Mass. Tech Hub Caucus to meet on Monday to propose Innovative Communities bill

State Senator Karen Spilka - ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE
State Senator Karen Spilka - ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Massachusetts Legislative Tech Hub Caucus co-chairwomen Senator Karen Spilka and Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante will be holding a meeting on Monday that will focus on a proposed “Innovative Communities” bill.

The new Innovative Communities program appears to be a way to make it easier for municipalities and tech companies to work together on civic innovation. As the press release from state Senator Spilka’s office said, the Innovative Communities bill would serve as “a common place of access, education, and connection for startups and municipalities seeking innovative technology solutions.”

The proposed bill seeks to be a way to avoid the problems that have arisen around companies like Uber and Lyft, as well as the issues that occurred when Haystack, a Baltimore-based parking app, tried to sell access to public parking spots this past summer. Most likely, the bill would try to replicate the process that allowed a startup like TicketZen, which worked with the City of Boston to make it easier to pay parking tickets, to win a recent contract from the city.

The Innovative Communities bill comes from an idea that was presented at a November “Idea-a-thon,” that focused on making it easier for startups and the government to work together. At Monday’s meeting, “Senator Spilka will discuss the ongoing, collaborative process of transforming the winning idea into draft legislation and invite attendees to share feedback,” the release said.

Dennis Keohane was a Senior Staff Writer for BetaBoston.
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