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  • 12 Feb 2024 8:23 AM | Brandon Moss (Administrator)

    On February 1, 2024, the MMLA submitted comments to the Joint Committee on Judiciary regarding HB1723 (S1137), An Act relative to legal advertisements in online-only newspapers. These bills would authorize the use of a new outlet for the publication of legal notices: online-only newspapers.

    A copy of the MMLA's comment letter is available here.

  • 12 Feb 2024 8:10 AM | Brandon Moss (Administrator)

    On February 1, 2023, the MMLA wrote to the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight to communicate support of Bill SB 2069, An Act providing for alternative delivery of infrastructure projects.

    A copy of the MMLA's comment letter is available here.

  • 12 Feb 2024 8:06 AM | Brandon Moss (Administrator)

    On February 6, 2023, the MMLA submitted comments to the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government regarding HB 2043. This bill seeks to amend Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, Section 21D, relative to non-criminal enforcement of local ordinances, by-laws and regulations, by increasing the maximum fine amount and adding a new section, allowing the Court to assess a civil penalty and reasonable attorney fees against a defendant found in violation. 

    A copy of the MMLA's comment letter is available here.

  • 2 Feb 2024 2:15 PM | Christopher Brown (Administrator)

    The MMLA recently joined with the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents to send a letter to Superior Court Judge Christopher Barry-Smith opposing a request by the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board to order the Newton School Committee and the Newton Teachers Association to participate in mandatory binding arbitration. A copy of the letter can be found here. The issue ultimately became moot with the settlement of the strike on February 2, 2024. 

  • 31 Jan 2024 2:31 PM | Joe Callanan (Administrator)

    The Massachusetts Municipal Association (“MMA”) recently joined with the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (“MMLA”) in providing comments to the Cannabis Control Commission’s (“CCC”) Model Host Community Agreement Template, that the Commission released on January 17, 2024.

    The January 31, 2024 letter may be found here



  • 24 Jan 2024 10:06 AM | Christopher Brown (Administrator)

    MMLA past president Brandon Moss and Legislative Committee Chair Jillian Jagling presented a municipal law update to various municipal officials attending the MMA Annual Conference and Trade Show on Friday, January 19, 2024, with introduction and commentary by MMLA President Karis North. You can access the materials here or in the member's area. Jillian is Senior Counsel at West Group Law, PLLC, and Brandon is Senior Editor, Litigation, for Thomson Reuters in its Practical Law Service. 

    Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to Brandon and Jillian for all your hard work in support of MMLA!

  • 11 Dec 2023 3:11 PM | Christopher Brown (Administrator)

    Our colleagues at the Massachusetts Municipal Association recently hosted a webinar discussing the newly promulgated regulations by the Cannabis Control Commission and their impacts on host communities. The presentation materials and a recording of the webinar are available on the MMA's website here. Thank you to MMA and to Nicole Constanzo of KP Law for making this informative presentation available to MMLA!

  • 27 Nov 2023 2:58 PM | Christopher Brown (Administrator)

    MMLA President Karis North recently sent a letter to Lt. Governor Driscoll in response to a September request to the MMLA seeking input on legislative priorities for municipalities in Massachusetts. The letter summarizes MMLA's legislative advocacy in the current Legislative session.

  • 24 Oct 2023 2:48 PM | Christopher Brown (Administrator)

    The MMLA today submitted a letter to the Legislature in support of HB.3555, which if it becomes law will create a local option for municipalities to remove restrictions that currently prevent associate members of planning boards from participating in matters other than special permit issues before a planning board.

  • 2 Oct 2023 5:15 PM | Christopher Brown (Administrator)

    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recently named current MMLA President Karis North to its Top Women of Law list for 2023. Karis will be honored at an event on November 1st,  with Lawyers Weekly celebrating the achievements of exceptional women lawyers who are pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models. More information is available here and on the Lawyers Weekly website. Congratulations Karis!

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