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Search new and passed bills using one or all of the criteria listed below.

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A basic search requires only one field to be filled in, but you may

  • Enter a keyword alone
  • Enter a Bill Number alone or with keyword
  • Limit the search for a bill to a specific City/Town, Document Type, or a Committee (only found on the full Bill Search page, not on the Bills Section Landing page).
  • General Court will default to the current legislative session year.

Bill Number Syntax: You can use

  • Just a number (ex: 1496) or
  • Prepending "H" or "S" to search for House- and Senate-specific bills (ex: H234, or S.123).
    The system does not distinguish between S.123 and S123.

Multiple Bill Numbers: Multiple bills can be found by

  • separating them with commas (ex: H2003, 1395, 2345)
  • or indicating a numerical range (ex: H345-H445, or 998-1000)
  • or using a combination of both commas and ranges (ex: H345-H445, 7865, 1286, H22)

Note: These Bill Number searching methods currently do not work in the Keyword field. Multiple specific Bill Numbers can only be found using the Bill Number field.

Search Results

Click on a result to view its details (whole result highlights in blue when you hover), or you may browse to the Bill or Bill Sponsor  on the left side of the results table (in the "Found In" column).

Refining and Filtering: Pare the results down using the refiners on the left panel of the Search Results page. The results present all results by default. Narrow down results by checking the checkboxes (the number of results for each type are shown at right of the checkbox and label). If a refiner set has more than 5 refiners available, you can choose more refiners by clicking the "Show More Refinements" link, and a dialogue box will pop over the results page. Clicking a refiner replaces the original results with only the results from the checked refiners (note: checking all refiners is the same as getting the whole original result set). Get back to the original set of results by clicking the Reset "X" icon.

Keyword Search Tips

  • To find either horse OR bicycle (or both, not necessarily together as a phrase) simply separate words by spaces, or type this: horse OR bicycle )
  • To find both elementary AND education in the same result, type: elementary AND education
  • To get results with the exact phrase higher education use quotes to surround the phrase, as in: "higher education"
  • To search for taxi but not return results that also have taxicabs or licenses, use: taxi NOT taxicabs NOT license (or simplify as: taxi -taxicabs -licenses)

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NOTICE: This is NOT the official version of the General Laws of Massachusetts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the data provided, do not rely on this information without first checking the Official Edition of the General Laws of Massachusetts. If you are in need of legal advice or counsel, please consult a lawyer.

This site is periodically updated to reflect any changes made to the General Laws. This site includes all amendments to the General Laws passed through February 28, 2014, for laws enacted since that time, see 2014 Session Laws.

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