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Senate Passes Bill to Repeal License Suspensions for Non-driving Drug Offenses

Filed under: Politics by News Staff at 5:04 pm on September 24, 2015
Karen Spilka

MA Sen. Karen Spilka, a "Champion for Change"

FRAMINGHAM - The Massachusetts Senate today voted in favor of Senate Bill 2014, An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension, Senator Karen E. Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.

This bill repeals the current law that subjects individuals convicted of a non-violent drug offense to an automatic license suspension for up to five years and a license reinstatement fee of $500, even if the offense does not involve motor vehicles in any way. Thirty-four states, including every other New England state, have already taken action to repeal similar laws.

The bill would have no effect on license suspension penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, and only removes the outdated state requirement that penalizes every drug offense with ...[read more]

Forum on the War of Drugs

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Public Meetings by News Staff at 6:57 pm on November 9, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Why are we spending so much money -- and still not succeeding? The Failure of the War on Drugs, a Forum & Discussion,sponsored by the New England Association of Drug Court Professionals will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Costin Room, Framingham Public Library, Lexington Street, Framingham.


  • Rep. Pam Richardson (host)
  • Sheriff James V. DiPaola: Middlesex County Sheriff
  • Attorney David White: Chair, MA Bar Association’s Drug PolicyTask Force
  • Judge Robert Ziemian: founder of Massachusett’s first drug court

Moderated by Roberta Leis, Join Together, A project of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

For more information contact the Office of Rep. Pam Richardson (617)722-2582 or email

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