Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Tuesday delivered a powerful blow to Governor Deval Patrick’s bid to end employee noncompete agreements, an issue that has also split the state’s technology sector.
The Winthrop Democrat declined to include the proposed ban on noncompete clauses in an economic development package House leaders unveiled Tuesday. The ban was the star provision of a similar jobs bill the governor had filed in April.
DeLeo’s plan would appear to be a rebuttal to Patrick’s, though the speaker noted he has talked about submitting an economic development package since the beginning of the year. Indeed, DeLeo did not even mention the noncompete issue in his remarks.
“One of the most important aspects that we have to address in the House, especially in these difficult economic times, is the creation of jobs, jobs, and more jobs,” DeLeo said. “That’s what this legislation does.”
Both bills aim to strengthen the state’s high technology sector, with funds earmarked for education and skills training, and efforts to create jobs in gateway cities like Lowell, Fall River, and Lawrence. But a glaring difference is on noncompete agreements.
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