THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

“It has been a pleasure to work with municipal leaders in the last several years to improve our trail networks and roadways to promote bicycling as a way to travel. Partnerships with city and town leaders, bicycle advocates and non-profit groups have enabled us to expand and connect the commonwealth’s networks of on-road and off-road shared use pathways, bike lanes and recreational Continue reading THIS WEEK’S QUOTABLE QUOTES ON BEACON HILL

REQUIRE RETAILERS THAT SELL TOBACCO TO ALSO SELL PRODUCTS TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT

By Bob Katzen

Another bill on its way to a study committee would require any retailer that sells tobacco products to also sell at least one type of nicotine replacement therapy drug or device that has been approved by the FDA for assisting with helping people quit tobacco. Violators would be fined $100 for the first offense, $200 for a second offense and $300 for a third or subsequent offense. Continue reading REQUIRE RETAILERS THAT SELL TOBACCO TO ALSO SELL PRODUCTS TO HELP SMOKERS QUIT

FUND SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee has recommended that a measure that would establish a grant program to provide money to cities and towns for School Resource Officers (SROs) go to a study committee where bills are rarely actually studied and are essentially defeated. It is a way to kill a proposal without holding a vote on the bill itself. A school resource officer, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, is a law enforcement officer “responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.” Continue reading FUND SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

MASS TO BAN DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE

By Bob Katzen

The Judiciary Committee held a virtual hearing on legislation, filed by Sen. Susan Moran (D-Falmouth), that would ban disposal of radioactive material directly or indirectly into coastal or inland waters, tide water or land owned by another entity. The measure imposes fines ranging from up to $10,000 for a first offense and up to $25,000 for any second and subsequent offenses. It also holds the offender liable for all damages or losses suffered by the state, a business or an individual as a result of the disposal. Continue reading MASS TO BAN DISPOSAL OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE

EXCAVATION SAFETY

By Bob Katzen

The House gave near-final approval to and sent to the Senate a proposal that would require a professional land surveyor working on a preliminary design for a new facility or renovation where excavation is necessary to pre-mark the proposed excavation. The bill is sponsored by former Rep. Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) who recently resigned her seat to take a job as Northeast policy director Boston-based Nexamp, a solar energy company. Continue reading EXCAVATION SAFETY