Legislature

Communities seek change on pot opt-out

Communities seek change on pot opt-out

Officials want clearer path to outlaw retail marijuana

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE UNCERTAINTY OVER THE PROCESS cities and towns must follow to opt out of the sprouting legal marijuana market has sparked confusion across the state and needs to be clarified by the Legislature, the attorney general’s office and a municipal lobby said Monday. Cities and towns are urging lawmakers to let them(...)

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For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

State has long history of applying legislative fixes to ballot questions

MANY OF US have listened to Longfellow’s poem that reminds us that there “Comes a pause in the day’s occupations, that is known as the Children’s Hour.” Now that democracy has worked its magic in Massachusetts with the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, I suggest it is time for the Grown-Up’s Hour when it(...)

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Not the usual faces in state Senate race

Not the usual faces in state Senate race

A changing East Boston draws new blood to special election

FOR DECADES, AN East Boston resident has held the state Senate seat representing the First Suffolk and Middlesex District, which extends north from the neighborhood to Revere and reaches west to sections of Cambridge. Michael LoPresti in the 1970s and 80s. Robert Travaglini in the 1990s and early 2000s. Anthony Petruccelli from 2007 until he(...)

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Criminal justice reform bill stalls

Criminal justice reform bill stalls

Branches at odds over repeal of driver’s license suspension for drug offenders

A BILL TO end the mandatory suspension of the driver’s license of any drug offender, which looked like it was sailing through the State House as a consensus-winning, early step in a new push for criminal justice reform, has hit snag. There is broad agreement among legislators, Gov. Charlie Baker, and Attorney General Maura Healey(...)

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On ride-sharing, Legislature must embrace innovation

On ride-sharing, Legislature must embrace innovation

Regulation should help foster, not stifle, competition

MASSACHUSETTS HAS BEEN the cradle of innovation since our country’s birth. Big ideas, groundbreaking solutions and global advances in technology, medicine, government and education have been launched in our Commonwealth. In more recent years, Massachusetts has become recognized as the biggest technology industry competitor to Silicon Valley and our economy has been driven by innovation(...)

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Earned sick time is good for workers — and businesses

Earned sick time is good for workers — and businesses

New law should be implemented fully and without delay

MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS PASSED the earned sick time ballot question by an overwhelming margin last November and the Commonwealth’s new earned sick time law is scheduled to begin on July 1.  Attorney General Maura Healey has released preliminary regulations and scheduled a series of hearings across the state to solicit public input.  Regrettably, last ditch efforts(...)

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Senate ups ante in battle with House

Senate ups ante in battle with House

Votes to develop plans to end joint committee structure

IN A SHARP escalation of the infighting gripping Beacon Hill, the Senate took a major step Wednesday toward remaking the legislative process by ending the longstanding system of joint committees of the two branches and establishing separate Senate committees to consider bills. The Senate voted 39-0 to instruct the Senate Rules Committee to develop plans(...)

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Beacon Hill showdown looming

Beacon Hill showdown looming

Without House agreement on rules, Rosenberg says Senate will act on its own

AN INCREASINGLY ACRIMONIOUS battle between the House and Senate over legislative rules is heading toward a breaking point, as Senate President Stan Rosenberg said on Tuesday afternoon that the Senate is prepared to act unilaterally on Wednesday afternoon to solve the impasse if a conference committee of House and Senate members has not reached an(...)

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