Friday, May 20, 2011

New Legislation Seeks to Curb Political Influence in Hiring Process

Yesterday, the MA Senate unanimously passed a bill that would curb political influence in the state hiring process for the Probation Department just over a week after the House passed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus extends our sincere gratitude to Senate President Therese Murray, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Governor Patrick and everyone involved in the creation of this new legislation. Such legislation is important to the status of women in government and public policy in Massachusetts as it will help break through the networks of political influence that have proven a major barrier to women increasing their numbers in those positions. We look forward to the beginning of a more transparent hiring process and the equity that it will bring.

Senate Tackles State Job Patronage
Noah Bierman, The Boston Globe May 20, 2011