The Week Ahead on Beacon Hill

As the wait continues for Massachusetts House leaders to produce an economic development bill and legislation targeting gun violence, the Senate on Tuesday plans to pass a bill addressing opiate addiction.

On Wednesday the House will roll out a reworked version of the $36.3 billion dollar fiscal 2015 budget. It’s the final state budget for outgoing Senate President Therese Murray, who was elected in 1992 when annual state spending totaled about $15 billion.

Meanwhile, House leaders keep saying legislation to address gun violence is a priority, but they’ve been slow to unveil a proposal after delegating research on the issue for months to a working group of outsiders.

All told, six major bills – welfare reform, drug compounding industry regulation, election reforms, natural gas leaks, domestic violence, and mercury product recycling – are before conference committees, after having cleared the branches in differing forms.

For Susan Kaplan’s conversation with Matt Murphy about the week ahead on Beacon Hill, click the audio player above.