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Lawmakers Fall Agenda Could Include Medicaid And Immigration Bills

BOSTON (AP) _ Summer vacation is nearing an end for Massachusetts lawmakers, who have a lengthy to-do list for the fall months.

Among the issues the Democratic-controlled Legislature could tackle upon returning from August recess are Medicaid cost containment, criminal justice reform and bills related to immigration...

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Centro Presente executive director Patricia Montes led a rally Wednesday on the front steps of the State House. Sam Doran/SHNS
Centro Presente executive director Patricia Montes led a rally Wednesday on the front steps of the State House. Sam Doran/SHNS

Safety, Profiling Concerns Swirl Over Immigrant Detainer Bill

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Civil liberties and immigrant rights activists converged on the State House this week to voice their displeasure with Gov...

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Baker Signs Marijuana Bill

BOSTON (AP) _Gov. Charlie Baker says he remains worried about the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, but hopes a set of new rules will address many of his concerns...

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House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Sen. Pat Jehlen, lead negotiators on the Legislature's compromise marijuana bill, explained details of the final bill Monday afternoon alongside fellow conferees/Sam Doran, SHNS
House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Sen. Pat Jehlen, lead negotiators on the Legislature's compromise marijuana bill, explained details of the final bill Monday afternoon alongside fellow conferees/Sam Doran, SHNS

Marijuana Deal Raises Tax Rates, Alters Pot Shop Rules

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Almost three weeks later than they had hoped, lawmakers on Monday struck an accord on marijuana policy that would tax retail pot sales at a maximum rate of 20 percent and paves the way for those sales to begin in just under a year...

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Governor Baker Vetoes $320 Million from State Budget

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Ten days ago, the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved what would be the state's first budget in excess of forty billion dollars - $40...

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Beacon Hill Marijuana Talks Drag On

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Sen. Will Brownsberger shrugged Monday when asked if marijuana legislation negotiators are working off a new deadline...

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Marijuana Supporters March In Hemp Parade
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Budget, Marijuana Bills Appear to Be Linked

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Negotiations over a new state budget and legislation overhauling the retail marijuana legalization law might appear on paper to have little to do with one another...

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Fiscal Year Starts In Massachusetts Without A State Budget

BOSTON (AP) - The new fiscal year begins today and Massachusetts lawmakers have yet to approve a new state budget.

A six-member committee made up of members of the Massachusetts House and Senate failed to agree on a single compromise budget on Friday as the clock ran down on the 2017 fiscal year...

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Dan McCready/TSM

New Bedford Lighting the Way for Renewable Energy

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — The Blackstone Valley bills itself as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, and New Bedford was once a major producer of the whale oil used in lamps and candles...

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Sponsors of the House and Senate "Safe Communities Act" bills, Rep. Juana Matias of Lawrence and Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, testified at the start of Friday's Public Safety Committee hearing. Sam Doran/SHNS
Sponsors of the House and Senate "Safe Communities Act" bills, Rep. Juana Matias of Lawrence and Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, testified at the start of Friday's Public Safety Committee hearing. Sam Doran/SHNS

Immigration Enforcement Bill Brings Large Crowd to State House

BOSTON — Eleven-year-old Bryan Rosa of Allston stepped into a pitched debate over immigration enforcement Friday, telling a lawmakers he fears for the future of his 3-year-old sister if they do not pass a bill limiting coordination between the federal and local authorities...

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