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House Vote Commits Mass. To Climate Accord
BOSTON (AP) _ The Massachusetts House of Representatives has approved legislation that commits the state to the Paris climate accord even though the U.S. is no longer participating.
The House voted 145-10 on Wednesday in favor of the bill sponsored by Rep...
DiMasi To Receive Some Retirement Benefits
The state's highest court says former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is entitled to the money he contributed into the state's retirement system, plus interest, before his conviction on corruption charges.
But the Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday rejected arguments from DiMasi's attorn…
Lawmakers Finalize Opioid Abuse Bill
(Boston) AP - House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a final version of a bill designed to address the state's deadly opioid addiction crisis.
The bill would limit initial opiate painkiller prescriptions to a seven-day supply and set an evaluation requirement within 24 ho…
Bill Banning Hand-Held Phones While Driving Clears Senate
A bill that would require drivers in Massachusetts to put down their cellphones while behind the wheel has won approval in the state Senate.
The legislation says motorists could still have cellphone conversations but only while using hands-free technology, with exceptions for certain emergency situat…
Lawmakers Approve Fentanyl Trafficking Bill
The Massachusetts Senate has joined the House in approving a bill aimed at cracking down on fentanyl, a powerful narcotic often added to heroin.
Senators passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday as part of an effort to fight a deadly opioid abuse epidemic in Massachusetts...
Mass. House Approves Bill Targeting Fentanyl
(Associated Press) - The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to crack down on a powerful narcotic often added to heroin.
Lawmakers passed the legislation targeting fentanyl Wednesday as part of an effort to fight the state's opioid abuse epidemic...
Speaker DeLeo To Run For Re-Election
House Speaker Robert DeLeo is planning to run for another term as head of the Massachusetts House.
A spokesman for the Winthrop Democrat confirmed that DeLeo will seek reelection to the House next year and will also seek another term as speaker...
State Lawmakers Approve Sales Tax Holiday For Aug. 15-16
Massachusetts appears on track for another sales tax holiday.
The House on Wednesday voted 136-20 and the Senate 27-11 to suspend the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on most items during the weekend of Aug. 15-16.
Gov. Charlie Baker has indicated his willingness to sign the bill when it reaches hi…

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