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DeLeo Infuriated About Sexual Harassment At Statehouse
BOSTON (AP) _ The Democratic leader of the Massachusetts House has ordered a review of sexual harassment policies in the Legislature.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Friday described himself as ``infuriated and deeply disturbed'' to learn of allegations from at least a dozen women who said th…
Proposed Ban On Cell Phone Use While Driving Gets Hearing
Families of those killed in distracted driving accidents are asking Massachusetts lawmakers to pass legislation that would ban drivers from holding a cellphone to their ear to make a call while operating a car.
Foxborough resident Jerry Cibley's 18-year-old son Jordan was killed in 2007 when he …
Rep. Kennedy To Testify On Transgender Protection Bills
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is among those planning to testify at a public hearing on a pair of bills that would extend non-discrimination protections to transgender individuals in public spaces in Massachusetts.
Kennedy and other supporters of the bills want to expand a 2011 state law protecting transgend…
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...
Hearing On Gun Control Bill Attracts Large Crowd At Statehouse
Opponents of a proposed gun control bill are pushing back on Beacon Hill, saying the measure stigmatizes gun owners and won't help reduce crime.
State Rep. George Peterson told a legislative panel Tuesday that while he supports parts of the bill unveiled last week by Democratic House Speaker Rob…
Mass. Republican Lawmakers Want Program To Promote Seafood
A group of state lawmakers led by Senate Republican leader Bruce Tarr is calling for creation of a state program to help promote seafood caught by Massachusetts fishermen.
 
    The bill calls for a seafood marketing program to be set up within the state Division of Marine Fisherie…
Statehouse Hearing On Early Educators Bill
Massachusetts labor unions are pressing lawmakers to approve a bill they say will improve the quality of early education centers.
The groups say the legislation would allow for the creation of a statewide providers’ organization. The...
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…
Mitchell Supports Changes To State’s Wiretap Law
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell was in Boston this week, testifying in support of changes to the state's wiretap laws. 
Speaking on his weekly program on WBSM, the Mayor said the current laws on the books were written in the 1960's to combat organized crime, and there's some questi…

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