Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Representative Vieira Appointed to Municipal Modernization Conference Committee

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is pleased to announce his appointment of Representative David Vieira (R-Falmouth) as a member of the municipal modernization bill conference committee.
The House of Representatives and the Senate recently approved different versions of An Act to modernize municipal finance and government in an attempt to give cities and towns more flexibility and local control, in part by updating or eliminating obsolete laws and streamlining state oversight.  The two bills reflect many of the provisions that were included in the Baker-Polito Administration’s version of the bill filed last December.

Representative Vieira will serve on the conference committee alongside Senators Barbara L'Italien (D-Andover), Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) and Patrick O'Connor (R-Weymouth), as well as Representatives Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy) and Paul Donato (D-Medford).  The conferees will try to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, with the goal of producing a compromise proposal that can be sent to Governor Charlie Baker for his signature before the end of formal legislative sessions on July 31.

“As a longtime town moderator, Representative Vieira has a tremendous understanding of the issues that are most relevant to our cities and towns,” said Representative Jones.  “David will bring a wealth of real-world knowledge and expertise to the conference committee as it works to produce a bill that will give communities the tools they need to better manage their finances and day-to-day operations.”

Representative Vieira currently serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security; the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets; and the House and Joint Committees on Rules.  He represents the Third Barnstable District, which consists of Precincts 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Bourne; Precincts 3, 4, 7, 8 and 9 in Falmouth; and the town of Mashpee.