Peter Mello Elected President of Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association
Congratulations to MHTL lawyer Peter Mello, who on May 15, 2019 was elected President of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association. Formed in 1946, MMLA is the Massachusetts municipal law bar association and includes hundreds of members who provide legal services to cities, towns and for profit and non-profit organizations. Attorney Mello’s presidency, which begins on July 1, 2019, recognizes his longstanding commitment to local governmental law and the distinction he enjoys among his peers. At MHTL Attorney Mello advises and represents municipal clients with all facets of their legal affairs, and in litigation in the areas of construction and land use law, wetlands and environmental law, licensing and numerous others. He also utilizes his expertise in this area to serve private and non-profit clients in connection with permitting, litigation and other matters involving local and state governmental issues. MHTL proudly congratulates Attorney Mello on this noteworthy distinction.
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, Partner Katherine Hesse gave a plenary presentation on Recent Developments in ERISA on Friday September 16 to members of the Group Legal Services Association (“GLSA”) at its annual meeting in New Orleans. Among the topics she emphasized were what employers/plan sponsors need to know in the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade and lessons from the Court’s decision in Hughes and other class action litigation as to factors to consider Read More
On August 12, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed S. 3096, “An act relative to equity in the cannabis industry,” (“Act”) into law. The Act reforms Massachusetts’s existing marijuana laws, particularly with respect to host community agreements (“HCAs”), community impact fees (“CIFs”), and social consumption sites (e.g. marijuana cafes). The Act empowers the Cannabis Control Commission (“Commission”), the state regulatory agency, to exert greater control over HCAs and their CIFs. Municipalities levy CIFs on cannabis businesses to account for the costs they impose on the municipality as a result of their operations. Additionally, the Act allows municipalities to permit on-premises social consumption of marijuana at designated sites. Other notable provisions of the Act include the new Social Equity Trust Fund (“Trust Fund”), changes to the tax law regarding cannabis businesses, and various provisions concerning those persons and communities most impacted by the prior illegality of marijuana usage and sale. Governor Baker vetoed only one section of the final bill: the provision calling on the state to conduct a study of medical marijuana usage in schools.