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Civics Education Bill Advances On Beacon Hill
BOSTON (AP) _ Beacon Hill lawmakers are weighing legislation aimed at helping ensure young people in Massachusetts have a better understanding of how the country's political system works and their place in it.
The bill approved this week by the Massachusetts Senate is meant to strengthen civics teach…
Montigny Part Of New Leadership Team In Mass. Senate
BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler has put in place a new leadership team for the remainder of the legislative session on Beacon Hill.
Chandler, a Worcester Democrat, agreed to lead the chamber after former Senate President Stan Rosenberg stepped aside from the post in De…
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...
Lawmakers Seeking $40 Million To Renovate Statehouse
Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the Statehouse.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo says he's seeking up to $20 million for repairs to the 160-seat House chambers, including what he called wiring and flooring issues...
Leadership Vows Changes In “Peeping Tom” Law
Massachusetts lawmakers are vowing to act quickly to pass legislation outlawing the taking of photographs up the skirts of women in public.
 
    The sense of urgency on Beacon Hill comes a day after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the s…
State Lawmakers Begin Budget Review
Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers are kicking off their annual budget deliberations with a hearing on Gov. Deval Patrick’s $36.2 billion spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year.
House and Senate Ways and Means committees will hear testimony from members of the Patrick administration and other t…
Update: Mass. Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike
The Massachusetts Senate has voted to increase the state's minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 by 2016 and tie subsequent increases to inflation.
 
    The bill, approved by a 32-7 vote, would hike the wage for the state's lowest-paid workers in increments over the next …

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