Legislative sessions in Massachusetts are two years. The 2017-2018 session starts in January 2017 and runs through July 2018. Each session, the process starts at the beginning.
- We introduce the bill and obtain sponsors. Here's how many sponsors we obtained each session:
2017-2018 session: 48
2015-2016 session: 58
2013-2014 session: 39
2011-2012 session: 13
- We file the bill.
- The Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development holds a public hearing, where they listen to testimony.
- If approved, the bill moves to the House. State reps examine the bill for legality, constitutionality, and the duplication or contradiction of existing law. The bill then heads back to the House or Senate floor for debate and amendments.
- If approved, the bill moves onto the Engrossment Committee at the Third Reading.
- If approved, the Senate considers the bill through three readings and engrossment. If amended, the bill returns to the House for another vote. If the bill is rejected, three members of each branch draft a compromise bill.
- The bill gets enacted by the legislature.
- The bill gets signed by the governor. Ninety days after the governor's signature, the bill becomes law.