Thursday, May. 24, 2012
Senate debates budget; approves Joyce amendment
The MBA remains fully engaged in advocating for funding important to the administration of justice.
The Senate, in yesterday's fiscal year 2013 budget debate,
approved an amendment filed by Sen. Brian A. Joyce that adds
$500,000 to the Senate budget bringing total Senate funding to
$11.5 million, $500,000 less than the House budget. The Senate
appropriation for the Trial Court is $561.9 million, roughly $1
million more than the House.
Following the conclusion of the Senate debate, which is expected
today, both branches will appoint a conference committee. The
conference committee will be charged with producing one final
budget, which will then be sent to both branches for an up or down
vote. The budget will then be sent to Gov. Deval L. Patrick for his
approval. Fiscal year 2013 begins on July 1, 2012.