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State Senate Still In Turmoil
(BOSTON) AP - Another week of drama in the Massachusetts Senate has provided answers about the short-term leadership of the chamber but leaves unanswered questions about its future.
Democrats who remain in control of the chamber huddled for hours behind closed doors amid the appearance of growing int…
[RICHARD] Relief Unlikely For Massachusetts Taxpayers
Relief is not likely for Massachusetts taxpayers as the Senate prepares to debate it's version of a $40 billion dollar budget for the next fiscal year on Tuesday.  The Senate seeks some $400 million dollars in new taxes and fees.   New revenue would come from private ro…
Lobster Processing Bill Advances
A bill that could expand the amount of lobster processing done in New Bedford and elsewhere in Massachusetts has been approved by the State Senate.
The measure was initially filed by Senator Bruce Tarr and is supported by State Senator Mark Montigny of New Bedford...
Bill Banning Hand-Held Phones While Driving Clears Senate
A bill that would require drivers in Massachusetts to put down their cellphones while behind the wheel has won approval in the state Senate.
The legislation says motorists could still have cellphone conversations but only while using hands-free technology, with exceptions for certain emergency situat…
No New Taxes Planned For Fiscal 2017 Budget
The top budget writer in the Massachusetts House says lawmakers in that chamber won't be looking at new taxes as they begin to craft a spending plan for the next fiscal year.
House Ways and Means Committee chairman Brian Dempsey said Wednesday that new taxes ``are not on the table'' fo…
Mass. House Approves Bill Targeting Fentanyl
(Associated Press) - The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to crack down on a powerful narcotic often added to heroin.
Lawmakers passed the legislation targeting fentanyl Wednesday as part of an effort to fight the state's opioid abuse epidemic...
State Lawmakers Approve Sales Tax Holiday For Aug. 15-16
Massachusetts appears on track for another sales tax holiday.
The House on Wednesday voted 136-20 and the Senate 27-11 to suspend the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on most items during the weekend of Aug. 15-16.
Gov. Charlie Baker has indicated his willingness to sign the bill when it reaches hi…

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