State again extends, instead of enacting, remote and hybrid meeting

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Gov. signs supplemental budget with pandemic-era extensions, key investments

Gov. Maura Healey this afternoon signed a supplemental 2023 budget bill that includes a majority of her proposed “immediate needs” bond bill as well as extensions of pandemic-related authorizations related to public meetings and outdoor dining.

The final compromise bill was enacted by the House and Senate on March 23.

The new law extends to pandemic-related authorizations that were set to expire on March 31 and April 1, thereby:
• Allowing remote and hybrid meeting options for public bodies through March 31, 2025
• Allowing remote and hybrid participation options for representative town meetings through March 31, 2025
• Permitting reduced quorums for open town meetings through March 31, 2025
• Extending the expedited outdoor dining permit process and allowing restaurants to offer to-go cocktails through April 1, 2024

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