While lawmakers failed to take final action on Attorney General Martha Coakley’s proposal to increase the penalty for corporate manslaughter from $1,000 to $250,000, she was able to claim other successes as the Legislature ended its formal session Friday. Coakley is one of three Democrats running for governor, along with Steve Grossman and Don Berwick.
One of the most closely watched bills given final approval and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk on Friday would overhaul the state’s gun laws.
The bill tightens reporting requirements for independent political expenditures and doubles the amount an individual can donate to a state candidate in a calendar year from $500 to $1,000.
The State Department memo, sent accidentally to the Associated Press, says “no American is proud” of CIA interrogation tactics.
Massachusetts has dozens of state boards, commissions and task forces that no longer meet or file reports, or have simply become irrelevant.
The bill would require super PACs to disclose the their funding sources no more than seven days after making an expenditure. That schedule accelerates within 10 days of an election.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said the former state probation commissioner John O’Brien, who was convicted on charges he rigged the department’s hiring process to favor politically-connected applicants, should not have been found guilty.
Massachusetts lawmakers are hoping to spend as much as $40 million to upgrade the House and Senate chambers at the State House.