Mass. Senate

Leadership Vows Changes In Peeping Tom Law
Massachusetts lawmakers are vowing to act quickly to pass legislation outlawing the taking of photographs up the skirts of women in public.
 
    The sense of urgency on Beacon Hill comes a day after the state's highest court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the s…
State Lawmakers Begin Budget Review
Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers are kicking off their annual budget deliberations with a hearing on Gov. Deval Patrick’s $36.2 billion spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year.
House and Senate Ways and Means committees will hear testimony from members of the Patrick administration and other t…
Update: Mass. Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike
The Massachusetts Senate has voted to increase the state's minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 by 2016 and tie subsequent increases to inflation.
 
    The bill, approved by a 32-7 vote, would hike the wage for the state's lowest-paid workers in increments over the next …
State Lawmakers Approve Revised Casino Compact
The Massachusetts Senate has approved a revised casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, which is seeking to build a resort casino in Taunton.
 
    The agreement, reached between the tribe and the governor in March, was approved Thursday on a voic…
Patrick Signs “Tech Tax” Repeal
Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill repealing a less than two-month-old tax on computer and software services.
 
    The governor's press office announced the signing in a one-sentence release Friday.
 
    The House and Senate voted this week to repeal the …
Senate Joins House In Repealing “Tech Tax”
The Massachusetts Legislature has repealed a new tax on computer and software services that had been in effect less than two months.  
 
    Thursday's 38-0 Senate vote came a day after the House backed the repeal by a 156-1 vote...
Tech. Tax Repealed
The Massachusetts House has approved a repeal of an unpopular new technology tax.
The House backed the repeal by a 156-1 vote when it met in a formal session Wednesday.
Gov. Deval Patrick has said he's open to repealing the tax, which state officials had estimated would generate $161 million in t…
Mass. Senate to Take Up Transportation Bill On Saturday
The state Senate has scheduled a rare Saturday session to take up a hotly-contested transportation finance bill that was approved by the House earlier in the week.
 
    The Senate had originally planned to debate the bill on Thursday, but leaders decided to give members until 5 p.…

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