Friday, January 25, 2008

Massachusetts Law Updates: Governor's Budget Recommendations and the Cellphone Bill

Massachusetts Law Updates has reported today and yesterday on two new developments in Massachusetts: 1) Governor Deval Patrick submitted his budget recommendations on Wednesday, and unlike past administrations, Patrick's administration is making his recommendations easily accessible on the governor's website, 2) the House has passed a new cellphone bill H4477, which would ban the use of hand-helds while driving, ban all text messaging while driving, and ban any use of cellphones (whether hand-held or hands-free) while driving by those under 18 years of age.

If we can get the Senate to follow the House's lead, it appears we will soon be joining nearby Connecticut and New York in banning handheld cellphones on the road, and that's a good thing. The bill appears to me to be a very wise law. However, as Massachusetts Law Updates quotes the Boston Globe, a "knowledgeable Senate source said Senate President Therese Murray is not likely to bring the measure up for a vote in the near term."

See the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries' Massachusetts Law Updates blog for more details.

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