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For those familiar with Beacon Hill’s inner workings, ‘Joint Rule 10’ signifies a busy time within the legislature. The legislative rule, which dates back generations, requires committees to have completed public hearings and decided on the initial fate of thousands of bills by a date certain.
SHAWN DUHAMEL Legislative Director
moving along. At times, we dreaded the large amount of paperwork that was involved, especially back before computers and digital records were com- monplace,” recalls Associ- ation President Frank Valeri. “What many people don’t realize is that
thousands of separate bills
Committee Action
MARCH 2018
‘Joint Rule 10’ Sparks
Florida Gulf Coast
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:00 A.M.,
Elks Lodge #2159 810 - 16th Ave. S.E. Largo, FL
Thursday, March 1, 2018 11:00 A.M.,
American Legion Post 274
899 Buttonwood Dr. (at San Carlos Blvd.) Fort Myers Beach, FL
For the 2017-18 session, the date certain is Wednesday, February 7, 2018. On this day, legislative commit- tees to which legislation was origi- nally submitted must decide whether or not to advance a bill, commit it to further study or deem it “ought-not- to-pass” – meaning the proposal is a bad or poorly conceived idea.
Joint Rule 10 is also designed to keep legislation flowing through the process by avoiding procedural bot- tlenecks. The rule forces committee chairs and staff to prioritize subjects to be addressed during any given session.
“As a former legislative staffer in both the House and Senate, I can tell you that Joint Rule 10 kept things
are filed each session. Each bill receives a public hearing and is analyzed by the committee staff. The amount of work that goes into the process is an enormous undertaking.” At press time on February 1, the Public Service Committee was debat- ing the fate of many of the 18 bills contained within Mass Retirees leg- islative package. As we reported in the January edition of the Voice, Asso- ciation backed legislation relative to retiree health care reform (H2567) was released favorably by the Public Service Committee last fall and is now under review by the Joint Committee
on Healthcare Finance.
In mid-January, the Association’s
legislative team met with Committee
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Eastern Mass.
Friday, April 6, 2018, 11:00 A.M.,
Holiday Inn
30 Washington St., Somerville
Cape Cod
Friday, April 13, 2018, 11:00 A.M.,
The Resort & Conference Center at Hyannis. 35 Scudder Ave., Hyannis
Central Mass.
Friday, April 20, 2018, 11:00 A.M.,
Double Tree by Hilton
Route 12, Fitchburg/Leominster. Exit 31B off Rt. 2, 99 Erdman Way. Leominster
North Shore
Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:00 A.M.,
Marriott Peabody,
8A Centennial Drive, Peabody
Friday, May 11, 2018, 11:00 A.M,
Florian Hall
55 Hallett Street, Dorchester
Friday, May 18, 2018, 11:00 A.M,
Dante Club
1198 Memorial Ave., West Springfield
Consistent with his previous three state budget proposals, Gover- nor Baker’s version of the FY19 State Budget includes a 3% COLA on the first $13,000 of the pensions for state employees and teachers who retired before July 1, 2017. This marks the beginning of the state budget process that continues in the State Legislature over the next five months, culminating in a FY19 Budget beginning this July.
In his budget proposal, Governor
Baker has also decided to retain the current percentage contributions paid by state retirees to their GIC health insurance plans. That means state retirees would pay 10%, 15%, or 20% depending upon their retire- ment date.
Governor Baker’s proposed budget is now in the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D- Jamaica Plain). We will be issuing budget updates here, on our website and the Hotline.

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