Massachusetts Law Updates

Official Blog of the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries

Author Archives: sbold

Posts by Author

Start Your (Snowmobile) Engines!

Start Your (Snowmobile) Engines! posted on Feb 23

Many New Englanders love the winter season and all the winter sports that go along with it.  One way to enjoy the snow is to go snowmobiling, but you need to be mindful of the safety precautions in accordance with the provisions of the state law   …Continue Reading Start Your (Snowmobile) Engines!

Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 posted on Jan 5

President Obama signed H.R. 1321, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, into law on December 28, 2015.  The new law prohibits the manufacture, sale, or distribution of personal care products (rinse-off cosmetics) containing plastic microbeads, which also includes toothpastes. Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic found   …Continue Reading Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015

"Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride"

“Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride” posted on Dec 24

Although we have had a mild December, we know that living in New England at this time of year can mean only one thing–SNOW.  One way to enjoy the winter scenery is dashing through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh.  According to the rule of the road,   …Continue Reading “Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride”

Start your engine, but don't idle too long

Start your engine, but don’t idle too long posted on Feb 6

During the cold winter months, many drivers turn on their cars to let them warm up.  However, be aware of a Massachusetts law that limits the amount of time a car engine can legally be idling.  (Mass. General Laws, chapter 90 sec. 16A) The law   …Continue Reading Start your engine, but don’t idle too long

Postponement of Town Meeting Due to Weather or Other Emergency posted on Jan 17

On January 7, 2015, former Governor Deval Patrick signed into law Senate Bill 2121 as chapter 487 of the Acts of 2014.  Under the new law, which became effective on January 7,  town moderators are given greater power to postpone town meeting in the interest of safety. If a   …Continue Reading Postponement of Town Meeting Due to Weather or Other Emergency

Free and Open Law Review Articles posted on Dec 8

Law Review Commons describes itself as the largest free collection of law review articles.  Publications are made available online through their institutions’ bepress Digital Commons repositories.  This Internet site contains over 200 law reviews and extends back to 1852.  Massachusetts law schools represented are Boston   …Continue Reading Free and Open Law Review Articles