Rushing Proposes Legislation to Investigate the Impact of Trade Agreement on Massachusetts State Law and Policies
Press release from the office of MA Rep. Byron Rushing
What the Bill Does:
374 will establish a special commission to investigate the impact of
international trade agreements on the laws, regulations and legislative powers
of the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts.Trade agreements may place obligations on Massachusetts which
conflict with existing state laws or create binding constraints on future
legislative actions.This Commission
would report to the legislature and to the Massachusetts congressional delegations on
the impacts of these trade agreements, and also recommend when the Commonwealth
may support or withhold support for any proposed revisions or amendments to
these trade agreements. The Commission would suggest ways the Commonwealth could
protect the economic, social and employment interests of its citizens from attempts
by foreign companies conducting to change or ignore Massachusetts state law or regulations.
The proposed Commission would
include three members of the senate and the house of representatives, the
governor or his designee, the attorney general or his designee, the treasurer
of his designee, and four persons appointed by the governor that are from organized
labor, Massachusetts Municipal Association, graduate faculty of economics of a
private university in Massachusetts, and graduate faculty of economics from
University of Massachusetts.
trade organizations and agreements (which may be investigated) include, but are
not limited to, the World Trade Organization (WTO), the General Agreement on
Trade in Services (GATS), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the
proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
What Other States are Doing:
have been enacted in Utah, Maine,
Vermont, and Washington.These commissions investigate the impact of international trade
agreements on state sovereignty and regulatory authority.These Commissions include state officials,
legislators, and public citizens.Other
legislators across the country have also filed similar legislation.In Hawaii, Rhode Island and Maryland,
legislation has passed that would require governors to solicit approval from
the legislature before signing onto any international agreement.
contact Heather Ross Schwab, Legislative Director for Second Assistant Majority
Leader, State Representative Byron Rushing, at 617.722.2180 or email@example.com.
H. 374. Resolve Providing for the Creation of a Special Commission Relative to the Impact on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the World Trade Organization and Similar International Agreements
Bill Summary and History of Representative Byron Rushing's Legislation to Establish a Special Commission to Study the Impacts on Local Laws of the WTO and Similar Agreements