THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, October 4, 2019 Page 17 BEACON | from page 16 nominating commission.” (A Yes" vote is for the bill. A "No" vote is against it.) Rep. Paul DonatoYes Rep. Steven Ultrino Yes MAKEUP OF COMMISSION (H 4087) House 46-112, rejected an amendment that would leave the current makeup of the commission intact. “By all accounts, the existing system has worked well,” said Jones. “The current makeup of the commission ensures full participation and input by both Democrats and Republicans by requiring the state chairs of both parties to serve as voting members. If something isn’t broken, then why try to fix a problem that doesn’t exist?” "I think taking party chairs, both Democrats and Republicans, out of the process is depoliticizing the process,” said House Speaker Bob DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “I think it's the right thing to do.” (A Yes" vote is for the amendment. A "No" vote is against it.) Rep. Paul DonatoNo Rep. Steven Ultrino No UNANIMOUS VOTE (H 4087) House 34-124, rejected an amendment that would require a unanimous instead of a 4/5 vote of the five commissioners to appoint the director. “Requiring a unanimous vote by the commission members to select an OCPF director offers a safeguard to prevent disenfranchising either political party,” said Jones. “Since the proposed make-up of the new commission does not explicitly guarantee minority party representation, it is important that we retain the current requirement for a unanimous vote so that every member has an equal say in the process, regardless of their party affiliation.” “Why?” asked Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury). “Just means we could have gridlock like the Federal Elections Commission. Four-fifths is still a high bar.” (A Yes" vote is for the amendment. A "No" vote is against it.) Rep. Paul DonatoNo Rep. Steven Ultrino No ONE DEMOCRAT AND ONE REPUBLICAN (H 4087) House 39-119, rejected an amendment requiring at least one Democrat and one Republican on the commission. “By default, the proposed five-member commission would include at least one Republican, namely Gov. Baker,” said Jones. “However, in the future, we could have a Democratic governor, which would alter the equation. Even though the bill prohibits more than three commissioners from being enrolled in the same political party, this does not guarantee a Republican will hold a seat because the remaining two commissioners could be unenrolled or affiliated with some other political third party. By stipulating that at least one member be a Republican and at least one member be a Democrat, we can guarantee that the majority party and the minority party continue to have a role to play in the process.” “The point of the bill is to take political party leaders out of the process,” said Cutler. [There is already] a requirement that one party can’t dominate. [We need] elected accountable leaders making choices, not party insiders chosen only by their partisans.” (A Yes" vote is for the amendment. A "No" vote is against it.) Rep. Paul DonatoNo Rep. Steven Ultrino No ETHICS BACKGROUND (H 3087) House 42-116, rejected an amendment requiring a background investigation to be conducted into the financial stability, integrity and responsibility of each candidate of the commission, including the candidate's reputation for good character and honesty. The amendment also would make anyone who has been convicted of a felony ineligible to serve on the commission. “The OCPF serves an important purpose by enforcing campaign finance laws and making sure elected officials and candidates for public office are fully transparent in reporting all of their campaign fundraising activities and expenditures,” Jones said. “Because the commission is entrusted with nominating the director of OCPF, it is important that all of its members be held to a high moral and ethical standard, and that anyone convicted of a felony be excluded from serving as a commissioner.” “These things are certainly important but there is already a vetting process in place,” Cutler said. “And there are already ethics compliance steps in place.” (A Yes" vote is for the amendment. A "No" vote is against it.) Rep. Paul DonatoNo Rep. Steven Ultrino No USE CAMPAIGN MONEY FOR CHILDCARE (H 4087) House 155-0, approved an amendment that would establish a special legislative commission to examine the feasibility of authorizing the use of campaign funds to pay for childcare services by candidates for state, county and municipal elected office. "As they currently exist, Massachusetts’ campaign finance laws may discourage individuals, particularly based on gender and socioeconomic status, from running for office,” said the amendment’s sponsor Rep. Joan Meschino (D-Hull). “Childcare is a professional expense that unlocks economic potential, and in this case, opens the door to broader civic engagement and public service. I am grateful for the special legislative commission as a mechanism to create opportunities to support a more diverse pool of candidates for public office." (A Yes" vote is for the amendment. A "No" vote is against it.) Rep. Paul DonatoYes Rep. Steven Ultrino Yes HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK'S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature's job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late-night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session. During the week of September 23~ Home of the Week ~ SAUGUS... 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View: 25IronWorksWay.com. Offered at $899,900 335 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (781) 233-7300 View the interior of this home right on your smartphone. View all our listings at: CarpenitoRealEstate.com 27, the House met for a total of seven hours and 8 minutes while the Senate met for a total of one hour and 53 minutes. MONDAY, SEPT. 23 House 11:01 a.m. to 11:19 a.m. Senate 11:05 a.m. to 11:48 a.m. TUESDAY, SEPT. 24 No House session No Senate session. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25 House 11:03 a.m. to 5:39 p.m. No Senate session THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 House 11:00 a.m. to 11:12 a.m. Senate 1:25 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. FRIDAY, SEPT. 27 No House session No Senate session Bob Katzen welcomes feedback at bob@beaconhillrollcall.com ~ LEGAL NOTICE ~ Attention Home Owners/ Property Managers Everett Housing Authority (EHA) is seeking owners and property managers to accept participants on our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. This is a federally funded program that provides rental assistance to low income families. The success of the Section 8 program depends on owners and property managers that maintain decent, rental units. Low-income families in our community depend on home owners like you who are willing to participate in this program. Please contact the Section 8 Department at (617) 387-6389 to inquire about how you can become a landlord for a Section 8 participant. By working together, we can build stronger neighborhoods that build a stronger community safe, and sanitary Equal Housing Opportunity October 4, 2019 - LEGAL NOTICE - COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS THE TRIAL COURT PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI193183 In the matter of: Helen R. Richards CITATION ON PETITION FOR ALLOWANCE OF ACCOUNT To all interested persons: A petition has been filed by: BNY MELLON N.A. of , requesting allowance of the 74th - 78th account(s) as Tustee and any other relief as requested in the Petition. You have the right to obtain a copy of the Petition from the Petitioner or at the Court. You have a right to object to this proceeding. To do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance and objection at this Court before: 10:00 a.m. on 10/31/2019. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceeding. If you fail to file a timely written appearance and objection followed by an Affidavit of Objections within thirty (30) days of the return date, action may be taken without further notice to you. WITNESS, Hon. Maureen H. Monks, First Justice of this Court. Date: September 24, 2019 TARA E. DeCRISTOFARO REGISTER OF PROBATE October 4, 2019

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