2001 Massachusetts Bicycle-Related Legislation

Click on bill numbers for legislative histories, brief descriptions or titles of bills for full text, and committee names for membership.

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MassBike Legislation

State Representative Anne Paulsen has filed two new bills in the Mass. legislature:

The Joint Committee on Transportation hearing on H.2101 was on June 5 at 10:00 am in State House Room A2.
Write your legislators to support this bill

The Joint Committee on Taxation public hearing for H. 2095 (the sales tax bill) was at 10:00 am on March 27th in Room A-1 of the State House.
Read about current state sales tax exemptions.

Legislation to Abolish the MDC

Two bills filed by Senator Michael W. Morrissey of Quincy would transfer the properties and responsibilities of the Metropolitan District Commission to other agencies: Governor Swift has filed the following bill: The Joint Committee on Ways and Means public hearing on the state budget, which includes switching funding from MDC to MassHighway for parkways & bridge maintenance will be on March 28th in the State House Gardener Auditorium.
The Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture hearing on H. 3029 was on Thursday, May 17th, at 10:00 a.m. in Room B-2.
The Joint Committee on Housing and Urban Development hearings on S.628, S.629 will be on May 30 in Room B-2 of the State House at 10am.
Here is some perspective on the MDC from Bruce McWhirk of the Metropolitan Parks Council.

Requiring Bicycle Helmet Use to Age 17

Two bills filed by Representative Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. of Cambridge and a third bill filed by extend the age through which the wearing of helmets by bicyclists is required: The public hearing for all three bills before the Joint Committee on Public Safety is at 10:00 am on March 29 in Room A-2 of the State House.
Read John Allens commentary first.

Changing Municipal Bicycle Law Enforcement

Representative William C. Galvin of Canton has filed

Requiring a Charles River Masterplan

Senator Cynthia S. Creem of Newton has filed

Other Massachusetts Legislation

To find other proposed legislation,
click here to search state House and Senate proposed legislation for the word bicycle. Much of it is online as of March 28, 2001, though the text of neither of Anne Paulsen's bills has made it onto the General Court web server.

Last updated May 24, 2001 by Doug Mink, dmink@massbike.org