Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-26

GOV 26

Municipal Impact Statement

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _the following sections:-

SECTION _. Section 6B of chapter 11 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting in line 12 after the word “C” the following words:- "and the significant financial impacts under this section".

SECTION _. Section 6B of said chapter, as so appearing, is hereby amended by deleting, in line 19, the words “every five years”.

SECTION _. Section 6B of said chapter, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting, in line 21, after the word “towns.” the following words:- "The division shall also review every five years newly enacted laws and administrative regulations which have a significant financial impact upon cities and towns.".

SECTION _. Section 6B of said chapter, as so appearing, is hereby amended by deleting, in line 23, the word “or” and inserting, in line 24, after the word “expenditures” the following words:- ", or grant or increase exemptions from local taxation".

SECTION _. Section 6B of said chapter, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the fourth paragraph the following paragraph:-

"Administrative agencies when adopting, repealing, or amending any rule or regulation that may have an impact on the cities and towns of the commonwealth shall provide the division with a copy of the local impact statement as described in Executive Order Number 145.".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-27

GOV 27

Economic security for fishing industry participants

Messrs. Tarr and Montigny, Ms. Moran and Mr. O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 7003-0101, by adding the following words:-

"; provided further, that the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, in consultation with the Division of Marine Fisheries , is hereby authorized and directed to analyze the economic disruption and harm to the financial stability of those engaged in commercial fishing in the Commonwealth that results from the inability to earn income as a result of state and federal regulatory actions including but not limited to area closures, gear restrictions, and time limitations, and to develop a plan to mitigate such harm through mechanisms such as modifications to the state's unemployment insurance system to take into account the particular circumstances resulting from such regulatory actions. The Secretary shall take into account the economic hardship occurring as a result of seasonal closures in the commercial lobster fishery for the purpose of preventing harm to North Atlantic Right Whales, in addition to other seasonal closures presently in place or which may occur in the future. The Secretary shall file any plan developed pursuant to this act, together with any legislative recommendations to carry it out, with the clerks of the House and Senate not later than April 1, 2022."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-27-R1

Redraft GOV 27

Economic security for fishing industry participants

Messrs. Tarr and Montigny, Ms. Moran, Messrs. O'Connor and Moore moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 2330-0100, by adding the following words:- "; provided further, that the division of marine fisheries, in consultation with the executive office of labor and workforce development, shall conduct a study of any potential economic disruption to or changes in the financial stability of those engaged in the commercial fishing industry in the commonwealth resulting from state and federal regulatory actions including, but not limited to, area closures, including seasonal closures in the commercial lobster fishery for the purpose of preventing harm to North Atlantic right whales, gear restrictions and time limitations; provided further, that the division and the executive office shall develop a plan to mitigate any such harm through mechanisms, which may include, but shall not be limited to, modifications to the state's unemployment insurance system to take into account the particular circumstances resulting from said regulatory actions; provided further, that, not later than April 1, 2022, the division shall submit the results of the study as well as any accompanying recommendations to the clerks of the senate and house of representatives”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-28-R1

Redraft GOV 28

Preventing Price Gouging during an emergency

Messrs. Tarr and Feeney, Ms. Gobi, Messrs. Timilty and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following:-

Section _. Chapter 93A as appearing in the 2018 official edition is hereby amended by inserting after SECTION 11 at the end thereof the following new section 12:-

SECTION 12. For the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2) and (3), the following words shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the following meaning:

“Market emergency”, any abnormal disruption of any market for petroleum products, including but not limited to any actual or threatened shortage in the supply of petroleum products or any actual or threatened increase in the price of petroleum products, resulting from severe weather, convulsion of nature, failure or shortage of electric power or other source of energy, strike, civil disorder, act of war, national or local emergency or other extraordinary adverse circumstances.

“Petroleum product”, includes, but is not limited to, motor fuels as defined in section 295A and fuel oil used for heating or cooking purposes as described in section 303F of chapter 94.

“Petroleum-related business”, any producer, supplier, wholesaler, distributor, or retail seller of any petroleum product.

(1) It shall be an unfair or deceptive act or practice, during any market emergency, or any declared statewide emergency, for any petroleum-related business to sell or offer to sell any petroleum product for an amount that represents an unconscionably high price.

(2) A price is unconscionably high for the purposes of paragraph (1) of this section if:

(a) the amount charged represents a gross disparity between the price of the petroleum product and

1. the price at which the same product was sold or offered for sale by the petroleum-related business in the usual course of business immediately prior to the onset of the market or statewide emergency, or

2. the price at which the same or similar petroleum product is readily obtainable by other buyers in the trade area; and

(b) the disparity is not substantially attributable to increased prices charged by the petroleum-related business suppliers or increased costs, including actual or anticipated replacement costs, due to an abnormal market disruption.

(3).  A price is not unconscionably high for the purposes of paragraph (1) of this section if:

(a) the disparity in price as set forth in paragraph (2) of this section is substantially attributable to increased prices charged by the petroleum-related business’s suppliers or increased costs, including actual or anticipated replacement costs, due to an abnormal market disruption; or

(b) it is generally consistent with price fluctuations in applicable commodity, regional, national, or international markets, or typical seasonal price fluctuations; or

(c) it is a contract price, or the result of a price formula, established prior to the onset of the market or statewide emergency, or

(d) it is a price, or the result of a price formula, approved by a state or federal governmental entity prior to the onset of or after the market or statewide emergency.

(4). It shall be an unfair or deceptive act or practice, during any declared statewide or national emergency, for any business at any point in the chain of distribution or manufacture to sell or offer to sell to any consumer or to any other business any goods or services necessary for the health, safety or welfare of the public for an amount that represents an unconscionably high price.

(5). A price is unconscionably high for the purposes of paragraph 4 of this section provided the following:

(a) there is gross disparity between the price charged or offered; and

1. the price at which the same good or service was sold or offered for sale by the business in the usual course of business immediately prior to the onset of the declared statewide or national emergency; or

2. the price at which the same or similar product is readily obtainable from other businesses; and

(b) the disparity is not substantially attributable to increased prices charged by the business’s suppliers or increased costs due to an abnormal market disruption

(6). Paragraphs (4) and (5) above shall not apply to any petroleum-related business subject to paragraph (1), (2), and (3) of this section.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-28

GOV 28

Preventing Price Gouging during an emergency

Messrs. Tarr and Feeney and Ms. Gobi moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following:-

Section _. Chapter 93A as appearing in the 2018 official edition is hereby amended by inserting after SECTION 11 at the end thereof the following new section 12:-

SECTION 12. (1) It shall be an unfair or deceptive act or practice, during any market emergency, or any declared statewide emergency, for any petroleum-related business to sell or offer to sell any petroleum product for an amount that represents an unconscionably high price.

(2) A price is unconscionably high if: (a) the amount charged represents a gross disparity between the price of the petroleum product and 1. the price at which the same product was sold or offered for sale by the petroleum-related business in the usual course of business immediately prior to the onset of the market emergency, or 2. the price at which the same or similar petroleum product is readily obtainable by other buyers in the trade area; and

(b) the disparity is not substantially attributable to increased prices charged by the petroleum-related business suppliers or increased costs due to an abnormal market disruption.

(3). It shall be an unfair or deceptive act or practice, during any declared statewide or national emergency, for any business at any point in the chain of distribution or manufacture to sell or offer to sell to any consumer or to any other business any goods or services necessary for the health, safety or welfare of the public for an amount that represents an unconscionably high price.

