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Driver's license bill now on Gov’s desk
With enough support to withstand a potential veto from the governor, the state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow residents without legal immigration status to apply for standard driver’s licenses.
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Pressley, legislators call for state bank
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Pressley, legislators call for state bank
With Massachusetts residents continuing to struggle in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates and lawmakers have taken the opportunity to promote an out-of-the-box solution — putting banking power, primarily lending capabilities, in the hands of the state.
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Candidates vying for House vacancies
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Candidates vying for House vacancies
With the departure of several elected officials from legislative seats in Boston area districts and one challenger to an incumbent, political turnover in 2022 will likely include new blood in areas dominated by residents of color.
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Legislators seek to designate July 8 as "Massachusetts Emancipation Day"
Legislation is now in the works in state government to recognize the end of slavery in Massachusetts and honor an instrumental figure who helped make it happen.
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Legislators hear testimony on facial recognition bills
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Legislators hear testimony on facial recognition bills
In line with its “Press Pause on Face Surveillance” campaign, the ACLU of Massachusetts gave testimony at a hearing Nov. 23 for the state Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of bills moving through the Massachusetts legislature that would limit use of facial recognition technology.
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Legislature’s ARPA plan disappoints advocates
With both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the state Senate having passed their spending plans for federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds, advocates are left disappointed in the lack of investment into Black-owned and other minority-owned businesses in the wake of coronavirus economic fallout.
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Lawmakers detail ARPA priorities
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted last week to approve HB 4219 — a comprehensive $3.82 billion spending plan aimed at aiding industries and individuals impacted by COVID-19.
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Legislators carve out new districts
For Boston’s communities of color, the redistricting process for the Massachusetts House and Senate offers a chance to advocate for better representation. Under maps expected to be approved Wednesday, the state Legislature would add 13 new majority-minority districts — districts in which the larger share of population is not white — in the House and three new ones in the Senate, resulting in a total of 33 House districts and six Senate districts that are majority-minority.
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Activists call for legislative transparency
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Activists call for legislative transparency
A small crowd of roughly 50 activists and elected officials gathered on the steps of the Massachusetts State House Sunday afternoon to rally for transparency in legislation.
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House budget skimps on education
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House budget skimps on education
The House version of the state budget does not include funding promised in the Student Opportunity Act for the second year in a row, leaving educators to wonder when the $1.5 billion signed by the governor in 2019 will come to fruition.
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