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State increases convenience for contractors outside of Metro Boston

BOSTON- The state Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) announced today the opening of an online portal for home improvement contractors to register and pay online before they begin any home improvement contract.

Home improvement contractors are required by state law to register with the state and pay a $100 fee before they begin any work on a project that consists of the “reconstruction, alteration, renovation, repair, modernization, conversion, improvement, removal, or demolition, or the construction of an addition to any pre-existing owner occupied building.” 

“This new registration and payment system makes it easier for contractors outside of metro Boston to register with the state without having to interrupt their day or business operations,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “State government needs to continue to make common sense reforms that use technology to keep up with the modern pace of small businesses and their needs. “ 

08-23-2016   Press Release

State increases convenience for contractors outside of Metro Boston

BOSTON- The state Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) announced today the opening of an online portal for home improvement contractors to register and pay online before they begin any home improvement contract.

Home improvement contractors are required by state law to register with the state and pay a $100 fee before they begin any work on a project that consists of the “reconstruction, alteration, renovation, repair, modernization, conversion, improvement, removal, or demolition, or the construction of an addition to any pre-existing owner occupied building.” 

“This new registration and payment system makes it easier for contractors outside of metro Boston to register with the state without having to interrupt their day or business operations,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “State government needs to continue to make common sense reforms that use technology to keep up with the modern pace of small businesses and their needs. “ 

08-23-2016   Press Release

State increases convenience for contractors outside of Metro Boston

08-23-2016   Press Release

FRAMINGHAM - Lawmakers burned the midnight oil last weekend as they passed a flurry of bills at the end of the Legislature's formal sessions.

But Senate President Stan Rosenberg says lawmakers shouldn't have to debate numerous major bills in the waning hours of formal sessions.

Lawmakers passed strong bills, but "we might have had even better products if we had more time and more opportunity for engagement," Rosenberg, D-Amherst, told Daily News editors on Tuesday.

He said, "There is no reason we had to have that logjam at the end."

 

08-17-2016   In The News

When the Massachusetts Senate debated changing the law on REAL ID and driver’s licenses on June 30, a remarkable amount of misinformation was repeated. Unfortunately, almost a month later, there are still a few who simply do not understand what we are working so hard to do: let people who are happy with their current driver’s licenses keep them.

The Massachusetts Senate did not propose changing the law so that undocumented immigrants could obtain a driver’s license.

Instead, we voted to add a second type of license that is compliant with the federal REAL ID law, without getting rid of our existing system for getting a driver’s license. That way, people who are happy with their current driver’s licenses can keep them. Under the federal REAL ID Act, people who want to gain access to federal buildings or fly on commercial airlines will need to obtain a REAL ID. That will require additional documentation, such as a birth certificate, passport, or Social Security card. It will take time and, if documents are missing, it will take money to replace them.

08-17-2016   In The News
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