Massachusetts lawmakers approve statewide grand jury

The statewide grand jury provision had lapsed

Maura Healey
(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BOSTON (AP) — State Attorney General Maura Healey is praising House and Senate lawmakers for voting to reauthorize a statewide grand jury.

The Senate added the amendment to its version of a spending bill, following the lead of House lawmakers, who also included it in their version of the same supplemental budget bill.

The statewide grand jury provision had lapsed before Healey took office.

Healey said the statewide grand jury will help her office fight human trafficking and prosecute those involved in illegal gang, gun and drug activity.

She said a statewide grand jury costs less than a county-by-county system and also minimizes trauma for victims and witnesses by helping them avoid having to testify multiple times.

Healey said she’s hopeful Gov. Charlie Baker will sign the measure when it reaches his desk.

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