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Governor Signs Legislation Updating Obsolete Municipal Regulations

Legislation signed at the State House on Tuesday eliminates or updates a raft of outdated and obsolete municipal regulations. Filed by the Baker administration last December, the 125-page bill found strong support from state and local officials, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and Massachusetts Association of Assessing Officers. Gov. Charlie Baker, with a host of local elected and administrative officials behind him on the Grand Staircase at the State House, noted he'd gotten some

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Baker Signs Bill Putting Greylock Glen Under Article 97 Protection

The Greylock Glen has gotten an extra layer of protection with Gov. Charle Baker's signing of a bill on Monday that puts the 1,008 acres under Article 97 protection. "I am proud to partner with the town of Adams, the legislative delegation, and key stakeholders on legislation advancing another important milestone of the future management of the Greylock Glen land," Baker said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing our work with the town as we move forward ensuring the public truly bene

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Farley-Bouvier Pushing Bill to Aid Rape Victims

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier said 20 percent of victims who report the crime regret they did so because of the way they are treated in the justice system. She is pushing a bill in the State House to provide consistency across the state in how rape cases are handled. The bill received a hearing on the Judiciary Committee last Wednesday and the Pittsfield Democrat is hoping it'll make it to the legislative floor by the end of the year. The bill focuses on ensuring victims have information

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Mount Washington Broadband Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

A bill giving the town the right to set up its own broadband service now goes to the governor's desk after being enacted by the state Senate. Mount Washington plans to build and operate a modern, fiber-to-the-home network to provide high-speed Internet access to its residents.

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Baker Administration Introduces 'Modernization' Bill for Municipalities

"All of this will make our taxpayers happier, and our state stronger and more competitive than ever." — Lisa Blackmer

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Pittsfield School Committee Endorses Moratorium on Charter Schools

State Senate bill 326 seeks to halt the state's granting of charters to Commonwealth charter schools until September 2018.

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Farley-Bouvier Files Bills To Combat Sexual Assault On Campus

"If someone does not feel safe in their dorm or in their classes, then they do not have equal access to higher education." — Tricia Farley-Bouvier

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Downing Talks Politics, Policy, And Energy Efficiency

"We need to do everything we can to not simply rebuild the road or the bridge the way that it was built last time." — Sen. Benjamin Downing

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Rep. Mark Files Massive Bill Aimed at Reducing College Debt

"It is all one bill and obviously some things can taken out. It will be amended. But we want to start the full conversation." — state Rep. Paul Mark

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