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Mass. House Passes Updates To Anti-Bullying Law

Feb 27, 2014

The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law in part by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities.

The bill passed 143-4 on Wednesday. It would create new reporting measures and recognize certain populations as more vulnerable to bullying.

The 2010 law was designed to crack down on bullying and cyberbullying and require schools to establish anti-bullying programs.

Patrick Reviewing Proposed Mass. Welfare Changes

Jul 3, 2013
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he is reviewing a proposal to require photo identification on electronic benefit transfer cards used by welfare recipients.

The governor would not immediately say if he would allow the measure to become law. The Legislature added the provision to a spending bill that reached Patrick's desk on Monday.

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The gun control debate is about to begin on Beacon Hill in Boston. A state lawmaker will introduce legislation this week that will, among other things, require assault weapons in Massachusetts to remain locked and secured at gun clubs, when not in use by their owners. The legislation is from State House Democrat David Linsky of the 5th Middlesex District. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Last night the Massachusetts House of Representatives joined the State Senate in passing a resolution calling for a Constitutional amendment to eliminate Super PACs and corporate financing of elections.  WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has more…

Just before the midnight deadline that would mark the end of the current legislative session, members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives took a voice vote with no objection to pass a resolution affirming the Commonwealth’s stance against corporate money in politics. 

The Democratic leadership in the Massachusetts House has
unveiled a bill to promote job growth.  The proposals would help launch
new innovative businesses, and also expand the state's manufacturing
sector.  WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

  As the Massachusetts House is set to begin debate today on a proposed $32 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July, anti poverty activists are decrying proposals they claim will erode the social safety net.  WAMC'S Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Budget writers in the Massachusetts House have proposed a $32.3 billion state spending plan.