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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2950        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1286


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Viriato Manuel deMacedo


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 financing of the judicial system.






Viriato Manuel deMacedo

1st Plymouth

Josh S. Cutler

6th Plymouth

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Thomas J. Calter

12th Plymouth

Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Angelo L. D'Emilia

8th Plymouth

Geoff Diehl

7th Plymouth

Susan Williams Gifford

2nd Plymouth

Keiko M. Orrall

12th Bristol

Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2950        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1286

By Mr. deMacedo of Plymouth, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1286) of Viriato Manuel deMacedo and others relative to expenses and financing of the judicial system.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to financing of the judicial system.


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

              SECTION 1.  Section 4 of chapter 29A of the General Laws, as most recently amended by section 10 of chapter 93 of the acts of 2011, is hereby amended by inserting, at the end of the last sentence of the second paragraph, after the word “taxes”, the following:- and in no event shall payments for rent to a county, city, or town be less than the prevailing rent a commercial establishment would pay for comparable space in that geographic area, excluding that portion of said prevailing rent attributable to property taxes.

              SECTION 2.  Section 4 of chapter 29A of the General Laws, is hereby further amended by inserting, after the fourth paragraph, the following paragraph:- Each fiscal year, appropriation for the purposes of court facilities rental payments to each county, city, or town shall be made by the legislature through individual line-items within the general appropriation act for that fiscal year. Under the provisions of this section in no event shall the legislature make an appropriation to any county, city, or town of a sum less than 102.5 per cent of the amount owed to such county, city, or town in the prior fiscal year.

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