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To Bet or Not to Bet? Massachusetts Is Weighing Sports Gambling

We legalized casinos, paving the way (eventually) for three licensed casinos in the state. We let the same-day fantasy industry thrive in the home of Draft Kings. We may soon […]

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Airbnb Is Calling App Users in Boston to Rally Support

As the battle over Airbnb regulations rages in Boston, the room-sharing service has begun calling users of its app directly, several people reported over the weekend. During […]

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House Speaker Robert DeLeo Indicates Support for “Red Flag” Legislation

A bill that would allow courts to temporarily confiscate the firearms of individuals determined to pose a threat to themselves or others will soon be […]

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Massachusetts Students Will Participate in National School Walkout for Gun Reform on Friday

On the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, thousands of students across the country—including in Massachusetts—will walk out of class in protest […]

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State House Unveils Sweeping Criminal-Justice Reform Package

Criminal justice in Massachusetts could be headed for an overhaul. On Friday, state lawmakers submitted a comprehensive legislative package that repeals mandatory-minimum sentences for “low-level” drug […]

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What You Need to Know about Boston’s March for Our Lives

Update: Tens of thousands made their way to Boston Common to take part in the March for Our Lives, joining in a nationwide day of protest. Since […]

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Massachusetts Voters Support Tighter Gun Laws, Student Protests

Though the students leading the Never Again movement for gun control may not be old enough to head to the polls themselves, Massachusetts voters are […]

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Massachusetts’ New Marijuana Regulations Are In, On Schedule

Massachusetts just got a whole lot closer to welcoming its first-ever recreational marijuana shops, and it looks like they’ll be in business on schedule at the […]

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It Is Officially Illegal to Possess a Bump Stock in Massachusetts

The bump stock ban is officially in full effect in Massachusetts, as the Bay State becomes the first in the nation to put in place […]

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How President Trump’s Tax Plan Gilds the Swamp

It will not come as a surprise to many that President Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to macro-economics or math. […]

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Boston City Council Votes to Ban Plastic Bags

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates as many as one trillion plastic bags—more than 31,700 per second—are used annually worldwide. But Boston will soon curb its contributions to that […]

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Massachusetts House Passes Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reforms

The Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that would limit mandatory minimum sentences and ramp up punishments for certain […]

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Gov. Baker Reinstates State Hate-Crime Task Force

Following a spate of racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic incidents in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker reinstated a state hate-crimes task force that has been dormant since […]

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Massachusetts Just Banned Bump Stocks

Update, 3:45 p.m.: Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has signed the state budget and the bump stock ban has become law, according to the State House […]

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The Republican Tax Plan Could Hurt Massachusetts Home Buyers

House Republicans have finally released their big tax overhaul plan on Thursday, and unsurprisingly, it did not go over well with the state’s lawmakers. If approved, […]