State Lawmakers

Lawmakers Consider State Net Neutrality Rules
BOSTON (AP) _ Beacon Hill lawmakers are pushing legislation they say will help make sure the internet remains as level a playing field as possible, even after U.S. regulators rolled back federal ``net neutrality'' rules.
A bill under consideration by the Massachusetts Senate aims to promote net neutr…
Mass. Lawmakers May Change Larceny Laws
BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts may soon fall in line with the majority of U.S. states that have changed their approach to prosecuting theft in recent years, by increasing the dollar threshold for which larceny is considered a felony.
Under current state law, stealing property valued at more than $250 is…
Lawmakers Consider Extending Serving Hours At Casinos
BOSTON (AP) _ Last call at casinos is proving to be a tough call for Massachusetts lawmakers.
Tucked into a proposed $40.5 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 is language that could allow Massachusetts casinos to serve liquor to gamblers until 4 a...
Baker Pushing Lawmakers To Finalize Opioid Addiction Bill
(Associated Press) - Mass. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is prodding state lawmakers to agree on a final version of a wide-ranging bill designed to address the state's deadly opioid addiction crisis.
 
Baker told reporters on Wednesday that the ``clock is ticking'' and that every d…
Patrick Reviews Last-Minute Bills
Gov. Deval Patrick says he's pleased lawmakers were able to pass several major bills, but wants time to review them before deciding which to sign into law.
Patrick made his comments Friday morning just hours after lawmakers wrapping up work on their two-year formal session, blowing past a Thursd…
Children’s Advocacy Center Seeks More State Funding
The Children's Advocacy Center of Bristol County says it needs more state funding to provide treatment and counseling support for sexually-abused children and their families.
Center officials and their supporters met with state lawmakers Friday in Fall River, making a case for additional funding…
PACE Seeks Additional Funding From State For Fuel Assistance
Pace's Fuel Assistance program has just about spent all its money, but according to Director Bruce Morell many low income people are still calling and asking for vouchers to purchase heating oil.
Funding in the Federal Fuel Assistance program has been declining since 2008 and Morell is…