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Can You Take your Dog to a Restaurant or Grocery Store? Posted on Sep 26

Can You Take your Dog to a Restaurant or Grocery Store?

Massachusetts regulations (105 CMR 590.007) follow the federal Food and Drug Administration’s Food Code (1999 edition) (section 6-501.115), which states that “live animals may not be allowed on the premises of a food establishment”, with certain exceptions, which include fish in aquariums or edible seafood under refrigeration   …Continue Reading Can You Take your Dog to a Restaurant or Grocery Store?

Remembering Charles Kindregan Posted on Apr 19

Remembering Charles Kindregan

We are all familiar with his name, but few of us know some of the quirky, amusing details of his personality.  Elissa Ely and the Remembrance Project on has a wonderful tribute to a man that was so influential for fifty years.  Listen to the   …Continue Reading Remembering Charles Kindregan

US Supreme Court Nominee Process Posted on Mar 13

The US Constitution states that the President nominates the judges of the US Supreme Court with the advice and consent of the US Senate (Article 2, section 2, clause 2).  After the recent nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court by President Trump,   …Continue Reading US Supreme Court Nominee Process

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

Independence of the Judiciary Posted on Feb 10

Alexander Hamilton wrote about “The Judiciary Department” in Federalist No. 78. In what have become known as the Federalist Papers, Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote 85 articles and essays under the pseudonym of Publius in an effort to convince the citizens of New   …Continue Reading Independence of the Judiciary

Massachusetts Electors Vote for the President Posted on Dec 23

In September, we wrote about “The Electoral College and Massachusetts Law”, explaining how the Electoral College works in Massachusetts with links to the law. A Certificate of Ascertainment listing the Elector-candidates in the 2016 Presidential Election, with vote totals next to their names, has been filed with   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Electors Vote for the President

Selfies in the Voting Booth Posted on Nov 3

On September 28, 2016, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that a New Hampshire law banning voters from taking selfies with their ballots in the voting booth was unconstitutional. N.H. Rev. Stat. § 659:35 was held unconstitutional by the Judges’ decision in   …Continue Reading Selfies in the Voting Booth

Deviating from Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Posted on Nov 2

The Massachusetts Supreme Court recently considered whether G. L. c. 211E, § 3 (e), authorizes a sentencing judge to depart from the mandatory minimum terms specified by statute for subsequent drug offenses. The defendant in Commonwealth v. Laltaprasad was charged with possession of heroin with intent   …Continue Reading Deviating from Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Voting in Massachusetts Posted on Oct 27

The subject of Elections in Massachusetts is addressed in Title VIII of the Mass. General Laws. The Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Elections Division provides information on laws and regulations governing the election process. The Division’s robust web presence will link you to interactive voter tools   …Continue Reading Voting in Massachusetts

Getting ready to vote Posted on Oct 18

Getting ready to vote

In order to vote in the November 8, 2016 election, Massachusetts residents must be registered by Wednesday, October 19th.  You can check on your voter registration status by visiting the Elections Division website.   Additionally you can find out how to register online, your voting location, early voting times   …Continue Reading Getting ready to vote