Latest Massachusetts State General Court News

Senate bills would dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions

Jan. 23, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled bills Thursday that Democratic leaders say will help dramatically reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. The transitioning of cars, trucks and buses to carbon-free electric power and the jump-starting of efforts to supply...

Bill would let 16 and 17-year-olds vote in local elections

Jan. 19, 2020 12:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would give cities and towns greater leeway in allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections. On Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Election Laws is planning to hold a public hearing at the Statehouse on a number of bills...

Bill aims to have more students eating school breakfasts

Jan. 18, 2020 10:06 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A push to expand school breakfast programs in Massachusetts is making its way through the Legislature. The Massachusetts Senate this week unanimously approved legislation aimed at increasing participation rates in the programs. The bill would require public schools with 60 percent or more of...

Massachusetts Senate approves comprehensive sex ed bill

Jan. 16, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require school districts that offer a comprehensive sex education curriculum rely on “medically accurate, age-appropriate" information. Supporters say the bill — which was approved by a 33-2 vote — doesn't...

Bill aims to protect those with developmental disabilities

Jan. 15, 2020 5:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would create a state registry that identifies individuals who have been credibly accused of abusing people with intellectual or developmental disabilities was unanimously approved by the Massachusetts House. The bill would require the state's Disabled Persons Protections...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Michelle Carter, center, arrives for a parole hearing in Natick, Mass. The state's highest court upheld Carter's 2017 involuntary manslaughter conviction in the suicide death of her despondent boyfriend, to whom she had sent insistent text messages urging him to take his own life. The state Parole Board also denied her request for early release. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Supreme Court rejects appeal in texting suicide case

Jan. 13, 2020 4:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place the conviction of a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself. Michelle Carter is serving a 15-month sentence after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 death of her boyfriend, Conrad...

Ex-Speaker appeals decision barring him from lobbying

Jan. 11, 2020 4:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has sued Secretary of State William Galvin as part of his efforts to register as a Beacon Hill lobbyist. The Boston Globe reports that DiMasi filed the lawsuit Friday in Suffolk Superior Court seeking to reverse Galvin's decision last year...

Ex-speaker fails in latest attempt to register as lobbyist

Dec. 26, 2019 7:08 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A hearing officer has denied an appeal by former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi to a decision that barred him from registering as a Beacon Hill lobbyist after being convicted of federal corruption charges. Peter Cassidy, the hearing officer, issued a ruling Thursday denying...

4 ballot questions heading to Massachusetts lawmakers

Dec. 24, 2019 3:16 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Four questions on their way to next year's ballot are first heading to state lawmakers to give them a chance to act on the measures before voters weigh in. Supporters of the four proposed laws have already submitted the signatures of more than 80,239 registered voters required by the...

Massachusetts lawmakers approve long-delayed spending plan

Dec. 12, 2019 7:02 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers approved a spending plan Thursday for more than $1 billion in surplus tax revenue from the last fiscal year. House and Senate lawmakers sent the budget to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's desk in the early morning. Lawmakers approved $541 million in spending. The...