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House passes military spending bill aimed at protecting Massachusetts bases from closure

Posted by Your Town  November 13, 2013 05:23 PM

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The House on Wednesday passed a $177 million military bond bill, which is unique in using state money to fund projects at military installations around the state.

The bill’s supporters see the investments as a potential method of insulating Massachusetts from future base closures.

Rep. Harold Naughton, a Clinton Democrat who is House chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, spoke briefly in favor of the legislation before members voted 148-0 to support the bill, sending it to the Senate.

Gov. Deval Patrick originally filed an eight-section bond bill (H 3334). The bill that passed, which was amended by the House Committee on Ways and Means, included an additional four sections, dictating the appointment of the task force and providing it with the ability to identify initiatives and business partnerships.

In 2005, the state approved a $261 military bond bill for missions at Hanscom Air Force Base and Natick Soldier Systems Center, however the military never went forward with the missions, and none of the money was spent. The new bill would remove that bond authorization.

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