State / Region

Mass. to hold 2-month tax amnesty program beginning Labor Day

Thursday, August 28, 2014

BOSTON — An amnesty program in Massachusetts is set to begin on Labor Day, lasting two months and giving delinquent taxpayers and businesses the chance to avoid penalties if they fully pay outstanding tax liabilities by 5 p.m. on Halloween. About 300,000 people will be receiving notices in September indicating they are eligible for the program, which proponents hope will bring in millions in state revenue without the need for … 0

A modern Mass. National Guard?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BOSTON — The operations of the Massachusetts National Guard would be modernized to include explicit authority to address homeland security threats and new protections against discrimination, under legislation that reached Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk this week. The National Guard mission has historically been to work with the governor during local emergencies and become federalized when necessary, such as during wartime. But since 2001, … 0

Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BC-US--Marathon Bombing-Wedding, 2nd Ld-Writethru,355 Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse AP Photo BX101, BX102 Eds: Changes wording in long headline. Changes characterization of photo in 3rd paragraph. Links photo. With AP Photos. By DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press BOSTON — If something good could come out of the Boston Marathon bombing, James Costello … 0

Governor Patrick signs flurry of bills into law

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BOSTON — Legislation designed to toughen Massachusetts’ response to the state’s ongoing substance abuse troubles was among four bills signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday. The new substance abuse law requires insurers to reimburse patients for addiction treatment from licensed counselors and removes prior-authorization requirements … 0

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ORANGE — North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking. The Republican candidate for the Second Franklin District House seat now held by Andrews has criticized the incumbent for … 3

Massachusetts lawmakers advance teen indoor tanning restrictions

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House on Tuesday advanced a bill restricting indoor tanning for teenagers. Under the bill (S 1904), individuals under 16 may not use a tanning device unless they have a written order by a physician. Teenagers 16 and 17 years old could use a tanning … 0

Feds nix Mass. immigrant shelter offer

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts won’t be hosting unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border after all. Federal Health and Human Services officials informed Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday that due to an easing of the number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, the Obama administration is no longer … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, July 28 to Aug. 1

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on six roll calls and local senators on four roll calls from the week of July 28- August 1. GUNS (H 4376) House 122-30, Senate 37-3, approved and sent to Gov. Patrick a bill making changes in the … 0

Mass. adds drug courts amid opioid epidemic

Sunday, August 3, 2014

QUINCY — In a small courtroom in Quincy District Court, Judge Mary Beth Heffernan doles out instructions and advice the way a parent would: sometimes gently, sometimes firmly, but always with an encouraging tone. Heffernan presides over a specialty court where defendants with substance abuse problems are closely … 0

Patrick reviewing several major bills

Friday, August 1, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday that he’s pleased lawmakers were able to finish work on several major pieces of legislation, but wants time to review them before deciding which to sign into law. “We’re going to … 0

Compromise solar ‘net metering’ bill OK’d

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Legislature’s late-night closing session kept the sun from shining on a sweeping bill that would have changed incentives for solar-powered electric generation in Massachusetts. A last-minute compromise in the House Ways and Means Committee moved forward controversial “Net Metering and Solar Power” legislation — but not far. … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Girl at Market Basket protest struck by car SEABROOK, N.H. — Police say 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while attending a Market Basket protest in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Police said the accident happened at about 6 … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little … 0