BOSTON (STATE HOUSE) – With one day left for legislators to tackle major legislation before formal sessions end for the year, House and Senate negotiating committees reached deals Wednesday night on bills aimed at boosting job growth, updating gun laws, combating domestic violence, paying for environmental and energy projects, and instituting new accountability measures at local housing authorities.
Six-member conference committees appointed by the House and Senate at various times over the past two years to hash out final compromises on these remaining five bills all filed reports, setting up expected votes in the House and Senate Thursday in hopes of moving the bills to the governor’s desk.
Both the House and Senate plan to meet Thursday starting at 11 a.m. and are expected to run through the tape when the two-year formal session ends at midnight. After Thursday, most lawmakers will turn their attention to re-election campaigns, while non-controversial legislation can still advance in informal sessions as long as no one legislator objects.
Proposals to repair water and sewer infrastructure and improve access to substance abuse treatment have passed both branches, but were not sent to conference committees and remain unresolved.
Dozens of other bills continue to emerge from committees for consideration, but face challenging odds given the little time remaining on the clock.
To view the anti-gun violence conference report H 4376, visit:
The economic development conference committee report is available here:
The domestic violence conference report is available here:
The environmental bond bill conference committee report is available here:
The public housing authority conference committee report is available here: