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Vacation Just About Over
Vacation Just About Over
BOSTON (AP) _ Summer vacation is nearing an end for Massachusetts lawmakers, who have a lengthy to-do list for the fall months. Among the issues the Democratic-controlled Legislature could tackle upon returning from August recess are Medicaid cost containment, criminal justice reform and bills related to immigration...
Safety, Profiling Concerns Swirl Over Immigrant Detainer Bill
Safety, Profiling Concerns Swirl Over Immigrant Detainer Bill
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Civil liberties and immigrant rights activists converged on the State House this week to voice their displeasure with Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to allow state and local police to cooperate, in some cases, with federal immigration detainer requests, with some activists going as far as to label the policy racist...
Pot Bill Signed
Pot Bill Signed
BOSTON (AP) _Gov. Charlie Baker says he remains worried about the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, but hopes a set of new rules will address many of his concerns. The Republican signed a bill on Friday that overhauls the marijuana law that voters approved in November...
Budget, Marijuana Bills Appear to Be Linked
Budget, Marijuana Bills Appear to Be Linked
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Negotiations over a new state budget and legislation overhauling the retail marijuana legalization law might appear on paper to have little to do with one another. But multiple sources close to the deliberations told the News Service on Wednesday that the fates of the two bills have become inextricably linked, with some officials now believing that a compromise on the budget
New Fiscal Year Begins
New Fiscal Year Begins
BOSTON (AP) - The new fiscal year begins today and Massachusetts lawmakers have yet to approve a new state budget. A six-member committee made up of members of the Massachusetts House and Senate failed to agree on a single compromise budget on Friday as the clock ran down on the 2017 fiscal year...

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