MA Bill Improves Compensation – 2019

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Regulating Fees

During the spring 2019 legislative session, Massachusetts Senator Sal DiDomenico submitted a bill, S1833, to increase the fees that justices of the peace are allowed to charge to officiate a wedding – from $100 to $120 for in-town ceremonies, and $150 to $180 for out-of-town. As far as we know, the Commonwealth is the only state that restricts fees this way.

Related Links

  • JPus’ white paper about 1-Day solemnizers speaks to the implications of regulating JP’s fees
  • S 1831 establishes a commission study to evaluate the One-Day rule
  • Other JPus advocacy

JPus Statement of Support

JPus is not in favor of the state regulating how much a JP may charge a client. Especially since the state’s other officiants aren’t controlled this way. But, as long as Massachusetts has such rules on the books, we support increasing the cap and we support this bill.

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