Gov. signs supplemental budget with pandemic-era extensions, key investments

Thank you to everyone who responded to our plea last month to urge the Governor to sign an extension to hybrid meeting options.  Due to your support, we are happy to announce that on March 29, 2023, Governor Maura Healey signed a supplemental 2023 budget bill [HERE] that includes a majority of her proposed “immediate needs” bond bill as well as extensions of pandemic-related authorizations related to public meetings and outdoor dining.  The new law extends the authorizations that were set to expire and now allow:

  • Remote and hybrid meeting options for public bodies through March 31, 2025
  • Remote and hybrid participation options for town meetings through March 31, 2025
  • Reduced quorums for open town meetings through March 31, 2025