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Massachusetts Laws Effective January 1, 2017 Posted on Jan 9

Here is a selected list of statutes that became effective on January 1, 2017. M.G.L. c. 40R, “Smart Growth Zoning and Housing Production.”  Originally added by St. 2004, c. 149 § 92, M.G.L. c. 40R has been extensively revised. There are changes to § § 2-12 and   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Laws Effective January 1, 2017

Duck boat bill signed to improve safety Posted on Dec 14

Tour companies offering sight-seeing via amphibious vehicles, commonly known as duck boats, are required to add safety features and regulations while tourists are aboard and traveling on public thoroughfares. Signed by Governor Charlie Baker last Thursday, December 8, the new law requires the vehicles, based   …Continue Reading Duck boat bill signed to improve safety

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

Rescuing pets from hot cars Posted on Aug 26

Rescuing pets from hot cars

A new law for animal welfare gives pets more protections from extreme heat and weather. St. 2016, c. 248 An Act Preventing Animal Suffering And Death was signed in a ceremony by Governor Charlie Baker August 24 after Bill S.2369‘s enaction in mid-August. Massachusetts joins   …Continue Reading Rescuing pets from hot cars

Massachusetts Enacts Pay Equity Act Posted on Aug 15

Massachusetts Enacts Pay Equity Act

Massachusetts’ pay equity act was signed by Governor Charlie Baker earlier this month on August 1 after the legislation unanimously passed both the House and Senate. Statute 2016, c. 177 An Act to Establish Pay Equity includes several components to strengthen fairness in hiring and   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Enacts Pay Equity Act

Transgender Anti-discrimination Law Posted on Jul 15

The Massachusetts Legislature passed Bill S. 2407, “An Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination” on July 7, 2016. Governor Charlie Baker signed the legislation on July 8. The law goes into effect on October 1, 2016. The law will “extend protections against discrimination for gender identity   …Continue Reading Transgender Anti-discrimination Law

Public records law amended Posted on Jun 7

Last week, Gov. Baker signed a revised public records law in Massachusetts, St.2016, c.121 (H4333).  Most provisions of the law are effective January 1, 2017. Here are some highlights: Most records should be provided in electronic form “unless the record is not available in electronic   …Continue Reading Public records law amended

Some Drug Offenders May Get Licenses Back Posted on Apr 13

Massachusetts is one of several states that suspends a person’s driver’s license after a conviction for minor drug offenses even though the conviction is not motor vehicle related.   On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Governor Baker signed a bill repealing the 26 year old law   …Continue Reading Some Drug Offenders May Get Licenses Back

Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amended Posted on Apr 8

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (Mass. General Laws chapter 209D) was replaced in its entirety by Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2016.  The most significant change was adding support orders issued by a reciprocating foreign country.  The new law took effect on March 31,   …Continue Reading Uniform Interstate Family Support Act Amended

New Opioid Law Posted on Mar 16

The comprehensive new opioid law signed by the Governor this week is St.2016, c.52. Because this law includes an “emergency preamble,” most provisions are effective immediately, but sections 70-77 of the new law prescribe different effective dates for particular sections, so you’ll need to read carefully   …Continue Reading New Opioid Law