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Beacon Hill criticized for lack of transparency during Sunshine Week
03-15-2024 3:57 PM


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in 1913 that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” and Bay Staters on both ends of the political spectrum agreed this week that Beacon Hill could stand to open the curtains quite a bit...

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Healey unveils historic $4B housing plan, includes WMass stop to tout measure
10-23-2023 10:03 AM


BOSTON — Framing her new legislation as “historic” and “urgent,” Gov. Maura Healey detailed a wide-ranging $4 billion-plus housing bill Wednesday at several stops throughout the state, including Springfield, and speculated that its passage could...

Massachusetts House advances gun law changes; debate shows divide over whether proposal will curb gun violence
10-19-2023 4:00 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — Most House Democrats lined up Wednesday in support of a major overhaul of the state’s firearms laws, easily hurdling over procedural complaints and sending the Senate a measure that has generated incendiary criticism from gun owners and...

State outlines climate threats, possible responses
10-13-2023 5:00 PM

By Colin A. Young

BOSTON — Fifty years from now, Massachusetts could see as much as 42% more winter precipitation, average summertime temperatures in line with North Carolina’s current climate, and a 4.3 feet rise in sea levels along the its coast as coastal flooding...

Amherst students bring call to drop Columbus Day to State House
10-04-2023 4:04 PM


As fifth graders at Fort River School in Amherst last spring, weeks of research into a change they would like to see in the world prompted students to champion the idea of Indigenous Peoples Day becoming a state holiday.On Tuesday afternoon, three...

Durant wants to bring state rep experience to Senate
09-18-2023 5:04 PM


ATHOL — After many years in both local and state politics, Peter Durant is eyeing the Senate seat last held by Anne Gobi.Durant said he’s running for the seat with the goal of bringing back “common sense” to Beacon Hill, as well as more effectively...

New agriculture committee puts focus on region
03-01-2023 4:16 PM

By Sydney Ko

Western Massachusetts will have ample representation on a new legislative committee focused on agriculture.Sens. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer, and Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, were named Senate chair and vice chair, respectively, of the new Agriculture...

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