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Rodrigues: If $15 Minimum Wage Goes Before Voters, ‘It Will Pass’

Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) is co-chair of a new Senate task force examining ways to improve the business climate for Massachusetts retailers, including a possible $15 minimum wage.

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Rep. James Lyons and other Republican representatives, including Reps. Marc Lombardo (left) and Shaunna O'Connell (right), unveiled an immigration enforcement bill Wednesday morning. Sam Doran/SHNS
Rep. James Lyons and other Republican representatives, including Reps. Marc Lombardo (left) and Shaunna O'Connell (right), unveiled an immigration enforcement bill Wednesday morning. Sam Doran/SHNS

Disruption Leads to Rocky Rollout of Immigration Bill

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — A press conference called by Republican lawmakers to outline new immigration enforcement legislation devolved into shouting Wednesday as activists opposed to the measure interrupted the event, drawing the attention of a county sheriff who supports the bill...

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Google Maps

Proposed Immigration Enforcement Law Headed for State House Wednesday

Wednesday morning, State Representative James Lyons (R-Andover) will be leading a press conference on the steps of the State House to formally introduce legislation being filed in the Massachusetts House of Representatives that would allow local and state law enforcement to work with federal immigration authorities to detain suspected illegal immigrants wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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Google Maps

Lawmakers Finally Push Marijuana Bill to Governor’s Desk

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — The Legislature sent its rewrite of the voter-approved legal marijuana bill, with a higher tax rate and less power for voters, to the governor on Thursday, 255 days after about 1...

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House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Sen. Pat Jehlen, lead negotiators on the Legislature's compromise marijuana bill, explained details of the final bill Monday afternoon alongside fellow conferees/Sam Doran, SHNS
House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Sen. Pat Jehlen, lead negotiators on the Legislature's compromise marijuana bill, explained details of the final bill Monday afternoon alongside fellow conferees/Sam Doran, SHNS

Marijuana Deal Raises Tax Rates, Alters Pot Shop Rules

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Almost three weeks later than they had hoped, lawmakers on Monday struck an accord on marijuana policy that would tax retail pot sales at a maximum rate of 20 percent and paves the way for those sales to begin in just under a year...

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Mass. Statehouse / Getty Images
Mass. Statehouse / Getty Images

MA Lawmakers Discuss Bill Lowering Age of Consent for Abortions to 16

On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Public Health discussed Bill S.754, which is designed to safeguard the health care decisions of young adults...

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Marijuana Supporters March In Hemp Parade
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Beacon Hill Marijuana Talks Drag On

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Sen. Will Brownsberger shrugged Monday when asked if marijuana legislation negotiators are working off a new deadline...

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Marijuana Supporters March In Hemp Parade
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Budget, Marijuana Bills Appear to Be Linked

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Negotiations over a new state budget and legislation overhauling the retail marijuana legalization law might appear on paper to have little to do with one another...

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savebuzzardsbay, flickr

State Senate Passes Bill Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation today that will prohibit the use of handheld mobile devices while driving, unless they are in hands-free mode...

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Koczera Proposing Bill Requiring Boating Safety Course, Licensing

If people need to take safety courses before driving a motor vehicle, then one State Representative thinks boaters should have to do the same...

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