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Plenty of bills wait for pols on vacation

<p>When state lawmakers return from a six-week recess in early 2010 theywill face a bevy of proposed bills that were left on the table as theholidays arrived. <br /></p>

When state lawmakers return from a six-week recess in early 2010 they will face a bevy of proposed bills that were left on the table as the holidays arrived.

Several more measures rest on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk with a looming deadline for action, including the House version of the 2010 supplemental budget.

Among the measures which may see movement in January:

  1. Gambling in Massachusetts has been a hot topic during Patrick’s tenure. While some proposals have been made others await an agreement on a solid framework from Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
  2. Patrick has also taken aim at pension re-form in the wake of an embarrassing string of ethics violations among elected officials. The governor has hinted he may soon offer his own proposal.
  3. There is finally momentum to enact a comprehensive bill on bullying, for years left on the legislative floor. Thirty-seven other states have laws, which require schools to report bullying incidents.
  4. Mixed martial arts is close to finding a permanent home in the Bay State. While not illegal at the time, supporters of a bill which would sanction this sport with huge dollar potential.
  5. A bill requiring drivers over the age of 75 to be re-tested, stalled just before the break. The measure, which gained support after a spate of accidents involving elderly drivers, has suffered due to contention over the exact age requirement.
 
 
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