Mass. Legislature

Recreational Marijuana Bill In Conference Committee
Boston (AP) - After a week of sharp divisions and heated rhetoric over the future of the Massachusetts' recreational marijuana law, it's now up to a conference committee of six legislators to try and sort everything out.
The panel will try over the next week to resolve differences between a House bil…
Skin Doctor Urges Ban On Tanning Beds For Teens Under 18
Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would toughen state regulations for tanning salons by prohibiting all teens under 18 from using the facilities.
Current state law allows children between 14 and 17 to visit tanning salons with parental permission...
Mayor Pushes For More Liquor Licenses For New Bedford
The City of New Bedford is pushing for more liquor licenses.  Mayor Jon Mitchell announced Tuesday, his administration was preparing to file a home rule petition to expand the number of liquor licenses in the City by 25. 
Mayor Mitchell tells WBSM News, there seems to be a pent up demand fo…
Former Mass. Attorney General Robert Quinn Dies At 85
Former state attorney general and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert Quinn has died. He was 85.
 
    Quinn's law partner James Morris said Quinn died after collapsing early Sunday morning at his Falmouth home.
 
    Morris said Quinn had recently moved back …
Lawmakers Face Full Agenda At Statehouse
State lawmakers will have plenty on their plates when they ramp up activity after Labor Day.
 
    The House and Senate have not met formally since the end of July.
 
    Among the high-profile issues the Legislature is likely to grapple with in the fall are gun c…
Dan Wolf Gets Hearing Before State Ethics Commission
State Sen. Dan Wolf has won a temporary reprieve from a state Ethics Commission ruling that could force him to quit the Legislature and end his campaign for governor.
 
    The commission has extended a deadline it gave Wolf, a Harwich Democrat, to choose between his political care…
Shoppers, Retailers Gear Up For Tax Free Weekend
The President of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce says retailers are looking foreward to the tax free weekend this Saturday and Sunday. 
Roy Nascimento says consumers are smiling because any purchases made this weekend will not include the state's 6...
Bledsoe Pushes Wine Bill On Beacon Hill
Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to end a ban on direct wine shipments to consumers.
 
    Bledsoe now operates a winery in Washington state. He said Thursday the prohibition on direct wine shipments has prevented him from selli…
State Lawmakers To Consider Tougher Gun Control Laws
Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing tougher gun control measures, from requiring gun owners to buy liability insurance to setting tighter standards for firearms licenses.  State Rep. David Linsky, a Natick Democrat, said he plans to file by mid-January what he called a comprehensive bill to en…