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Thursday, May. 24, 2012
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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.

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