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State Building Code- new 9th edition posted on Nov 6

The Massachusetts Board of Regulations and Standards has issued the 9th edition of the State Building Code (780 Code of Massachusetts Regulations).  It was published in Massachusetts Register #1350, and it became effective on October 20, 2017.  There is a concurrency period with the 8th edition from October 20,   …Continue Reading State Building Code- new 9th edition

Open Meeting Law Regulations Amended posted on Oct 23

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office issued amended open meeting law regulations that became effective on October 6, 2017.  (940 Code of Mass. Regulations 29)  The regulations were published in Massachusetts Register #1349, and they “will streamline, modernize, and clarify Open Meeting Law compliance while simultaneously sustaining the   …Continue Reading Open Meeting Law Regulations Amended

Court rules on right to access email account after death posted on Oct 19

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an important decision this week regarding access to a decedent’s email.  The case of  Ajemian v. Yahoo arose after Robert Ajemian died in a bicycle accident and left no will.  His siblings were named the personal representatives of the estate,   …Continue Reading Court rules on right to access email account after death

Marijuana law approved posted on Aug 14

Since Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question legalizing recreational use of marijuana in 2016, the State legislature has been working on rewriting the marijuana laws.  A major amendment was signed into law on July 28, 2017.  The legislation is called “An Act to Ensure Safe Access to Marijuana.” (Chapter 55 of the Acts of   …Continue Reading Marijuana law approved

Pregnant workers gain more protections in Massachusetts posted on Aug 8

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act was signed into law by Governor Baker on July 27, 2017.  Chapter 54 of the Acts of 2017  grants more protections against discrimination to pregnant workers in Massachusetts.   Specifically the law prohibits an employer from denying a reasonable request for   …Continue Reading Pregnant workers gain more protections in Massachusetts

US Supreme Court Nominee Process posted on Mar 13

The US Constitution states that the President nominates the judges of the US Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the US Senate (Article 2, section 2, clause 2).  After the recent nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court by President Trump,   …Continue Reading US Supreme Court Nominee Process

Massachusetts Parole Board updates regulations posted on Feb 27

In 2016 the Massachusetts Parole Board proposed several revisions to their regulations.  (120 Code of Mass. Regulations 100-900)  The public was invited to submit written comments and/or attend a hearing on August 18, 2016.   The final version of the regulations were published in Massachusetts Register #1330 dated January 13,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Parole Board updates regulations

Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire

Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire posted on Jan 11

  Words of Law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is voir dire. voir dire (vwahr deer also vor deer or vor dir) n. [Law French “to speak the truth”]   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the month- Voir Dire

Sexual assault evidence law changed posted on Oct 24

On October 19, 2016, Governor Baker signed legislation to change the length of time evidence in sexual assault cases is preserved.  Massachusetts General Laws chapter 41 sec. 97B was amended so that rape kits will be maintained for 15 years instead of 6 months and   …Continue Reading Sexual assault evidence law changed

Getting ready to vote

Getting ready to vote posted on Oct 18

In order to vote in the November 8, 2016 election, Massachusetts residents must be registered by Wednesday, October 19th.  You can check on your voter registration status by visiting the Elections Division website.   Additionally you can find out how to register online, your voting location, early voting times   …Continue Reading Getting ready to vote