to the clerks of the senate and house of
(d) The powers of the commission shall include but not be limited to the
following: (1) to use voluntary and uncompensated services of private
individuals, agencies and organizations that may from time to time be offered
and needed; (2) to recommend policies and make recommendations to agencies and
officers of the commonwealth and local subdivisions of government to effectuate
the purposes of subsection (c); (3) to select an executive director and to
acquire adequate staff to perform its duties, subject to appropriation; (4) to
establish and maintain such offices as it may deem necessary, subject to
appropriation; (5) to enact bylaws for its own governance; (f) to appoint
members to regional chapters of the commission; and (6) to hold regular, public
meetings and to hold fact-finding hearings and other public forums as it may
(e)(1) The commission may request from all state agencies such information and
assistance as the commission may require.
(2) The commission may accept and solicit funds, including any gifts, donations,
grants or bequests or any federal funds, for any of the purposes of this
section. These funds shall be deposited in a separate account with the state
treasurer, be received by the treasurer on behalf of the commonwealth, and be
expended by the commission in accordance with law.”; and
by inserting after section 103 the following section:-
“SECTION 103A. Notwithstanding section 67 of chapter 3 of the General Laws,
until January 1, 2007, the commission on gay and lesbian youth established by
said section 67 of said chapter 3 shall consist of the members of the governor’s
commission on gay and lesbian youth on the effective date of this act.