A state Senate panel is vowing to bring new scrutiny to about 700 state boards in Massachusetts, exploring the possibility of abolishing panels that have outlived their usefulness, consolidating others, or redefining their missions.
The news follows the Globe’s report last month that more than a third of the 4,800 seats on state boards and commissions were either empty or filled with holdover members whose term expired long ago. In addition, some of the boards hadn’t met in years, the Globe found.
“It should be an issue,” said Senator Cynthia Creem, the Newton Democrat who chairs the committee. Creem said she hopes the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight could review more than a dozen boards before this year’s legislative session ends in January and take on the rest in future years.
“Sometimes these commissions sound like they are not even needed anymore.”
Senate President Therese Murray also suggested that some boards should be eliminated.
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