Posted on Fri 17 May 2019

the best politics are local politics

Let's keep track of some laws in Massachusetts that should be changed.


https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2018/Chapter228

SECTION 56. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any city or town that has received a grant from the executive office of housing and economic development or Massachusetts Broadband Institute for purposes of constructing a municipally owned broadband network shall have the power and authority: (1) to provide internet access service to an unserved premises located in an adjacent municipality; and (2) to accept or acquire an easement or other real property interest in an adjacent city or town for purposes of constructing, owning, maintaining and operating infrastructure for providing internet access service to its own residents or to an unserved premises located in an adjacent municipality. This section shall not apply to a municipally owned broadband network that is seeking to provide broadband service to premises already served by at least 1 broadband network.

Strike that last "This section...." sentence; it kills municipal broadband competition. Idiots duped by Comcast.


https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter269/Section10

  1. Whoever, except as provided by law, carries on his person, or carries on his person or under his control in a vehicle, any stiletto, dagger or a device or case which enables a knife with a locking blade to be drawn at a locked position, any ballistic knife, or any knife with a detachable blade capable of being propelled by any mechanism, dirk knife, any knife having a double-edged blade, or a switch knife, or any knife having an automatic spring release device by which the blade is released from the handle, having a blade of over one and one-half inches, or a slung shot, blowgun, blackjack, metallic knuckles or knuckles of any substance which could be put to the same use with the same or similar effect as metallic knuckles, nunchaku, zoobow, also known as klackers or kung fu sticks, or any similar weapon consisting of two sticks of wood, plastic or metal connected at one end by a length of rope, chain, wire or leather, a shuriken or any similar pointed starlike object intended to injure a person when thrown, or any armband, made with leather which has metallic spikes, points or studs or any similar device made from any other substance or a cestus or similar material weighted with metal or other substance and worn on the hand, or a manrikigusari or similar length of chain having weighted ends; or whoever, when arrested upon a warrant for an alleged crime, or when arrested while committing a breach or disturbance of the public peace, is armed with or has on his person, or has on his person or under his control in a vehicle, a billy or other dangerous weapon other than those herein mentioned and those mentioned in paragraph (a), shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two and one-half years nor more than five years in the state prison, or for not less than six months nor more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction, except that, if the court finds that the defendant has not been previously convicted of a felony, he may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars or by imprisonment for not more than two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction.

All of that crap can and should be replaced with:

  1. Whoever, except as provided by law, carries on his person, or carries under his control in a vehicle a non-firearm weapon with the intent to use it to commit a crime shall be punished by a fine of [pick an appropriate amount].

The original text was apparently written by someone who had just sat through a marathon of Shaw Bros. martial-arts flicks while stoned.


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