As we wait for Governor Baker to sign the FY2016 budget into law, the MA Legislature remains busy on Beacon Hill as the various legislative committees host public hearings on bills that were filed earlier this year. While the budget cycle runs from July – June each year, the legislative cycle runs for 2 years- beginning in January of odd-numbered years.
This is how the process works: Each filed bill is assigned to an appropriate committee which hosts the public hearing. The committee then meets in an executive session to determine if they should report out to the entire legislature favorably or unfavorably. Bills that are originally filed are often re-drafted throughout the 2 year process.
On Tuesday, July 28th the Joint Committee on Housing, led by Chairwoman Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Chairman Representative Kevin Honan will be hosting a public hearing on bills relative to housing and homelessness. HFF staff will be providing testimony at this hearing, and we encourage you to consider doing the same. If you are interested in speaking on any of these bills, please let us know- we are happy to provide support as you prepare your testimony.
If you are not interested in providing testimony, still consider attending. Your presence says that you care about these issues. If you want to be heard but are unable to attend, you may consider providing written testimony. Again, we are happy to support you in your efforts. We encourage you to comment below with thoughts and questions as well so we can take them into consideration as we prepare our testimonies.
Please see the chart below for a list of the bills that will be discussed: