2021-2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION COMMENCES
Nine months before it was anticipated that Senate President Harriette Chandler of Worcester would be succeeded, Sen. Karen Spilka of Ashland announced that she had received enough votes to become the next Massachusetts Senate President.
On October 20th, Massachusetts submitted a 182-page proposal to Amazon in hopes that Amazon will choose one of 26 potential sites in Massachusetts as the home of its second headquarters. It has been estimated that this second Amazon headquarters would generate five billion dollars in investment and add an additional 50,000 jobs. If Massachusetts is chosen, the positive impact to infrastructure and job growth would echo the January 2016 move of GE’s Headquarters to Boston from Connecticut, which resulted in up to 120 million dollars in infrastructure improvement and included 25 million dollars in local tax breaks.
The Cannabis Control Commission has had an action-packed month, hiring an executive director for the commission, as well as working extensively to meet deadlines for both medical and recreational marijuana in the coming year.
Following their summer recess, the House and Senate have focused their attention on overriding Governor Baker’s budget vetoes from July. On Wednesday, October 4th, the House voted to restore all 320 million dollars that Governor Baker had vetoed out of the 2018 Fiscal Year budget which had been proposed to him in July.
With the recent creation of a special Senate committee on cyber security the Massachusetts legislature committed to assessing the current state of information security. This article reviews current laws, the committee's role and possible future rules.