Latest Massachusetts state government News

Gov. Baker vetoes bill to expand access to driver's licenses

May. 27, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a bill Friday that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses in Massachusetts. The veto came just a day after the Massachusetts House and Senate gave final approval to the measure, sending it to...

Massachusetts House approves bill outlawing revenge porn

May. 26, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would outlaw revenge porn in Massachusetts was approved unanimously Thursday by House lawmakers. Massachusetts is one of just two states without a law banning the practice, which typically involves the nonconsensual posting of sexually explicit images...

Massachusetts sues companies over use of ‘forever chemicals’

May. 25, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has sued more than a dozen companies involved in the manufacture or marketing of so-called forever chemicals, alleging they knowingly polluted the environment and endangered public health, state Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday. ...

ExxonMobil loses bid to nix climate change lawsuit

May. 24, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ highest court on Tuesday rejected a bid by ExxonMobil to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state that accuses the oil giant of misleading the public about the role its fossil fuels play in causing climate change. The lawsuit filed in 2019 by...

Massachusetts Republicans meet in Springfield for convention

May. 21, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Republicans held their state party convention on Saturday as they wrestle with how far to the right they should move in a deeply blue state. Members of the state GOP gathered in Springfield ahead of this autumn's elections to hear from...

Massachusetts Senate OKs immigrant driver's license bill

May. 05, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses, moving the proposed change one step closer to becoming law. If passed into law, Massachusetts would join 16 other states, and...

Massachusetts Senate to consider passing package of tax cuts

May. 04, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ strong economic outlook is prompting Democratic leaders in the state Senate to consider a package of tax cuts. Preliminary revenue collections for April totaled $6.9 billion — about $3 billion or 79.6% more than actual collections in April of last...

Massachusetts state senators and staff urged to wear masks

Apr. 30, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state senators and their staff were urged to wear masks in the Senate Chamber Thursday after two Senate employers and a third individual who had contact with senators and staff tested positive for COVID-19. The two staff members were last in the...

Massachusetts Senate passes bill legalizing betting on pros

Apr. 29, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts state Senate has passed a bill to legalize in-person and online betting on professional sports in the state, a move that according to chamber leadership would generate $35 million in tax revenue annually. The bill passed on a voice vote late Thursday...

Connecticut looks to bar out-of-state marijuana advertising

Apr. 26, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut moved closer Tuesday toward placing tougher restrictions on marijuana advertising, including barring ads from cross-border retail cannabis establishments such as the billboard ads that have popped up along the state's border with Massachusetts. ...