This new website may seem like a little thing. It’s not — actually, I think it’s potentially huge. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of boards and commissions set up under state law. Most of them are unpaid, but many of them have direct influence over important areas of state policy. You can have real impact by serving on these things — in fact, short of running for office, it might be your best way of doing that. From the press release announcing the website:
There are boards associated with virtually every area of policymaking, from the over 300 Housing and Redevelopment Authorities to the Board of Underwater Archaeological Resources. Every facet of Massachusetts government holds opportunities for active citizenship through a related board or commission.
Thing is, in the past, you had to know what boards were out there, when the vacancies were up, and what the requirements were. That was difficult information to come by, unless you already knew where to look for it — i.e., unless you were already politically wired. Hopefully, this website changes that dramatically.
So, do you want to affect state policy in an area you know something about?* Go to the new appointments website and see what’s available. Tell them BMG sent you!
*I’m talking to you, stomv! 😉