Massachusetts Legislature

Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester

Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester

Disappointed Braintree mayor says it was Goldberg's decision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY plans to try a change of scenery, moving its administrative staff from its longtime headquarters in Braintree a few miles north to Dorchester. Putting the roughly 140 headquarters staff near UMass-Boston and within walking distance of the Red Line could appeal to a more diverse and younger workforce,(...)

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Compromise criminal justice bill unveiled

Compromise criminal justice bill unveiled

Backers say measure will reduce recidivism, prison population

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A HANDFUL OF MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCES for drug offenses would be repealed and the state’s approach to juvenile offenders overhauled in a sweeping criminal justice bill released Friday by House and Senate lawmakers. The completion of the compromise bill marks the end to months of private negotiations in the Legislature over(...)

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House passes new tax on short-term rentals

House passes new tax on short-term rentals

Airbnb called the measure 'onerous and overly burdensome"

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TRYING TO BRING STATE LAW in line with the new ways in which people rent short-term lodging, the Massachusetts House on Thursday passed legislation to regulate and tax the short-term rental industry. Short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO have grown in popularity over recent years, creating new revenue(...)

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Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal

Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal

Mayor says more time needed to enact regulations

JUST HOURS BEFORE the Boston City Council was set to vote – and likely reject – Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb, he withdrew his bill and said he’d come up with another “in the coming weeks.” “During a robust process, including s public hearing and(...)

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Wu seeks to limit short-term rentals

Wu seeks to limit short-term rentals

Amendment to Walsh plan would ban commercial units from Airbnb

BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR MICHELLE WU filed an amendment Monday to the mayor’s proposed ordinance on short-term rentals that would bar investors from purchasing properties and renting them out on platforms such as Airbnb. Wu’s amendment to Mayor Marty Walsh’s plan would also require people who register their home as a short-term unit to notify neighbors(...)

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DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

Now says 15 of the 33 were part of a reduction in force

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO used two different figures this week in describing the number of non-disclosure agreements signed by departing House employees during his tenure, and an explanation for that discrepancy has now emerged. DeLeo’s office said Thursday that “approximately 33” people who were terminated or left in a manner other(...)

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Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

DeLeo disputes notion that DiZoglio was pressured into signing an NDA

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DAY AFTER two state representatives blasted the Massachusetts House’s use of nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements with some departing employees, Speaker Robert DeLeo on Friday defended the practice as a “part of doing business.” During debate Thursday on a legislative rules package intended to better equip the House to respond to(...)

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DeLeo mostly mum on transit goals

DeLeo mostly mum on transit goals

In chamber speech, he largely ignores business group’s plea

THE GREATER BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE pressed for new user fees dedicated to transit and road improvement in a policy brief earlier this week, but House Speaker Robert DeLeo largely ignored the business group’s plea when he addressed the organization on Friday. DeLeo didn’t mention transportation in his speech to the group, and, in response(...)

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Prodded by DiZoglio, House debates handling of complaints

Prodded by DiZoglio, House debates handling of complaints

Scaccia taunts DeLeo and chamber's 'sound of silence'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FRUSTRATION AND ANGER bubbled to the surface in the Massachusetts House on Thursday where one lawmaker’s personal story of harassment led to a testy debate over how employee complaints have been handled in the House and a call from one House Democrat for the attorney general to investigate his own party’s(...)

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Tufts officials explain their civics research

Tufts officials explain their civics research

Dispute Milford principal’s interpretation of their work

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE is considering a bill (S. 2306) to enhance civic education. We are excited about its prospects and welcome the debate that the bill has provoked, including the critical comments of Milford High School principal Joshua Otlin, who is an experienced and dedicated civic educator. The bill is an opportunity for all citizens(...)

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