Replace "Selectmen" with "Selectwomen" in Zoning and General Bylaw references

Petitioner: Michael Burstein, TMM12

Speicial Town Meeting, November 2017

The article would change Brookline from having a Board of Selectmen to having a Board of Selectwomen. Men and other registered voters in town whose sex, gender, or gender expression would not normally be defined as female would still be allowed to run for and hold the office of Selectwoman, as they are now. Just as women on the Board of Selectmen now can refer to themselves unofficially as Selectwomen, men on the Board of Selectwomen would be allowed unofficially to refer to themselves as Selectmen.

Official Town Meeting Vote Select Board Advisory Board

Favorable Action

See Selectmen Amendment

See Selectment Amendment


Final Result:

Favorable Action

Community Organization Recommendations
PAX Green Caucus
Official Text of the Article

VOTED: That the Town amend the Town's General Bylaws and Zoning Bylaw as follows:

Substitute "Select Board" (a) for "Board of Selectmen" (and such variants as "BoS", "BOS", "Board of Selectman"), and (b) for "Selectmen" in contexts in which that term refers to the Select Board as a whole, acting as a board;

Substitute (a) "Select Board member" for "Selectman," and (b) "Select Board members" for "Selectmen" in contexts in which that term refers to one or more (or all) Selectmen individually but not to the entire Select Board acting as a Board.…