PROPOSAL TO HIRE RETIRED POLICE AS SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

By Bob Katzen

The Education Committee held a hearing on a proposal that would allow cities and towns to hire retired state and local police officers to be full-time safety resource officers at local schools. Under current law, there is a 960-hour limit on the number of hours these officers can work in municipal or state government. That translates into approximately 120 eight-hour days.

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ASSAULT ON HEALTH CARE WORKERS IS A FELONY

By Bob Katzen

The House gave initial approval to a bill that would make it a felony and increase from 2.5 years to five years the maximum prison sentence that could be imposed on offenders convicted of assault or assault and battery on an emergency medical technician (EMT), ambulance operator, ambulance attendant or health care provider including doctors, nurses, social workers and chiropractors. The bill also abolishes the current 90-day mandatory sentence for the crime.

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JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PROHIBITS POLICE OFFICERS SEX WITH SUSPECT

By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that would impose a prison sentence of up to five years and/or a $10,000 fine on any police officer who engages in sexual relations with anyone who is under arrest by the officer or another officer. The measure states that a person is incapable of consenting to sexual relations with officers under those circumstances. This law currently applies to prison guards and this bill expands it to police officers.

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“RIGHT TO DRY” ALLOWED by SENATE

By Bob Katzen

The Senate approved a local option proposal that would prohibit a city or town from outright banning any homeowner or tenant from using a clothesline to dry clothing. The law would only take effect in cities or towns that opt into it. Condominium associations and landlords would be allowed to place reasonable restrictions on the placement and use of clotheslines but could not ban them completely.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, May 20, the 140th day of 2018 with 225 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:17 and sunset is @ 8:03. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

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