Legislation

Massachusetts State House in Boston (credit: AP)

Beacon Hill Considers Bill To Protect Transgender People From Discrimination

The Committee on the Judiciary held a public hearing Wednesday at the Statehouse to hear testimony on a bill that would add the words “gender identity or expression” to the state’s existing nondiscrimination laws.

06/08/2011

File photo of the Middleton chemical plant explosion that injured four people in March, 2011.

Mass. State Rep. Proposes New Rules To Prevent Chemical Plant Explosions

A state representative from Danvers is proposing legislation he says will prevent boiler explosions like the one that leveled a Danvers neighborhood five years ago.

06/04/2011

Tanning Beds

RI Looks To Ban Underage Teens From Tanning Beds

Rhode Island would be the first state to prohibit people under 18 from using tanning salons under a proposal passed by the state Senate.

05/07/2011

Michael Woodmansee

RI Lawmakers Push Legislation To Delay Release Of Child Killer

Rhode Island lawmakers will soon take up legislation that could delay the release of a man convicted of killing a 5-year-old to give officials more time to review his case.

04/09/2011

salestax

Local Retailers Push For Online Sales Tax

On Thursday, Massachusetts retailers were expected to be on Beacon Hill pushing a bill that adds the state’s sales tax onto online purchases.

04/06/2011

(Courtesy: State Auditor's office)

Engineer: State’s Unsafe Dams Are ‘Potential Time Bombs’

Lawmakers have being urged to take quick action to remove unsafe, abandoned and obsolete dams that threaten public safety or wildlife habitats in Massachusetts.

03/14/2011

(credit: AP)

Rhode Island Considering Tougher Seat Belt Law

Forget to wear a seat belt in Rhode Island and you might be pulled over and fined $75 under a bill pending in the General Assembly.

03/05/2011

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Sen. Kerry Backs Bill Banning High-Capacity Clips

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is backing legislation that would ban the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips and require background checks at gun shows.

01/25/2011

WBZ TV's Yadires Nova-Salcedo talks with MIRA's Lauren Powers about the DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act – A Holiday Wish for Many Young People in America

The DREAM Act is one of the hottest topics of debate right now. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday December 8th and now it’s in the hands of the Senate. […]

WBZ-TV–12/18/2010

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