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Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Advocates for immigrants sat visibly frustrated as they listened to testimony that portrayed illegal immigrants as responsible for numerous crimes.
Only hosts who supply alcohol to their visitors can be held legally responsible for off-premises damage caused by intoxicated guests the court ruled.
Less than two years after it won overwhelming passage in the House and Senate, a bill intended to streamline the permitting process for land-based wind turbines was buried in study Tuesday by a legislative committee, likely denying the Patrick administration a long-held priority in its effort to increase renewable energy production.
The decision paves the way for thousands of legal Massachusetts immigrants to rejoin a heavily subsidized health program for low-income residents.
The program, known as the Commonwealth Care Bridge Program, unfairly discriminates against legal immigrants, the court ruled.
Towns may be forced to cope with revenue shortages for "the foreseeable future," according to a report by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
Hospitals and health care providers that dominate a substantial share of the health industry would be subject to a "market impact review" to ensure that their clout isn't hurting consumers, according to a plan outlined Friday by Attorney General Martha Coakley.
In typical, eleventh-hour fashion, lawmakers wrote a frenetic final chapter to the 2011 legislative session, blazing through bills to introduce casino gambling, protect transgender residents, and implement pension reforms that have languished for years on Beacon Hill.
Although tax collections are on the rebound, the state's rainy day fund is the third-highest in the nation, and the state has added 48,000 jobs this year, the Patrick administration's top finance official warned municipal leaders Tuesday to expect a "challenging" 2012 budget cycle with nearly 40 percent of the appropriations expected to be needed for health care programs.
About 1 percent of the $9.6 billion spent on Medicaid claims last fiscal year covered services for immigrants who couldn't prove their legal status.
Administration regulators announced that they have approved an average 4.8 percent increase in base premiums for individuals and small businesses.
Mass. hospital funding may be in jeopardy as federal government considers budget cuts.
Backers of a long-stalled effort to expand the state's 30-year-old bottle recycling law by adding a 5-cent deposit to the cost of bottled waters, juices and sports drinks have abandoned their push to take the plan to the voters in 2012, advocates told the News Service on Thursday.
Janet Napolitano's comments put her directly at odds with Gov. Deval Patrick on a federal program that identifies illegal immigrants.
Initiative petitions regulating medical marijuana, empowering terminally ill, suffering patients to take life-ending drugs moved toward the 2012 ballot.