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Legislature Wraps Up Session

 

The Massachusetts Legislature has ended its formal two-year session with a flurry of last-minute action on major bills.

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Cabral Says Sales Tax Holiday Unlikely This Year

It seems unlikely that there will be a sales tax holiday this year.

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Cabral Discusses Energy Bill

As the legislature is winding down its session for the year one of the bills being worked on is an omnibus energy bill that includes provisions regarding an increase in the use of offshore wind.

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Bill Would Make Deliberate Attacks On Police A Hate Crime

A bill being filed on Beacon Hill could make make it a hate crime to target police officers.

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Business Group Bullish On Southcoast Rail

A Southcoast realtor still thinks commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River can happen.

Paul Chasse heads a coalition of businesspeople supporting the Southcoast Rail Project...

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Tony Cabral
Jim Donnelly, youtube

State House Passes Bill To Improve Access To Public Records

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a public records reform measure on Wednesday that makes it easier for individuals to access those records.

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State Rep. Pat Haddad, D-Somerset / Facebook

Rep. Haddad Hopes For Quick Action On Energy Bill

State Rep. Patricia Haddad of Somerset is hoping for quick action on a much talked about energy bill on Beacon Hill.

Haddad says the bill would clear the way for more hydro, solar and offshore wind development in Massachusetts...

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Charter Schools And Common Core Initiatives Before Lawmakers

Two proposed ballot questions that could strongly influence public education in Massachusetts will be aired on Beacon Hill.

One of the measures scheduled for a hearing Monday before the Education Committee would allow up to a dozen new or expanded charter schools each year outside of existing state caps...

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School Bus Cameras Work

There's a proposal to crack down on stupid and clueless drivers who don't stop for a school bus with its lights flashing and a STOP sign extended...

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More Support For Wind Power In Mass.

A group called Environment Massachusetts is beating the drum for the development of offshore wind power.

The group held a news conference in Fall River on Thursday, saying wind power is a healthy alternative to coal fired power plants, and has widespread public support...

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