April 26, 2017

State of Politics: Spurned by Healey on gun control response, House GOP attempts to hold funding

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Attorney General Maura Healey

Also inside: House lawmakers adding millions to proposed $40.3B fiscal 2018 budget; while Baker eyes five-year plan to boost affordable housing.

State of Politics is an occasional collection of news and notes from on and around Beacon Hill compiled from the latest reports by State House News Service.

HOUSE GOP STILL WAITING FOR HEALEY RESPONSE ON GUNS

House Republicans are still waiting for Attorney General Maura Healey’s response to letters they and other lawmakers sent last summer about her heightened enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban, and on Monday night tried to hold up some of the attorney general’s funding until they receive a reply.

When a package of budget amendments dealing with constitutional officers came up for a vote Monday night, April 24, House Minority Leader Brad Jones offered a further amendment that would have withheld about $800,000 from Healey’s office “until an appropriate response is provided.”

Healey announced last July that she would double down on enforcement of the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban, specifically focusing on what she called “copycats” of firearms banned under that law. In response, a bipartisan group of 58 lawmakers sent her a letter opposing “in the strongest possible terms” her decision and the way she announced it.

The letter was signed by several Central Mass. legislators, including Sens. Michael O. Moore, Ryan C. Fattman, Jennifer L. Flanagan and Anne M. Gobi; and Reps. Kate D. Campanale, Kimberly N. Ferguson, Paul K. Frost, Hannah Kane and David K. Muradian Jr.


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