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The First Of Many Actions In Evolving Public Health Situation
The Massachusetts House and Senate gave final approval to and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a $15 million package to support the state’s monitoring, treatment, containment, public awareness and prevention efforts against the coronavirus by state, regional and local boards of health and other officials.
     “I’m pleased we were able to take quick action as a first step to address the coronavirus outbreak,” said House Republican Minority Leader Representative Brad Jones (R-North Reading). “I expect this will be the first of many actions we will take to respond to this rapidly evolving public health situation.”
 
Refusing To Stop for Police Could Result In Big Fine & 2 Years In Prison
The House gave initial approval to a bill that would impose up to a two-year prison sentence and $2,500 fine on any person who refuses to stop when signaled to do so by any uniformed police officer.
     “This bill aims to make 'refusing to stop for a police officer' or 'initiating a police pursuit,' a felony,” said the proposal’s sponsor Rep. Tim Whelan (R-Brewster). “We believe that the current misdemeanor penalties for this crime do not provide sufficient consequences and has resulted in too many persons taking off from the police and driving at high speeds, significantly endangering the public.
     These enhanced penalties will afford a judge, in their review of the facts of an individual case, to apply these higher sanctions as they deem warranted by those facts.
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