Lawmakers have filed more than 1,000 proposed amendments to a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal.
House lawmakers filed nearly 1,200 amendments in advance of Monday’s scheduled debate on the state’s $36.2 billion budget, some to restore funds slashed from programs during lean economic times and others to benefit pet projects at the local level.
The Massachusetts House has approved a bill that would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years.
House and Senate lawmakers could take up several proposed amendments to the state constitution, including one that would allow for early voting in Massachusetts.
Animal abusers would face tougher penalties under a bill Senate Republicans are pushing on Beacon Hill.
A legislative committee plans to hear several proposals to change Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law as the state prepares for implementation of the voter-approved measures.
The two-year legislative session on Beacon Hill is heading into the homestretch.
More than 500 immigrants and their supporters are preparing to gather at the Massachusetts State House to press lawmakers to support issues that are important to foreign-born residents.
State lawmakers are under growing pressure to help solve the MBTA’s funding crisis and head off steep fare hikes and service reductions.
State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow package stores to open on the day after Christmas.