Latest Massachusetts State General Court News

State senator sanctioned after release of ethics report

Mar. 26, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has barred state Sen. Dean Tran from interacting with his staff except through official emails in the wake of an ethics investigation. The action followed the release of a report Thursday that found the Fitchburg Republican had his staff conduct campaign work during...

Pedestrian traffic is light outside Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Saturday, March, 14, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Gov. Baker extends school closures through end of April

Mar. 25, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is ordering schools and non-emergency child care programs in Massachusetts to remain closed through the end of April as the state works to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Baker had earlier ordered schools to close through April 6, but said the extended closure until May...

Fisher Elementary School teacher Karen Wolff, center, of Foxborough, Mass. places Chromebook laptop computers in the trunk of a running vehicle as Principal Brian Bemiss, of Franklin, Mass., looks on, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in front of the school in Walpole, Mass. The Walpole school district, along with other districts in the state, are distributing the Chromebook laptops to families on loan to assist students with home learning while schools are closed in response to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Vermont has 1st virus deaths as Connecticut postpones voting

Mar. 19, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

Developments from around New England on the coronavirus pandemic. VERMONT Vermont officials announced the state's first two deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday evening. One was an elderly man from Windsor County who was hospitalized at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction and the other was an elderly...

Dolores Ginn and Garry Brault, both of Lewiston, Maine, stand apart from one another as they wait for the bus at the Oak Street parking garage in downtown Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Brault said that he just came from the grocery store where many of the shelves are bare. Ginn said that she is 86-years-old and not worried at all about the coronavirus pandemic. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal via AP)

Massachusetts closes day cares, Connecticut courts limited

Mar. 18, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

Developments from around New England on the new coronavirus pandemic. For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The...

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker addresses the press regarding the state response to the coronavirus pandemic outside of City Hall in Pittsfield, Mass., Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Courts, museums in Massachusetts shutter amid virus

Mar. 12, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A rundown of coronavirus-related developments in Massachusetts: TESTING CAPACITY The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 continues to grow in Massachusetts, rising to 102 cases on Thursday. More than 80 cases were associated with a meeting of executives of the firm Biogen...

Delaware lawmakers eye ban on cashless stores

Mar. 11, 2020 4:29 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Some state lawmakers say that if you do business in Delaware, you need to accept cash. A bill introduced Tuesday prohibits any business selling goods or services from refusing to accept cash from a consumer making an in-person purchase. Senate President David McBride says not everyone...

Homeless ID bill wins backing of Massachusetts Senate

Mar. 1, 2020 1:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would make it easier for homeless families and young people to obtain state identification cards is making its way through Beacon Hill. On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate approved a bill that would require the registrar of motor vehicles to come up with what supporters call a...

Massachusetts House proposes 5-cent per gallon gas tax hike

Feb. 26, 2020 2:01 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House leaders proposed a 5-cent per gallon gas tax hike on Wednesday as part of a larger bill aimed at increasing funding for transportation. The proposal would also increase fees on ride-hailing services and end the state’s sales tax exemption for the purchase of...

Bill would make it easier for homeless to get state ID card

Feb. 25, 2020 2:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill scheduled for debate by the Massachusetts Senate this week would make it easier for homeless families and young people to obtain state identification cards. The bill would require the registrar of motor vehicles to come up with what supporters call a burden-free process for homeless...

Bill would require schools to offer free menstrual products

Feb. 15, 2020 10:39 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill making its way through the Massachusetts Statehouse would require schools to provide free disposable menstrual products to students. Under the proposal, all “elementary and secondary public schools in the commonwealth serving students in any grade from grade six through grade...