(4) A price is unconscionably high for the purposes of paragraph 3 of this section provided the following:

(a) there is gross disparity between the price charged or offered; and

1. the price at which the same good or service was sold or offered for sale by the business in the usual course of business immediately prior to the onset of the declared statewide or national emergency; or

2. the price at which the same or similar product is readily obtainable from other businesses; and

(b) the disparity is not substantially attributable to increased prices charged by the business’s suppliers or increased costs due to an abnormal market disruption


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-29

GOV 29

Grant Program to assist Veterans Organizations affected by the pandemic

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1410-0010, by adding the following words:-"; provided further, that $2,000,000 shall be expended in a grant program for veteran related organizations with facilities that have been adversely effected by the novel 2019 coronavirus"; and by striking out the figure "$4,637,822" and inserting in place thereof the following:-"$6,637,822".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-30

GOV 30

Worcester Trauma and Resilience Collaborative

Ms. Chandler and Mr. Moore moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0930-0100, by adding the following words:- "; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the continued operation of the Worcester Trauma and Resilience Collaborative to support young people who have experienced adverse childhood experiences"; and by striking out the figure "$3,914,443" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- "$4,214,443".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-31

GOV 31

Deemed Repatriation Statute of Limitations

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _, the following section:-

SECTION XX. Chapter 62C of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 30B, as inserted by section 31 of said chapter 227, the following section:-

Section 30C. (a) If the commissioner determines, from the verification of a return or otherwise, that the full amount of tax on deemed repatriated income has not been assessed or is not considered to be assessed under chapter 62 or chapter 63, the commissioner shall, notwithstanding the 3 year limitation in section 26, assess an additional tax upon such income, if any, with interest as provided in section 32, within 6 years of the later of (1) the date the return was filed or (2) the date the return that was required to include such income was required to be filed. For purposes of this section, the term "deemed repatriated income" shall mean any amount included in federal gross income under section 951(a) of the Code by reason of section 965 of the Code, without regard to the deduction available under section 965(c) of the Code, to the extent such amount is required to be included in Massachusetts gross income under chapter 62 or 63. An assessment under this section shall be made in the manner provided in section 26; provided, however, that the 6-year period for making an assessment shall be suspended during the period of time that the taxpayer has a bankruptcy case pending under the appropriate chapters of Title 11 of the United States Code. An offset to the additional proposed tax on deemed repatriated income may be considered only if such offset is directly attributable to the deemed repatriated income. An offset, if approved, may reduce or eliminate the additional tax due, but in no case shall the offset result in a refund of tax that would otherwise be barred as untimely.

(b) Any person aggrieved by the assessment of a tax on deemed repatriated income under chapter 62 or chapter 63, may apply in writing on a form approved by the commissioner, for an abatement thereof (1) within 6 years from the date the return that included such income was filed, taking into account paragraph (a) of section 79; (2) within 2 years from the date the tax was assessed or deemed to be assessed; or (3) within 1 year from the date that the tax was paid, whichever is later. An abatement under this section shall be made in the manner provided in section 37; provided that the claims in such abatement must be directly attributable to tax on deemed repatriated income; and provided further that section 36 shall not limit refunds or credits otherwise permissible under this section. The commissioner may offset against the proposed abatement any additional tax on deemed repatriated income. An offset may reduce or eliminate the abatement, but shall not result in an assessment that would otherwise be barred as untimely.

(c) For purposes of this section, the phrase "directly attributable to deemed repatriated income" shall mean any changes, adjustments or corrections to a person's tax on deemed repatriated income, as that term is defined above.

For purposes of this section, the term ''person'' shall include any individual, partnership, trust or any other fiduciary subject to taxation under chapter 62, or any corporation subject to tax under chapter 63.

For purposes of this section, the term "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code, as amended and in effect for the taxable year.

(d) The commissioner may promulgate rules or regulations to imple


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-32

GOV 32

Smokeless Tobacco Stamping

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _, the following section:-

SECTION XX. Section 1 of chapter 64C of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out the last sentence.

And moves to further amend the bill by inserting after section _, the following section:-

SECTION XY. Section XX shall take effect on July 1, 2022.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-33

GOV 33

Charitable Tax Deduction

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by striking in SECTION 43 the following:-"shall not be allowed for the taxable year beginning January 1, 2022" and by inserting in place thereof the following:-"shall be allowed for 25 percent of the taxpayer's contribution base for taxable year beginning January 1, 2022, 50 percent of the taxpayer's contribution base for taxable year beginning January 1, 2023, and 100 percent of the taxpayer's contribution base for taxable year beginning January 1, 2024"

moves to further amend by inserting after section _ the following:-

"SECTION_. SECTION 43 is hereby repealed on January 1, 2025".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-34

GOV 34

Mass Animal Fund

Mr. Velis, Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. Brady, Tarr, Montigny, Moore, Feeney, O'Connor, Eldridge, Hinds, Timilty, Gomez, Crighton, Cyr and Pacheco, Ms. Lovely, Ms. Jehlen and Mr. Rush moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 2511-0100, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $100,000 shall be expended for the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund”; and

by striking out the figure “$8,626,467” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$8,726,467”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-35

GOV 35

Community Compact Grants

Messrs. Tarr, Lesser, Hinds, O'Connor, Timilty, Gomez and Brady moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1599-0026, by inserting after the word “improvements” the following words:-

“provided further, that notwithstanding the spending limit in section 2XXX of chapter 29 of the General Laws, not more than $3,000,000 shall be expended to fund the District Local Technical Assistance Fund, established in said section 2XXX, including projects that encourage regionalization, to be administered by the division of local services and distributed through the District Local Technical Assistance Fund; provided further, that not less than $2,000,000 shall be expended for a multi-year competitive grant program to provide financial support for one-time or transition costs related to regionalization and other efficiency initiatives, with allowable applicants to include municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies and councils of governments”; and by striking out the figure “4,750,000” and inserting “9,750,000”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-36

GOV 36

Community Compact Grant-Best Practices

Mr. Tarr, Ms. Comerford, Messrs. Timilty, Hinds, O'Connor, Gomez, Brady and Pacheco moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1599-0026, by inserting after the word, "improvements" the following words:-

“provided further, that not more than $2,000,000 shall be expended for an incentive program for communities and municipalities engaging in the use of best practices determined by the Community Compact Cabinet created by Executive Order 554 issued January 23, 2015”; and by striking out the figure “4,750,000” and inserting “6,750,000”;

 

 

 

 

 


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-37

GOV 37

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Ms. Lovely, Mr. Eldridge, Ms. Rausch, Ms. Comerford, Mr. Brady, Ms. Gobi, Messrs. Moore and Cronin, Ms. DiZoglio, Mr. Velis, Ms. Moran, Messrs. Lesser, Timilty, Fattman, Hinds, Barrett, Tarr, O'Connor, Gomez, Crighton, Keenan, Cyr and Montigny and Ms. Chang-Diaz moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0950-0000, by striking out the figure "$300,000” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- "$486,700".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-38

GOV 38

Corporate Dissolution Program

Mr. Rush moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 3, by adding the following new section:-

“SECTION XX. Chapter 227 of the Acts of 2020 is hereby amended in item 0511-0002 by inserting after the word “commonwealth” the following:- “; provided further, that any remaining funds in this item shall be made available until December 31, 2021””


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-39

GOV 39

Administration Communications

Messrs. Rush and Pacheco moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 3, by adding at the end thereof the following new section:-

"SECTION XX. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary any Executive Office, and any Department therein shall, provide by electronic means to each senator and representative, on a monthly basis, a status report on any on- going, scheduled or future projects within each senatorial district.  Said report shall also provide an update and timeline on any outstanding projects that were funded in fiscal year operating, supplemental, or deficiency budgets, or bond bills that were signed into law. "


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-39-R1

Redraft GOV 39

Administration Communications

Messrs. Rush and Pacheco moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 3, after section 60, the following section:-

“SECTION 60A. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, each executive office and department shall provide to each senator and representative in the general court a status report for any on-going, scheduled or future projects within the district of the senator or representative. The report shall be provided monthly by electronic means. The report shall provide an update and timeline on any outstanding projects that were funded in fiscal year operating, supplemental or deficiency budgets or bond bills that were signed into law.”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-40

GOV 40

Child Protection Program

Ms. Chandler and Mr. Moore moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0930-0100, by adding the following words:- "; provided further that not less than $450,000 shall be expended for a hospital-based, comprehensive Child Protection Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center providing 24/7 pediatric abusive injury care, including medical evaluation and diagnosis services in cases of pediatric sexual abuse, sexual assault, physical abuse and neglect; timely health care evaluations and examinations for children entering foster care; training of medical, educational and social service professions regarding physical and mental health issues for victims of abuse"; and by striking out the figure "$3,914,443" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- "$4,364,443".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-41-R1

