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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses

Date Time Topic Location Status Bills
4/13/2011 10:00 AM Community Preservation, Livable Communities and Smart Growth Planning Wilmington Public High School Completed
5/4/2011 10:00 AM Item Pricing Legislation Wilmington Public High School Completed
5/18/2011 10:00 AM Community Service Block Grants Wilmington Public High School Completed
6/1/2011 10:00 AM Bills relative to the following will be heard: tax exemptions for small businesses; 401(k) plans for small business; Low Profit Limited Liability Companies; A Municipal Building Repair Fund; the Capital Projects Partnership Program; and the Community Development Partnership Program. Wilmington Public High School Completed
6/15/2011 10:30 AM Bills relative to the following will be heard: pet stores, motor vehicle repair shops, scrap metal dealers, restaurants, retail stores, holiday hours, slotting allowances and the convention center finance district. Wilmington Public High School Completed
6/29/2011 10:30 AM Bills relative to the following will be heard: small business impact statements, franchise agreements, billboards, subdivision plans, small business exemptions from unemployment insurance, municipal permitting and a commission expanding opportunities for low-income communities. Wilmington Public High School Completed
10/11/2011 10:00 AM S1928 Western New England University Completed
3/15/2012 1:00 PM Hearing on H.380, An Act relative to commercial rebate expiration. Wilmington Public High School Completed
5/22/2012 11:00 AM Last session, the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business recommended favorably and the State Legislature passed new Small Business Impact Statement legislation as part of the omnibus Economic Development Reorganization Bill (Chapter 240 of the Acts of 2010). The law now requires state agencies to assess all new regulations by completing small business impact reviews before their implementation. It also necessitates the review of current regulations to determine their usefulness in view of unintended consequences on small businesses. As a result of the legislation, Governor Patrick has already approved changes to 150 regulations, including the full removal of 41, that will provide relief to businesses from Hair Salons to Fisheries. He expects to increase that number to 1,000 improvements by the end of this year. The Committee will host an oversight hearing on the progress of the Administration in implementing this new law. In addition, the Committee will hear testimony regarding the impact of other recent policies on the small business community in the Commonwealth. Wilmington Public High School Completed
7/25/2012 10:00 AM Hearing on H. 4234, An Act relative to price disclosure. Wilmington Public High School Completed