Margaret Monsell

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Stories by Margaret Monsell

Baker administration drops ball on regs

Baker administration drops ball on regs

Aversion to regulation shouldn't mean ignoring law

WITH ONLY DAYS left in this legislative session, plenty of lawmaking remains to be done. And even after the session ends, there will still be work left to do. One big task: Various executive branch agencies will have the job of putting forward regulations to fill in details that statutes didn’t cover. Some examples. The(...)

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For casino job hunters, good news and bad

For casino job hunters, good news and bad

A clearer path for those with criminal records, but credit history could trip some up

SOME GOOD NEWS recently for the MGM casino in Springfield and for folks hoping to land jobs there: The casino now has more discretion to handle criminal background checks for potential employees. Some background. Last year, at MGM’s request, the state Gaming Commission reviewed the law governing casino employment and concluded, to MGM’s disappointment, that(...)

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Debating immigration policy on Beacon Hill

Debating immigration policy on Beacon Hill

Lawmakers should reverse course on Republican amendment to criminal justice bill

IMMIGRATION REFORM isn’t part of the criminal justice reform bill House members will begin debating today, but Republican lawmakers want it to be. Maybe they’re right and it should be — but the Legislature should instead move in the opposite direction of the harmful plan that Republican amendments are proposing. Last week, Siham Byah, a(...)

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Baker opens a legal can of worms

Baker opens a legal can of worms

Pushes strict liability for deaths caused by distributing illegal drugs

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER filed new legislation last month to battle the opioid crisis. His bill proposes some “important updates” to our arsenal of weapons in this fight, one of which, he says, would add a measure of “accountability” to the current strategy of treatment, education, and prevention. Specifically, the governor intends to “ensure that those who(...)

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Convictions shouldn’t preclude all casino jobs

Convictions shouldn’t preclude all casino jobs

Finding a legislative fix may make for interesting politics

THE MGM SPRINGFIELD CASINO is scheduled to open late next year, and casino managers are worrying about how they’ll fill all the jobs that will need filling. The big problem: a section of the 2011 casino law that requires the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to prohibit the employment of any casino job applicant who was convicted of(...)

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Solution to domestic violence homicide: Fewer guns or more guns?

Solution to domestic violence homicide: Fewer guns or more guns?

Starkly different approaches proposed in bills

SINCE 2012, THERE have been 82 domestic violence homicides in Massachusetts, many involving the use of a gun. What’s to be done about these tragedies? The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Tuesday on two bills with starkly opposing solutions to the problem, both solutions involving access to guns. One bill would create a new kind(...)

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District attorneys abuse mandatory minimum drug sentences

District attorneys abuse mandatory minimum drug sentences

Boston school zone case underscores problem with laws

AS LAST MONTH’S MassINC poll reports, two-thirds of Massachusetts residents believe that drug use should be treated as a health problem rather than as a crime. And only 8 percent of Massachusetts residents agree with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that mandatory minimum sentencing is a wise criminal justice policy. But our drug laws haven’t changed(...)

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