GIA Update- House Budget Amendments

April 17, 2019 11:01 AM | Anonymous

4-15-19

As you know the deadline for budget amendments was yesterday at 5PM.  We went through the list and identified the list below.  A copy of the text is included in the attached document - click here.  Happy to answer any question or discuss in greater detail.  The budget debate will begin on Monday, April 22nd so we have this week to let our legislators know how we feel about these.

 

A#

Title

Sponsor

Position

230

Pesticides for Hemp and Cannabis Cultivation

Rogers, D.

FYI

618

Employer Medical Assistance Contribution Tax

O'Connell

FYI

996

Healthy Soils Pilot Program

Schmid

FYI

1157

Minor Minimum Wage

Hill

FYI

1197

Neonic Review Draft Amendment

Finn

Support

1298

UMass Extension Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory

Mark

Support

1339

Protecting Massachusetts Pollinators

Dykema

Oppose

 

 

 

 

Thanks to those of you who reached out to their State Reps asking for their co-sponsorship on #1298 by Rep. Mark relative to funding for the soil testing equipment.  Please touch base with them again, or for the first time, asking for their support for that one as well as #1197 by Rep. Finn and in opposition to #1339 by Rep. Dykema. 

These two (1197, 1339) are relative to neonics.  The Dykema amendment is the same as her legislation and we asked Rep. Michael Finn to file a modified study amendment as an alternative.  This is a similar scenario to last year and we hope to keep her legislation out of the budget once again.  She filed her bill and the committee should handle this rather than it being added to the budget.

Happy to discuss in greater detail or answer any questions.

Stephen A. Boksanski, Principal

BCB Government Relations, Inc.

617-423-6600 | 617-835-6394 (m)

 

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