Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget
The EJC’s legislative funding campaign calls on state lawmakers to adequately fund the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) line item in the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget. Check back soon for the official budget request amount.
Below is a timeline of the budget process. Your voice and input is important throughout this process. Find out how to get involved and have your say.
- Governor's budget:
- Gov. Deval Patrick recommended $14 million for civil legal aid in his FY15 budget recommendation issued on January 22, 2014.
- House budget:
- The House Ways & Means Committee recommended $13 million for civil legal aid in its budget proposal issued April 9.
- >>The House debates and votes on their budget during the week of April 28.
- Senate budget:
- The Senate Ways and Means Committee reports its version of the budget to the full Senate in May 2014.
- The full Senate considers, debates and votes on amendments. The Senate then approves a final, amended version of the bill.
- Conference Committee budget:
- The House and Senate each appoint 3 members to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate proposals in early June 2014.
- The conference committee reports a final compromise bill to the House and Senate. Each branch votes to accept the final budget and it is then sent to the Governor.
- Governor's approval:
- Gov. Patrick has 10 days to sign the final budget into law once it reaches his desk. He may also veto or reduce specific line items.
- Legislative override:
- The Legislature can override the Governor's vetoes with a two-thirds vote in each branch. The House must vote first to override any vetoes before they may be considered by the Senate.
- Final budget:
- Following any legislative overrides, the final budget, called the General Appropriations Act (GAA), goes into effect.
View the fact sheet on legal aid funding in FY15 [PDF]