Massachusetts

Crime & Punishment - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

The MASSACHUSETTS House approves SB 2021, a bill that would repeal a Bay State law that automatically suspends the driver’s licenses of drug offenders whose crimes had nothing to do with operating a motor vehicle. The measure returns to the Senate...

Health and Science - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

Health in MA The MASSACHUSETTS House gives initial approval to HB 3895, a bill that would allow Bay State doctors to delegate the administration of immunizations to certified and trained medical assistants, under the direct supervision of the provider...

Governors In Brief - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

Snyder Kills Straight Ticket Voting Saying “it’s time to choose people over politics,” MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation last week (SB 13) that eliminates straight-ticket voting in the Wolverine State. In a signing...

Social Policy - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

Social Policy in OH A federal judge temporarily blocks OHIO Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) from going to court to change how Planned Parenthood disposes of fetal remains following abortion procedures. U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. issued...

Baker Wants MA Liquor Licenses To Be Local | 12-11-2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) proposed legislation last week to return control over the issuance of liquor licenses to local governments. Under the current system, the number of liquor licenses in most locales is capped, with additional licenses...

Only A Handful of States Considering "Assault Weapon" Bills | 12-11-2015

Eight states introduced legislation this year aimed at imposing or tightening restrictions on “assault weapons” specifically, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative database. Four of those states also introduced legislation...

Potpourri - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

The U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear a challenge to an ILLINOIS city’s ban on semiautomatic, high-capacity assault weapons. The city, Highland Park, is a suburb of Chicago. Seven states — MARYLAND, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, HAWAII, MASSACHUSETTS...

Crime - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signs HB 3798, which imposes a 20-year jail sentence for someone convicted of trafficking more than 10 grams of the drug fentanyl, an opioid known to be many times stronger than heroin (MASSLIVE.COM).

Education - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

Education in MA The University of MASSACHUSETTS Foundation, which manages charitable giving for the five-university UMASS system, announces it will divest itself of direct investments of its $770 million endowment in coal companies. The Foundation...

Twice As Nice | 11-20-2015

If being sworn into office is fun, why not do it twice? That’s what new Massachusetts state Sen. Michael Brady did a few weeks ago. As Statehouse News reports, Brady believed he was to be sworn in at 1:00pm on the 10 th . Alas, Gov. Charlie Baker...

Business - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Business In MA The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2054, which would bar employers and schools from requiring employees, students and job applicants to share their social media passwords or provide the employer or a school official access to those...

Medicaid Expansion Big Factor in State Insured Rates | 11-20-2015

Massachusetts had the lowest percentage of residents without health insurance last year, 3.3 percent, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas had the highest percentage of such residents, at 19.1 percent. All five of the states...

Crime & Punishment - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Crime In OH The OHIO Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of requiring sex offenders to register their addresses with authorities (DAYTON DAILY NEWS). Crime In MA The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate give final approval to HB 1641, which...

Baker Overhauls MA Child Welfare Policies | 11-20-2015

Calling it “a much needed systemic reform of DCF policies and practices,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced last Tuesday he is doing away with a Department of Children and Families policy that requires the triaging of child welfare...

Education - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Education in WV The WEST VIRGINIA Board of Education endorses a repeal of the Common Core-based K-12 math and English language arts standards and replacement of them with standards developed by state education officials. The proposal is now in a 30...

Energy - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

Energy in MA The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate fail to reach agreement on legislation to raise the cap on the amount of net solar metering credits allowed in a particular utility’s system. Each chamber passed legislation of its own (HB 3857...

Flurry of Statehouse Action On Daily Fantasy Sports | 11-13-2015

Legislation related to daily fantasy sports (DFS) has been drafted or introduced this year in 16 states, according to LegalSportsReport.com, which covers the legal online sports wagering industry. The bills generally seek to legalize DFS in states that...

Baker Updates Supplier Diversity Rules | 11-06-2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) issued an executive order last week extending rules designed to boost opportunities for state contracts among woman- and minority-owned businesses to also include businesses owned by veterans, the disabled and members...

Crime - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 1694, which would make it a crime to profit by fraudulently claiming to be a veteran. Violators would face a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. It moves to the Senate (STATEHOUSE NEWS [BOSTON]). MICHIGAN Gov. Rick...

Well Now That's Deflating | 11-06-2015

Love them or hate them – and there is no real in-between – the New England Patriots are the rulers of the professional football world. And no amount of teeth gnashing over their incessant cheating and bending of rules – sorry, alleged...

Business - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

Business In MA The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2033, legislation that would expand the scope of workplace disfigurement injuries covered under workers' compensation policies to include injuries anywhere on a person's body. The measure...

Baker Opposes Death with Dignity Bill | 10-30-2015

Citing voters’ rejection of a similar proposal in 2012, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said he opposes HB 1991, so-called “death with dignity” legislation under consideration by lawmakers. That proposal would let terminally ill...

Baker Unveils Opioid Plan | 10-16-2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) unveiled a proposal last week to help stem a rising tide of heroin and other opioid-related deaths in the Bay State. Under his plan, a doctor’s initial opioid prescription per patient could be for no more than...

