As 2020 finally came to a close, there was widespread hope that 2021 would be a better year than the last. With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, a glimmer of hope for the eventual end of the pandemic is finally in sight. For Massachusetts residents, though—including all of us at Boston College—Governor Charlie Baker’s sluggish…
Massachusetts Law Addresses Universities’ Sexual Violence Protocols
On Jan. 12, Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill S.764 into law, actualizing years of work, research, and debate in Massachusetts relevant to issues of sexual violence on higher education campuses. The new law, which builds on federal Title IX mandates, implements new policies and regulations for all public and independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.
Vape Ban to Stand, Requires Changes
A Suffolk Superior Court Judge ruled that the four-month vape ban in Massachusetts can stand, but it requires that the executive branch issue an emergency order by Oct. 28 and that a public hearing be held.
Lawsuits to Contest Four-Month Vape Ban
Some vape shops have been forced out of business since the four-month vape ban was announced on Sept. 25.
Vape Sales Banned for Four Months in Mass.
Vaping product sales will be banned for four months in Massachusetts, as Governor Charlie Baker announced a public health emergency.
Anti-Sanctuary State Ballot Measure Deemed Constitutional
A proposed question for the 2020 Massachusetts ballot that would allow police to work with federal immigration authorities and detain undocumented immigrants passed a major qualifying challenge on Wednesday after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey deemed the proposal constitutional. The ballot question is an anti-“sanctuary state” proposal. In sanctuary cities and states, local law enforcement…
Baker Proposes Bill to Combat Handheld Phone Use While Driving
Governor Charlie Baker proposed a bill yesterday that will require all cell phone use while driving to be hands free. The proposed bill says that phones cannot be touched “except to perform a single tap or swipe to activate, deactivate, or initiate hands-free mode.”
Governor Charlie Baker Calls for Temporary Removal of Newton Judge
Governor Charlie Baker calls for the temporary removal of a Newton judge who allegedly helped an undocumented immigrant escape from ICE agents at the Newton District Court.
Democrats Sweep Massachusetts Midterm Elections
Both securing second terms, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Charlie Baker triumphed easily in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
Contested Races Draw to a Close in Massachusetts Primary Elections
Ayanna Pressley’s win over incumbent Michael Capuano, BC Law ’77, was one of the most surprising and historic elections of the Massachusetts primary. With no GOP challenger, she is poised to take the seat for the 7th District in the November elections.