Four separate hearings are being planned for discussions of the transportation bills filed by the Governor and Senate leadership. From the State House News Service:
Lawmakers are flushing out the details but at least four hearings are planned, beginning next week, on the transportation reform and financing plans sponsored by Senate leaders (S 10) and Gov. Deval Patrick (S 13). The first hearing is Wednesday, March 4 at 4 pm at Springfield Technical Community College. A hearing in the state’s southern region is planned for Thursday, March 5. On Tuesday, March 10, the committee holds a hearing at 5 pm in co-chairman Sen. Steven Baddour’s hometown of Methuen. Details are being ironed out for a Boston hearing on Wednesday, March 11. The hearings are likely to draw plenty of testimony on Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to raise the gas tax by 19 cents, which already has tongues wagging around the Commonwealth.
The Methuen hearing will be televised on local cable access, and I will have the entire hearing posted on You Tube sometime the next day. We have begun to test our equipment that will allow live broadcasts over the internet, but I am not sure we will be ready for this hearing.