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    Massachusetts House Approves Bill Outlawing Revenge Porn

    A bill that would outlaw revenge porn in Massachusetts was approved unanimously Thursday by House lawmakers. Massachusetts is one of just two states without a law banning the practice, which typically involves the nonconsensual posting of sexually explicit images online by former partners. The bill still needs to be approved by the Senate and signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker….

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    Mass. House Preparing to Vote on Sports Betting Thursday

    The Massachusetts House is preparing for a debate Thursday on legislation that would legalize sports betting in the state, a vote that would then shift attention to a Senate where leaders appear more willing to tackle sports wagering than they were was last session. House Speaker Ronald Mariano’s office sent an updated schedule to representatives on Monday telling them...

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    Legislators Return to Beacon Hill, and ‘It Feels So Good'

    The lunch counter is back at the Capitol Coffeehouse, a favorite of lawmakers steps from the Massachusetts Statehouse — a bug indication normalcy is starting to return to Beacon Hill. “Every week we will see an improvement from the previous week,” Capitol Coffeehouse owner Sam Maione said. And while the statehouse is still not open to the public and many…

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    Warrant Amendment Highlights Mass. House Police Bill Tensions

    Facing resistance from police but carrying momentum from protests and poll results, the Massachusetts House plans to meet for a second day of deliberations Thursday on a reform bill that seeks to certify law enforcement officers and curb use of force tactics like chokeholds and tear gas. During an 11-hour session on Wednesday, the House adopted six amendments, rejected as…

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    Juneteenth Bills Filed in Mass. House, Senate

    A pair of bills filed in the House and Senate this week would make Juneteenth an official state holiday in Massachusetts, a step that’s already been taken in other states. The lawmakers who filed the bills here said in a press release that they did so “on behalf of their constituents and in solidarity with the Movement for Black...

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    ‘We're Not Free': Why Juneteenth Feels Different This Year

    Black organizers and activists explain the history of Juneteenth in Boston and why this year feels different, after George Floyd’s death and in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Mass. Lawmakers Call for Pandemic Ban on Tear Gas

    The Massachusetts House and Senate chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Health and Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery on Friday sent an email to Gov. Charlie Baker and top public health and safety officials in the administration calling for a ban on the use of tear gar, pepper spray and rubber bullets during the COVID-19…

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    Massachusetts House Leaders Propose 5-Cent Gas Tax Increase

    Massachusetts House leaders proposed a 5-cent per gallon gas tax hike on Wednesday as part of a larger bill aimed at increasing funding for transportation. The proposal would also increase fees on ride-hailing services and end the state’s sales tax exemption for the purchase of vehicles by rental car companies. It would also increase the state’s corporate minimum tax....

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    Mass. Vaping Opponents Weigh In at Public Hearing

    Opponents of the Baker administration’s temporary ban on all vaping products gathered at the Department of Public Health in Boston Friday to voice their concerns on the emergency regulation.

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    Opponents of Baker's Vape Ban Slam Emergency Declaration at Public Hearing

    Opponents of the Baker administration’s temporary ban on all vaping products packed a room at the Department of Public Health in Boston Friday to slam the emergency regulation in the only public hearing scheduled on its impact. Speakers ranged from a Boston University researcher to dozens of vape shop owners and individual vape users, and most criticized the temporary ban...

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    Hands-Free for Driving Bill Clears Massachusetts House

    The Massachusetts House voted 153-1 Tuesday to approve legislation that bans people from using handheld electronic devices while driving, with lawmakers predicting lives will be saved and remembering people killed by distracted operators. The bill, which mirrors laws already in place in many other states, took years to come together. Rep. Joseph Wagner recalled “so many sidebars over so many...

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    Massachusetts House Passes Flavored Tobacco Ban, Vaping Tax

    Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products while also imposing a new 75% excise tax on nicotine vaping products. The ban would apply to menthol cigarettes — a decision that has rankled some convenience store owners.

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    Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo to Seek Another Term

    Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is planning to seek another two-year term as the most powerful lawmaker in the 160-member House. The 69-year-old Winthrop Democrat has served as speaker since 2009. DeLeo told reporters Monday he still enjoys the job. The speaker has the power to appoint members to committees and guide bills as they make their way through the chamber.

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    Mass. Bill Would Ban Elephants, Lions in Traveling Circuses

    The use of elephants and other wild animals in traveling circuses would be banned under a pair of bills under consideration in Massachusetts. The bills would prohibit traveling performances by elephants, primates, bears and lions and other big cats. One bill has been filed in the Massachusetts House and a similar bill has been filed in the Senate.

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    Immigrant Rights Activists Rally During Debate on Licensing Bills

    Immigrant rights activists rallied outside the Massachusetts state house on Wednesday before and during a debate was held on a pair of bills that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses.

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    Hundreds Attend Mass. Hearing on Immigrant Driver's Licenses

    Hundreds of people packed the Massachusetts Statehouse Wednesday for a joint House and Senate hearing on two bills that would let immigrants living in the state illegally get driver’s licenses. Most of the roughly 600 people in attendance were in support of the bills, which were filed by Democrats Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield and Sen. Brendan Crighton of Lynn.

  • DRIVER September 2, 2019 6:35 pm

    Bill Would Let Those in Country Illegally Get Licenses

    The Massachusetts House and Senate are planning to hold a joint hearing on two bills that would let immigrants living in the state illegally get driver’s licenses.

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    Former House Speaker Who Served Prison Time Wants to be Lobbyist

    A former Massachusetts House speaker who served five years in prison on federal corruption charges is appealing a decision that bars him from registering as a Beacon Hill lobbyist.

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    Mass. Advances Bill to Offset Family Planning Rule

    The Massachusetts House overwhelmingly approved $8 million Wednesday to offset the potential loss of federal funding to women’s reproductive health organizations under a new Trump administration rule. Twenty Republicans joined the vast majority of House Democrats in voting 140-14 to send the bill to the Senate, where approval is likely on Thursday. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has also voiced his...

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    Speaker Pledges to Offset Cuts Under Abortion ‘Gag Rule'

    Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is pledging to offset the loss of federal funding to women’s reproductive health organizations due to a new Trump administration rule covering the federal family planning program known as Title X.

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