Redraft GOV 41

Overdose Awareness Day (August 19th)

Messrs. Fattman, Keenan, Timilty, Moore, O'Connor, Pacheco and Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting before section 4 the following section:-

“SECTION 4A. Chapter 6 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 15LLLLLL the following section:-

Section 15MMMMMM. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart August 31 as Overdose Awareness Day and recommend that the day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-41

GOV 41

Overdose Awareness Day (August 19th)

Messrs. Fattman, Keenan, Timilty, Moore, O'Connor and Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section __ the following section:-

SECTION __. Chapter 4 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section 16A. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the thirty-first day of August as Overdose Awareness Day, and recommending that said day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-42

GOV 42

PRIM Board Membership

Messrs. Keenan and Crighton, Ms. Moran, Mr. Timilty, Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. Gomez and Feeney and Ms. Gobi moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section ___ the following section:-

"SECTION ___. Section 23 of Chapter 32 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 201 and 202, the words "a representative of a public safety union who shall be appointed by the governor", and inserting in place thereof the following words:-

"a public safety union member who shall be appointed by the governor from a list of three such nominees submitted by the Massachusetts Association of Contributory Retirement Systems Elected Executive Board".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-43

GOV 43

Offshore Wind Energy Career Training Trust Fund

Messrs. Keenan and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section ___ the following section:-

SECTION ___. Chapter 23J of the General Laws, as amended by section 14 of chapter 8 of the acts of 2021, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-

Section 14. (a) There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund known as the Offshore Wind Energy Career Training Trust Fund to be administered by the center. The fund shall be credited with: (i) revenue from appropriations or other money authorized by the general court and specifically designated to be credited to the fund; (ii) interest earned on such revenues; and (iii) funds from public and private sources, including, but not limited to, economic development initiatives included in proposals for long-term contracts for offshore wind energy generation submitted to and approved by the department of public utilities, and other gifts, grants and donations for the establishment and expansion of workforce training and development initiatives to support the offshore wind energy industry. Amounts credited to the fund shall not be subject to further appropriation and any money remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall not revert to the General Fund.

(b) Subject to appropriation, the center shall make expenditures from the fund for the following purposes:

(1) To provide grants to public higher education institutions and vocational-technical education institutions for the adoption of basic safety training and basic technical training programs; provided, that the center shall prioritize awards to institutions seeking accreditation in internationally recognized training standards, including, but not limited to, standards developed by the Global Wind Organization;

(2) To provide grants to public higher education institutions and vocational-technical education institutions for the development, expansion and promotion of offshore wind professional certificate programs, and courses tailored to careers in the offshore wind energy industry for students in associate’s and baccalaureate degree programs;

(3) To provide grants to adult and community learning service providers, labor organizations, public higher education institutions and vocational-technical education institutions for the sponsorship of award, scholarship and paid internship programs to support the education and training of individuals seeking careers in the offshore wind energy industry; provided, that the center shall prioritize the promotion of careers in the skilled trades, water transportation, operations and maintenance and other occupations that the center identifies as high priority;

(4) To provide grants to regional employment boards to develop a regional strategy to support the development of the offshore wind energy industry and to publish their findings as an addendum to their workforce development blueprints; and

(5) To leverage funds to secure future federal funding to support the offshore wind energy industry in the commonwealth.

(c) The fund’s activity shall be included in the annual report required by section 5. The center shall also annually file, no later than October 1 and at least 30 days prior to the expenditure of any funds, a plan detailing the planned uses of funds in the upcoming calendar year with the joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided, that in the development of this plan the center shall hold at least 1 public hearing to solicit stakeholder feedback.

(d) For the purposes of this section, “public higher education institutions” shall include Quincy College.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-44

GOV 44

Commission on the Status of Asian Americans

Messrs. Keenan, Eldridge, Moore, Lesser, O'Connor, Timilty, Velis, Gomez, Pacheco and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0950-0080, by striking the figure "$200,000" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:-

"$250,400"


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-45

GOV 45

Intern Pipeline Program

Messrs. Keenan, O'Connor and Cronin, Ms. Jehlen, Messrs. Collins, Crighton and Timilty, Ms. Rausch, Ms. Chang-Diaz, Mr. Eldridge, Ms. Comerford and Mr. Gomez moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 9500-0000, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for an intern pipeline program in the senate which shall seek to promote inclusive and diverse participation and exposure to long-term employment opportunities in the public service sector for first generation students and traditionally underserved student populations”; and by striking out the figure "$24,432,739” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$24,482,739”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-46

GOV 46

Civil Commitments in Hampden County

Mr. Lesser, Ms. Gobi and Mr. Gomez moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 8910-0104, by striking out the figure “$1,000,000” and inserting in place thereof the figure “$2,000,000”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-48

GOV 48

Inclusion of Massachusetts Association for Community Action on the Early Education & Care Advisory Committee

Mr. Keenan, Ms. DiZoglio, Ms. Moran, Messrs. O'Connor, Timilty and Kennedy moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 5, by inserting after the words:- “Education, Inc.;”, in line 18, the following words:- “Massachusetts Association for Community Action; ”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-49

GOV 49

Commission to Examine Methamphetamine Use

Messrs. Keenan, Tarr, O'Connor and Cyr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section ___ the following section: -

“SECTION ___. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a commission to explore and make recommendations regarding methamphetamine usage in the Commonwealth.

The commission shall consist of 15 members: the secretary of health and human services or a designee, who shall serve as chair; the commissioner of public health or a designee; the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery or their designees; a representative from the Massachusetts Medical Society; a representative from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Inc.; a representative of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Incorporated; a representative from the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts; a representative from the Massachusetts Ambulance Association; a representative from Boston Emergency Medical Services; a representative from the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; a representative from the Association for Behavioral Healthcare; and 3 members appointed by the secretary, 1 of whom shall be a person with a substance use disorder, 1 of whom shall be a clinician with experience providing care to individuals with a stimulant use disorder and 1 of whom shall be a clinician with experience providing care to LGBTQ individuals. In making appointments, the secretary shall, to the maximum extent feasible, ensure that the commission represents a broad distribution of diverse perspectives and geographic regions.

The commission shall: (i) create aggregate demographic and geographic profiles of individuals who use methamphetamines, including identifying populations most vulnerable to use; (ii) examine the current availability of, and barriers to, providing treatment to individuals with a stimulant use disorder; (iii) examine existing efforts undertaken by healthcare providers and the existing body of research around best practices for treating individuals with a stimulant use disorders, including but not limited to, how to create safe and therapeutic environments in inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings; (iv) examine existing efforts undertaken by emergency medical service providers, law enforcement officials and the existing body of research on best practices when interacting with individuals with a stimulant use disorder, including but not limited to, how to de-escalate situations and provide safety and security guidance to health care facilities and local police officers; (v) examine the source, quantity, potency, and pathways to local areas of illicit methamphetamine and related substances and products; and (vi) other matters deemed appropriate by the commission.

The commission shall submit its findings and recommendations to the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, the joint committee on public health, the joint committee of public safety and the senate and house committees on ways and means not later than December 31, 2021. The secretary shall also make the report publicly available on the executive office of health and human services’ website."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-49-R1

Redraft GOV 49

Commission to Examine Methamphetamine Use

Messrs. Keenan, Tarr, O'Connor and Cyr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 60 the following section:-

“SECTION 60A. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be a commission to explore and make recommendations regarding methamphetamine use in the commonwealth.

The commission shall consist of: the secretary of health and human services or a designee, who shall serve as chair; the commissioner of public health or a designee; the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery or their designees; a representative from the Massachusetts Medical Society; a representative from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Inc.; a representative from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Incorporated; a representative from the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts; a representative from the Massachusetts Ambulance Association Incorporated; a representative from Boston Emergency Medical Services; a representative from the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; a representative from the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.; and 3 members appointed by the chair, 1 of whom shall be a person with a substance use disorder, 1 of whom shall be a clinician with experience providing care to individuals with a stimulant use disorder and 1 of whom shall be a clinician with experience providing care to LGBTQ individuals. In making appointments, the secretary shall, to the maximum extent feasible, ensure that the commission represents a broad distribution of diverse perspectives and geographic regions.

