BOSTON (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE) – The House Ways and Means Committee is poised on Saturday to release a Senate-approved bill (S 2137) that would require Medicaid and insurers to cover treatment for HIV-associated lipodystrophy, deformations caused by early medications used to treat HIV.
Partially breaking a logjam of bills before the committee, Ways and Means Committee members are also voting on a Senate-passed resolve (S 1984) creating a commission to study ways to prevent bullying of tenants in public and subsidized multi-family housing and Senate-passed bill (S 2452) allowing the operator of a state-owned park and ride facility to remove and store vehicles that has been left unattended at the facility for more than 21 days.
The panel’s voting deadline is 10 a.m. Saturday on several other bills as well, including H 4350 a Labor and Workforce Development Committee redraft of a Rep.
Joseph Wagner bill dealing with the registration of professional employer organizations, or employment agencies; H 4040 facilitating higher education opportunities with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; H 4058 creating a commission preserving Polish heritage in the Pioneer Valley, and H 698 a Rep. Peter Kocot resolve creating a commission relative to protecting the archaeological, geological and fossil resources of western Massachusetts.
Local bills being polled out of Ways and Means include S 2272 authorizing the state to convey a parcel of land in Concord; S 2475 pertaining to the town of Bellingham and water main easement; S 2219 authorizing the state to lease land in Hull to The Friends of the Paragon Carousel Inc.; H 4540 facilitating the construction of a subsurface stormwater drainpipe in Boston’s Prince Street Park; and S 2474 authorizing the state to grant an easement to the town of Barnstable and the town of Barnstable to grant or assign several conservation restrictions to the commonwealth.
The bills are being released ahead of a formal session that begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.