Massachusetts’ top state legislator for economic-development issues said he expects the state government early next year to craft a bill to promote the state’s life-sciences industry based on the 10-year, $1 billion measure introduced earlier this year by Gov. Deval Patrick.
 
Such a move would clear the way for action by both houses of the General Assembly, which the legislator anticipated would come before spring when the State House will be mired in reviewing the state’s 2008-09 budget.
 

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