Senator Friedman has sponsored the following bills relative to municipal government in the 2019-2020 legislative session:
- Summary: This bill would make technical corrections to the changes made by the Municipal Modernization Act to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 44, section 20 related to a municipality’s treatment of premiums (net of issuance costs) received when issuing debt.
- Summary: This bill would give municipalities the option of adopting an ecological tax exemption for satisfying local ecological needs. It would apply to real estate parcels that satisfy requirements for stormwater management, climate change adaptation, native-species habitat, vegetated permeable surface, vegetated water retention, water quality, soil health, foliage and tree cover, carbon sequestration, or other ecological services as specified by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and approved by the secretary of that office.
- Summary: This bill would create a special commission to identify and evaluate potential sites suitable for the location of a replacement justice complex in southern Middlesex County.
- Summary: This bill would mandate that a distribution or telephone company that has installed a double pole must complete the necessary wire transfers and pole removal within 90 days from the date of instillation, or pay a $200 daily fine (after 90 days) to the municipality where the pole is located. For any commercial or industrial construction project expected to take longer than one year to complete, the distribution and telephone companies would have six months to remove the double pole before paying the daily $200 fine to the municipality where the pole is located.