The commission shall: (i) create aggregate demographic and geographic profiles of individuals who use methamphetamines, including identifying populations most vulnerable to use; (ii) examine the current availability of, and barriers to, providing treatment to individuals with a stimulant use disorder; (iii) examine existing efforts undertaken by healthcare providers and the existing body of research around best practices for treating individuals with a stimulant use disorders, including, but not limited to, how to create safe and therapeutic environments in inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings; (iv) examine existing efforts undertaken by emergency medical service providers and law enforcement officials and the existing body of research on best practices for interacting with individuals with a stimulant use disorder, including, but not limited to, how to de-escalate situations and provide safety and security guidance to health care facilities and local police officers; (v) examine the source, quantity and potency of illicit methamphetamine and related substances and products and pathways of such illicit methamphetamine and related substances and products to local areas; and (vi) other matters deemed appropriate by the commission.

The commission shall submit its findings and recommendations to the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, the joint committee on public health, the joint committee on public safety and homeland security and the senate and house committees on ways and means not later than March 31, 2022. The secretary of health and human services shall make the report publicly available on the website of the executive office of health and human services.".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-49-R2

2nd Redraft GOV 49

Commission to Examine Methamphetamine Use

Messrs. Keenan, Tarr, O'Connor and Cyr, Ms. Moran, Ms. Lovely, Messrs. Pacheco and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 60 the following section:-

“SECTION 60A. There shall be a commission to explore and make recommendations regarding methamphetamine and other stimulant use in the commonwealth.

The commission shall consist of: the secretary of health and human services or a designee, who shall serve as chair; the commissioner of public health or a designee; the chairs of the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery or their designees; a representative from The Massachusetts Medical Society; a representative from the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Inc.; a representative from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Incorporated; a representative from the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts, Inc.; a representative from the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, Incorporated; a representative from Boston Emergency Medical Services; a representative from the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; a representative from the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.; and 7 members to be appointed by the chair, 1 of whom shall be a person with or in recovery from a stimulant use disorder, 1 of whom shall be a medical provider specializing in addiction with experience treating individuals with stimulant use disorder, 1 of whom shall be a behavioral health provider specializing in addiction with experience treating individuals with stimulant use disorder, 1 of whom shall have experience providing harm reduction services, 1 of whom shall be a clinician or researcher with expertise related to methamphetamine and other stimulant use in communities of color, 1 of whom shall be a clinician or researcher with expertise related to methamphetamine and other stimulant use by individuals experiencing homelessness and 1 of whom shall be a clinician or researcher with expertise related to methamphetamine and other stimulant use in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community. In making appointments, the secretary shall, to the maximum extent feasible, ensure that the commission represents a broad distribution of diverse perspectives and geographic regions.

The commission shall: (i) create aggregate demographic and geographic profiles of individuals who use methamphetamines and other stimulants, including identifying populations most vulnerable to use; (ii) examine the current availability of, and barriers to, providing harm reduction services and treatment to individuals with a stimulant use disorder, including, but not limited to, in outpatient treatment, rehabilitation and continuum of care settings; (iii) examine existing efforts undertaken by healthcare providers and the existing body of research around best practices for treating individuals with a stimulant use disorders, including, but not limited to, evidence for medication treatment for stimulant use disorder, the need for treatment of co-occurring disorders and how to create safe and therapeutic environments in inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings; (iv) examine existing efforts undertaken by service providers and the existing body of research around best practices for harm reduction efforts in working with individuals using stimulants, including, but not limited to, contingency management; (v) examine the intersections among stimulant use and sexual health, particularly among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community; (vi) examine the intersections between stimulant use and homelessness; (vii) examine existing efforts undertaken by emergency medical service providers and law enforcement officials and the existing body of research on best practices for interacting with individuals with a stimulant use disorder, including, but not limited to, how to de-escalate situations and provide safety and security guidance to health care facilities and local police officers; (viii) examine the source, quantity, potency and pathways to local areas of illicit methamphetamine and other stimulants, related substances and products; and (ix) other matters deemed appropriate by the commission.

The commission shall submit its findings and recommendations to the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, the joint committee on public health, the joint committee on public safety and homeland security and the senate and house committees on ways and means not later than March 31, 2022. The secretary of health and human services shall make the report publicly available on the website of the executive office of health and human services.".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-50

GOV 50

Excess Consensus Review

Messrs. Tarr and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following new section:-

"SECTION_. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall, during fiscal year 2022, but prior to the calculation of the fiscal year 2021 consolidated net surplus in accordance with Section 5C of Chapter 29 of the Massachusetts General Laws, transfer any funds received in excess of the consensus revenue estimate, pursuant to Section 5B of said Chapter 29, to the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund, established by section 2H of said Chapter 29."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-51

GOV 51

Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following:-

SECTION_. Section 6 of chapter 62 of the General Laws, as amended by section 30 of chapter 154 of the acts of 2018, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (h) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(h) A taxpayer shall be allowed a credit against the taxes imposed by this chapter if such person qualified for and claimed the earned income credit, so called, allowed under the provisions of section 32 of the Code, as amended and in effect for the taxable year, or such person would otherwise have qualified for the earned income credit or would have been able to claim additional qualifying children for the earned income credit but for subsection (m) of section 32 of the Code. With respect to a person who is a nonresident for all or part of the taxable year, the credit shall be limited to 50 per cent of the federal credit multiplied by a fraction the numerator of which shall be the earned income of the nonresident from Massachusetts sources and the denominator of which shall be the earned income of the nonresident from all sources. The credit allowed by this subsection shall equal 50 per cent of the federal credit received by the taxpayer, or otherwise eligible to be received by the taxpayer but for subsection (m) of section 32 of the Code for the taxable year. If other credits allowed under this section are utilized by the taxpayer for the taxable year, the credit afforded by this subsection shall be applied last. If the amount of the credit allowed hereunder exceeds the taxpayer's liability, the commissioner shall treat such excess as an overpayment and shall pay the taxpayer the amount of such excess, without interest.

No credit shall be allowed under this subsection for any taxable year within (1) the period of 10 taxable years after the most recent taxable year for which there was a final determination by the commissioner that the taxpayer’s claim of the credit under this subsection was based on information that the taxpayer knew or had reason to know was false, fraudulent or deliberately misleading as to a material matter, or (2) the period of 2 taxable years after the most recent taxable year for which there was a final determination by the commissioner that the taxpayer’s claim of credit under this subsection was due to careless, reckless or intentional disregard by the taxpayer of the tax laws of the commonwealth or of public written statements issued by the commissioner.

For the purposes of this subsection, a married taxpayer shall satisfy the joint filing requirement under section 32 of the Code if the taxpayer files an income tax return using a filing status of married filing separately and the taxpayer: (i) is living apart from the taxpayer’s spouse at the time the taxpayer files the tax return; (ii) is unable to file a joint return because the taxpayer is a victim of domestic abuse; and (iii) indicates on the taxpayer’s income tax return that the taxpayer meets the criteria of clauses (i) and (ii).”


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-51-R1

Redraft GOV 51

Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended Section 6 of chapter 62 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 official edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (h) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(h)(1)  A taxpayer shall be allowed a credit against the taxes imposed by this chapter if that person qualified for and claimed the earned income credit allowed under section 32 of the Code, as amended and in effect for the taxable year.  With respect to a person who is a nonresident for part of the taxable year, the credit shall be limited to 50 per cent of the federal credit multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the number of days in the taxable year the person resided in the commonwealth and the denominator of which shall be the number of days in the taxable year.  A person who is a nonresident for the entire taxable year shall not be allowed the credit.  The credit allowed by this subsection shall equal 50 per cent of the federal credit received by the taxpayer for the taxable year.  If other credits allowed under this section are utilized by the taxpayer for the taxable year, the credit afforded by this subsection shall be applied last.  If the amount of the credit allowed under this subsection exceeds the taxpayer's liability, the commissioner shall treat the excess as an overpayment and shall pay the taxpayer the amount of the excess without interest. No credit shall be allowed under this subsection for any taxable year within (1) the period of 10 taxable years after the most recent taxable year for which there was a final determination by the commissioner that the taxpayer’s claim of the credit under this subsection was based on information that the taxpayer knew or had reason to know was false, fraudulent or deliberately misleading as to a material matter, or (2) the period of 2 taxable years after the most recent taxable year for which there was a final determination by the commissioner that the taxpayer’s claim of credit under this subsection was due to careless, reckless or intentional disregard by the taxpayer of the tax laws of the commonwealth or of public written statements issued by the commissioner.

