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Breaking News from the MMA
House OK’s budget bill with pandemic extensions Today the House passed a redrafted version of a $282 million supplemental 2023 budget bill filed by Gov. Maura Healey in January that includes a majority of her “immediate needs” bond bill, as well as extensions of pandemic-related authorizations related to public meetings and outdoor dining.
The House bill’s $585 million in bonding authorizations include $400 million for the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and $104 million for the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust.
The House included an MMA priority — extensions to pandemic-related authorizations that were set to expire within the next month. The bill would:
• Permit remote and hybrid meeting options for public bodies through March 31, 2025
• Permit remote voting options for representative town meetings through March 31, 2025
• Permit reduced quorums for open town meetings through March 31, 2025
• Extend an expedited process for temporary permits for outdoor dining service and to-go cocktails through April 1, 2024 Copyright © 2023 Massachusetts Municipal Association, All rights reserved.
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