bill http://wamc.org en MA House Backs Teacher Evaluation Bill http://wamc.org/post/ma-house-backs-teacher-evaluation-bill <p>The Massachusetts House has approved a measure calling on school districts to implement a new teacher&nbsp;evaluation&nbsp;system and place performance ahead of seniority in deciding future layoffs.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Lucas Willard reports&hellip;</p><p>The legislation, which has already been approved by the Senate, resulted from a compromise struck between the Massachusetts Teachers Association and an advocacy group called Stand for Children that had proposed a statewide ballot question.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:43:02 +0000 Lucas Willard 42016 at http://wamc.org MA House Backs Teacher Evaluation Bill NYS Marijuana Bill Appears Dead http://wamc.org/post/nys-marijuana-bill-appears-dead <p>A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana appears dead for the legislative session , now that Republicans in the Senate say they won&rsquo;t be acting on the bill.&nbsp; Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports&hellip;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Cuomo says it&rsquo;s &ldquo;highly unlikely&rdquo; that his bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana will be taken up by the Senate before the legislative session ends on Thursday, and Senate Leader Dean Skelos confirms that.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:08:19 +0000 Karen Dewitt 41422 at http://wamc.org NYS Marijuana Bill Appears Dead Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree on Online Child Porn Bill http://wamc.org/post/cuomo-lawmakers-agree-online-child-porn-bill <p>Governor Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the Senate and Assembly say they&#39;ve reached agreement on legislation making all viewing of child pornography online illegal.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Ian Pickus reports&hellip;</p><p>The bill was introduced by Sen. Martin Golden, a retired police officer, after the Court of Appeals upheld a challenge to the state&#39;s child pornography law last month.</p><p>The legislation passed the Senate on May 15. Assemblyman Joe Lentol, co-sponsor, says the bill is expected to pass the Assembly this week.</p><p>Ian Pickus, WAMC News.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:37:32 +0000 Ian Pickus 41231 at http://wamc.org Cuomo, Lawmakers Agree on Online Child Porn Bill MA House to Take Up Health Care Bill http://wamc.org/post/ma-house-take-health-care-bill <p>The Massachusetts House of Representatives will be taking up their version of a bill that aims to lower unnecessary health care costs in the coming years.</p><p>State representatives will begin debate Tuesday on their health care cost containment bill and its multiple amendments.</p><p>The House&#39;s bill is designed to even out disparities in the costs of hospital services by requiring hospitals that charge more than 20 percent above the state median price for a service to pay a 10 percent surcharge into a fund to help support hospitals serving the poor and most vulnerable.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:10:33 +0000 40356 at http://wamc.org MA House to Take Up Health Care Bill NY Considers Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill http://wamc.org/post/ny-considers-transgender-anti-discrimination-bill <p>A year after New York lawmakers legalized gay marriage, the next civil rights debate in Albany takes on discrimination against transgender New Yorkers. WAMC&rsquo;s Dave Lucas reports&hellip;</p><p>The Transgendered say they face discrimination in employment, housing and public treatment because they stray from accepted male and female norms in dress and behavior.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 11:43:02 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 38503 at http://wamc.org NY Considers Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill VT Governor Does Not Sign Youth Tanning Ban http://wamc.org/post/vt-governor-does-not-sign-youth-tanning-ban <p>Vermont&#39;s governor has allowed a ban on the use of tanning beds by young people to become law without his signature.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports&hellip;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Peter Shumlin said Wednesday that he did not approve of the legislation because of concerns about how it would be enforced.</p><p>Owners of establishments with tanning beds caught allowing people younger than 18 to use them would face fines.</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 11:13:02 +0000 Pat Bradley 38166 at http://wamc.org VT Governor Does Not Sign Youth Tanning Ban