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Hodgson Working with Lawmakers to Counter Court Decision on Detaining Illegals

DARTMOUTH — Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is working with state lawmakers to immediately file and pass legislation that will strengthen the partnership between local, state and federal law enforcement in their shared mission to enforce laws and keep citizens and legal residents safe...

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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

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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Mass Legislature Passes Budget, Local Lawmakers’ Programs Funded

BOSTON — Better late than never.

The Massachusetts House and Senate have passed a compromise $40.2 billion state budget today. The House approved the spending plan on a 140-9 vote, while the Senate passed it by a 36-2 vote...

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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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"Absolutely no comments," said Sen. William Brownsberger - one of six conferees tasked with creating a final marijuana bill - when asked Thursday about the conference committee's progress ahead of a self-imposed Friday deadline. "How should I know?" was Sen. Patricia Jehlen's response to a similar question on Friday. "Every day, every hour is a surprise," said the lead Senate conferee on Friday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]
"Absolutely no comments," said Sen. William Brownsberger - one of six conferees tasked with creating a final marijuana bill - when asked Thursday about the conference committee's progress ahead of a self-imposed Friday deadline. "How should I know?" was Sen. Patricia Jehlen's response to a similar question on Friday. "Every day, every hour is a surprise," said the lead Senate conferee on Friday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Budget, Marijuana Bills Unresolved as State Legislators Head into Holiday Break

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — The House and Senate on Friday afternoon banged out of Beacon Hill for the holiday weekend, signaling that deals on a marijuana bill and a fiscal 2018 state budget are still out of reach...

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Barry Richard – MA and Congressional Lawmakers Have Ambitious Agendas For 2017

 

The holidays are over and state and federal lawmakers are preparing to deal with busy agendas in the coming year.

The Massachusetts Legislature kicks off the 2017-2018 session on Wednesday and it promises to be a busy one.  C...

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mr chupster, flickr

Changes Considered for Transgender “Bathroom Bill” Amidst Concerns

BOSTON (AP) - Lawmakers are weighing revisions to a bill that would expand protections for transgender people in public places, including restrooms, in Massachusetts...

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Lawmakers Tour New Bedford’s Waterfront

A group of freshman lawmakers from other parts of the state now know a little more about New Bedford's fishing industry.

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