Gov. Patrick Declares Mass. $1B Biotech Bill ‘On Track’ to Approval as Hearings End
 
BOSTON – A day after committees of the state General Assembly held the last of several planned hearings into Gov. Deval Patrick’s $1 billion, 10-year Life Sciences Initiative, the governor expressed confidence that he and legislative leaders would meet the timetable they announced last November for action on the bill.

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