Lawmakers and the governor remain focused on budget issues mostly to the exclusion of other stated policy priorities. Since breaking from formal sessions at the end of July 2014, the Legislature has shouldered a light workload.
As lawmakers map out a series of public hearings to learn more about Gov. Charlie Baker’s $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget, they are also busy passing through the Legislature the governor’s proposal to pour $350 million in fresh appropriations into the fiscal 2015 budget.
The Massachusetts Legislature pauses from its slow, snow-clogged start to the 2015 session for school vacation week, a span where activity on Beacon Hill has historically decreased.
Like college freshmen scurrying to finish their term papers, Massachusetts legislators showed that procrastination doesn’t always spell doom. Before Thursday night’s deadline, they squeaked through bills aimed at reducing gun violence, creating jobs and strengthening domestic violence rules.
Massachusetts lawmakers are now grinding out the final two weeks of formal sessions, forcing bills through, often with little or no debate.
Museum leaders are optimistic about final passage of a $24.4 million grant approved by the state’s House of Representatives.
The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill 37 to1 that would allow early voting and online voter registration.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno was on Beacon Hill Tuesday testifying in favor of a bill in the Massachusetts Senate that would allow municipalities to raise property taxes on future casino develop
Legislators on Beacon Hill this week will start to cull through the many proposals offered by Governor Deval Patrick in his State of the State address last week.