Massachusetts Law Updates

Official Blog of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Monthly Archives: January 2013

Drug overdose _no criminal charge if one goes to hospital Posted on Jan 30

Effective August 2, 2012, the law in Massachusetts reads: Massachusetts General Law ch. 94C, § 34A (2012)§ 34A. Controlled Substances — Drug-Related Overdose. (a) A person who, in good faith, seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug related overdose shall not be charged or prosecuted   …Continue Reading Drug overdose _no criminal charge if one goes to hospital

Thinking about divorcing? Posted on Jan 27

Even a no-fault divoce is not a simple process.  Before going to court, learn about Massachusetts divorce basics on our webpage “Law about Divorce.”   There are links to forms and instructions, as well as court procedures and rules.  The “Best Bet” is an entire online   …Continue Reading Thinking about divorcing?

Check out the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries! Posted on Jan 25

The homepage of the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries has (at the bottom right hand corner) animated the historical development of county, state and territorial boundary lines! You can select Massachusetts (or any state), and will have use of all these features for each state: – Interactive   …Continue Reading Check out the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries!

Martin Luther King, Jr. and holidays Posted on Jan 21

Massachusetts passed it’s MLK, Jr. holiday law in March of 1971, as Chapter 6 section 15S of the general laws. The act was Chapter 69 of the Acts and resolves of 1971. While it states that the governor shall proclaim the 15th of January to   …Continue Reading Martin Luther King, Jr. and holidays

Refund of sales tax on returned merchandise? Posted on Jan 16

This summary of a 2009 post on the Dept. of Revenue’s own blog is particularly relevant in the post-holiday season. “The law is pretty straightforward: Retailers must refund the sales tax within 90 days of purchase of the item, as long as the consumer has the sales receipt   …Continue Reading Refund of sales tax on returned merchandise?

CALM Act Regulates Volume of TV Commercial​s Posted on Jan 14

The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act,  was enacted on December 15, 2010 in response to consumer complaints about loud commercials. In the (CALM) Act, Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission to establish rules and make mandatory a technical standard  for the volume of television commercials. Effective Dec. 13, 2012, these rules require   …Continue Reading CALM Act Regulates Volume of TV Commercial​s

Where in the code are those laws? Posted on Jan 7

The Boston Globe article, “Antiquated state laws stir modern-day worry” http://tinyurl.com/bzzos97 cited many laws, but how do they read? Here are links to the actual laws: “The Star-Spangled Banner” law can be found at Chapter 264, section 9. http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter264/Section9 Cursing at a sporting event can be   …Continue Reading Where in the code are those laws?