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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Bill HD.4948 191st (2019 - 2020)

An Act relative to the powers of city and town officials during a public health emergency

By Mr. Vitolo of Brookline, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Tommy Vitolo and others for legislation to authorize cities and towns to impose limitations on the operation of businesses from the date of the emergency declaration issued by the Governor on March 10, 2020 until such time as the emergency declaration is rescinded. Municipalities and Regional Government.

Bill Information

Tommy Vitolo

Emergency Preamble

Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to forthwith provide power to cities and towns to limit business activities during a state of emergency, therefore it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.


Name District/Address
Tommy Vitolo 15th Norfolk
Edward F. Coppinger 10th Suffolk
Kay Khan 11th Middlesex
Jon Santiago 9th Suffolk
Natalie M. Higgins 4th Worcester
Kevin G. Honan 17th Suffolk
Nika C. Elugardo 15th Suffolk
Steven Ultrino 33rd Middlesex
Stephan Hay 3rd Worcester
Brian M. Ashe 2nd Hampden
Maria Duaime Robinson 6th Middlesex
Marcos A. Devers 16th Essex
Lindsay N. Sabadosa 1st Hampshire
Patrick Joseph Kearney 4th Plymouth
John H. Rogers 12th Norfolk
Alan Silvia 7th Bristol
David Allen Robertson 19th Middlesex

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