Conference Committee

Fiscal Year Starts In Massachusetts Without A State Budget
BOSTON (AP) - The new fiscal year begins today and Massachusetts lawmakers have yet to approve a new state budget.
A six-member committee made up of members of the Massachusetts House and Senate failed to agree on a single compromise budget on Friday as the clock ran down on the 2017 fiscal year...
Recreational Marijuana Bill In Conference Committee
Boston (AP) - After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the future of the Massachusetts' recreational marijuana law, it's now up to a conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everything out.
The panel will try over the next week to resolve differences between a House bil…
Lawmakers Finalize Opioid Abuse Bill
(Boston) AP - House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a final version of a bill designed to address the state's deadly opioid addiction crisis.
The bill would limit initial opiate painkiller prescriptions to a seven-day supply and set an evaluation requirement within 24 ho…
Baker Pushing Lawmakers To Finalize Opioid Addiction Bill
(Associated Press) - Mass. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is prodding state lawmakers to agree on a final version of a wide-ranging bill designed to address the state's deadly opioid addiction crisis.
 
Baker told reporters on Wednesday that the ``clock is ticking'' and that every d…
Straus Named To Conference Committee On Transportation Bill
A Southcoast lawmaker, Mattapoisett Democrat William Straus,  has been named to a conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate verisons of a State Transportation bill. 
Both branches this month approved legislation that calls for $500-million in transportation sp…