Record date: September 27, 2019
Stan interviews Amherst Town Councilor Mandi Jo Hanneke, former chair of the Governance, Organization & Legislation Committee, https://www.amherstma.gov/…/Governance-Organization-Legisla…, and Councilor Evan Ross, who is vice chair.
The GOL advises the Town Council on internal rules, organization and laws, and reviews the form and content of any proposed bylaws and resolutions, often in consultation with the Town Attorney.
Hanneke and Ross will discuss the Town Council's recent adoption of a policy on statements by political candidates. On Oct. 10, the town will start posting short statements on the Town of Amherst website, from residents who are running for election to the Amherst School Committee, Jones Library Board of Library Trustees, Amherst Housing Authority, and the Oliver Smith Will Board of Electors. The statements will each be limited to 900 characters.
Discussion on this week's "Byline" will also focus on the GOL's pending policy on resolutions and proclamations, which calls for sponsorship by a Town Councilor, or a public petition with 150 signatures.
Long-term, the GOL will be studying the Town Council's standing committees, and review whether the committees are operating as intended under the Home Rule Charter, and if there are redundancies or unmet needs.
The GOL includes Town Councilors Patricia De Angelis, George Ryan, and Stephen Schreiber.
Description courtesy of the Amherst League of Women Voters.
Amherst Media and former Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg team up for “Byline with Stan Rosenberg,” an issue-oriented local government news program. “Byline” will tackle town, regional and state news topics as Rosenberg interviews players in both town and state government affairs.