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Skin Doctors Urge Under-18 Ban On Tanning Beds

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would toughen state regulations for tanning salons.


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Group Warns Mass. Lawmakers Any New Buffer Zone Legislation Could Face Legal Challenge

An anti-abortion group is calling on lawmakers to proceed cautiously as they consider ways to strengthen security around abortion clinics.


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Victim Advocate Praises Expanded Time Limit For Child Sex Abuse Civil Suits

Recent legislation extends the statute of limitations for victims to file civil lawsuits against alleged perpetrators from age 21 to 53.


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Mass. Lawmakers Supporting Direct-To-Consumer Wine Shipment Legislation

Massachusetts lawmakers are backing a measure that would allow winemakers to ship their products directly to the state’s consumers.


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Ban On Non-Compete Deals Gains Momentum On Beacon Hill

Gov. Deval Patrick has said the agreements — designed to discourage workers in high-tech companies from quitting and taking their skills to a competitor — are stifling competition.


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Deadline Looms For Mass. Legislative Panels To Recommend Bills

Bills that aren’t recommended by committees by Wednesday face a slim chance of becoming law in the session that ends July 31.


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Sen. Markey Calls For Upgrades To Natural Gas Pipelines

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is warning that the deadly gas explosion that destroyed two buildings in New York and killed eight people shows the need to fix the aging infrastructure that delivers fuel in cities across the country.


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Ballot Question Would Mandate Nurse-To-Patient Ratios In Mass.

Supporters of a ballot question that would limit the number of patients who can be assigned to a nurse at one time are planning to deliver the final batch of signatures designed to put the question before voters next year.


Evacuation routes are in place if needed as Hurricane Irene approaches.

Mass. Bill Would Require Emergency Evacuation & Shelter Plans For Pets

Massachusetts cities and towns would be required to come up with emergency evacuation and shelter plans for household pets under a bill unanimously approved Thursday by the state Senate.


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Mass. Senate Republicans Push Bill To Increase Animal Cruelty Penalties

Animal abusers would face tougher penalties under a bill Senate Republicans are pushing on Beacon Hill.