BOSTON – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) announced today that he has been tapped by Senate President Robert E. Travaglini to lead the Joint Committee on Public Service.
As defined by the Joint Rules of the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives, the Joint Committee on Public Service has jurisdiction over all matters concerning salaries, civil service and retirement of public employees (including the retirement of judges, court personnel and county employees but excluding the salaries of said judges, court personnel and county employees), collective bargaining for state employees and other public employees.
Reflecting upon his appointment, Downing said, “I am honored that the Senate President has seen fit to bestow upon me this notable set of responsibilities. The Public Service Committee historically receives and reviews hundreds of bills each session relative to sensitive public employment and retirement matters. I am pleased that in my freshman term I will be able to jump right in and work on these often controversial ideas. I look forward to working with my co-chair, and the constituencies that this Committee will serve.”
In addition to his Chairmanship, Downing has also been selected to serve as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading. This important standing Committee considers all bills and resolves prior to their final reading in the Senate, and examines, corrects and recommends such amendments as may be necessary concerning duplication, grammatical errors, constitutionality, etc.
Downing has also been appointed to the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, and the Joint Committees on Financial Services; Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; and Veterans and Federal Affairs.