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Massachusetts Legislature Takes Action on Opioid Crisis

Amid a recent surge in opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts, with over 1,200 accidental deadly overdoses last year, the Senate passed legislation on Thursday, October 1, that is designed to fight the epidemic on various...more

10/9/2015 - Controlled Substances Governor Baker Minors Narcotics OxyContin Pain Management Pending Legislation Pharmacies Pharmacist Physicians Prescription Drugs Public Health School Districts Students Substance Abuse Training

Pay Equity Legislation Aims to Eliminate Wage Disparities Between Genders in Massachusetts

In a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday, July 21, roughly two dozen lawmakers and a wide range of business officials, advocacy groups, non-profit leaders, and academics testified...more

8/7/2015 - Attorney's Fees Disparate Treatment Employee Rights Equal Pay Gender Discrimination Gender Equity Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Governor Baker Hiring & Firing Minimum Salary Pay Discrimination Pay Equity Act (PEA) Proposed Legislation Race Discrimination Wage and Hour

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

After many weeks of deliberation, the Massachusetts House and Senate sent a budget to Governor Baker’s desk. This budget passed the Senate 31-5 and the House 153-1 and represents a compromise between the House and Senate...more

7/14/2015 - Legislative Committees State Budgets

Uncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise

The potential policy directions discussed at these hearings ranged from moderate reform to a complete ban on non-compete agreements in Massachusetts, the latter largely supported by start-up and venture capital groups. In the...more

7/6/2015 - Hiring & Firing Non-Compete Agreements Proposed Legislation

Massachusetts Health Care Regulatory Review – Opportunity for Industry Comment

Health care is big business in Massachusetts, and it is a highly regulated business. But Governor Charlie Baker hopes to simplify the Massachusetts regulatory regime. This past March, Governor Baker initiated a year-long...more

6/26/2015 - Health Care Providers Healthcare Regulatory Agenda

Uncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise

Hearing Overview: On June 23rd, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development met to consider legislation relating to the legality and enforcement of non-compete agreements. The committee...more

6/25/2015 - Employment Contract Non-Compete Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Non-Solicitation Agreements Startups

Baker Calls for Industry Input on Regulatory Review and Economic Development Strategy

Responding to criticisms that state regulations are burdensome and make Massachusetts a more costly and less competitive place to live and do business, Governor Charlie Baker signed Executive Order 562 to simplify the...more

6/18/2015 - Economic Development

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Budget

On May 22, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a $38.1 billion budget for FY2016. The Senate budget hews closely to the spending plans proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in April and Governor...more

6/8/2015 - State Budgets

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Takes Effect July 1

Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law, which voters passed by ballot initiative last November, is set to become effective in less than two months on July 1, 2015. On April 27, Attorney General Maura Healy’s office released...more

5/11/2015 - Human Resources Professionals Paid Leave Proposed Regulation Sick Leave Wage and Hour

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

On April 29 the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $38.1 billion spending plan for FY2016 by a unanimous vote of 158-0. Over roughly 28 hours of sessions, the House dispensed with over 1,000 amendments to pass...more

5/11/2015 - Governor Baker State Budgets

Tax Amnesty Program and New Leadership at the DOR

On March 16, Massachusetts officials announced a tax amnesty program, effective immediately, to recoup delinquent corporate taxes. The program is part of a larger effort by the Baker administration and the Department of...more


Baker Proposes State Budget Focused on Savings

Wednesday, the Baker-Polito administration revealed the details of their $38.1 billion FY2016 budget. Seeking to overcome a structural deficit, which at $1.8 billion, represents nearly five percent of the total budget, the...more

3/9/2015 - State Budgets

Massachusetts House Leadership Announced, Hinting at Issue Positions

Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Robert DeLeo appointed his senior leadership and made assignments to all standing and joint committees. DeLeo kept most of his senior leadership team intact, with Ronald Mariano, Patricia...more

3/2/2015 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees

Baker Administration Announces Budget Fix Plan

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced on Tuesday a series of proposals aimed at closing the Commonwealth’s substantial budget gap for Fiscal Year 2015. According to the current administration,...more

2/5/2015 - Charlie Baker State Budgets

Beginnings and Endings: New Administration Moves In, Massachusetts Legislative Session Concludes

The last several months witnessed a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill: Governor Deval Patrick inked a number of bills as the two-year legislative session drew to an official end, and his successor, Governor Charlie Baker, has...more

1/26/2015 - Deval Patrick Healthcare Hospitals New Legislation Pharmacies Political Appointments

Massachusetts Senate Committee Leadership Established, Signaling Priorities

Yesterday afternoon, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg revealed his senior leadership team and announced which legislators he selected to lead the Senate’s special and standing committees....more

1/23/2015 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Political Appointments

Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes

This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap....more

11/21/2014 - Budget Reconciliation Legislative Agendas State Budgets

2013-2014 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

Last week, the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session came to a close amid a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. Lawmakers rushed to finalize and pass priority bills, working past their deadline on Thursday, sending a...more

8/7/2014 - Economic Development Energy Policy Healthcare Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation Proposed Legislation Tax Revenues

ML Strategies FY2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: Conference Committee Budget

On June 30th, the eve of the Commonwealth’s new fiscal year, the House and Senate both approved the joint conference committee report on the FY2015 spending plan. Governor Deval Patrick, who left to attend the Panamanian...more

7/29/2014 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees State Budgets

ML Strategies FY2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Patrick Issues Vetoes, Signs Budget

On Friday, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a $36.5 billion state budget for FY2015, which is nearly $10 billion larger than the budget he proposed back in January 2014. Before signing off on his eighth and final annual...more

7/17/2014 - Legislative Agendas New Legislation State Budgets

Uncertain Fate of Non-competes in Massachusetts: Senate Passes Compromise; Legislation Heads to Conference Committee Negotiations

On July 1, 2014 the Massachusetts Senate voted for a compromise on employee non-compete agreements, and the Joint Economic and Emerging Technology Committee heard testimony on the same issue. Governor Deval Patrick spurred...more

7/3/2014 - Economic Development Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Legislative Process Non-Compete Agreements

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Increase and Economic Development Package

In a previous article, “Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase,” we outlined the Massachusetts House and Senate’s separate plans to increase the minimum wage and reform the...more

7/2/2014 - Economic Development Legislative Agendas Minimum Wage New Legislation Unemployment Insurance Wage and Hour

ML Strategies FY 2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

Earlier this year, ML Strategies offered an overview of the Governor’s FY 2015 budget proposal. Now that the House of Representatives has passed its version of the FY 2015 spending plan, we provide an update on the budget...more

5/14/2014 - Education Reform Funding Healthcare Reform State Budgets

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