LEGISLATURE

A 2007 photograph of the Celtics, playing in Boston.
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Last week, prohibitions against sports gambling were removed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some states are already jumping in. 

Massachusetts lawmakers have apparently shelved a bill that aims to prevent the so-called “meal shaming” of schoolchildren who have not paid for their lunches.

Meal shaming is what happens when students are publicly denied their school meals because their lunch account is in arrears. Proponents of the bill, which lawmakers said Tuesday needs more study, worry that meal shaming harms children.

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin's employees appear to have done some political work on state time. Facing criticism from his challengers, Galvin has launched an investigation.

A bill that would abolish the death penalty in New Hampshire has cleared both the House and Senate, but Governor Chris Sununu has promised to veto the measure. Sununu says he's standing with law enforcement in his promise to veto.

The state Senate chamber in the Connecticut State Capitol.
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Connecticut this week wrapped up its legislative session. An on-time bipartisan budget agreement marked a departure from last year.

Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka calls attention to the cover artwork on her committee's fiscal 2019 budget bill, painted by children in the Department of Youth Services Arts Education program.
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The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a $41.42 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal, touting the spending plan's "robust and critical investments" in education, an "innovative approach to drug pricing" and a focus on children.

Environmental and industry advocates are taking issue with a particular piece of a wide-ranging energy bill Governor Dannel Malloy plans to sign into law. The measure makes big changes to rooftop solar and a policy called “net metering.”

Connecticut lawmakers say more than $1 billion in unanticipated state income tax revenue this year made it easier for them to agree on second-year budget adjustments before they adjourned their legislative session Wednesday night. The $20 billion second-year of the state budget has no tax increases.

Connecticut land in East Granby.
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Connecticut voters will be asked in November whether public hearings should be held before tracts of state land are transferred or sold. 

The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
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Connecticut lawmakers have failed to update the state's sexual harassment and assault laws, despite momentum from the #MeToo movement. 

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