• Nearly 150 public officials, planners, and attorneys heard presentations on the new marijuana law by Attorney George Hall, Assistant Attorney General Margaret Hurley, and Jeff Bagg of the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission. The half day conference took place at the Hogan Center at Holy Cross College in Worcester.
Municipal Law News

MMLA News & Notes:

Farmer Wineries & Craft Brewing Licenses  (10.11.17) – The scope and implementation of local regulatory authority in light of recent changes in the law governing alcohol sales.  MMLA program at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House Framingham on October 26th.

Holy Cross Marijuana Conference (10.6.17) – See the MMLA Photo Gallery which now has a series of pictures taken at the October 3rd half-day conference at Holy Cross. Visit Photo Gallery.  Nearly 150 public officials and others attended the conference.

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SJC: VIRGINIA B. SMITH vs. CITY OF WESTFIELD – Article 97, Parkland

VIRGINIA B. SMITH v. CITY OF WESTFIELD

KeywordsMunicipal Corporations, Parks, Use of municipal property. Parks and Parkways. Constitutional Law, Taking of property. Due Process of Law, Taking of property.

Excerpt “Article 97 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution, approved by the Legislature and ratified by the voters in 1972, provides that ‘[l]ands and easements taken or acquired’ for conservation purposes “shall not be used for other purposes or otherwise disposed of” without the approval of a two-thirds roll call vote of each branch of the Legislature. The issue on appeal is whether a proposed change in use of municipal parkland may be governed by art. 97 where the land was not taken by eminent domain and where there is no restriction recorded in the registry of deeds that limits its use to conservation or recreational purposes. 

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Appeals Court: Commonwealth vs. Michael W. O’Donnell – Administrative Warrant

KeywordsSearch and Seizure, Expectation of privacy, Administrative inspection, Warrant. Constitutional Law, Search and seizure, Privacy. Practice, Criminal, Warrant, Sanitary code violation. Electricity. State Sanitary Code. Municipal Corporations, Building inspector

The Appeals Court decision today in Commonwealth v. Michael W. O’Donnell dealt with the limits of an “administrative inspection” and the circumstances in which a search warrant or administrative inspection warrant is required.

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Marijuana Update Conference Scheduled for October 3rd!

MMLA continues its efforts to bring the very latest information on the implementation of the regulatory authority of the state and local governments. A half-day conference has been scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, October 3rd, at the Hogan Center, Holy Cross College, Worcester. MMLA Executive Board members Margaret Hurley and John Goldrosen, together with Jeff Bagg of the Central Mass Regional Planning Commission, and Attorney George Hall of Anderson & Kreiger, will provide the latest word on where our cities and towns stand with respect to their regulatory authority under the new state statutes and regulations.  For program details and registration information, click here.

2017 Conference An Outstanding Success

Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel Lon Povich

The MMLA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference, was held on September 14-16, 2017, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis. The Conference keynote speaker was Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Baker.  In addition to a full slate of legal panels on a variety of municipal law topics, those attending were treated to presentations by three judges on practice before their respective courts:  Justice William Cowin (Ret.) and Justice Francis Fecteau (Ret.) of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler.  Conference attendees enjoyed a private tour and reception at the J.F.K Museum, one of the conference highlights.  This year’s conference also featured the availability of conference program materials on-line, providing real-time access to speakers’ handouts during the conference. Every year, the Annual Meeting and Conference keeps getting better and better.  Be sure to plan to attend next year’s Conference!  Click here to see what we did this year.

MMLA and MMA to Hold Workshop – “Implementing the Revised Marijuana Statute – What Municipal Officials Need to Know Now!”

This informative half-day workshop has been scheduled for October 3rd at the Hogan Center of Holy Cross College in Worcester.  It is co-sponsored by MMLA and Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), and will be co-chaired by MMLA Executive Board members John Goldrosenand Margaret Hurley. The topics to be covered are of great importance to municipal lawyers, planners, selectmen, town administrators, zoning board members, planning board members, and other local officials.  Registration and a continental breakfast are available at the Hogan Center beginning at 8:00 AM. For program details and registration information, visit this website’s Upcoming Events, or click here.

MMLA President Angela Atchue Among Top Women of Law!

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association is very pleased to report that MMLA President Angela D. Atchue has been recognized by Mass Lawyers Week’s as one of its 2017 Top Women of the law.  She will join the other honorees to receive the award on Thursday, November 2nd (5:30 PM to 8:00 PM) at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel.  The Association is extremely proud to have its president receive this recognition for excellence.