Thursday, September 28, 2000

Order gives Patton authority to increase women appointees

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Gov. Paul Patton signed an executive order here Wednesday that will give him more authority to appoint women to state boards and commissions.

        The move was applauded by women's groups and female Democratic lawmakers, but was dismissed by some as an unnecessary election-year tactic.

        During a press conference at the Cincinnati Marriott Hotel, on Covington's riverfront, Mr. Patton would not directly say he signed the order in Northern Kentucky because of the 23rd Senate District race between Indepen dence Democrat Jaimie Henson and Republican incumbent Jack Westwood of Erlanger.

        “I did this ... because of the fact that we need stronger support for this kind of issue in Northern Kentucky,” Mr. Patton said.

        Mrs. Henson has tried to make gender equity an issue in her race against Mr. Westwood.

        The executive order aims to give Mr. Patton the authority to appoint women to Kentucky boards and commissions even if a nominating body fails to include any women on its list of nominees.

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