Latest Massachusetts state government News

Protesters push bill to expand access to driver's licenses

Sep. 26, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Protesters are planning to gather on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse on Saturday to call on state lawmakers to pass legislation that would let all those living in Massachusetts to obtain driver’s licenses, including those in the country illegally. Supporters say many families...

Coronavirus outbreak at hospital grows to 19 known cases

Sep. 25, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A COVID-19 outbreak at a major Boston hospital has now grown to 19 confirmed cases. Brigham and Women’s Hospital originally said it had identified 10 cases among staff and patients connected to two inpatient units. The hospital in a statement late Thursday said to date, 98 employees...

Massachusetts attorney general charges 2 ex-leaders of veterans' home where at least 76 sickened by coronavirus died

Sep. 25, 2020 11:15 AM EDT
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts attorney general charges 2 ex-leaders of veterans' home where at least 76 sickened by coronavirus died.

Baker activates members of Massachusetts National Guard

Sep. 24, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker signed an order Thursday activating up to 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as cities across the country prepare for possible protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. In the order, Baker said guard members will be...

Gov. Baker defends tradition of peaceful transfer of power

Sep. 24, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday defended the nation's tradition of peaceful power transfers following elections, a day after President Donald Trump again declined to commit to such a transfer if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election. Honoring the will of voters is a fundamental part of the...

Restaurants to be allowed to use bar areas for food service

Sep. 23, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts restaurants will soon be able seat up to 10 people at a table and use their bar areas to serve food, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. The moves that take effect Monday are intended to help the industry, which has faced severe restrictions intended to help slow the...

Maine lifts restrictions on travelers from Massachusetts

Sep. 23, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has lifted restrictions on travelers from Massachusetts that had required the visitors to produce a negative coronavirus test or quarantine for two weeks. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the change went into effect Wednesday. Massachusetts joins New York, New Jersey and all the...

Judge invalidates firing of Holyoke Soldiers' Home boss

Sep. 22, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's administration wrongfully fired the head of a home for aging veterans where nearly 80 people sickened with the coronavirus have died, a judge has ruled. The Hampden Superior Court judge's ruling on Monday invalidates the firing of former Holyoke...

Resident of veterans home tests positive for a 2nd time

Sep. 21, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A resident of a veterans care center in Massachusetts has tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, state health officials announced Monday. “A veteran resident of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea who was clinically recovered from COVID-19 as per CDC guidance again...

AG Healey: Intimidating voters illegal at polling places

Sep. 20, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Interfering or intimidating voters at polling locations is illegal, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said. The Democrat said she felt the need to issue the advisory on Thursday following statements by President Donald Trump raising the possibility of calling up law enforcement...