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L E G I S L A T I V E U P D A T E The Beacon Hill Report by Stephen A.Boksanski MAA/GIA Legislative Agent LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR It is the second year of the two-year legislative session and formal session ends on July 31, so the Legislature has until then to act on any matters act on any controversial matters. Starting August 1, the House and Senate will meet for informal sessions twice each week to advance matters that have unanimous consent like home rule petitions, granting additional liquor licenses and cele- bratory resolutions. A July 1 deadline was implemented to allow legislators more time in the district campaigning for re-election and to prevent passage of self-interested legislation by those who lost re-election in September or November. LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENT Between now and July 31 the Legislature must agree to a budget for the 2019 Fiscal Year, which begins on July 1, 2018. There are a handful of ballot questions that are now before the Legislature that must also be addressed in a timely manner. Paid family and medical leave, increasing the minimum wage and reducing the sales tax to 5% must be acted on by May 1 or the proponents can gather another round of signatures to put the questions before voters in November. Interestingly, even if the Legislature develops and passes compromise language on these questions, the original 10 petitioners may decide it is not good enough and force the question onto the ballot. Another potential ballot ques- tion, this one a Constitutional amendment, would impose an additional surtax of 4% on all income over $1M. This is being challenged and is in the hands of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Proponents say it will generate another $2B in revenue for the state, but if it gets knocked out then the sales tax question, which will drop revenues by several hundred million dollars, becomes a greater challenge. JOINT RULE 10 DAY Joint Rule 10 day is the most important day in the lives of the vast majority of bills. Joint Rule 10 requires all Committees to hold public hearings and make recommendations on all the bills that have been referred to them by the first Wednesday in Febru- ary of the second year of the session. Like the student who waits until the day before an assignment is due to begin working on it, the Legislature tends to hold most of the bills until they are required to act. Committees can recommend bills favorably, which will move the bill out and onto the next step in the legislative process; ought not to pass, which ends the progression; include them 16 MAA NEWS / March 2018 in a bundle under a study order, which is another way to halt bills form moving forward (except in very rare occasions); or, they can re-write any of the bills in virtually any manner they want and move them out favorably as redrafted. Depending on the nature of the bill, the next step could be to the respective Steering, Policy and Scheduling Committees of each branch, the respective Ways and Means Committee or, in some cases dis- charged to another Committee for further scrutiny. As intended, the process is deliberative and includes several stops along the way that allows for additional input. GREEN INDUSTRY LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES β€’ H.3927 – An Act Empowering Towns to Protect Their Environment and Residents From Harmful Pesticides This legislation seeks to dismantle the existing pre-emptive authority that the DAR has over pesticides and would allow cities and towns to come up with their own rules. It is before the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and we have requested the bill to be rejected. β€’ H.4041 – An Act to Protect Massachusetts Pollinators This bill was already released by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and is pend- ing before the House Committee on Ways …Ή5•…ΉΜ°έ‘₯ )΅…­•Μ₯ЁΉ½ΠΝΥ‰©•ΠΡΌΡ‘”)½₯ΉΠIΥ±”€Δΐ‘•…‘±₯Ή”Έ+Šˆ ΈΘδΠΜ½LΈΠΔΜƒŠLΈΠI•±…Ρ₯Ω”ΡΌMΥΝΡ…₯Ή…‰±”]…Ρ•Θ) ½ΉΝ•ΙΩ…Ρ₯½ΈAΙ…Ρ₯•Μ)Q‘₯́₯́ё”₯ΙΙ₯…Ρ₯½Έ½ΉΡΙ…Ρ½Θ‰₯±°Ρ‘…Ё₯́‰•™½Ι”Ρ‘”)½₯ΉΠ) ½΅΅₯ΡΡ•”½ΈΉΩ₯Ι½Ή΅•ΉΠ°9…ΡΥΙ…°I•Ν½Υɍ•Μ…ΉΙ₯Υ°΄)ΡΥΙ”ΈQ‘₯́‰₯±°‘…́ɕ•₯Ω•„™…Ω½Ι…‰±”Ι•½΅΅•Ή‘…Ρ₯½Έ½Ω•Θ)Ρ‘”Α…ΝЁ͕ٕɅ°Ν•ΝΝ₯½ΉΜ…Ήέ”…Ι”‘½Α•™Υ°Ρ‘…Ёέ₯±°‰”Ρ‘”)…Ν”₯Έ€ΘΐΔΰΈ)IQ%1%iH½9UQI%9P5959PIU1Q%=9L)5½ΝΠ°₯˜Ή½Π…±°½˜ε½Τ°‘…Ω”…±Ι•…‘䁑•…ɐΡ‘”Ή•έ́ё…Ёё”H)‘…́™₯Ή…±±δ½΅Α±•Ρ•Ρ‘•₯ȁɕΥ±…Ρ₯½ΉΜ½ΈΡ‘₯́ѽΑ₯ŒΡ‘…Ё݅Μ)‰½ΙΉ”½ΥЁ½˜Ρ‘”Α…ΝΝ…”½˜ ‘…ΑΡ•Θ€ΘΨȁ½˜Ρ‘”Ρ́½˜€ΘΐΔΘΈ)Q‘•δ‘…Ω”‰••Έ™Υ±±δΑΙ½΅Υ±…Ρ•Ρ‘ɽ՝ Ρ‘”M•Ι•Ρ…Ι䁽˜)MΡ…Ρ—Šé=™™₯”…Ή…Έ‰”Ω₯•έ•ΥΝ₯ΉœΡ‘”±₯Ή¬‰•±½άΈ)Q‘₯́݅́ΕΥ₯Ρ”Ρ‘”ΥΉ‘•ΙΡ…­₯Ήœ…Ή™½Θ„έ‘₯±”°έ”έ•Ι•»ŠeΠ)ΕΥ₯Ρ”ΝΥΙ”Ρ‘…Ёё•δέ½Υ±•Ω•Θ‰”™₯Ή₯Ν‘•Έ]‘₯±”Ρ‘”ΙΥ±•Μ™½Θ)ΥΝ₯Ήœ™•ΙΡ₯±₯ι•Ί…Ή½Ρ‘•ΘΑ±…ΉΠΉΥΡΙ₯•ΉΡ́΅…䁹½Π‰”Α•Ι™•Π°Ρ‘”)™₯Ή…°Ι•Υ±…Ρ₯½Έ₯́„™…ȁ‰•ΡѕȁΑΙ½‘ՍЁё…ΈΡ‘”½Ι₯₯Ή…°‘Ι…™Π)Ι•Υ±…Ρ₯½ΉΜΈQ‘ɽ՝‘½ΥЁё”ΑΙ½•ΝΜ°H ½΅΅₯ΝΝ₯½Ή•Θ)½‘Έ