(2)  For the purposes of this subsection, a married taxpayer shall satisfy the joint filing requirement under section 32 of the Code if the taxpayer files an income tax return using a filing status of married filing separately and the taxpayer: (i) is living apart from the taxpayer’s spouse at the time the taxpayer files the tax return; (ii) is unable to file a joint return because the taxpayer is a victim of domestic abuse; and (iii) indicates on the taxpayer’s income tax return that the taxpayer meets the criteria of clauses (i) and (ii).


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-51-R2

2nd Redraft GOV 51

Increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Mr. Tarr, Ms. DiZoglio, Mr. O'Connor, Ms. Moran, Messrs. Brady and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following:-

SECTION_. Section 6 of chapter 62 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 official edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (h) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-

(h)(1)  A taxpayer shall be allowed a credit against the taxes imposed by this chapter if that person qualified for and claimed the earned income credit allowed under section 32 of the Code, as amended and in effect for the taxable year.  With respect to a person who is a nonresident for part of the taxable year, the credit shall be limited to 50 per cent of the federal credit multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the number of days in the taxable year the person resided in the commonwealth and the denominator of which shall be the number of days in the taxable year.  A person who is a nonresident for the entire taxable year shall not be allowed the credit.  The credit allowed by this subsection shall equal 50 per cent of the federal credit received by the taxpayer for the taxable year.  If other credits allowed under this section are utilized by the taxpayer for the taxable year, the credit afforded by this subsection shall be applied last.  If the amount of the credit allowed under this subsection exceeds the taxpayer's liability, the commissioner shall treat the excess as an overpayment and shall pay the taxpayer the amount of the excess without interest. No credit shall be allowed under this subsection for any taxable year within (1) the period of 10 taxable years after the most recent taxable year for which there was a final determination by the commissioner that the taxpayer’s claim of the credit under this subsection was based on information that the taxpayer knew or had reason to know was false, fraudulent or deliberately misleading as to a material matter, or (2) the period of 2 taxable years after the most recent taxable year for which there was a final determination by the commissioner that the taxpayer’s claim of credit under this subsection was due to careless, reckless or intentional disregard by the taxpayer of the tax laws of the commonwealth or of public written statements issued by the commissioner.

(2)  For the purposes of this subsection, a married taxpayer shall satisfy the joint filing requirement under section 32 of the Code if the taxpayer files an income tax return using a filing status of married filing separately and the taxpayer: (i) is living apart from the taxpayer’s spouse at the time the taxpayer files the tax return; (ii) is unable to file a joint return because the taxpayer is a victim of domestic abuse; and (iii) indicates on the taxpayer’s income tax return that the taxpayer meets the criteria of clauses (i) and (ii).


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-52-R1

Redraft GOV 52

Screening for Childhood Trauma

Ms. Creem, Messrs. O'Connor, Gomez, Cyr and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 46 the following section:-

“SECTION 46A. (a) There shall be a commission on the use of screening assessments of childhood trauma and wellbeing. The commission shall consist of: the child advocate or a designee; the commissioner of mental health or a designee; the commissioner of children and families or a designee; the commissioner of elementary and secondary education or a designee; the commissioner of public health or a designee; the assistant secretary of MassHealth or a designee; the commissioner of insurance or a designee; 1 representative from the office of health equity; 1 member appointed by Foster Children Evaluation Services; 1 member appointed by the Association for Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.; 1 member appointed by the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Inc.; 1 member appointed by the Children’s Mental Health Campaign; 1 member appointed by Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships; 1 member appointed by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; 1 member appointed by the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health; 1 member appointed by the Child Trauma Training Center; 1 member appointed by Massachusetts Alliance for Families; 1 member appointed by Children’s League of Massachusetts, Inc.; and 1 member appointed by the Child Witness to Violence Project. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation. The commission shall consult with parents, youth and other experts and conduct public stakeholder meetings as necessary to ensure that diverse perspectives inform its work.

(b) The commission shall study the use of screening tools, practices and protocols related to assessments of childhood trauma and wellbeing. The study shall include, but not be limited to: (i) an assessment of the benefits and risks of utilizing available tools, protocols and best practices for targeted or universal screening for childhood trauma for all children; (ii) an assessment of the benefits and risks of utilizing available tools, protocols and best practices for conducting targeted or universal screening for childhood trauma for children entering foster care and throughout their time in foster care; and (iii) a review of existing screening tools used in the commonwealth and in other states. The commission shall make recommendations regarding the manner and circumstances under which trauma screening and assessment should be used with all children in the commonwealth and specifically with children in foster care. The commission shall consult with the childhood trauma task force established under section 14 of chapter 18C of the General Laws to inform their study and ensure alignment on trauma-informed approaches for children.

(c) The commission shall hold its first meeting not later than 60 days after the effective date of this act. Not later than December 31, 2021, the commission shall file a status report on its progress with the clerks of the senate and house of representatives. Not later than June 30, 2022, the commission shall file a report on its findings, including any legislative or regulatory recommendations, with the governor, the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, the joint committee on children families and persons with disabilities and the joint committee on health care financing.".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-52

GOV 52

Screening for Childhood Trauma

Ms. Creem, Messrs. O'Connor and Gomez moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0930-0100, by adding the following words:- "provided further that the office shall establish a screening subcommittee of the Childhood Trauma Task Force to:

1) review the benefits and risks of utilizing available tools, protocols, and best practices for (i) targeted or universal screening for childhood trauma for all children and (ii) for children upon entering foster care

2) review the benefits and risks of utilizing available tools, protocols, and best practices for conducting trauma assessments for children upon entering foster care

3) Make recommendations regarding the manner and circumstances under which trauma screening should and should not be used with children in the Commonwealth.

4) Make recommendations regarding the manner and circumstances under which trauma assessment should and should not be used with children entering foster care.

The subcommittee shall include the following members; the Child Advocate or their designee, the Commissioner of Mental Health or their designee, the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families or their designee, the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or their designee, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health or their designee the assistant Secretary of MassHealth or their designee and the Commissioner of Insurance or their designee, a representative from the Office of Health Equity and a representative from each of the following organizations, The Foster Children Evaluation Services at UMass Medical Center, The Association for Behavioral Health, The New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program, MA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, MA Association for Infant Mental Health, the Child Trauma Training Center, the MA Alliance for Families and the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, Other Task Force members may participate in the subcommittee and The Child Advocate may appoint additional representatives from state agencies, community-based organizations and other child welfare or behavioral health experts as necessary to fulfill the purpose of the advisory working group.

The subcommittee shall consult with parents, youth and other experts and conduct public stakeholder meetings as necessary to ensure that perspectives from a diverse set of individuals and organizations inform its work.

