by Abbie Goodman, MALSCE Chief of External Affairs
The Massachusetts Legislature’s formal session for the 2021-2022 legislature ended early in the morning of August 1, 2022. The Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives are each meeting in informal sessions each week for the rest of the legislative session, which ends on January 3, 2023. Lawmakers plan to meet only in informal sessions through the end of this term, meaning any single objection can halt a bill's advancement. As a result, only non-controversial items are handled during the informal sessions.
- Economic Development Bill Negotiations Still underway (from State House News and other sources
As of 10/18/22, the legislature still has not signaled any path forward for the more than $4B economic development and tax relief bill they left unfinished after learning about nearly $3B due back to taxpayers under a 1986 voter-approved law. The focus now is on trying to figure out the right bill and the proper way in which to move this forward during informal legislative session, although the legislature could come back into formal session to finish this and the FY2022 closeout supplemental budget.
The legislative conference committee working on this (H 5034 / S 3030) is expected to delete roughly $1.4 billion in borrowing in the economic development bill because they cannot take the roll call votes for bond authorizations during informal sessions, which are planned until the next term begins in January.
Under state law, State Comptroller William McNamara must file an annual financial report by Oct. 31, but legislators typically need to first approve a closeout supplemental budget to close the books on the prior fiscal year. McNamara had hoped action on that $1.6 billion bill (H 5260) would come by the end of September to give his team time to finish its report, but now he will face a crunch of his own because of the Legislature's delay.
Next Board of Registration meeting: October 27, 2022, on Teams. The Board of Registration plans to continue virtual meetings for now, as the Governor and Legislature have extended the law allowing virtual public meetings like this to continue through March 31, 2023. To connect to the meeting, go to this page and scroll down to the meeting listing to download the agenda with connection instructions.
The August 2022 public meeting minutes are attached, but are not yet posted on Division of Occupational Licensure website
September 22, 2022, Meeting Summary: these are not minutes, but a summary of what I heard:
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