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Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
To provide a measure of relief to Massachusetts job applicants, the State Senate has approved a bill, sponsored by State Senator Mike Barrett (D-Lexington), to restrict the use of credit reports in hiring and promotions. “People see their c...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON—Today the Senate passed legislation to promote transparency, best practices and better outcomes for children involved in the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. The omnibus bill sponsored by Senator Karen E. Spilka (...
Thursday, July 7, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
Boston-Today the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to improve the lives of many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by enabling them to attend college with their same-aged peers in an inclusive setting.  The bill, or...
Thursday, July 7, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON–Today, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation that updates the existing statute relative to English language education in public schools to encompass the latest and best practices serving English Language ...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON— Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to develop and achieve performance standards for solid waste recycling, promoting a healthy and sustainable Commonwealth. “This bill encourages the continued health and sustainability of M...
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON—Today, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation to improve several areas of current law dealing with the sale and treatment of dogs and cats. S.2370 An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens, filed by Senator Karen Spilka, ...
Thursday, June 16, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON – Today the Massachusetts Senate passed S. 1494, An Act increasing the property tax deferral for seniors, sponsored by Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Somerville). This legislation would offer property tax relief to homeowners age 6...
Massachusetts Veterans H.O.M.E Act continues long standing commitment to our veterans
Thursday, June 16, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2325 “An Act Relative to Housing, Operations, Military Service, and Enrichment”, The Massachusetts HOME Act. This legislation expands on the commitment the ...
First major update to zoning laws since the 1970s
Thursday, June 9, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to address the housing needs of the Commonwealth by updating the state’s zoning laws. The bill, An Act Promoting Housing and Sustainable Development, changes local and state zoning laws to increa...
Alters penalties for tagging and vandalism, and increases use of pre-trial diversion
Thursday, April 14, 2016 -- For Immediate Release
BOSTON- Today the Massachusetts Senate continued its work of reforming the state’s criminal justice system by passage of four sentencing reform related bills: S.727, S.728, S.795, and S.2216.  The bills address various crimi...
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