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Massachusetts Only State In US Without A Permanent Budget
Massachusetts is the only state that has yet to put in place a permanent annual budget for the new fiscal year that began July 1.
A House-Senate conference committee has been unable to resolve all differences between their respective versions of the roughly $41 billion spending plan...
House Vote Commits Mass. To Climate Accord
BOSTON (AP) _ The Massachusetts House of Representatives has approved legislation that commits the state to the Paris climate accord even though the U.S. is no longer participating.
The House voted 145-10 on Wednesday in favor of the bill sponsored by Rep...
DiMasi To Receive Some Retirement Benefits
The state's highest court says former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi is entitled to the money he contributed into the state's retirement system, plus interest, before his conviction on corruption charges.
But the Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday rejected arguments from DiMasi's attorn…
Lawmakers Finalize Opioid Abuse Bill
(Boston) AP - House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a final version of a bill designed to address the state's deadly opioid addiction crisis.
The bill would limit initial opiate painkiller prescriptions to a seven-day supply and set an evaluation requirement within 24 ho…
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…
Lawmakers Approve Fentanyl Trafficking Bill
The Massachusetts Senate has joined the House in approving a bill aimed at cracking down on fentanyl, a powerful narcotic often added to heroin.
Senators passed the bill unanimously on Wednesday as part of an effort to fight a deadly opioid abuse epidemic in Massachusetts...

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