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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3134        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3216


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Matthew A. Beaton


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to protecting municipalities from unfunded mandates.






Matthew A. Beaton

11th Worcester

Kimberly N. Ferguson

1st Worcester

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

F. Jay Barrows

1st Bristol

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Stephen L. DiNatale

3rd Worcester

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Bradford Hill

4th Essex

Steven S. Howitt

4th Bristol

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

20th Middlesex

Kevin J. Kuros

8th Worcester

Richard T. Moore

Worcester and Norfolk

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

George N. Peterson, Jr.

9th Worcester

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

David T. Vieira

3rd Barnstable

Donald H. Wong

9th Essex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3134        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3216

By Mr. Beaton of Shrewsbury, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3216) of Matthew A. Beaton and others for legislation to require that fiscal notes be attached to legislation providing unfunded mandates on municipal governments.  Ways and Means. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to protecting municipalities from unfunded mandates.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Chapter 3 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 38B the following section:-

              Section 38B½.(a) For the purposes of this section, an unfunded mandate to a city or town is one that imposes a cost on municipal governments as a result of legislation being considered by the General Court, including, but not limited to the cost for the requisite staff necessary to administer or implement the legislation.

              (b)  Joint committees of the general court and the committees on ways and means of either branch thereof when referred bills that contain an unfunded mandate to municipalities shall, prior to a favorable report of such bill include a fiscal note or study which clearly explains any cost described in subsection (a). 

              (c) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, in the event that there is a cost to any city or town regarding such legislation, the general court shall refrain from enacting the legislation until such time as an appropriation satisfying said cost is provided by the general court.

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