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Massachusetts Senate to debate ban on flavored tobacco

Nov. 17, 2019 9:25 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is poised to debate a bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products while also imposing a new 75% excise tax on nicotine vaping products. The bill was recently approved by the House. The Senate is expected to debate their own proposed amendments to the...

Massachusetts House passes flavored tobacco ban, vaping tax

Nov. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products while also imposing a new 75% excise tax on nicotine vaping products. The ban would apply to menthol cigarettes — a decision that has rankled some convenience store owners. Under...

Massachusetts Senate to debate prescription drug price bill

Nov. 10, 2019 9:20 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is set to debate legislation that Democratic leaders say will address the soaring cost of prescription drugs. This legislation would create a process to help identify drug price thresholds that supporters of the bill say pose a public health risk. The bill would also...

Massachusetts House Speaker DeLeo to seek another term

Oct. 28, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is planning to seek another two-year term as the most powerful lawmaker in the 160-member House. The 69-year-old Winthrop Democrat has served as speaker since 2009. DeLeo told reporters Monday he still enjoys the job. The speaker has the power to...

Legislators look at banning wild animals in traveling shows

Oct. 23, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts legislators and animal activists are working to ban traveling shows from using elephants, primates, big cats and bears for entertainment purposes. The Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development heard testimony related to the bill Tuesday. Activists say there is...

Civil War memorial to be taken down for restoration

Oct. 15, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Civil War monument standing across the street from the Massachusetts State House will be taken down for a makeover. The Boston Globe reports the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial in Boston will be removed from its base and transported offsite so it can be restored,...

Lawmakers want to make it easier to create rail trails

Oct. 12, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts state lawmakers want to make it easier for communities to purchase dormant railroad tracks to convert into recreational trails. The MetroWest Daily News reports state Sen. Jamie Eldridge and state Rep. Carmine Gentile, both Democrats, jointly filed legislation that, if...

Effort underway to name bridge after Korean War soldier

Oct. 6, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts lawmaker has filed a bill to name the new Cape Cod Rail Trail bridge in honor of a soldier listed as missing in action during the Korean War. The Cape Cod Times reports state Rep. Timothy Whelan proposes naming the bridge, which spans Station Avenue in Yarmouth, in...

College financial disclosure bill advancing in Massachusetts

Oct. 5, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A bill aimed at requiring more financial transparency from independent colleges is making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature. This week, House lawmakers voted to approve the legislation. It would let the state more closely monitor the financial health of private colleges and...

Thousands of youths turn out for Boston climate strike

Sep. 20, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of young climate change activists have marched and rallied in Boston as part of a global, youth-led day of environmental action. The high school age students who organized the event walked out of classes Friday. They were bolstered by supporters coming from earlier rallies on the...