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New Regulations for Community Health Workers in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 19

Regulations for community health care workers in Massachusetts were recently released in Massachusetts Register #1368 and codified in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations at 272 CMR 1-9.   The regulations ” govern the certification and practice of Certified Community Health Workers in Massachusetts by establishing the scope of practice and standards   …Continue Reading New Regulations for Community Health Workers in Massachusetts

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

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

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

Early Voting in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 7

New regulations relating to early voting in Massachusetts became effective on August 26, 2016, in time for the 2016 fall elections. The regulations implement the requirements set forth in General Laws Chapter 54, Section 25B, “Early voting; application for early voting ballots; early voting period, sites and lists; counting of   …Continue Reading Early Voting in Massachusetts

Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms Posted on Jul 18

On April 14, 2016 a Superior Court judge ruled in Federal Concrete, Inc. v. Executive Office of Administration & Finance et al. No. 1684CV00627 to grant an injunction to remove the minority classification for Portuguese-owned businesses in Massachusetts. According to the Operational Service Division (OSD)   …Continue Reading Loss of Minority Status for Portuguese-Owned Construction Firms

Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule Posted on Jun 29

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR” or “Rule”). These amendments define and prohibit the use of certain payment methods in all telemarketing transactions; expand the scope of the advance fee ban for recovery services; and clarify certain provisions of the   …Continue Reading Amendments to the Telemarketing Rule

Hoping to Get a Drone This Year? Posted on Dec 17

Hoping to Get a Drone This Year?

You should know about new regulations for drones (80 FR 78594-78648) that the Federal Aviation Administration has recently announced.  Owners of small unmanned aircrafts (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds must register no later than February 19, 2016. “Owners of any other UAS   …Continue Reading Hoping to Get a Drone This Year?

Standards for Access to Inmates Posted on Oct 28

Standards for access to inmates at correctional facilities afforded to attorneys, law students, paralegals, private investigators and interpreters have been recently updated. New amendments to 103 CMR 486.00 include reducing the time from one week to three business days to supply documentation of a law student’s or   …Continue Reading Standards for Access to Inmates