Bills that aren’t recommended by committees by Wednesday face a slim chance of becoming law in the session that ends July 31.
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.
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.
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.
Animal abusers would face tougher penalties under a bill Senate Republicans are pushing on Beacon Hill.
Before the state gaming commission can begin awarding casino licenses, it must first come up with a set of rules and regulations for fully implementing the year-old expanded gambling law.
Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill into law that will ensure a teacher’s evaluated job performance is the main factor considered when a school faces staffing decisions. Patrick signed the bill into law just days after it passed in both chambers of the legislature.
The New Hampshire House is considering whether to kill a bill that would subject people to fines of up to $2,500 for bullying a state lawmaker.
New Hampshire business owners could soon have the legal right to decide who they serve.
The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would allow victims of domestic violence to take up to 15 days of leave from their jobs without facing penalties from their employers.