2017-2018 Legislative Session (190th General Court)
Filed: August 30, 2017
Public safety legislative reform package updating drug scheduling and witness intimidation statutes and strengthening penalties for the illegal distribution of drugs resulting in death, intimidation and solicitation to commit murder.
Filed: August 2, 2017
Suspends retail sales tax for the days of August 19 and 20, 2017 on consumer purchases of goods costing $2,500 or less, subject to certain exceptions.
Filed: August 2, 2017
Provide for Supplementing Certain Existing Appropriations and for Certain Other Activities and Projects.
To Be Filed: August 1, 2017
To ensure the ability of cities and towns to decide for themselves whether to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests for detention of dangerous criminals.
Filed: June 14, 2017
This legislation is designed to make explicit that people charged with a third OUI offense should be eligible to be held in custody when a judge determines their release would pose a severe danger to the community.
Filed: June 1, 2017
Transforms MassIT into the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS) and establishes a legal framework to allow EOTSS to centralize IT infrastructure service across the executive department and to update policies and procedures governing state cybersecurity, digital platforms, and data management.
Filed: May 31, 2017
This bill authorizes the Commonwealth to borrow $3.795 billion to fund capital improvements to various facilities of the Commonwealth. It includes technical language changes to make small repair and maintenance projects easier and more efficient to deliver.
Filed: May 30, 2017
Makes targeted adjustments to current law that will allow the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to continue its work of delivering support to workers temporarily separated from employment, improving efficiencies in its administration of these benefits, and ensuring fairness for all participants in the system.
Filed: April 25, 2017
Makes changes and additions to the laws governing how Massachusetts addresses the harmful distribution of sexually explicit visual materials by both adults and teenagers.
Filed: April 24, 2017
Seeks $1.287 billion in additional capital authorization, to allow the Commonwealth to continue state support for the construction and preservation of affordable housing, and provide funds for public housing maintenance and improvement. Proposal also extends a key state tax credit that finances affordable housing development, extends a state tax credit that encourages new housing development in Gateway Cities, and offers several reforms to facilitate the redevelopment of state-aided public housing.
To Be Filed: April 11, 2017
Proposed legislation will create an opportunity for individuals to complete community service rather than paying a fine or serving jail time for failure to pay the fine.
Filed: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
This legislation changes the way that our courts will respond to assaults and batteries on police officers
Filed: March 8, 2017
To enable Massachusetts to receive federal delegation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”). NPDES is a water quality program mandated by the federal government that includes permitting, compliance and enforcement activities relating to the discharge of pollutants.
Filed: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The legislation will put into law the recommendations of the report which increases the maximum number of days of earned time credits that can be accrued for programs designed to reduce recidivism, establishes a limit that the maximum amount of time that can be accrued in earned time credits at 35 percent of a person’s maximum sentence, and allows DOC greater flexibility in designating which programs qualify for good time and other incentives.
Filed: February 21, 2017
This bill authorizes the Commonwealth to borrow $200 million to fund improvements to municipally-owned roads and bridges. It includes a technical language change to make Chapter 90 grants easier to use for municipalities. It also authorizes $70 million in additional borrowing for the continuation and completion of the Registry of Motor Vehicles core information technology system replacement, known as the ATLAS system. It also authorizes additional borrowing in the amount of $30 million for the mobility assistance program and regional intercity bus and intermodal transit.
Filed: February 17, 2017
This bill consists of $259 million in supplemental appropriations, at a net state cost of $249 million, primarily for unavoidable deficiencies in the FY17 budget, plus funding for reforms at Bridgewater State Hospital.
Filed: January 25, 2017
To consolidate licensing functions and increase the efficiency and accountability of our government for the people of the Commonwealth.