The Senate Working Group on the Federal Shutdown, charged with assessing the impacts of the federal shutdown and developing recommendations to mitigate the impacts on Massachusetts residents, presented its finding and recommendations to members of the Senate today during a Democratic Caucus.
A recent Boston Globe Spotlight story highlighted the court system’s use of clerk magistrates to oversee show cause hearings, closed-door proceedings in which clerk magistrates determine whether to press forward with charges against an individual, raising concerns about transparency and equity in the judicial process.
The following chart provides an inventory of the commissions and task forces created pursuant to the new criminal justice reform law.
Nathalie Hansen, an intern in Senator Brownsberger’s office, prepared the bibliography below.
Sources on the Reliability of Renewable Energy
Legislative leaders moved Wednesday to repeal the state’s controversial Valor Act and replace it with a far more narrow measure intended to close loopholes that allowed some veterans to avoid criminal charges, including assaults on women, by citing their military service.
The BRAVE Act, which now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration, is the legislature’s latest effort to support veterans, military members and their families.