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Mass. Senate backs end to ‘home equity theft’
05-28-2024 4:19 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The state Senate unanimously passed an amendment to its annual spending plan that would prohibit municipalities and private companies from taking the entire equity of a home in the event of a tax lien foreclosure, a piece of legislation that, if...

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Senate plans another sex education reform vote next week
02-22-2024 3:48 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Senators next week will vote again on a bill to update the state’s sex education guidelines, something the chamber has already approved four times without getting buy-in from the House.The Senate Committee on Ways and Means polled the so-called...


Lawmakers hear testimony on push to prohibit size discrimination
12-13-2023 10:04 AM

By STELLA TANNENBAUM

BOSTON — Massachusetts would become the second state in the nation to ban discrimination based on body size under a proposal aired at a recent hearing of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.During a seven-hour hearing in which over 230 people...


Climate activists say ‘embodied carbon’ escaping oversight
05-17-2023 11:07 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — As Massachusetts moves toward its 2050 deadline to reach net-zero carbon emissions, climate activists had lawmakers’ attention on Wednesday, proposing a new idea to reduce an unlikely source of carbon in the state.A bill sponsored by Rep....


Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 1 to May 5, 2023
05-15-2023 10:33 AM

By BOB KATZEN

There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on the percentage of times local representatives voted with their party’s leadership during the first four months of the 2023 session. The votes of...


Sen. Comerford, local residents urge state to update outdated mosquito-control plan
05-12-2023 10:14 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — A panel known as the Select Committee on Pesticide Reduction in 2019 issued a report to the Northampton City Council urging municipal leaders to consider eliminating the use of pesticides.“If deemed absolutely necessary, any pesticide...

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