• mbta June 10, 2022 12:37 am

    MBTA Board Asks T Workers to ‘Do More' on Safety

    The MBTA’s leadership and rank-and-file staff have not done enough to ensure its public transit service operates safely, the head of the T’s governing board said Thursday while calling on those up and down the agency’s ranks to redouble their efforts. In the first MBTA Board of Directors meeting since a June 1 collision between two Green Line trains,...

  • sports betting June 7, 2022 11:42 pm

    Mass. House-Senate Sports Betting Negotiations Kick Off Thursday

    Will Massachusetts legalize sports betting by the time the legislative session expires July 31? Place your bets now because the conference committee that will try to hammer out a compromise bill will meet Thursday to get down to business. Reps. Jerald Parisella, Aaron Michlewitz and David Muradian and Sens. Michael Rodrigues, Eric Lesser and Patrick O’Connor are due to huddle…

  • Salem May 26, 2022 8:53 pm

    Salem's ‘Last Witch' Has Her Name Officially Cleared, 329 Years Later

    The last person whose conviction of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials remained on the books had her name cleared Thursday when the Massachusetts Senate signed off on a measure first proposed by local middle school students. Elizabeth Johnson Jr. was convicted of witchcraft in 1693 in the now-infamous witch hunt, in which 19 people were hanged and one man…

  • massachusetts politics May 6, 2022 3:44 am

    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 May 2, 2022 12:50 pm

    Mass. Senate to Debate Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants This Week

    The Senate this week plans to pass a bill that would give immigrants without legal status a pathway to apply for and obtain Massachusetts driver’s licenses, and supporters say they believe they have enough votes for it to survive a possible veto from Gov. Charlie Baker. The Senate teed up the bill for debate on Thursday, May 5, with amendments…

  • Massachusetts April 8, 2022 10:37 pm

    Mass. Senate Staffers Reflect on Union Push, Eye Law Change

    Massachusetts Senate staffers attempting to unionize their ranks are still waiting for a reply from Senate President Karen Spilka and looking ahead to a law change that could be necessary to unionize a group of legislative employees. The group of Senate aides announced their intent to unionize with IBEW Local 2222 on Monday, after IBEW delivered a letter to Spilka’s…

  • Massachusetts December 20, 2021 11:18 pm

    State Senate President Karen Spilka Reveals She Had a Mild Stroke Last Month

    State Senate President Karen Spilka was back on the rostrum, her first time inside the Massachusetts State House in almost five weeks. She sat down with NBC10 Boston political reporter Alison King to reveal for the first time what actually happened last month that kept her home.

  • Massachusetts November 11, 2021 11:21 am

    Massachusetts State Senate Passes COVID Relief Spending Bill

    The bill, $3.82 billion in total, was passed unanimously overnight and now heads to the House of Representatives before it gets to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for approval.

  • coronavirus June 11, 2021 12:35 am

    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…

  • massachusetts politics December 22, 2020 12:29 pm

    Mass. Senate Votes to Scale Back Restrictions in Police Reform Bill

    Aiming to find compromise with Gov. Charlie Baker over police accountability and oversight, senators agreed Monday to scale back restrictions they had sought to put on the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement and to limit the influence of a civilian led commission over police training. The newest version of the police reform legislation emerged in the Senate…

  • police reform December 21, 2020 8:30 pm

    Mass. Senate Poised to Respond to Gov. Baker on Policing Reform

    The Massachusetts Senate plans to vote Monday on a police reform and racial justice bill that Gov. Charlie Baker returned with amendments and a veto threat, though it remains unclear on which points — if any — lawmakers will concede. Senate President Karen Spilka announced Monday afternoon that her chamber would advance the legislation later in the day, revealing little…

  • police reform bill July 23, 2020 4:02 pm

    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…

  • Boston Racial Justice Protests July 14, 2020 11:30 am

    Senate Passes Police Reform Bill

    The Massachusetts Senate passed a police reform bill to ban choke-holds, limit the use of tear gas, license all law enforcement officers and train them in the history of racism in an overnight session.

  • police reform July 14, 2020 11:12 pm

    Massachusetts Senate Passes Police Reform Bill Overnight

    The Senate overcame a difficult roll-out and several false starts to pass a far-reaching reform of policing in Massachusetts on Tuesday that would ban choke-holds, limit the use of tear gas, license all law enforcement officers and train them in the history of racism. The vote in the upper chamber now shifts the focus of the debate over racism and…

  • police reform July 9, 2020 9:16 pm

    Mass. Lawmakers Deliberate Bill on Police Reform

    Senate lawmakers on Beacon Hill deliberated police reform legislation Thursday that, as one Massachusetts senator says, aims to fight racism and reduce police misconduct. State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz says the bill would shift from force and punishment to de-escalation and helping. The bill would prevent officers from using tear gas or chemical weapons, unless in certain situations. It would also…

  • state holiday June 19, 2020 11:00 pm

    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...

  • COVID-19 pandemic June 7, 2020 2:04 am

    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…

  • hands-free driving law February 21, 2020 3:42 pm

    What to Know: Massachusetts' Hands-Free Driving Bill

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a long-awaited bill that makes it illegal to hold a cellphone while driving in the Bay State. Here’s what to know about the law that has been years in the making:

  • distracted driving February 19, 2020 12:35 am

    Hands-Free Driving Law Takes Effect Sunday

    The much-anticipated hands-free driving law takes effect in Massachusetts this week. Here’s what’s in it.

  • Governor November 27, 2019 10:41 pm

    New Mass. Law Bans All Flavored Tobacco Products

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law Wednesday legislation that bans the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products, including menthol cigarettes.

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