Regulations help put legislation into effect. Agencies, boards and commissions enact rules and regulations as part of the Executive branch, to enable the law to be put into effect. Agency links are in the box to the right. The beginning of each CMR chapter outlines that chapter with all of its sections and subsections. Toward the beginning of the outline for each section, look for the entries like, General Provisions or Purpose or Purpose and Authority. There you will find the Mass. General Law citation (M.G.L. chapter & section ) and the legislation authorizing the agency to make regulations, as well as any relevant federal legislative law indicated by a U.S.C. citation.
Updates are published bi-weekly (every other Friday) in the Massachusetts Register print issues, or through database subscriptions of the publication. Subscriptions are available through the Secretary of State's web page for the State Book Store. Ask a Reference Librarian for login help to that service inside the library. The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries website contains updates as received.
Public hearings and prospective regulations: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprpub/pubhear.htm
The Massachusetts Register Online is In Library Only Use Only. To use the database, please speak to a Reference Librarian for assistance.
The text of the regulations published in the electronic version of the Massachusetts Register is unofficial and for informational purposes only.
Tip: FOR COURT: The OFFICIAL VERSION is the printed copy which is available from the STATE BOOKSTORE IN THE STATE HOUSE, ROOM 116. IF YOU ARE GOING TO COURT WITH A PAGE FROM THE CMR OR MASSACHUSETTS REGISTER YOU MUST OBTAIN AN OFFICIAL COPY WITH THE OFFICIAL TRUE COPY ATTEST STAMP FROM THE STATE BOOKSTORE. OTHER PHOTOCOPIES OR PRINTOUTS ARE NOT ADMISSABLE IN COURT.
The Massachusetts Register is published bi-weekly (every two weeks) by the Secretary of State. The issue number and date appear in the top right hand corner of the cover. Issues contain executive orders by the governor, Attorney General opinions, permanent and emergency regulations, notice of public hearings, the State Register of Historic Places, a list of recently enacted legislation, and a cumulative table of the year's new regulations and legislation. The Newton Free Library has dropped the print edition and is subscribing to the online database. The print edition is still available in the Trial Court Law Libraries.
Tip: To browse a bulletin in the online database just as it would look in print, click on Search Entire Bulletin. Highlight the publication type and enter the range of dates. To browse only one bulletin, enter the the date of the bulletin twice, in both the "from" and "to" lines. The register goes back to 1994.
Tip: If you have a citation, use "Search Publication" and enter the CMR # and Chapter #. The same screen will permit searching by Agency with keywords.
The Massachusetts Register updates the Massachusetts Code of Regulations and also contains Emergency Regulations, Governor's executive orders, Attorney General opinions, Public Hearing notices and Business Impact Statements, listings and tables of new legislation and regulations. The Newton Free Library Reference Librarians will log in patrons wishing to search on a library computer only.
Find the agency, department, or registry you need through the directory of Massachusetts Agencies and Divisions. Use the State Offices & Courts A-Z list if you don't see what you want. The Regulations Manual and the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries CMR also help to identify the agency you might need.
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