Mass. Lawmakers Work To Amend $38 Billion Budget ProposalLawmakers have filed more than 1,000 proposed amendments to a nearly $38 billion state budget proposal.
1,200 Amendments Tacked On To Massachusetts Budget Bill House lawmakers filed nearly 1,200 amendments in advance of Monday's scheduled debate on the state's $36.2 billion budget, some to restore funds slashed from programs during lean economic times and others to benefit pet projects at the local level.
Mass. Lawmakers Approve Minimum Wage HikeThe Massachusetts House has approved a bill that would increase the state's hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years.
Amendment Would Allow Mass. To Vote Early In Future ElectionsHouse and Senate lawmakers could take up several proposed amendments to the state constitution, including one that would allow for early voting in Massachusetts.
Mass. Senate Republicans Push Bill To Increase Animal Cruelty PenaltiesAnimal abusers would face tougher penalties under a bill Senate Republicans are pushing on Beacon Hill.
Beacon Hill To Consider Proposal To Cut Number Of Medical Marijuana DispensariesA legislative committee plans to hear several proposals to change Massachusetts' medical marijuana law as the state prepares for implementation of the voter-approved measures.
Mass. Lawmakers Scramble As Formal Session Nears EndThe two-year legislative session on Beacon Hill is heading into the homestretch.
Immigrant Advocates Press Mass. Lawmakers For ActionMore than 500 immigrants and their supporters are preparing to gather at the Massachusetts State House to press lawmakers to support issues that are important to foreign-born residents.
Mass. Lawmakers Pressured On Planned MBTA Hikes State lawmakers are under growing pressure to help solve the MBTA's funding crisis and head off steep fare hikes and service reductions.
Beacon Hill Okays Dec. 26 Liquor SalesState lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow package stores to open on the day after Christmas.
NH's "Caylee Anthony" Bill Would Require Parents To Report Missing KidsNew Hampshire lawmakers are planning on filing legislation named after toddler Caylee Anthony that would make it a crime to fail to report a child's disappearance.
Mass. Lawmakers Consider Medical Marijuana Bill Massachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill that would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
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.
NH Expected To Expand Death Penalty To Deadly Home InvasionsNew Hampshire rarely expands its death penalty statute, but the brutal machete and knife attack that killed a mother in her bed and severely wounded her daughter could move lawmakers to add home invasion killings to the short list of crimes punishable by death.
Casino Hearings Underway On Beacon HillA Massachusetts legislative committee is hearing testimony from supporters and opponents of casino gambling.