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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Anatomical Gift or Organ Donation? Posted on Sep 30

“Donating a body to science” is a familiar phrase to almost everyone and many residents of Massachusetts have already designated themselves organ and tissue donors on their driver’s licenses through the Registry of Motor Vehicles. There are technical differences between registration methods for these generous   …Continue Reading Anatomical Gift or Organ Donation?

Student Records Posted on Sep 29

We often get questions regarding student records, and who has access to them.  Can non-custodial parents get access?  What about privacy concerns?  The area is covered by both state and federal laws.  On the Federal level, FERPA or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act governs.   …Continue Reading Student Records

Free Books for Your Mobile Device Posted on Sep 28

Free Books for Your Mobile Device

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries began posting the court rules on the web as eBooks in 2012.  We believe we were the first state in the nation to do so. The rules are formatted for any mobile device so that the text flows on   …Continue Reading Free Books for Your Mobile Device

How to Get Your Bail Money Back Posted on Sep 25

When someone is arrested for a criminal offense when the courts are closed, they can ask for bail so they don’t have to stay at the police station.  The purpose of bail is to make sure that a person accused of a crime will come   …Continue Reading How to Get Your Bail Money Back

Who owns the beach? Posted on Sep 24

Who owns the beach?

Who owns the sea and shore? The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management has a Public Access Program to provide information about coastal access and inform the public of their rights along the shoreline. Public Rights along the Shoreline is an electronic fact sheet providing   …Continue Reading Who owns the beach?

City and Town Ordinances and Bylaws Posted on Sep 23

City and Town Ordinances and Bylaws

Some areas of law are governed by federal law, some by state law, and some by cities and towns.  These distinctions can be difficult to pin down at times.  Minimum wages have been established at all levels, right down to the local level in San   …Continue Reading City and Town Ordinances and Bylaws

Boston Smokeless Tobacco Prohibition Posted on Sep 21

Boston Smokeless Tobacco Prohibition

On September 9, 2015 Boston Mayor Walsh signed into law an ordinance which prohibits smokeless tobacco products at professional, school, and amateur sporting event venues. Docket #1273 to amend the City of Boston Ordinances by adding Chapter VII, Section 7-4.15 was filed with the Office   …Continue Reading Boston Smokeless Tobacco Prohibition

Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors Posted on Sep 18

President Obama signed Executive Order 13706 on September 7, 2015, and it establishes paid sick leave for federal contractors and subcontractors. Contracts will include a clause specifying “as a condition of payment, that all employees, in the performance of the contract or any subcontract thereunder,   …Continue Reading Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Finding a Specific Law Posted on Sep 17

You may need to find a specific law, perhaps the “lemon law” or the pothole law or alimony…  There are a couple of ways to  find the specific statute.  First, you can try our A to Z topics page. You will find links to the statutes   …Continue Reading Finding a Specific Law

New Controlled Substance Initiatives Posted on Sep 15

The increasing number of deaths due to drug overdoses has two prominent agencies announcing initiatives to combat the rise in heroin usage in the country as well as Massachusetts. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has filed legislation that would add fentanyl to the state’s drug   …Continue Reading New Controlled Substance Initiatives