Gov. Jim Doyle appointed 63 men and women to various state boards and commissions yesterday. To be honest, we'd never heard of most of the boards and commissions, and have barely a clue about what they do.
The Burial Sites Preservation Board? Sounds straight-forward enough, but do we need a board to preserve burial sites? The Invasive Species Council? Are members for or against? The State Interoperability Council? The Telecommunications Relay Service Council? The Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority?
We could go on, but the truth is there were some appointments to well-known boards and commissions as well...the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, for example.
Of all 63 appointments, only one went to a Racinian: John Magerus of Racine was reappointed to the Council on Affirmative Action for a term to expire July 1, 2009. Thank goodness for John, or we'd have been shut out.
The complete list of appointees is HERE.
If you would like to serve on some obscure Wisconsin board or commission -- "Members of Wisconsin state boards and commissions are vital participants in policy making, regulation, advisory and advocacy efforts for many issues affecting Wisconsin," the governor's release said -- there's an easy way to submit an application. Just go to the governor's website, HERE and click on the Boards and Commissions link in the left rail.