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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...

Massachusetts Senate approves mental health parity bill

Feb. 13, 2020 6:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Individuals suffering from mental health issues would have access to health care on par with those suffering from physical ailments like high blood pressure or diabetes under a bill approved unanimously Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate. Supporters say the bill would help remove existing...

Record number of open meeting complaints resolved in 2019

Feb. 9, 2020 12:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general's office resolved a record number of complaints about violations to the state's open meeting law last year. The law requires that most meetings of public bodies — such as boards of selectmen and school committees — be held in public....

Bill seeks parity between care for mental, physical ailments

Feb. 6, 2020 5:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled a sweeping bill Thursday aimed at making good on the state's long-held pledge to provide mental health care on a par with care for physical ailments like heart disease or a broken leg. Supporters say the bill would help remove barriers to timely care, provide...

Bill would scrutinize deals between communities, pot firms

Feb. 5, 2020 6:18 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would tighten oversight of payments made by marijuana companies to the cities and towns that host them. The bill, which passed by a 121-33 vote, would give the state's Cannabis Control Commission the power to review, regulate and...

Speaker DeLeo ends 2019 with $848,000 in campaign account

Feb. 2, 2020 2:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo reported having more than $848,000 in his campaign account as of the end of 2019, giving him a larger political war chest than many statewide candidates. The total cash on hand the powerful Winthrop Democrat reported in a year-end campaign finance...

Massachusetts Senate approves "net-zero" environmental bills

Jan. 30, 2020 9:59 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a series of bills Thursday that supporters say will help dramatically reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. The package of bills envisions transitioning cars, trucks and buses to carbon-free electric power, jump-starting...

Bill would curb nondisclosure agreements in sex harassment

Jan. 27, 2020 6:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor whose sexual harassment lawsuit led to the downfall of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, joined state lawmakers in Massachusetts on Monday to push a bill to curtail the use of nondisclosure agreements in cases of sexual harassment. Carlson, whose...

Lawmakers to hold public hearing on Baker health care bill

Jan. 26, 2020 9:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a public hearing this week for a sweeping bill filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that would overhaul the state's health care system. Baker said the bill would cut down the hidden costs that currently blindside consumers while requiring walk-in...

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...