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Group Sues To Stop The Installation Of Ramps

A Beacon Hill residents association has sued the city of Boston to stop the installation of sidewalk ramps for the disabled the civic group says would spoil the character of the historic neighborhood.

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New Bedford Woman Honored On Beacon Hill

A New Bedford woman is honored on Beacon Hill this week.

Guiomar Silveira was presented with the Heritage Day of Portugal Award Tuesday at a State House ceremony.

State Representative Antonio Cabral, House Chairman of the Portuguese American Legislative Caucus, planned and organized the ceremony

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Leadership Vows Changes In “Peeping Tom” Law

Massachusetts lawmakers are vowing to act quickly to pass legislation outlawing the taking of photographs up the skirts of women in public.
 
    The sense of urgency on Beacon Hill comes a day after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of women riding the Boston subway did not violate state law

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Lawmaker Wants To Expand Services At Taunton State

State Rep. Chris Markey of Dartmouth wants the state to expand services at Taunton State Hospital.  Right now,  there are a small number of beds there to serve the mentally ill. 

Rep. Markey thinks Taunton State would also be a great place to offer serves for women with addiction issues

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Beacon Hill Officials Agree on Budget Estimates

Top budget officials in the Patrick administration and the Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed on a single estimate for how much the state is expected to collect in revenue in the fiscal year beginning July 1

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Koczera Will Vote “No” On Tribal Casino Compact

Rep. Robert Koczera of New Bedford says he'll be voting against the casino compact agreed to by Gov. Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, and he hopes his colleagues will do the same. 

The tribe is hoping to build a resort casino in Taunton, but has yet to convince the federal government to put land in trust for the project

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Tribal Casino Compact Advances On Beacon Hill

After being stalled on Beacon Hill for months, a casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is getting a push forward.
 
    A legislative committee on Tuesday voted in favor of the compact and sent it the full House and Senate for final approval

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Patrick Continues To Push Tax Plan With Lawmakers

Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing his push for new revenues to pay for transportation and education initiatives, while acknowledging concerns about his plan to raise the state income tax.
 
    The tax changes proposed by the governor, aimed at raising nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1, have so far received a lukewarm reception from legislative leaders on Beacon Hill

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