Category: legislation

Oct 24

Before the Massachusetts Legislature Breaks This Fall, What Needs to Get Done?

The Republican By Shira Schoenberg BOSTON — On Nov. 15, the Massachusetts Legislature will go on break until January. During that time, the only bills likely to be passed are non-controversial items that do not face opposition. Lawmakers have some major bills still pending as they approach the recess. Here’s a look at what they …

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Oct 05

Raimondo Signs Series of Bills to Overhaul Criminal-Justice System

Providence Journal By Katie Mulvaney PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State lawmakers, public defenders, corrections officials, community activists and police came together with Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday to hail a series of new laws as the most historic changes to the criminal justice system in Rhode Island to arise in decades. “This has been a change …

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Oct 05

Gov. Raimondo Signs Justice Reinvestment Legislation

WPRI By Sarah Doiron PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Governor Gina Raimondo signed the package of legislation known as the Justice Reinvestment Initiative on Thursday. The bills aim to improve Rhode Island’s criminal justice system while also reducing costs by promoting rehabilitation and informed decision-making in sentencing, probation and parole. “Today represents the culmination of years …

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Sep 30

Mass. Senate Panel Gets a Look at Justice Reform Bill

The Telegram By Andy Metzger BOSTON – Senate members of the Judiciary Committee on Friday advanced a 114-page criminal justice bill that would phase out the indigent counsel fee, require regular reviews to determine whether a prisoner should stay in solitary confinement, and allow people to effectively wipe old charges from a national database. The …

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Sep 08

MassHealth, Immigration, Sentencing Top Beacon Hill Agenda

Gloucester Times By Christian M. Wade BOSTON — Reducing MassHealth costs, easing drug sentences and responding to President Donald Trump’s immigration policies top the agenda for the Democratic-controlled Legislature as it gets back to work. Lawmakers returned to Beacon Hill this week, following an August recess, with a full agenda ahead of them and facing …

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Jul 19

Governor Touts Crime Bill Package

Great Falls Tribune HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock held ceremonial signings Wednesday to spotlight legislation to reform Montana’s criminal justice system, calling the 10 bills an “important step.” The bills use what officials called “evidence-based” practices, which are methods that have been scientifically tested and proven effective, officials said. The bills also will ensure that decisions …

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Jul 19

Bullock Signs Ten Bills Reforming Montana’s Criminal Justice System

KTVH/NBC By Mikenzie Frost HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock put pen to paper to ceremoniously sign a handful of bills aimed at changing protocols within the Department of Corrections. Ten bills were passed with bipartisan support during the 2017 Legislative Session and plan to use evidence based programs to help reduce the number of people …

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Jul 19

New Corrections Laws Promise Montana Money Savings

Montana Public Radio By Corin Cates-Carney Governor Steve Bullock formally signed a slate of bills today aiming to address the state’s problem of overcrowded prisons. A study released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center this January found that the number of people imprisoned in Montana was expected to grow by 13 percent over the next …

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Jul 15

How Republican Legislature Adopted Progressive Criminal Justice Reform

Missoulian By Keila Szpaller The criminal reform bills might not have passed the Montana Legislature if the 2017 session was business as usual. In a state with Republican majorities in both chambers, the bills were carried by liberal Democrats, Sen. Cynthia Wolken and Rep. Nate McConnell — from Missoula, no less. The laws pushed some …

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May 09

Gov. Deal Signs Craft Beer, Criminal Justice Bills Into Law

WABE/NPR By Tasnim Shamma Today is the deadline for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign or veto bills that state lawmakers passed earlier this year. He signed 58 bills into law on Monday. The first one he signed, Senate Bill 85, allows craft breweries to sell up to 3,000 barrels of beer per year directly to consumers. …

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