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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.
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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.

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Senator Warren: Fishermen Need More Assistance

 

 

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is pressing for more relief for the state's commercial fishermen.
 
    Warren said the fishermen aren't to blame for the crisis. She said...

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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...

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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 question whether wiretaps can be used today on the cell phones of suspected drug dealers. 
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Mitchell Testifies In Support of Governor’s Revenue Plan, Southcoast Rail

 

Mayyor Jon Mitchell addressed the Joint Committee on Transporation Oversight on Tuesday at the Statehouse, urging lawmakers to support Governor Patrick's tax plan to fund transporation projects like Southcoast Rail. 
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