On June 4, 2020, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted “An Act Relative to Municipal Governance During the COVID-19 Emergency.” The Governor signed the bill into law on June 5, 2020. This bill is the third in a series of legislation designed to mitigate the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic has created for municipal operations, budgets, and governance. The legislation largely addresses municipal elections, town meetings, and municipal finance questions. This client alert summarizes the legislation’s increased flexibility regarding town meetings and elections. A second client alert will address the law’s provisions regarding municipal finance.
Mary Ellen Sowyrda, a Partner at Murphy, Hesse Toomey & Lehane, LLP, prevailed on behalf of her client, Hamilton-Wenham Regional School Distrist (“District”), for the second time in two months. In June 2021, Ms. Sowyrda received a favorable decision from the Bureau of Special Education (“BSEA”) in response to the District’s request for substitute consent to perform a three-year evaluation of a student. The second favorable Decision, involving the same student, is a result of a Hearing Request filed Read More
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) which provides for a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package. State and local governments, and also many educational entities, will receive substantial funding. Having endured the last year of the global COVID-19 pandemic, both states and local governments, as well as schools, have experienced unexpected expenses, losses in revenues, and budgetary burdens. The purpose of this Client Alert is to explain generally how funds from the ARPA relief aid have been designated to alleviate those COVID-19-related challenges.