Office of the Clerk of the Senate

William F. Welch
Senate Clerk

Office of the Clerk of the Senate
24 Beacon Street
Room 335 — State House
Boston, MA 02133 
Tel: 617-722-1276

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Legislative Deadlines & Significant Dates



2015-2016 Session Legislative Deadlines
AND Significant Dates
 

First Annual Session
 
JANUARY 7, 2015
— 1st Wednesday in January of Each Year —
House and Senate convene.
 
JANUARY 16, 2015
— 3rd Friday in January of 1st Annual Session —
Deadline for Submitting Petitions (5:00 p.m.).
 
By MARCH 4, 2015
— Within 3 Weeks of Convening of the General Court —
Governor submits General Appropriation Bill
(except 1st year of a term of a new Governor — within 8 weeks).
 
LATE FEBRUARY or EARLY MARCH
4 Weeks after Appointment of Committees in 1st Annual Session
Deadline for Submitting Committee Rules.
 
APRIL 29, 2015
— Last Wednesday in April —
Last day to report on Proposals for Amendments
to the Constitution.
(Note: In the 2nd year, reports may be made only on measures
referred subsequent to
Last Wednesday in April of 1st Annual Session).
 
MAY 13, 2015
— 2nd Wednesday in May of Each Year —
Last day to call up a Proposal for an Amendment
to the Constitution and
Last day for the convening of the Joint Session to
consider Amendments to the Constitution.
 
MAY 13, 2015
— 2nd Wednesday in May —
Last day for the House committee on Ways and Means
to report the General Appropriation Bill.
 
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
— 3rd Wednesday of November —
in First Annual Session
Last day for Formal Sessions.
 
JANUARY 5, 2016
Tuesday preceding the
— 1st Wednesday in January of 2nd year —
Last day of Session of the 1st Annual Session.
 
 
 Second Annual Session (2016)
 
JANUARY 6, 2016
— 1st Wednesday in January of Each Year —
House and Senate convene.
 
JANUARY 27, 2016
— Within 3 weeks of convening of the General Court —
Governor submits General Appropriation Bill.
 
MARCH 16, 2016
— 3rd Wednesday of March in 2nd Annual Session —
Joint Rule 10 deadline.
Last day for reports to be made from joint committees
[except Health Care Financing]
(on matters referred to them before to the previous
3rd Wednesday of February).
 
APRIL 27, 2016
— Last Wednesday in April of Each Session —
Last day to report on Proposals for Amendments
to the Constitution.
(Note: In the 2nd year, reports may be made only on measures
referred to committees subsequent to
Last Wednesday in April of 1st Annual Session).
 
— Joint Rule 10 Day for committee on Health Care Financing
 
MAY 3, 2016
— Tuesday preceding first Wednesday in May —
Last day to enact Initiative Petitions for changes in Laws.
 
MAY 11, 2016
— 2nd Wednesday in May of Each Year —
Last day to call up a late filed Proposal for an
Amendment to the Constitution.
 
MAY 11, 2016
— 2nd Wednesday in May —
Last day for the House committee on Ways and Means
to report the General Appropriation Bill.
 
Sunday,
JULY 31, 2016
— Last day of July of the 2nd Annual Session —
Last day for Formal Sessions.
 
 NOVEMBER 2, 2016
— 1st Wednesday in November —
Agency Filings Due by 5:00 P.M. for
consideration in the 190th General Court.
 
Tuesday,
JANUARY 3, 2017
Tuesday preceding the
convening of a new General Court
— on the 1st Wednesday in January of the 3rd year —
 Last day of Session of the 2nd Annual Session.