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Vote for Equal Pay Bill Unanimous Once Again

The Massachusetts Legislature really, really wants to pass this pay equity bill. After yesterday’s vote in the House, both chambers have now voted unanimously in […]

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Transgender Rights Bill Could Be Headed to Baker’s Desk

It looks like it’s finally happening. Lawmakers have reached an agreement over the transgender non-discrimination bill, which would add more protections for the state’s trans […]

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Hey, There’s a Cow on the Boston Common

The Boston Common started as a cow pasture in the 17th century, attracting so many affluent families’ bovine at one point that grazing was capped at […]

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These Are the Biggest Lobbyists on Beacon Hill

Never before has the interplay between money and politics been so intensely scrutinized than we’ve seen in the 2016 presidential election season. On the state […]

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City Officials to Back Bills Requiring More Protections for Cyclists From Trucks

City of Boston officials will testify Wednesday in favor of safety bills that would mandate equipment on all trucks of a certain size registered in Massachusetts, aimed at making roadways […]

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What’s It Going to Take to Pass This Transgender Rights Bill?

The anti-discrimination bill sputtering on Beacon Hill at the moment seeks to provide transgender people in Massachusetts with equal access to public places, regardless of gender […]

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This Is Hardly the Public Records Law Reform We Deserve

With all due respect, what is this? The current public records law in Massachusetts is toothless, incompetent, antiquated—in a word, bad. The Center for Public Integrity gave […]

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Hands-Free Driving Bill Moves One Step Closer

A bill banning the use of a handheld cell phone while driving cleared its latest hurdle on Beacon Hill Tuesday The bill, sponsored by Transportation […]

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Senate to Hear Ban on Employers, Schools Demanding Social Media Account Info

The Massachusetts Senate is expected to vote on a bill Wednesday that would prohibit employers and universities from requiring disclosure of social media account information. […]

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Fast-Food Workers Inch Closer to $15 Minimum Wage

Fast-food and big-box store workers have moved one step closer to a $15 minimum wage, with the Labor and Workforce Development Committee’s approval of Harwich Sen. Dan […]

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High School Principal’s Norman Rockwell Painting to Fund Scholarship

The Massachusetts House has cleared the way for a 74-year-old Norman Rockwell painting, which hung in a high school principal’s office for decades, to pay […]

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Proposed Bill Would Hide Internal Police Investigations from Public

Update: Tuesday, 3:53 p.m. State Rep. Nick Collins said in a statement to Boston magazine: This bill is a starting point for a much-needed conversation about […]

Arts & Entertainment

‘Roadrunner’ Gets a Second Chance to Become Official Rock Song of Massachusetts

The second time might be the charm. Once again, there’s a bill on the docket at the Massachusetts State House to declare “Roadrunner” by the […]

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State House Time Capsule to Receive Extravagant, Masonic Ceremony

Update: June 17, 8:30 a.m. State House News Service confirms the National Guard will indeed provide cannonfire for today’s ceremony. Previously: The 220-year-old time capsule […]

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At Gov. Charlie Baker’s Inauguration, George Montilio Makes the Cake

Governor Charlie Baker is going to take a bite out of the State House—literally. Baker, who was officially sworn in to take the reins on […]