Agreement Negotiated on Local Government Bill

massachusetts-state-house-300x198BOSTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a wide-ranging bill that seeks to make local government more efficient.

The so-called municipal modernization bill, slated for a final vote in both chambers Sunday, is designed to give cities and towns more flexibility to manage their own affairs.

The compromise bill Saturday did not, however, include a Senate-backed provision that would give communities more control over the granting of liquor licenses.

Talks continued on other major legislation, and legislative leaders remained hopeful that agreements could be reached on other measures before the midnight Sunday deadline for ending formal legislative sessions.

Proposals to reshape the state’s energy future and regulate ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft were among the measures hanging in the balance.

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