HOLYOKE — Legislators gave city councilors updates about state issues this week including a reminder of an upcoming public hearing on rules to regulate recreational marijuana businesses.
The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission will hold the hearing from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at Holyoke Community College (HCC) in the Leslie Philips Theater, 303 Homestead Ave., according to the commission website.
On Jan. 29, the City Council Development and Government Relations Committee received updates from state Sen. Donald R. Humason, R-Westfield, state Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, and Michael R. Knapik, who heads Gov. Charlie Baker’s Western Massachusetts office in Springfield.
Committee Chairman David K. Bartley said such updates are helpful to hear how state issues are affecting Holyoke.
Vega delivered details about the Cannabis Control Commission public hearing. He also discussed work to get state funding and other help to assist the city in dealing with the Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees and ensuring strong state funding for the public schools continues.
Knapik said Baker has asked that legislators approve $15 million to help schools that have taken Puerto Rican evacuees, in a supplemental budget bill,