State House News Service
State Senate Approves Bill to Make Voting Reforms Permanent
The Senate on Wednesday supported the permanent adoption of COVID-era voting allowances like expanded early voting and voting-by-mail, among other policies.
State Senate Mulls Instructions For Sheriffs On Jail-Based Voting
With the state Senate on the verge of voting to make mail-in balloting permanent in Massachusetts, advocates and some lawmakers are trying to expand access to eligible voters behind bars.
Vineyard Wind Proposes Large Development Off Salem
Two developers vying for the state's third offshore wind farm are each promising economic investment — Mayflower Wind in Fall River and now Vineyard Wind in Salem.
Beacon Hill Hears Broad Support for Shift to Indigenous People’s Day
Indigenous people and other activists calling for the state to rename Columbus Day got support in their push Tuesday from some Italian-Americans who said they, too, think Massachusetts should make the change.
Fall River Brings Fire Stations Into Opioid Fight
As the state continues in the grips of the opioid epidemic, Fall River and other communities are pursuing new approaches and tools to help first responders address the crisis.
Mayflower Wind Bid Pledges Fall River Base, $81m Local Investment
If its bid is selected as the third offshore wind farm in the state, Mayflower Wind plans to set up operations in Fall River and spend up to $81 million on economic development programs on the SouthCoast.
New Tool Maps Birds, Fish in Offshore Wind Areas
The marine mapping tool rolled out Wednesday by The Nature Conservancy covers the coast from Maine through North Carolina
All Massachusetts Community Colleges Mandate Vaccines
All faculty, staff and students who attend on-campus classes at the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 2022, the presidents of those schools announced Monday.
Mass. Planners Expecting Arrivals Of 900 Afghans
Massachusetts expects to welcome about 900 evacuees from Afghanistan, and although specifics are unknown, efforts are already underway to prepare for their arrival and resettlement.
Brew Pub Owners Seek More Flexibility from Beacon Hill
David Slutz, the co-founder of the Moby Dick Brewing Company in New Bedford, said he has no interest in hauling his beer all over the state. But he would like to sell a keg or two to the local restaurant without having to go through a distributor.