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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.

State Rep. George Peterson told a legislative panel Tuesday that while he supports parts of the bill unveiled last week by Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, other elements chip away at Second Amendment rights

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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.
 
    The bill calls for a seafood marketing program to be set up within the state Division of Marine Fisheries. The

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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.

The groups say the legislation would allow for the creation of a statewide providers’ organization. The

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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 they are facing financial hard times because they followed what the government has asked them to do to help preserve the fishing stock.
 
 

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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.
 
    Among the high-profile issues the Legislature is likely to grapple with in the fall are gun control, welfare reform and proposals to increase the minimum wage

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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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Gov. Patrick Joins Students In Backing Education Funding Plan

Gov. Deval Patrick is urging students from the University of Massachusetts and community colleges to press lawmakers to back his education proposal.

 Patrick addressed hundreds of students at a rally at the Statehouse Monday, saying an affordable college education is good for students and the economy

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Legislative Leaders say Gun Control, Transportation, Priorities for 2013

Legislative leaders say gun control and transportation funding will be among the key issues facing Massachusetts lawmakers in the new session.
 
    House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray were easily re-elected to their respective leadership posts shortly after members of both heavily Democratic branches were sworn-in by Gov

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