• Massachusetts August 1, 2022 12:20 am

    Negotiations Over $3B Mass. Tax Relief Continue at 11th Hour

    With just a handful of hours left to strike agreements and pass them, a House leader told the News Service that “the whole fiscal picture” is now being reconsidered as talks continue around a massive economic development and tax reform bill that’s been complicated by the realization that an existing law could trigger nearly $3 billion in tax relief this…

  • Massachusetts July 31, 2022 8:31 pm

    Mass. Legislature Steering $11 Billion Infrastructure Bill To Baker

    As the House prepared to pass a bill to borrow and spend more than $11 billion to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, Rep. William Straus told his colleagues that the bill addresses some of the “disturbing” things that his Transportation Committee has learned during its oversight investigation of the MBTA. Both branches included $400 million in the $11.3 billion infrastructure…

  • Massachusetts June 8, 2022 9:06 am

    House Expected to Override Gov. Baker's Veto of Undocumented Driver's License Bill

    The Massachusetts House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday to override Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of a bill making immigrants without legal status eligible to seek state-issued driver’s licenses. The bill was approved by House and Senate Democrats last month, but Baker vetoed it, saying the Registry of Motor Vehicles, an agency that he oversees, doesn’t have...

  • legislation May 27, 2022 4:44 pm

    Baker Vetoes Immigrant License Access Bill, But Legislature Can Override

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday vetoed a bill making immigrants without legal status eligible to seek state-issued driver’s licenses, saying the Registry of Motor Vehicles, an agency that he oversees, doesn’t have the ability to verify the identities of potential applicants. Following years of advocacy for the bill, House and Senate Democrats on Thursday enacted the legislation, which...

  • massachusetts politics May 5, 2022 11:44 pm

    Mass. Senate Votes in Favor of Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

    The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. The Senate voted 32 to 8 in favor of the measure. A similar bill has already passed in that House with a veto-proof majority. Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed his opposition to the measure, which would allow Massachusetts residents…

  • Massachusetts December 20, 2021 8:40 am

    Negotiators Say Accord Ensures Stable Egg, Pork Supply in Mass.

    House and Senate negotiators announced Sunday night that they reached consensus on legislation making key changes to a 2016 voter-approved animal welfare law set to take effect in the new year, a step that should stave off looming shortages of eggs and pork products. Sen. Jason Lewis and Rep. Carolyn Dykema, who chaired a six-person conference committee convened in October…

  • coronavirus October 25, 2021 11:30 am

    Here's How Mass. Could Spend Its COVID Relief Funds

    House leaders detailed a $3.65 billion spending package Monday that would invest in housing, hospitals, schools and workforce development, proposing to draw from last year’s state budget surplus and over half of its American Rescue Plan Act funds to prop up workers, industries and communities hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. The long-awaited plan to spend federal relief dollars gives the…

  • Massachusetts July 22, 2021 7:41 pm

    Poll: 70% of Mass. Residents Want Happy Hour Back

    The vast majority of Massachusetts residents want to bring happy hour back, a new poll shows. MassINC Polling Group found that about 70% of people support or strongly support bringing back happy hour in Massachusetts, while only 20% of people were against it. The numbers were pretty similar across the board. Republicans were slightly more likely to support happy hour,…

  • transportation June 24, 2021 7:04 am

    Lawmakers to Consider Automatic License Plate Reader Proposals

    Massachusetts lawmakers will consider proposals for new regulations on automatic license plate reader systems Thursday, among a host of other transportation bills.o

  • Massachusetts June 24, 2021 7:20 am

    Lawmakers to Consider Automatic License Plate Reader Proposals

    Massachusetts lawmakers will consider proposals for new regulations on automatic license plate reader systems Thursday, among a host of other transportation bills. Massachusetts ended the use of a controversial license plate surveillance system in December 2020, after discovering a glitch that caused inaccurate data to be recorded for more than five years. Inaccurate dates and time stamps were found in…

  • sports betting June 17, 2021 7:10 am

    Lawmakers to Hear Testimony on Legalized Sports Betting Thursday

    Massachusetts lawmakers will consider nearly 20 bills related to sports wagering during a virtual hearing Thursday.

  • sports betting June 17, 2021 7:27 pm

    Lawmakers Hear Hours of Testimony on Legalized Sports Betting in Mass.

    While Massachusetts lawmakers have been slow-walking proposals to legalize sports betting over the last three years, the revenue and jobs that the activity could provide have passed Massachusetts by, supporters told the Joint Committee on Economic Development on Thursday. Legal sports betting has proliferated around the country, including in nearby states like Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York….

  • coronavirus June 15, 2021 7:05 am

    State of Emergency Officially Ends in Mass.

    The state of emergency that has been in place in Massachusetts since March 10, 2020 ended at midnight, and with it, a batch of pandemic-era policies expired.

  • legislation June 7, 2021 10:35 am

    Bill Would Provide Free Menstrual Products in Mass. Prisons

    The “I Am” bill is pending on Beacon Hill. It would require prisons in Massachusetts to provide free access to menstrual products.

  • coronavirus June 3, 2021 8:18 am

    How — and When — Will Massachusetts Spend Its $5.3B in COVID Relief Funds?

    Democratic leaders in the Legislature doubled down Wednesday on their plan to stash $5.3 billion in federal aid into an account they could control over the next several years as they and Gov. Charlie Baker engaged in the first skirmish in what could soon be a major clash between the state’s chief executive and its Legislature. At the heart of…

  • coronavirus May 25, 2021 7:09 am

    Vote on Holyoke Soldiers' Home Report

    A special committee of Massachusetts lawmakers released a lengthy and damaging report into what unfolded at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where 77 veterans died from COVID-19 in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic

  • coronavirus February 19, 2021 7:52 pm

    Baker to Attend Mass. Vaccine Rollout Oversight Hearing, Lawmaker Says

    Gov. Charlie Baker will attend an upcoming oversight hearing on Massachusetts’ coronavirus rollout, one of the lawmakers who is chairing the panel holding the hearing said Friday night. Rep. Bill Driscoll, D-Milton, said that Baker’s office confirmed he would attend the hearing on Thursday. NBC10 Boston is reaching out to Baker’s office. Driscoll and Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, are...

  • coronavirus February 17, 2021 2:33 pm

    Mass. Lawmakers Calling Baker Administration to Testify on Vaccine Rollout

    Ramping up their involvement after expressing frustration about Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccine rollout, lawmakers plan to launch oversight hearings next week to examine the Baker administration’s efforts. The Legislature’s new COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management Committee will host a hearing on Feb. 25 to hear testimony from the executive branch about how it has been distributing vaccine doses and...

  • New Hampshire February 16, 2021 2:28 pm

    Lawsuit Seeks Remote Access to NH House Sessions

    New Hampshire Democrats are seeking a court order to allow lawmakers with serious medical conditions to attend next week’s House sessions remotely. With 400 members, the New Hampshire House is one of the largest legislative bodies in the world and skews older in age. Since last March, lawmakers have met several times at the University of New Hampshire ice arena,…

  • New Hampshire February 11, 2021 9:43 am

    Unmuted NH Lawmaker Calls Colleague Vulgar Name During Remote Hearing

    A New Hampshire state senator unaware he was unmuted during a remote hearing Wednesday called a female colleague a vulgar name, then apologized. Sen. Sharon Carson, a Republican from Londonderry, was leading the meeting of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee when she briefly paused the committee’s work. “I’m sorry, my daughter is currently hospitalized and her doctor is...

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