The subcommittee shall hold the first meeting not later than 30 days after the effective date of this Act, issue a status report not more than 6 months following the first meeting and a final report within 12 months. The report shall be filed with the Governor, the clerks of the senate and house of representatives, the joint committee on mental health, substance use and recovery, the joint committee on children families and persons with disabilities and the joint committee on health care financing."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-53

GOV 53

Fairness for Small Retailers in Collecting Cashless Lottery Payments

Mr. Cyr moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 4, by striking out, in line 8, the word “provided” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- “and provided further, that the commission shall pay any fee associated with facilitating point of sale transactions with a debit card”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-54

GOV 54

Veteran Food Security

Ms. Moran, Messrs. Feeney, Timilty, O'Connor, Gomez and Pacheco moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1410-0010, by inserting the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended to the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, Inc., for the operation of empowerment centers and to support the distribution of food to veterans in need in the counties of Barnstable, Bristol and Hampden” and by striking the figure: “$4,637,822” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$4,787,822”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-55

GOV 55

Middlesex South Registry of Deeds

Mr. DiDomenico moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0540-1500, by inserting at the end thereof the following:- “; prior appropriation continued…”


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-56

GOV 56

Enhancing Penalties for Unemployment Fraud

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended "by inserting at the end thereof the following new sections:-

SECTION_. Section 5F of Chapter 12 of the general laws as appearing in the 2018 official edition is hereby amended by inserting the following new subsection after subsection (5): –

(6) Acts in violations of this section may be brought under M.G.L. Ch. 151A, §47

Moves to further amend by inserting the following new section:-

SECTION_. Said section 47 of said chapter 151A is hereby amended by inserting in line 21 after the words, "or both" the following sentence:-"Each such attempt of misrepresentation or use of false identification shall constitute a separate and distinct offense

Moves to further amend by inserting the following new section:-

Moves to further amend by inserting the following new section

SECTION _. Said section 47 of chapter 151A is hereby amended by inserting in line 82 after the words, "employee of the commonwealth" the following:-", or a potential claimant under this chapter"

Moves to further amend by inserting the following new section

SECTION _. Said section 47 of chapter 151A is hereby amended by striking in line 119 the word, "may" and inserting in place thereof the following:-"shall"

Moves to further amend by inserting the following new section:-

SECTION_. Said section 47 of chapter 151A is hereby amended by inserting in line 126 after the words, "such violation" the following:- "For purposes of this act the statute of limitations of six years shall be suspended during a declared state and or public health emergency"

Moves to further amend by inserting the following new section

SECTION_. Said section 47 of chapter 151A is hereby amended by inserting in line 128 after the words, "in the contingent fund," the following:-"for purposes of charging and sentencing, any charge of multiple counts of violation of this chapter may also be prosecuted pursuant to section 2 of chapter 271A".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-57

GOV 57

Online Posting of CMRs

Messrs. Tarr, Feeney and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section_ the following new section:-

SECTION _. Chapter 30 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:-

“Section X : Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, each agency within the Executive branch must post all relevant Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) on the Executive agency’s website. Each agency must further update said regulations by June 30 of each year.

This Section shall take effect on December 31, 2021."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-58

GOV 58

Ransomware Protections

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting, after section __, the following section:-

"Section __. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, the secretary of technology services and security shall develop and promulgate new rules requiring all state computer systems and networks, as well as technology infrastructure, to have protections against ransomware.

For the purposes of this section, ransomware is defined as a piece of software or cyber-attack perpetrated as a means of restricting access to computer files and information, until a ransom is paid to release that information."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-59

GOV 59

Software Security Updating

Messrs. Tarr and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section __, the following sections:-

"Section _. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, all electronic information networks, computer systems, and information systems, owned and operated by the Commonwealth, shall be mandated to keep up to date with current security software patches and updates.

Section _. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, all electronic information networks, computer systems, and information systems, owned and operated by private corporations, companies, organizations, and entities whose services are purchased, leased, or otherwise utilized by, or for the Commonwealth, shall be mandated to keep up to date with current security software patches and updates."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-60

GOV 60

Registration Revenues

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended be amended by inserting after section _ the following:-

"SECTION_. Chapter 90B as appearing in the 2016 official edition is hereby amended by inserting after (b) the follow clause:-(c) Fifty percent of all registration, title and permit fees administered by the office of law enforcement under chapter 90B shall be retained by the division of law enforcement".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-61

GOV 61

Veterans Mediation

Ms. Comerford and Ms. Gobi moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1410-0010, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended for statewide veteran mediation training of veterans service officials and support services, provided through Quabbin Mediation”; and by striking out the figure "$4,637,822" and inserting in place therefore the following figure:- “$4,687,822”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-61-R1

Redraft GOV 61

Veterans Mediation

Ms. Comerford and Ms. Gobi moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1410-0010, by adding the following words:-

“; provided further, that not less than $50,000 shall be expended to Quabbin Mediation, Inc., for support services and statewide veteran mediation training for veterans service officials”; and

in said section 2, in said item 1410-0010, by striking out the figure "$4,637,822" and inserting in place therefore the following figure:- “$4,687,822”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-62-R1

Redraft GOV 62

War Memorial Restoration for the Town of Rowley

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1410-1616, by adding the following words:- "; provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended to the town of Rowley for its war memorial restoration project"; and by striking out the figure "$400,000" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- "$425,000".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-62

GOV 62

War Memorial Restoration for the Town of Rowley

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 2810-0122, by adding the following words:- "; provided further, that $40,000 shall be expended to the Town of Rowley for their War Memorial Restoration project"; and by striking out the figure "$150,000" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:-"$190,000".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-65

GOV 65

Office of Vehicle Management Chargeback

Mr. Tarr moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2B, in item 1775-0800, by adding the following: “provided, that any unspent balance at the close of fiscal year 2022 shall remain in the Intragovernmental Service Fund and may be expended for that item in fiscal year 2023.”


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-66

GOV 66

Falmouth COVID-19 Testing Extension

Ms. Moran moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section___ the following section:-

“SECTION__. Funding expended to Barnstable county department of health and environment for the purposes of establishing a drive-through testing facility in the town of Falmouth as established in Chapter 24 of the Session Law Acts of 2020 shall continue to be made available through the fiscal year.”


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-66-R1

Redraft GOV 66

Falmouth COVID-19 Testing Extension

Ms. Moran moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 60 the following section:-

“SECTION 60A. Funding expended to the Barnstable county department of health and environment for the purposes of establishing a drive-through testing facility in the town of Falmouth as established in item 1599-1232 of chapter 124 of the acts of 2020 shall continue to be made available through the fiscal year 2022.”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-67

GOV 67

Federal Funds to shore up the UI Solvency Fund

Messrs. Tarr and Lesser moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following:-

"SECTION _. Notwithstanding any general or special laws to the contrary the comptroller of the commonwealth shall deposit not more than $4,000,000,000 into the unemployment trust fund as established under section 53A of chapter 151ACh 151A §53A from federal sources including but not limited to the American rescue Plan Pub.L. 117-2, to the extent allowed under Federal Laws, Rules, and Regulations, for the purpose of offsetting the deficit in said fund.

SECTION_. Following deposit of said funds, the department of unemployment assistance shall adjust employer accounts accordingly through credits or other such mechanisms to reflect the adjusted fund balance based on the deposit of funds authorized and directed by section 1 of this act."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-68

GOV 68

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Ms. Comerford, Messrs. Eldridge, Keenan and Collins, Ms. DiZoglio, Ms. Chang-Diaz, Messrs. Lesser, O'Connor, Timilty, Kennedy, Gomez, Crighton and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1201-0100, by striking out, in line 21, the figure "$820,000" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- "$1,000,000"; and by striking out, in line 25, the figure "$83,674,041" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- "$83,854,041".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-69

GOV 69

Financial Literacy

Messrs. Eldridge and Barrett, Ms. DiZoglio, Messrs. O'Connor and Velis moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0610-0010, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $90,000 shall be expended for Budget Buddies, Inc. to operate a program that mentors and teaches financial literacy to low-income women throughout the commonwealth”; and by striking out the figure “$630,396” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$720,396”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-73-R1

Redraft GOV 73

Economic Empowerment Trust Fund

Mr. Eldridge moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0610-0010, by adding the following words:- “; provided, that $90,000 shall be transferred to the Economic Empowerment Trust Fund established under section 35QQ of chapter 10 of the General Laws”; and

in said section 2, in said item 0610-0010, by striking out the figure “$630,396” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- “$720,396”.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-73

GOV 73

Economic Empowerment Trust Fund

Mr. Eldridge moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, by inserting after item 0610-0010 the following item: "xxxx-xxxx For the Economic Empowerment Trust Fund………………………………….$90,000"


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-74-R1

Redraft GOV 74

Medal of Honor Plaque

Messrs. Rush, Tarr, O'Connor, Pacheco and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1410-1616, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for a Medal of Honor plaque to be placed in Nurses Hall in the state house, subject to section 21 of chapter 8 of the General Laws and the approval of the art commission of the state house as to size and content”; and

in said section 2, in said item 1410-1616, by striking out the figure “$400,000” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:-"$430,000".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-74

