BOSTON (WWLP) - Lawmakers say they are closer to negotiating a final crime bill between the House and Senate.
House lawmakers have made an offer to senators on the details of the crime bill, which has seen little action since it was passed by the Legislature more than five months ago.
A six-member conference committee responsible for consolidating House and Senate versions passed versions of a three-strikes crime and sentencing bill met to discuss the offer. Lawmakers have narrowed down the details of the bill, including provisions that deal with drug offenses in school zones and parole board practices.
They have also narrowed down the list of crimes - a little over 30 - that will count towards the three-strikes rule that bars habitual offenders from parole.
"We're getting closer is I think a fair statement to make, " said Rep. Eugene O'Flaherty (D-Chelsea)
Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton) agreed, adding that there is still work to do. "We are getting closer, we are certainly talking about a balanced bill, but we are not prepared to close the discussion, and I think we wanted some more time."
The House and Senate passed different versions of the crime bill in late-November.
The Conference committee said they intend to negotiate a final bill by the end of this legislative session, which means it will have to be done by the end of July.