House Session Summary – Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022
State House News Service
The House moved quickly through a handful of local bills Wednesday morning in a six-minute session before adjourning for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Local bills concerning an affordable housing project in Acton and amending Methuen’s home rule charter made their final passage through the chamber, and House advanced other local bills, including legislation to provide for electric vehicle charging stations in Cambridge. The House meets next on Monday in another informal session. – Sam Drysdale
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CONVENES: Rep. Donato of Medford banged the gavel at 11:02 a.m. and called the House to order. Rep. Wong of Saugus and Owens of Watertown were also on the rostrum.
PLEDGE: Members, staff and guests rose to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
METHUEN CHARTER: The House enacted H 4274 amendment of Section 3-4 of the home rule charter of the city of Methuen.
WORCESTER STREETS: The House enacted H 4327 private street betterment assessments in the city of Worcester.
FRAMINGHAM EDIC: The House enacted H 4352 establishing the Framingham Economic Development Corporation.
ACTON AFFORDABLE HOUSING: The House enacted H 5010 relative to bidding requirements for a certain affordable housing project in the town of Acton.
RESOLUTIONS: The House adopted a resolution by Rep. Keefe and other members of the House congratulating Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts on their 50th anniversary.
EXTENSION ORDER – PUBLIC SERVICE: The House adopted an extension order granting the Joint Committee on Public Service until Saturday, Dec. 31 to report on H 5362 for the retirement of Matthew Donoghue, a police officer in the city known as the Town of Braintree.
ORDERS OF THE DAY: There was no objection to proceeding with matters contained in the Orders of the Day.
HAVERHILL FIREFIGHTER: The House engrossed S 1697 authorizing Nikos Sofronas to take the civil service examination for the position of firefighter in the city of Haverhill notwithstanding the maximum age requirement.
CAMBRIDGE ELECTRIC VEHICLE: The House engrossed H 3858 providing for electric vehicle charging stations in the city of Cambridge.
HARDWICK SEWER: The House engrossed H 5241 abolishing the town of Hardwick Sewer Commission and delegating to the Select Board control over the Hardwick sewer redevelopment project.
TIME OF MEETING: The House adopted an order scheduling its next session for 11 a.m. Monday.
ADJOURNS ‘TIL MONDAY: The House adjourned at 11:08 a.m. to meet next on Monday at 11 a.m. in an informal session.