From Senator Julian Cyr (verbatim):
I want to provide an update on where things stand for a stable funding stream for municipal police training, since many have asked for an update. The Massachusetts Senate voted to establish this funding via an amendment I filed to the FY19 budget we took up in May; the House also adopted the same proposal as a standalone bill. A conference committee between the chambers is now deliberating to put out a compromise state budget for FY19 for a July 1st deadline — I am hopeful that the municipal police training proposal will be in the final FY19 budget, but I’d like to ask for your help to improve the chances. The most effective way to help right now, and make sure this gets done quickly via the state budget, would be to call the three House members on that state budget conference committee and ask them to agree to include the municipal police training funding amendment in the budget. Those members are Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (617-722-2990), Rep. Stephen Kulik (617-722-2380), and Rep. Todd Smola (617-722-2100). It's helpful if you either speak with a staffer or leave a voicemail. Here’s the link to the amendment, it’s senate budget amendment #1147: https://malegislature.gov/…/GetA…/190/S4/1114/Senate/Preview
I’m grateful for all the effective and strong advocacy that Chief Frederickson and the Mass. Chiefs of Police Association has provided, and to the entire Cape & Islands legislative delegation. With your help, we’ll get this done and to the Governor's desk in the next 10 days.