March 8 UPDATE: Due to a power issue at city hall, the Newburyport Legislative Breakfast scheduled for tomorrow, March 9, has been cancelled.

Rep. Carmine Gentile speaks about education policy and school finance during a Legislative Breakfast Meeting in Stow on Sept. 22, 2017

The MMA will be holding six spring Legislative Breakfast Meetings in March in Fairhaven, Gardner, Hudson, Newburyport, Palmer and Pittsfield.

Local leaders can meet with state legislators who represent their communities as well as MMA staff for an event of networking, exchanging information, and discussing issues of importance in state and local government in an informal atmosphere.

The spring meetings are an opportune time to weigh in on Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed fiscal 2019 state budget before the House and Senate draft their own budget bills for the coming year.

Other topics expected to be discussed are the recreational marijuana regulations due by March 15, the governor’s new Housing Choice Initiative, a new law that extends Occupational Safety and Health Administration protections to public workers, and other legislative issues.

A continental breakfast will be provided by the MMA at 8 a.m. Introductions will begin at 8:15, followed by presentations and Q&A. The meetings will end by 10 a.m.

Attendees are urged to contact their local legislators and invite them to attend as well.

Meetings will be held on the following Fridays:

March 2Details and registration
• Fairhaven, Town Hall, 40 Center St.
• Palmer, Town Hall, Council Meeting Room, 4417 Main St.

March 9 – Details and registration
• Hudson, Town Hall Auditorium, 78 Main St.
• Newburyport, City Hall Auditorium, 60 Pleasant St. – CANCELLED

March 16 – Details and registration
• Gardner, Levi Heywood Memorial Library, 55 West Lynde St.
• Pittsfield, City Hall, Council chambers, 70 Allen St.

While meetings are free to attend, members are asked to pre-register online or by mail. Please note: The registration deadline for each meeting is one week prior.

For more information, contact the MMA’s Legislative Division at (617) 426-7272.