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New England News
8:25 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Mass AG asking court to throw out marriage law

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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley plans to be at the U.S. Supreme Court for arguments on the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The law prohibits same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal from receiving an array of federal benefits available to heterosexual married couples. The justices are hearing the case today.

Coakley and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a brief with the high court last month calling for DOMA to be struck down.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Changes Sought To Massachusetts Wiretap Law

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The state’s top law enforcement official, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says when it comes to communications technology criminals have the upper hand because the state’s current wiretap law has not been upgraded since 1968.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mass. AG Coakley Calls for Energy Summit

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley plans to convene a "summit" to find ways to bring down what she calls soaring energy costs in Massachusetts.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Coakley said energy costs discourage employers from moving to the state and make it harder for those already here to expand and add jobs.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Mass. AG Seeks Fines Against Utilities For Storm Responses

       The Massachusetts Attorney General is getting tough with the state’s three largest investor owned utility companies.  Martha Coakley is proposing hefty fines over their responses to two major storms last year. She is also calling for a change in the standards used to measure the performance of the utility companies.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
8:22 am
Tue May 15, 2012

MA Attorney General Wants to Toughen State’s Open Meeting Law

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley wants to toughen the state’s open meeting law. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Coakley on Monday proposed a new regulation that would allow state and local governmental bodies to be punished if they act with "deliberate ignorance" of the law, which requires most meetings to be accessible to the public.

Under current regulations, public entities can be fined up to $1,000 for violating the law, but only if the violation is found to be intentional after a previous warning from a court or prosecutor.

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New England News
7:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

MA Pols Object As Nuke Plant Relicensing Nears

Massachusetts' only nuclear power plant is seeking permission to operate another 20 years. But as a decision nears, some high ranking state officials say a record-long federal review of the request by the owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station hasn't been long enough.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

The Plymouth plant's license expires June 8. Its owner, Entergy, is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to renew the license until 2032.

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New England News
9:06 am
Tue April 10, 2012

MA Lawmakers Plan Hearing on Pot Question

Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a hearing on a ballot question that would legalize the medical use of marijuana.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The ballot question would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to get permission from their doctors to use marijuana.

The plan also calls for the state to register up to 35 nonprofit medical treatment centers around the state to distribute the marijuana.

Attorney General Martha Coakley has certified the initiative to appear on the November ballot.

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New England News
8:18 am
Fri April 6, 2012

MA AG Coakley: Go Slow on Pilgrim Plant Renewal

Attorney General Martha Coakley has filed an appeal challenging the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to go ahead with hearings to grant a new 20-year license extension for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The appeal challenges the decision to continue the relicensing process for the Plymouth-based nuclear power plant before considering what Coakley said are lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.

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New England News
8:07 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill on Energy Costs

The Massachusetts Senate has unanimously passed a bill that aims to curb energy costs while requiring state utilities to buy more renewable power.   WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The bill passed Thursday requires utilities to enter long-term contracts with renewable power companies for 7 percent of their energy supplies, up from 3 percent.

The companies must competitively bid for the contracts, instead of one-on-one negotiations allowed now. And a state payment to utilities that agree to the deals drops from 4 percent of the contract's annual value to 1 percent.

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New England News
9:04 am
Thu April 5, 2012

AGs to Congress: Reverse Citizens United Ruling

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has joined 10 other attorneys general in calling on Congress to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United campaign finance case.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

In a letter dated Wednesday, the attorneys general urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the ruling.

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