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Massachusetts Begins Phased Reopening, Implements Safety Standards for Workplaces

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has implemented mandatory safety standards for workplaces to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmissions as the state begins its phased reopening of businesses. All businesses in Massachusetts must develop a written plan for how they will …

Georgia Plant Agrees to Close in Fight Over Gas Emissions

Georgia officials reached an agreement Monday to temporarily shut down a medical sterilization facility that uses a gas that studies have linked to an increased risk of cancer. A Newton County judge signed off on a deal between the state …

Report Says Many New York City Uber, Lyft Drivers Fail to Respond to Recalls

One out of six Uber and Lyft drivers in the New York City and Seattle areas are driving vehicles with outstanding recalls, according to Consumer Reports. But taking a taxi or limousine isn’t necessarily a safer option: nearly a quarter …

Calls for New Regulation Mount as New York Limo Crash Victims Mourned

The day after a mourning community said last goodbyes to eight of 20 victims of a limousine crash – four sisters and four other relatives – the Senate’s top Democrat called on federal regulators to formulate new safety standards for …

Report: MTA Knew Baltimore Metro Violated Standards in 2016

A Maryland Transit Administration report says the agency knew Baltimore Metro’s subway rails didn’t meet safety standards in 2016, more than a year before it declared an emergency shutdown. The Baltimore Sun cites a 2018 MTA report that says 17 …

Deadly Northern New York Crashes Spur Bill Requiring Truck Side Guards

A bipartisan bill introduced by two U.S. senators would change truck safety standards to prevent crashes like the one that killed four people in northern New York this summer. The law introduced by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Marco Rubio …

Autonomous Vehicle Testing to Begin in New York State

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York is now accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads. Included in the fiscal year 2018 budget, new legislation allows for testing autonomous …

Crashes on Popular New York Lake Prompt New Rules for Boat Rentals

People planning to rent boats on a popular upstate New York lake will be required to watch a safety video before being allowed to take a rental vessel onto the water. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports the Lake George …

Massachusetts Lawmakers Debate Pot Regulators’ Independence

Recreational marijuana may be legal for adults in Massachusetts but who ultimately will be in charge of regulating and enforcing the new law remains the subject of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on Beacon Hill. A legislative committee created to review and potentially …

Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Higher Fines for Distracted Driving

Some Connecticut lawmakers want to make it tougher for distracted drivers. The General Assembly’s Transportation Committee is holding a public hearing today on several bills that would increase penalties for texting while driving, distracted driving or using a hand-held telephone …