GOV 74

Medal of Honor Plaque

Messrs. Rush, Tarr and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1410-1616, “; provided further, that not less than $30,000 shall be expended for a Medal of Honor plaque to be placed in Nurses Hall in the Massachusetts State House, and in said item by striking out the figures “$400,000” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:-"$430,000".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-75-R1

Redraft GOV 75

Westwood Electronic Voting System

Mr. Rush moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 7008-1116, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for electronic voting equipment in the town of Westwood”; and by striking out the figure “$390,000” and inserting in place thereof the following figure:- "$465,000".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-75

GOV 75

Westwood Electronic Voting System

Mr. Rush moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0521-0001, ;provided further that $75,000 be allocated for electronic voting equipment in the town of Westwood and in said item by striking out the figures “$6,407,994” and inserting in place thereof:-"$6,482,994"."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-76

GOV 76

Relative to commissioned employees

Messrs. Tarr, Moore and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following new section:-

SECTION 1. Section 150 of chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:- An employer shall not be subject to any liability or punishment for or on account of its failure to pay for work on a Sunday or a recognized holiday under sections 6, 13 or 16 of chapter 136, if the employer pleads and proves by a preponderance of the evidence that it acted in good faith in conformity with a written opinion letter or written letter of information of the department or of an agency of the commonwealth which has or had at the time the authority to enforce, administer, or interpret said law. Such a defense, if established, shall be a bar to the action if the written opinion letter or written letter of information was in effect at the time of the violation, even if it is later modified, rescinded, or determined by judicial authority to be invalid or of no legal effect. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "employer" shall extend to the persons described in the sixth paragraph of section 148.

SECTION 2. The first paragraph of section 1B of said chapter 151, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after the second sentence, the following two sentences:- An employer or the officer or agent of any domestic or foreign corporation shall not be subject to any liability or punishment for or on account of its failure to pay overtime compensation in violation of this section if the employer or the officer or agent of any such corporation pleads and proves by a preponderance of the evidence that it acted in good faith in conformity with a written opinion letter or written letter of information of the department or of an agency of the commonwealth which has or had at the time the authority to enforce, administer, or interpret said law. Such a defense, if established, shall be a bar to the action if the written opinion letter or written letter of information was in effect at the time of the violation, even if it is later modified, rescinded, or determined by judicial authority to be invalid or of no legal effect.

SECTION 3. Sections 1 and 2 shall be effective for all causes of action accruing before, on, or after the date of enactment, including any cause of action now pending.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-76-R1

Redraft GOV 76

Relative to commissioned employees

Messrs. Tarr, Moore and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section 60 the following 3 sections:-

“SECTION 60A. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, an employer or an officer or agent of any corporation shall not be subject to treble damages on account of their failure to pay a commissioned retail or service establishment employee who satisfies the requirements of subclauses (1) and (2) of subsection (i) of section 207 of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC § 207, or a sales person primarily engaged in selling automobiles, trucks or farm implements who satisfies the requirements of said subclauses (1) and (2) of said subsection (i) of said section 207 of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC § 207, for work on a Sunday or a recognized holiday under section 6, section 13 or section 16 of chapter 136 of the General Laws or for their failure to pay overtime compensation in violation of section 1B of chapter 151 of the General Laws if the employer, officer or agent pleads and proves by a preponderance of the evidence that it acted in good faith in conformity with and in reasonable reliance on any final written advisory ruling of a department or agency of the commonwealth that has, or had at the time, the authority to interpret, regulate or enforce said section 6, said section 13 or said section 16 of said chapter 136 or said section 1B of said chapter 151. Such a defense, if established, shall be a bar for recovery for treble damages if the advisory ruling was in effect at the time of the violation, even if it was later modified, rescinded or determined by judicial authority to be invalid or of no legal effect. This section shall apply only for the conduct described in this section and only for causes of action accruing before May 8, 2019, including any action now pending or filed on or after the effective date of this act; provided, however, that this section shall not be effective for an action filed after May 8, 2022.”.

SECTION 60B. Section 60A is hereby repealed.

SECTION 60C. Section 60B shall take effect May 9, 2022.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-77

GOV 77

SMART Plan Budget

Ms. Lovely moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting at the after section XX the following section:-

SECTION XX. Section 64 of chapter 29 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following paragraph:-

The state treasurer, on behalf of the deferred compensation program, may adopt annual budgets and supplemental budgets as necessary. Said budgets may include salaries for treasury employees tasked with working on and/or administering the deferred compensation program, and said budgets may be funded from the administrative expense account of the deferred compensation program. Any such treasury employee whose compensation is sourced from the deferred compensation program shall be an “employee” as that term is defined in section 1 of chapter 32 and shall be a member of the Massachusetts state employees’ retirement system.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-78

GOV 78

Statewide Election Cybersecurity

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section __, the following section:-

Section _. Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, the secretary of state, in consultation with the United States election assistance commission, shall develop and promulgate new rules and standards to ensure the cyber-security and general security of elections in the Commonwealth to combat election fraud and other election security threats.

Such rules as promulgated by the secretary shall be in compliance set forth by the United States department of homeland security as to the requirements of election security.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-79

GOV 79

Asset Limits

Mr. Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by striking Sections 18, 19, and 32.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-80

GOV 80

Motorcycle Safety Fund

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following section:-

SECTION _. Chapter 10 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting after section 35DDD the following section:-

35EEE There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Motorcycle Safety Fund for motorcycle safety related activities. Such fund shall consist of all revenues received by the commonwealth under section thirty-four of chapter ninety and which are specifically designed therein for said Motorcycle Safety Fund.

All revenues credited under this section shall remain in said Motorcycle Safety Fund, subject to appropriation to establish motorcycle safety related activities.

Section _. Section 34 of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking the words “(i) $2 from every motorcycle registration issued pursuant to section 2 shall be deposited into the General Fund and used solely for the purpose of promoting and advancing motorcycle safety;” and inserting in place thereof the following:-

(i) $2 from every motorcycle registration issued pursuant to section 2 shall be deposited monthly into a separate fund known as the Motorcycle Safety Fund for the purpose of promoting and advancing motorcycle safety; provided, however, that the registrar shall provide rebates of not less than $150 to persons under the age of 21 who successfully complete a motorcycle basic rider course approved by the registrar pursuant to section 8 and that the total of such rebates shall not exceed 20 per cent of the funds so deposited. All revenues credited under this section shall remain in the Motorcycle Safety Fund to administer a motorcycle safety program, which shall include, but not be limited to, funding registrar approved rider education courses and instructor training, maintaining a policy manual that shall provide minimum requirements for instructors and businesses that offer approved rider education courses in the commonwealth, the Motorcycle Awareness Program in Section 13D of Chapter 71 of the General Laws, and public awareness efforts. The State Treasurer shall not deposit such revenues in, or transfer such revenues to, the General Fund or any other fund other than the Motorcycle Safety Fund. The State Treasurer shall produce annually, an accounting report detailing income and expenditures relating to said Motorcycle Safety Fund, deliverable to the Chairman of the Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA), the house and senate chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation, and the clerks of the senate and house of representatives.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-81

GOV 81

Veterans' Bonus Division Statutory Corrections

Messrs. Feeney, Timilty, O'Connor and Gomez moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section X the following section: -

 

"SECTION X. Subsection (b) of section 78 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, as amended by chapter 124 of the acts of 2020, is hereby amended by striking out the words “for service” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- or similar medal for service in a combat operation.

 

SECTION X. Section 78 of chapter 10 of the General Laws, as so amended, is hereby further amended by striking out subsection (e) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:- 

 

(e) Applications under this section shall be filed with the state treasurer, upon forms to be furnished by state treasurer. The state treasurer may accept the written statement of the clerk of a city or town that a person claiming pay or on whose account pay is claimed by a dependent or heir-at-law, under this section, was domiciled therein on the first day of January, in any year, as prima facie evidence of the fact of such domicile and may accept such other evidence of domicile as the state treasurer may consider adequate or necessary. The clerk of a city or town shall, at the request of the state treasurer, immediately furnish such information relative to such domicile as the clerk's records may disclose. The state treasurer may require and accept such additional evidence as the state treasurer may consider necessary to establish the fact of domicile within the commonwealth as provided under paragraph (1) of subsection (b). 

