S631, An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct

Senator Brownsberger submitted the following written testimony to the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. TO:                   Joint Committee on the Judiciary FROM:            Senator William N. Brownsberger RE:                   Senate Bill 631, An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal student misconduct DATE:             July 8, 2013 I am writing in favor of S631, An Act decriminalizing non-violent and verbal […]

Summer Events in Boston

Mayor Menino’s Office shared these highlights of summer events that are happening throughout the City: Boston Harborfest: July 2 – 7. Harborfest is a Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: the historic City of Boston. Over 200 Daily Events during the Festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and […]

Official Joint Press Release on the Supplementary Budget

 The General Court of Massachusetts State House, Boston, 02133-1053 —-     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contacts:  Laura Oggeri         Seth Gitell July 1, 2013                                                                      Senate President      House Speaker (617) 722-1500      (617) 722-2500     House, Senate Pass Fiscal Year 2013 Supplemental Budget Adds $133.4 million to FY13 spending and strengthens EBT enforcement […]

Official Joint Press Release on the 2014 Budget

 The General Court of Massachusetts State House, Boston, 02133-1053 —-  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contacts:  Laura Oggeri         Seth Gitell July 1, 2013                                                                      Senate President      House Speaker (617) 722-1500      (617) 722-2500     House, Senate Pass Comprehensive FY14 Budget Includes Strong Investments for Essential Services and Programs   (BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature […]

Transportation Plan sent to the Governor

Last week, the House and Senate agreed on a transportation package and sent it to the Governor.  House 3535 is the report of the conference committee reconciling the two versions of the transportation plan. The legislative version of the plan rolled out in April — it was rolled out jointly by the House and Senate Ways […]

Final FY14 Budget

The legislature today approved its $34 billion budget for Fiscal 2014 (124-29 in the House and 36-3 in the Senate).  Fiscal 2014 starts today, July 1. Some items of note in the budget include: Increases in local aid —  especially for communities that had been treated unfairly under the Chapter 70 School Aid formula, like Watertown. […]