State House News Service
Blasphemy, Lascivious Acts: State Pushes to Repeal Old Laws
State lawmakers are pushing to repeal some of Massachusetts' archaic laws against "lascivious" acts that many say discriminate against LGBTQ people. Also on the chopping block are laws against blasphemy, tattoos, and adultery.
Biden Picks DA Rollins for Top Federal Prosecutor
President Joe Biden on Monday nominated Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins to serve as the state's top federal prosecutor, a historic move.
Baker Signs $47.6 Billion Annual Budget
Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a $47.6 billion budget for this fiscal year, striking $7.9 million in spending from the bill lawmakers sent him a week ago.
Mass. Gaming Commission Removes Most COVID Restrictions at Casinos
The casinos and slots parlor will be allowed to mostly return to pre-pandemic operations this weekend.
Masks Still Required Indoors in Massachusetts
Masks will still be required for now in all indoor public places and in other situations in Massachusetts, despite new guidance from the CDC on Thursday.
Mass. DPH: Opioid Overdose Deaths Decline in New Bedford in 2020
Among ethnic and racial groups, Black non-Hispanic males experienced the largest spike in opioid-overdose death rates.
Feds Give Final Approval to Vineyard Wind
Vineyard Wind became the first approved commercial-scale offshore wind project in the country on Tuesday.
MCAS Test Not Needed for Juniors to Graduate
The change was approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
New State Vaccine Pre-Registration System to Unveil Friday
The new booking platform marks a significant shift in the Baker administration's vaccine rollout after weeks of criticism from lawmakers and residents.
Massachusetts Teachers Now in Line for COVID-19 Vaccine
In Massachusetts, some mass vaccination sites will hold aside particular days to vaccinate educators.