Senate seeks to require special law for spending on Olympics

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BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has passed a measure aimed at guaranteeing no tax dollars are spent hosting the 2024 Olympics without approval of the Legislature first.

The Senate approved the proposal Wednesday as an amendment to its version of the state budget.

The amendment bars tax dollars being spent on “procuring, hosting, aiding, facilitating, or remediating the effects of” the Olympics unless lawmakers approve a special law first.

The Republican-sponsored amendment also calls for at least one public hearing before allowing money to be spent on the Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic Committee board chose Boston in January as its candidate to host the games but doesn’t have to make that selection official until the International Olympic Committee’s Sept. 15 deadline

Backers of the Boston bid have struggled to win public support.

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