 

Upon request, the adjutant general shall coordinate with and shall provide any necessary information to the state treasurer for the purpose of carrying out this section. Where appropriate, the state treasurer shall furnish to the adjutant general a copy of a DD–214 form or equivalent documentation as determined by the adjutant general for the permanent records of the military division of the commonwealth. 

 

SECTION X. Section 93 of chapter 124 the acts of 2020 is hereby amended by striking out the words “in direct response to” and inserting in place thereof the following word:- during.

 

SECTION X.  Item 0610-2000 of section 2 of chapter 227 of the acts of 2020 is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following words:- ; and provided further, that funds in this item shall be made available until June 30, 2022."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-82

GOV 82

Responsible PRIM Investment

Mr. Feeney moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section X the following section: -

"SECTION X. Section 23 of chapter 32 of the General Laws, as amended by section 14 of chapter 358 of the acts of 2020, is hereby amended by adding the following subdivision:-

(9)(a) The PRIM board shall develop and maintain a policy to quantify and evaluate the environmental, social and governmental risk of PRIT fund investments. Such policy shall incorporate environmental, social and governmental risk into the investment analysis and decision-making process, with the goal of mitigating any such risk and encouraging high standards of performance in the companies and other entities in which the PRIT fund invests.  Such policy shall include a requirement that investment managers and businesses disclose environmental, social, and governmental risk factors to the PRIM board, in compliance with said policy.

(b) The PRIM board shall annually, on or before January 15 of each year, file with the house and senate committee on ways and means and the joint committee on public service a report detailing its progress toward implementing the policies and goals outlined above."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-83

GOV 83

Disabled Persons Protection Commission PAC

Messrs. Barrett, Moore, O'Connor, Gomez and Timilty moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1107-2501, by inserting after the word "recorded" the following words:- "prior appropriation continued".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-84

GOV 84

MBTA Capital Reporting

Messrs. Collins, Timilty, Tarr and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1595-6369, by inserting after the words "which shall include" the following:- "the status of capital projects,"


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-84-R1

Redraft GOV 84

MBTA Capital Reporting

Messrs. Collins, Timilty, Tarr and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1595-6369, by inserting after the word "expended", in line 10, the following words:- "; provided further, that said reports shall include the status of ongoing and planned capital projects under the purview of the authority".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-85

GOV 85

Organization Transformation Reserve Funding

Mr. Hinds moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, by inserting after item 1599-7104 the following item:- 

“1599-0999 For a reserve to assist agencies in organizational transformation and other improvements; provided, that funds shall be expended to implement changes in space use across Executive department offices with the aims of optimizing efficient services for the public, increasing telecommuting opportunities for employees, and reducing lease costs where feasible and advisable……………$1,000,000”


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-86

GOV 86

Fund to the commonwealth

Messrs. Tarr, O'Connor and Fattman moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following new section:-

"SECTION_. The secretary of administration and finance monthly shall submit the clerks of the house and senate, committee on ways and means and on public facing website the amount of federal funds received due to the novel 2019 corona virus, funds that have been appropriated, funds that are obligated but not yet appropriated, and funds that have been received and not appropriated."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-87-R1

Redraft GOV 87

Downtown New Bedford Star Store

Mr. Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1599-7104, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that the division of capital asset management and maintenance, prior to August 15, 2021, shall enter into a lease extension, not to exceed one year, for the facility located on 182 Union Street in the city of New Bedford; provided further, that said extension shall retain the option for the commonwealth to purchase the building pursuant to the original lease terms; provided further, that prior to executing the lease extension, the division, in collaboration with the inspector general, shall audit the current state of the facility and report on the costs necessary to bring the property into a state of good repair, identifying any maintenance deficiencies incurred at no-fault of the lessor; provided further, that no funds shall be expended except for costs to repair no-fault deferred maintenance necessary to bring the building into a state of good repair in addition to direct operating costs incurred by the university; and provided further, that subject to appropriation, the division shall execute said option for the commonwealth to purchase the building at the conclusion of said lease extension.”


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-87

GOV 87

Downtown New Bedford Star Store

Mr. Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 1599-7104, by striking the last sentence and inserting in place thereof the following:-  “provided, that the division of capital asset management and maintenance, prior to August 15, 2021, shall enter into a lease extension, not to exceed one year, for the facility located on 182 Union Street in the city of New Bedford; provided further, that said extension shall retain the option for the commonwealth to purchase the building pursuant to the original lease terms; provided further, that prior to executing the lease extension, the division, in collaboration with the inspector general, shall audit the current state of the facility and report on the costs necessary to bring the property into a state of good repair, identifying any maintenance deficiencies incurred at no-fault of the lessor versus any maintenance unreasonably delayed; and provided further, that no funds shall be expended except for costs to repair no-fault deferred maintenance necessary to bring the building into a state of good repair in addition to direct operating costs incurred by the university”


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-88-R1

Redraft GOV 88

Quasi Entities

Messrs. Tarr and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting before section 4 the following section:-

“SECTION A4. Chapter 6A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 16CC the following section:-

Section 16DD. (a) For purposes of this section, the term “quasi-government agency” shall mean a corporation that: (i) is supported by the government to provide services to citizens, including, but not limited to, operating public buses and rail systems, developing drinking water and managing public pension information; and (ii) has certain budgetary, governing and policy-making independence from the executive and legislative branches.

(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a quasi-government agency shall submit compensation information to the comptroller and the comptroller shall post such information on the commonwealth’s open checkbook website.

(c) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the state auditor shall publicly post audits conducted of a quasi-government agency on its website.


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-88

GOV 88

Quasi Entities

Messrs. Tarr and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting after section _ the following new section:-

"SECTION_. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary a quasi government agency shall submit compensation information to the comptroller for posting on the state opencheckbook website. For purposes of this section a quasi government agency shall be defined as a corporation that is supported by the government to provide services to citizens but has certain budgetary, governing, and policy-making independence from the Executive and Legislative branches. Quasi government agency services include but are not limited to operating public buses and rail systems, developing drinking water, and managing public pension information.

SECTION_. Notwithstanding and general or special law to the contrary the state auditor shall publicly post audits conducted of a quasi government agency.  For purposes of this section a quasi government agency shall be defined as a corporation that is supported by the government to provide services to citizens but has certain budgetary, governing, and policy-making independence from the Executive and Legislative branches. Quasi government agency services include but are not limited to operating public buses and rail systems, developing drinking water, and managing public pension information."


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-89

GOV 89

Special Commission on Black History Curricula in Public Education Across Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Messrs. Collins, O'Connor and Gomez moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0950-0000, by inserting at the end thereof the following:- "provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on the establishment of the Massachusetts Black History Commission." and in said item by striking the figures "$300,000" and inserting in place thereof the following figures:-"$600,000"


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-89-R1

Redraft GOV 89

Special Commission on Black History Curricula in Public Education Across Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Messrs. Collins, O'Connor and Gomez moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 7010-0005, by adding the following words:- "; provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended for the development of Black history curricula for public schools, in consultation with the commission on the status of African Americans established under section 1 of chapter 253 of the acts of 2020 and other relevant commissions; provided further, that the department, in consultation with the commission, shall seek input from relevant stakeholders on the creation of such curricula including, but not limited to, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research"; and

in said section 2, in said item 7010-0005, by striking out the figure "$12,096,260" and inserting in place thereof the following figure:-"$12,396,260".


Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-90

GOV 90

Permanent Commission on The Status of Citizens of Haitian Descent

Messrs. Collins and O'Connor moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2, in item 0950-0000, by inserting at the end thereof the following:- "provided further, that not less than $300,000 shall be expended on the establishment of a permanent commission on the status of citizens of Haitian descent. 2 persons appointed by the governor, 2 persons appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, 2 persons appointed by the president of the senate, 2 persons appointed by the state treasurer, 2 persons appointed by the state secretary, and 2 persons appointed by the attorney general. Members of the commission shall be drawn from citizens of the commonwealth who have demonstrated a commitment to the Haitian American community. Members shall be subject to the provisions of chapter 268A as they apply o special state employees." and in said item by striking the figures "$300,000" and inserting in place thereof the following figures:-"$600,000"