Amendment #945 to H3600

Enhancing public awareness of tax and fee increases

Representatives O'Connell of Taunton, Lombardo of Billerica, Diehl of Whitman and DeCoste of Norwell move to amend the bill by adding the following section:-

"SECTION XXXX. Chapter 3 of the General Laws 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.".