Latest Massachusetts state government News

Baker weighing $4B spending bill sent to him by lawmakers

Dec. 05, 2021 13:09 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is weighing a $4 billion spending bill shipped to his desk this week by Massachusetts state lawmakers. The bill directs money from the state’s portion of the American Rescue Plan Act and Fiscal Year 2021 surplus funds to help with the...

First case of omicron variant detected in Massachusetts

Dec. 04, 2021 21:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman in her 20s who had traveled out of state is the first known case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus detected in Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health announced Saturday. Genetic sequencing confirmed the variant, officials...

GOP's Baker won't seek 3rd term as Massachusetts governor

Dec. 01, 2021 17:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced Wednesday he won't seek a third term as governor of Massachusetts, where his party is bitterly split between supporters and foes of former President Donald Trump. Baker called the announcement “a very complicated...

GOP Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, long among the nation’s most popular governors, says he won’t seek a third term

Dec. 01, 2021 10:30 AM EST
BOSTON (AP) — GOP Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, long among the nation’s most popular governors, says he won’t seek a third term.

Suit alleges company sold bogus hand sanitizer to schools

Nov. 30, 2021 18:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — An Illinois-based company falsely marketed and sold a fake hand sanitizer to school districts across Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday. In a complaint filed Monday in Suffolk Superior Court, prosecutors alleged the company claimed...

Massachusetts deploying COVID-19 antibody treatment units

Nov. 30, 2021 17:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is deploying three mobile units to administer monoclonal antibody treatment to high-risk individuals who have been exposed to or have COVID-19, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. The clinics have the capacity to treat up to 500 patients per...

Massachusetts lawmakers weigh new regulations for autocycles

Nov. 28, 2021 08:28 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Proposed regulations of autocycles will be on the schedule when Massachusetts state lawmakers hold a virtual public hearing Tuesday. An autocycle is a three-wheeled motor vehicle that meets federal safety standards for a motorcycle. Unlike motorcycles,...

Lawmakers approve bill to mandate education on genocides

Nov. 24, 2021 16:05 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Middle and high school students in Massachusetts would learn about the history of genocide and human rights issues under a bill approved by state lawmakers Wednesday. The bill requires middle schools and high schools in the state to include instruction on...

Maine lawmakers ask Baker to halt transmission line project

Nov. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers on Tuesday asked Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to do everything in his power to terminate a $1 billion hydropower transmission project in Maine that will benefit Massachusetts. The lawmakers said proceeding...

Baker signs Massachusetts' congressional redistricting map

Nov. 23, 2021 13:42 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed legislation Monday creating new lines for Massachusetts' nine congressional districts. The map avoids any dramatic shifts in district lines, in large part because the state retains the same number of existing...