Posts from July 2014

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  • The Boston Herald reports that, "An amendment that would have limited the use of non-compete agreements in employee contracts did not make the final version of the state Legislature's economic development bill. The amendment, written by state Senator William Brownsberger (D-Belmont), would have banned the use of non-competes on hourly employees and provided legal incentives to keep the agreements to six months, among other restrictions."
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  • Boston Magazine reports that Employers advocating for the use of non-compete agreements may have claimed a victory this legislative session. After months of public outrage, rallies at the State House, hearings before elected leaders, and a large push from the tech community here in Boston—not to mention support from the City Council—it looks as though scaling back non-competes will be an issue that won’t be considered until next year.
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  • Boston Business Journal says, "It looks like noncompetition agreements in their current form aren't going anywhere in Massachusetts. After an agreement in the House and Senate that effectively leaves noncompete agreement reform out of the state economic development bill."

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  • In part two of a focus series on growth in Massachusetts, WGBH explores how the need for housing can conflict with the benefits and desire to protect and preserve natural spaces. This 12-minute Greater Boston video (scroll down in the print story) focuses on the 298-unit apartment complex that would be built in Belmont on property owned privately by O'Neill Properties, but that is situated in a deeply wooded and wild area know as the Silver Maple Forest. Senator Brownsberger, appearing in this story, has long worked to preserve the forest. However, 2008 legislation to aquire the property and make it part of the Alewife Brook Reservation was vetod by the Governor as his administration goals to expand affordable housing took precidence. Such conflicts are occuring in other areas and there is a need to examine how development through smart growth can be sensitive to environmental impacts.
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Will Brownsberger
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2d Suffolk and Middlesex District