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 § 14. Also changes to M.G.L. c. 40 § 60 may be related.
M.G.L. c. 66, “Public Records” law, extensively revised. This is an old law, but there were changes to 12 sections that will become effective Jan. 1. Also, the definition of “public records” in paragraph 25 of M.G.L. c. 4 § 7 has been changed. There has been an additional section added in M.G.L. c. 10 § 35DDD to establish a “Public Records Assistance Fund.” In “Updated Public Records Law” , the Secretary of the Commonwealth outlines some of the key provisions that have changed.
M.G.L. c. 94G, “Drug Stewardship Program.” This is a new law, a totally new chapter. Pharmaceutical companies will be required to participate in a program intended to facilitate the disposal of unwanted drugs, to be administered by the Department of Public Health.
Health Care Law. M.G.L. c. 118I, “Health Information Technology, § 6 “Patients electronic access to health records” and § 7 “Fully interoperable electronic health records systems connecting to statewide health information exchange”. These changes are “effective Jan. 1, 2017” in legislation passed in 2012.
M.G.L. c. 151 § 1, “Oppressive and unreasonable wages; validity of contracts” [Minimum wage]
effective until January 1, 2016, A wage of less than $9.00 per hour, in any occupation, as defined in this chapter, shall conclusively be presumed to be oppressive and unreasonable…
effective January 1, 2016, A wage of less than $10.00 per hour, in any occupation, as defined in this chapter, shall conclusively be presumed to be oppressive and unreasonable…
effective January 1, 2017, A wage of less than $11.00 per hour, in any occupation, as defined in this chapter, shall conclusively be presumed to be oppressive and unreasonable…
M.G.L. c. 151 § 7, “Investigation and classification of employments…”
[Tipped employee minimum wage]
until January 1, 2016, …the cash wage paid such [tipped] employee which for purposes of such determination shall be not less than $3.00.
effective January 1, 2016,… the cash wage paid such [tipped] employee which for purposes of such determination shall be not less than $3.35.
effective January 1, 2017,… the cash wage paid such [tipped] employee which for purposes of such determination shall be not less than $3.75.
Minimum wage info from a Jan. 21, 2016 blog post.
M.G.L. c. 268B § 3, “Financial Disclosure by Certain Public Officials and Employees.” Adds an electronic option for disclosure of records by the State Ethics Commission.
All Massachusetts statutes are available at the Legislature’s website at https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws . Type in the chapter and section (or do a keyword search) and it will take you to the law. In most cases, if the law changed as of January 1, 2017, you will be able to see the law up until Jan. 1 and also the change.
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
Finding Presidential Executive Orders posted on Feb 21
“Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the Federal Government.” The President signs an Executive order, and it is published in the Federal Register, published daily under the auspices of the Office of …Continue Reading Finding Presidential Executive Orders
Word(s) of the Month – Common Law posted on Feb 15
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 common law. common law, n. [fr. Law French commen ley “common law”] (14c) 1.The body of law derived from judicial …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month – Common Law