Latest Massachusetts state government News

Mass. seniors rally for more rescue funds for health care

Sep. 26, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

Coronavirus-related developments around New England: MASSACHUSETTS Activists dressed in hospital gowns will gather on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse to urge state lawmakers to use $17 million of about $5.1 billion in federal pandemic relief...

Massachusetts considers allowing supervised drug-use sites

Sep. 25, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Proposals to let Massachusetts create sites where people could use illegal drugs in the presence of staff trained in helping to reverse overdoses will be the focus of a daylong virtual hearing Monday at the Statehouse. One of the...

Judge denies state police union bid for vaccination delay

Sep. 24, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Superior Court judge has turned down a request by the union that represents 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers to delay Gov. Charlie Baker’s state employee coronavirus vaccine mandate. The State Police Association of Massachusetts filed a...

Bill would let residents change sex on birth record to X

Sep. 23, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents would be able to change the sex listed on their birth certificate to a nonbinary X under a bill approved unanimously Thursday by the Massachusetts Senate. Under the legislation, an X designation could be used to indicate that the...

TD Garden to require vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests

Sep. 22, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Anyone hoping to attend an event at the TD Garden — including Bruins or Celtics games and concerts — will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result. The rules apply to players, referees, coaches, musicians, vendors,...

Abortion foes can collect ballot question signatures for now

Sep. 22, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Activists who support a proposed ballot question that would require all reasonable medical steps be taken to preserve the life of a child born alive in Massachusetts are getting a second chance to begin collecting signatures to put the proposal before voters next year. ...

Test scores show pandemic toll on learning in Massachusetts

Sep. 21, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The pandemic has taken a toll on the test scores of Massachusetts students, according to statewide MCAS test results from the spring 2021 exam released Tuesday by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Overall, the results revealed...

Registry of Motor Vehicles resumes some service options

Sep. 20, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday resumed offering some services that had been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-one locations statewide will offer appointments for in-person vehicle and driver services, walk-in...

Worcester announces indoor face covering mandate

Sep. 17, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The second largest city in Massachusetts will require everyone to wear masks in indoor public spaces and will also require municipal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, the city manager announced Friday. The mask mandate that...

West Springfield enacts mask mandate as Big E fair opens

Sep. 16, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Board of Health in West Springfield has approved an indoor mask mandate that takes effect the same day as the opening, for the first time in two years, of what's billed as the largest agricultural fair on the East Coast. The mask mandate starts Friday,...