Articles by Steve LeBlanc

After Trump Win, Massachusetts Becoming a Hub of Resistance

As Republican Donald Trump prepares to take over as president, Massachusetts is fashioning itself into a hub of resistance, with politicians and advocacy groups vowing to battle what they see as the extremes of a Trump agenda. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth …

Massachusetts Resisting Drugmakers’ Efforts to Weaken Anti-Opioid Measures

Massachusetts appears to be bucking efforts by makers of prescription painkillers to kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids. The drugmakers say they’re combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for …

Boston Police Chief Disappointed Ridesharing Bill Lacks Driver Fingerprinting

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is faulting Massachusetts lawmakers for failing to require the fingerprinting of drivers for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. The House and Senate approved regulations for the services Sunday night, but the bill does …

Massachusetts Senate, House Ridesharing Bills Differ Over Airport Access

A bill that would regulate ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft, including requiring drivers undergo criminal background checks and mandate they carry insurance policies of at least $1 million, was unveiled last week by Massachusetts Senate leaders. Unlike a House …

Marijuana Legalization Proposal Draws Support, Opposition in Mass.

Supporters and foes of legalizing marijuana gathered at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Monday to weigh in on a proposal that would allow the recreational use and possession of marijuana up to an ounce for those 21 and older. The proposal …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Changes to Bicycle Laws

Bicyclists can get little respect on the road — from drivers, pedestrians, even fellow cyclists. Sometimes the angry stares are deserved, but more often the friction stems from the fact that bicycles, cars, buses, trucks and pedestrians are scrabbling with …

Massachusetts to Receive $120M in Disaster Aid for Last Winter’s Snowfall

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts is expecting to receive $120 million in federal disaster assistance following last winter’s record snowfall. That’s the most ever awarded to the state as the result of a single natural disaster. Half of the …

Massachusetts Considers Ban on Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving

Families of those killed in distracted driving accidents are asking Massachusetts lawmakers to back legislation that would require drivers to use hand-free phones in the state. Foxborough, Massachusetts, resident Jerry Cibley’s 18-year-old son Jordan was killed in 2007 as he …

Mass. Worker Who Says She Was Fired for Legal Pot Use Files Suit

A Massachusetts woman who says she was fired from work for using marijuana legally obtained to treat Crohn’s Disease has sued her former employer. Cristina Barbuto said in court papers that she told the Irvine, California-based Advantage Sales and Marketing …

Obama Signs Massachusetts Disaster Declaration for January Blizzard

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that federal disaster aid that the state has been granted for a late January blizzard could bring between $80 million and $90 million, but he’s disappointed his broader request wasn’t approved. “I’m disappointed that …