Massachusetts 20-Day Voter Cutoff Ruled UnconstitutionalA Massachusetts requirement that eligible voters register at least 20 days ahead of an election violates the state constitution and potentially disenfranchises thousands of voters, a judge ruled Monday.
Backers Of Legal Marijuana Measure Turn In Ballot SignaturesSupporters of legalized recreational marijuana in Massachusetts are taking a key step toward placing the measure before voters on the 2016 state ballot.
Skin Doctors Urge Under-18 Ban On Tanning BedsState lawmakers are considering a bill that would toughen state regulations for tanning salons.
Group Warns Mass. Lawmakers Any New Buffer Zone Legislation Could Face Legal ChallengeAn anti-abortion group is calling on lawmakers to proceed cautiously as they consider ways to strengthen security around abortion clinics.
Victim Advocate Praises Expanded Time Limit For Child Sex Abuse Civil SuitsRecent legislation extends the statute of limitations for victims to file civil lawsuits against alleged perpetrators from age 21 to 53.
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.
Ban On Non-Compete Deals Gains Momentum On Beacon HillGov. 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.
Deadline Looms For Mass. Legislative Panels To Recommend BillsBills that aren't recommended by committees by Wednesday face a slim chance of becoming law in the session that ends July 31.
Sen. Markey Calls For Upgrades To Natural Gas PipelinesMassachusetts 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.
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.
Mass. Bill Would Require Emergency Evacuation & Shelter Plans For PetsMassachusetts 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.
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.
Casino Licenses Won't Be Decided Until State Gaming Commission Sets Up Rules & RegulationsBefore 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.
Governor Signs Bill That Focuses On Teacher Performance 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.
NH House Ponders Bill That Would Institute $2,500 Bullying Fine 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.