Category Archives: Legislative Update

GALVIN SENDS SEVEN PETITIONS TO CLERK FOR CONSIDERATION IN 2014

GALVIN SENDS SEVEN PETITIONS TO CLERK FOR CONSIDERATION IN 2014 When the Legislature returns to formal sessions in January, lawmakers will have four months to consider seven initiative petitions certified by Secretary of State William Galvin and referred to the House clerk on Monday. Galvin forwarded to the clerk the seven petitions whose backers gathered […]

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Attorney General Narrows Potential Ballot Initiatives

Attorney General Narrows Potential Ballot Initiatives With the deadline for submitting ballot initiatives for the 2014 election cycle, various interest groups submitted 33 ballot petitions to the Massachusetts Attorney General for her initial approval.  The ballot petitions, which at their earliest stages simply require ten signatures, progress only if the Attorney General rules that they […]

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Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure

Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure   State Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield) recently resigned the Second Hampshire and Hampden Senate seat to join Westfield State University as the new executive director of advancement. Senator Knapik was serving his 10th term in the Senate, and previously served two […]

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Businesses Sound the Alarm Over Recently Passed “Tech Tax”; Governor Plans Summit to Address Concern

Businesses Sound the Alarm Over Recently Passed “Tech Tax”; Governor Plans Summit to Address Concern After the passage of the Commonwealth’s plan to address the transportation financing gap, many in the business community have raised alarm over the serious harm one of the key tax components presents to Massachusetts companies.  In particular, a movement has […]

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House Committee Readies $1.4 Billion Housing and Local Roads Bills

House Committee Readies $1.4 Billion Housing and Local Roads Bills A House committee voted to advance bills making $1.4 billion in housing investments over five years and facilitating $300 million in local road projects over the next year. With the House planning a Wednesday formal session, the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State […]

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Governor Signs $300 Million Road Bill, Then Files Terms Bill

Governor Signs $300 Million Road Bill, Then Files Terms Bill   Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature have been making headway toward achieving official letters that cities and towns can use for short-term borrowing or to sign contracts, finally after weeks of uncertainty over the fate of $300 million in local road funding. Patrick signed […]

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Senate Approves $34 Billion Budget After Two-Day Debate

Senate Approves $34 Billion Budget After Two-Day Debate   The Senate approved a $34 billion annual state budget that makes investments in early education, elder care, local aid and other areas in part by drawing from the state’s reserves and relying on revenues from a developing package of tax increases linked to the transportation system. […]

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Senate Votes for Bottle Bill Expansion, Again

Senate Votes for Bottle Bill Expansion, Again   The Senate voted to expand the bottle redemption law to cover more beverages, including water and energy drinks. Last session, the House declined to agree to a bottle bill expansion plan added by the Senate to an economic development bill. The expanded “bottle bill” has been a […]

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State Chamber Policy Center Weekly Update

Call for Kiawah Issue Ideas: The Policy Center is shaping the list of policy issues to discuss at the Kiawah meeting in September and would appreciate your input. If there are any trending issues your chamber would like to see featured as part of an in-depth panel discussion, please let us know. Taxation & Budgets […]

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Committee Issues Bottle Bill to a Study Order

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy voted to study the expanded bottle bill, which will likely stop the proposal until next January, when the next legislative session begins. The expanded bottle bill seeks to cover more types of beverages than just beer and soda so that it also includes iced tea, fruit juice […]

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