Crime & Punishment - October 19 2015 | 10-16-2015

MA Approves HB 3806 The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 3806, a bill that creates a local registration process for scrap metal dealers and requires those dealers to tag and hold purchased items for at least 48 hours. If contacted by law enforcement...

Baker Cool on State-Run Fantasy Sports Site | 10-09-2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) expressed reservations about a proposal from state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to launch the Lottery’s own fantasy sports website. Baker said he would prefer the Lottery focus on its current offerings. “The...

Crime & Punishment - October 12 2015 | 10-09-2015

MI Approves Confiscated Property Bill Package The MICHIGAN Senate approves a seven-bill package (HBs 4500, 4503, 4504, 4506, 4507, 4499 and 4505) that collectively increase civil asset forfeiture reporting requirements for law enforcement agencies...

Budgets In Brief - October 5 2015 | 10-02-2015

MA Pension Fund Takes Big Hit MASSACHUSETTS’ state pension fund lost $521 million in value in the past fiscal year, as a result of its holdings in fossil fuel stocks. Boston-based Trillium Asset Management calculated that the Massachusetts Pension...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Household Income Lags Behind GDP in Every State | 09-18-2015

Between 2000 and 2013 GDP growth outpaced median household income growth in every state in the nation, according to analysis by Stateline . In North Dakota the gap between general economic growth and middle-class income growth over that period was nearly...

We Knew Brady Was All Wet | 08-14-2015

But now we have the gubernatorial seal of approval! Yes, as the State House News Service reports, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker took the ongoing Ice Bucket Challenge – a charity thing in which people raise money for ALS research by getting a...

Budgets In Brief - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

Kansas Retirement System Woes Moody’s Investors Service has given $1 billion in pension obligation bonds proposed by KANSAS an Aa3 rating, a notch below the state’s current overall rating. The Wall Street rating company said the bonds would...

Environment - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 1973, which would require the Bay State to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation plan. It moves to the House (SUN CHRONICLE [ATTEBORO]). * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announces it will give...

Budgets In Brief - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

IL Cook County Approves Sales Tax Increase The governing board of Cook County, ILLINOIS narrowly approved a one-cent sales tax increase that will push Chicago’s rate over that of four Alabama cities and Seattle on Jan. 1, making it the highest...

Bring the Funny, Save a Life | 07-17-2015

We’ve all seen road signs warning us to slow down, pay attention or just knock off whatever stupid thing we might be doing behind the wheel. Or better said we’ve ignored them. But now Utah officials are taking a new approach. As Governing...

Governors In Brief - July 20 2015 | 07-17-2015

Investigation Into Planned Parenthood At least four Republican governors have ordered state health officials to investigate the operations of Planned Parenthood clinics in their states after a video surreptitiously captured by an anti-abortion group...

End of An Era | 07-10-2015

Try as we might to avoid it, time always marches on. And so it has for Pam Schofield, who State House News Service reports retired a few weeks ago after 32 years on the job as reference librarian for the Massachusetts State Library in Boston. During that...

Governors In Brief - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CA Court Challenges Ex-Gov Schwarzenegger's Clemency Ruling A CALIFORNIA appeals court ruled that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) did not break the law in 2010 when he drastically reduced the prison sentence of the son of a political ally...

Governors In Brief - May 18 2015 | 05-15-2015

MA Denied Federal Money For Storm Recovery The Obama administration denied a request from MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) for additional federal money to help the Bay State cover the estimated $350 million incurred clearing snow, repairing damaged...

Governors In Brief - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

Ks and TX Friends of the Court In Florida Support Governors in KANSAS and TEXAS said they would file amicus briefs in support of FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) lawsuit against the Obama administration alleging the government is illegally coercing...

Governors In Brief - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

MA Gov Halts Expansion of Convention Center Expressing concern about the debt it would incur and the impact it could have on the state budget, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has halted a planned $1 billion expansion of the Boston Convention and...

Governors In Brief - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

In an effort to combat air pollution in southern OREGON, Gov. Kate Brown (D) announced she will authorize the use of state funds to pay for residents in two downstate counties to swap out their old woodstoves and fireplaces for newer, more efficient models...

A Dome Under the Dome | 04-10-2015

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is sporting a new look these days. As Statehouse News Service reports, Baker joined hundreds of others last week in getting a serious buzz cut as part of a fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Quincy. The...

Politics In Brief - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

MASSACHUSETTS Secretary of State William F. Galvin (D) warned last week that if the cuts to his office in Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) proposed budget are approved the state will not be able to hold its 2016 presidential primary on March 1 as planned...

Governors In Brief - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

The National Governors Association sent U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R- OHIO ) a letter last week urging him to support new legislation allowing states to collect sales tax on Internet purchases, the so-called Marketplace Fairness...

Baker Unveils Plan to Cut Homelessness | 03-06-2015

Calling family homelessness “a human tragedy,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has proposed a new $20 million fund to pay for counselors and other support services to help keep at-risk families from ending up on the streets. Baker...