• Registry of Motor vehicles June 14, 2022 10:57 am

    Dems Celebrate Mass. Driver's License Law as Opposition Organizes

    Opponents of a new law that will allow immigrants without legal status to seek driver’s licenses took a preliminary step Monday toward asking voters to scrap the measure, while Democrats celebrated their success in pushing the bill and overcoming Gov. Charlie Baker’s opposition. A campaign filed paperwork Monday with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance to create a...

  • sports betting March 24, 2022 9:37 pm

    With Sports Betting Still Illegal in Mass., Residents Are Crossing State Lines

    Massachusetts still has not legally allowed sports betting even though some of its neighbors have. At Pepper’s Pub in Salem, New Hampshire, workers are used to seeing those from Massachusetts drive up to bet legally on sports. “This is ‘Live Free or Die.’ If they want to come up, it is OK,” Susan Tanguay said while working at Pepper’s...

  • Massachusetts March 24, 2022 9:36 pm

    Debate Over Legalizing Sports Betting in Mass.

    With some nearby states like New York and New Hampshire approving sports betting, it remains illegal in Massachusetts.

  • Massachusetts December 19, 2021 2:23 pm

    Mass. Representative Confirmed as US Ambassador to Ireland

    The U.S. Senate on Saturday confirmed Rep. Claire Cronin of Easton, Massachusetts, as U.S. ambassador to Ireland. The voice vote approval clears the way for Cronin to leave the Massachusetts House, where she serves as majority leader in Speaker Ron Mariano’s leadership team, and for Mariano to eventually fill a major slot in the House hierarchy. President Joe Biden,...

  • Massachusetts December 18, 2021 10:52 am

    Mass. Egg, Pork Production Concerns Linger With No Deal Reached

    Massachusetts lawmakers gaveled out for the weekend without a deal to update the law governing treatment of hens and pigs that produce eggs and pork, and Attorney General Maura Healey is poised to enforce the new law in just more than two weeks if legislative compromise remains out of reach. A six-member conference committee still has not reached an agreement…

  • federal aid December 2, 2021 12:24 pm

    Mass. Bill to Spend $4 Billion in Federal Relief Moves Forward, Could Be Law This Week

    A roughly $4 billion spending bill advanced in the Massachusetts House on Thursday without fanfare and could reach Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk when lawmakers in both branches reconvene on Friday. After a conference committee on Wednesday night filed a 163-page compromise bill to spend American Rescue Plan Act and surplus state tax revenue funding, the House accepted its report on…

  • Massachusetts October 19, 2021 12:26 pm

    Massachusetts Leaders Deflect on Whether MBTA Should Be Fare-Free

    The push to make MBTA service free of fares to riders that Boston mayoral candidate Michelle Wu has made a campaign staple has yet to sway Beacon Hill leaders. Gov. Charlie Baker, asked about the city councilor’s calls to “free the T,” said Monday he does not support the idea of eliminating fares but believes “the T should work...

  • vaccine September 13, 2021 11:48 pm

    Vaccine Status Causing Stir In Mass. House

    Taking aim at an unnamed group of representatives, House Speaker Ronald Mariano aired frustrations Monday about lawmakers who he said have bristled at COVID-19 vaccine requirements and said the resistance complicates decisions about bringing the Legislature back into the State House. Mariano told reporters that some of the 160 representatives he oversees oppose the idea of a House-specific vaccine mandate…

  • sports betting July 20, 2021 7:29 am

    Mass. House Preparing to Vote on Sports Betting Thursday

    The Massachusetts House is preparing for a debate Thursday on legislation that would legalize sports betting in the state, a vote that would then shift attention to a Senate where leaders appear more willing to tackle sports wagering than they were was last session. House Speaker Ronald Mariano’s office sent an updated schedule to representatives on Monday telling them...

  • budget April 14, 2021 3:47 pm

    Massachusetts House Unveils Budget Plan for New Fiscal Year

    Massachusetts House leaders on Wednesday unveiled their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The $47.6 billion spending plan, which is expected to be debated the week of April 26, doesn’t include any broad-based taxes or major changes to the state’s tax code. It also doesn’t factor in the approximately $4.5 billion in federal…

  • Ronald Mariano December 30, 2020 6:22 pm

    New Massachusetts Speaker of the House Takes the Gavel

    Massachusetts House lawmakers elected a new speaker, Ronald Mariano, to succeed Robert DeLeo.

  • massachusetts politics December 30, 2020 6:16 pm

    Ron Mariano Elected Massachusetts House Speaker, Replacing DeLeo

    Quincy Democrat Ron Mariano was elected as the new speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Wednesday, filling the role left vacant Tuesday by longtime Speaker Robert DeLeo. Mariano, 74, takes control of the House six days before the end of the unusual 2020-2021 lawmaking session. Mariano had 123 votes, while his Republican opponent, Minority Leader Brad Jones, received all…

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