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New England News
8:23 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Mass. House Passes Updates To Anti-Bullying Law

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.

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New England News
8:49 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Patrick Reviewing Proposed Mass. Welfare Changes

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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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New England News
2:45 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Massachusetts State Representative David Linsky - Gun Control

Massachusetts State Rep. David Linsky
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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.

New England News
3:32 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Mass. House of Representatives Joins Senate in Call to Amend US Constitution

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. 

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New England News
6:30 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Jobs Bill Would Provide Funds For Research Grants At UMass

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.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Anti-poverty Activists Urge Reversal Of Budget Cuts

  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.

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New England News
8:02 am
Thu April 12, 2012

MA House Proposes $32.3B State Spending Plan

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

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