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Beacon Hill Roll Call

THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on the only roll call from the week of May 1-5. There were no roll calls in the House.

$200 MILLION FOR LOCAL ROADS AND BRIDGES (H 3648)

Senate 36-0, gave final approval to and Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a bill authorizing $200 million in one-time funding for the maintenance and repair of local roads and bridges in cities and towns across the state. The package is a bond bill under which the funding would be borrowed by the state through the sale of bonds. The measure also authorizes $70 million for the completion of the ATLAS, the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ technology system that will replace an archaic system that is 30 years old and difficult to maintain and use.

Supporters said the $200 million would help cities and towns keep their roads and bridges safe. They noted that the money will be delivered early in the construction season and allow many vital municipal road projects to move forward. They said that ATLAS will replace an antiquated, inefficient system and provide better and more efficient services to Registry customers.

“Local transportation funding for cities and towns across Massachusetts has been a priority for our administration since the first day we took office,” said Gov. Baker upon signing the funding. “State support to repair local roads and improve safety is critical for the people, businesses and first responders of Massachusetts.”

(A “Yes” vote is for the bill.)

Sen. Joseph Boncore                             Yes

HOW LONG WAS LAST WEEK’S SESSION? Beacon Hill Roll Call tracks the length of time that the House and Senate were in session each week. Many legislators say that legislative sessions are only one aspect of the Legislature’s job and that a lot of important work is done outside of the House and Senate chambers. They note that their jobs also involve committee work, research, constituent work and other matters that are important to their districts. Critics say that the Legislature does not meet regularly or long enough to debate and vote in public view on the thousands of pieces of legislation that have been filed. They note that the infrequency and brief length of sessions are misguided and lead to irresponsible late night sessions and a mad rush to act on dozens of bills in the days immediately preceding the end of an annual session.

During the week of May 1-5, the House met for a total of 30 minutes and the Senate met for a total of 50 minutes.

 

Mon. May 1

House10:03 a.m. to11:10 a.m.

Senate 11:05 a.m. to11:10 a.m.

Tues.May 2

No House session

No Senate session

Wed. May 3

No House session

Senate1:18 p.m. to 1:56 p.m.

Thurs. May 4

House11:05 a.m. to11:18 a.m.

Senate 11:21 a.m. to11:28 a.m.

Fri. May 5

No House session

No Senate session

Bob Katzen
welcomes feedback at
bob@beaconhillrollcall.com

 

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