Regulation

Uber uses threats, political pressure to thwart regs

Uber uses threats, political pressure to thwart regs

Company selectively pulls out from some areas requiring fingerprints

AS LAWMAKERS CONTINUE to work on legislation to regulate the emerging ride-hailing industry in Massachusetts, the biggest sticking point appears to be mandating fingerprints for drivers, a move that has triggered threats by transportation network companies such as Uber to pull up stakes in places where such a policy has been instituted. While no Uber(...)

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Fantasy sports come to grips with reality

The argument over whether playing fantasy sports for money is legal is long-past settled. Congress, under heavy lobbying from professional sports leagues, gave a specific carve-out for fantasy leagues to operate when it passed the Internet Gaming Act in 2006. And there is also little debate that fantasy sports is real gambling, pure and simple, especially with(...)

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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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Regulatory review a dangerous path

Regulatory review a dangerous path

Baker's call to streamline rules threatens forward-looking Massachusetts policies

NOW THAT SPRING has finally arrived in the Commonwealth, many of us are starting our spring cleaning – getting rid of clutter, washing windows and drapes, dusting away cobwebs. And perhaps that is Gov. Baker’s intention with his recent executive order calling for a review of all existing regulations enforced by the executive branch – to(...)

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