Chapter 3 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 38B the following section:-
Section 38B½. The committee on ways and means of each branch of the general court shall conduct no less than 5 public hearings on bills reported favorably by the committee that purport to establish, increase or expand any new or existing taxes or fees; provided that hearings on local bills will not be required. The committees shall give 3 days’ public notice prior to holding such public hearings. Each hearing shall be conducted in a distinct geographical region of the commonwealth.
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