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Massachusetts Laws by Popular Name

This index is designed to help you find laws by their common names. The topics are linked to selected General Laws, agency regulations, cases, and other specialized information. For more thorough coverage, try searching the full-text of the Mass. General Laws.


Popular Name Index A
Subject Citations
209A restraining order (abuse prevention) MGL c.209A
Abandoned property MGL c.200A
-Lost goods & stray animals MGL c.134
-Procedures for administration of abandoned property 960 CMR 4
-Unclaimed and abandoned property MGL c.135
-Vessels (boats)
Abortion See: Law About Abortion
-Parental consent for minor's abortion MGL c.112, s.12S
-Parental consent for minor's abortion (one parent) Planned Parenthood of Mass. v. Att'y Gen'l, 424 Mass. 586 (1997)
Abuse of elderly persons MGL c.19A, s.14-26
Abuse prevention MGL c.209A
Adoption See: Law About Adoption
-Licensure 102 CMR 5
-Records MGL c.210, s.5D
Adverse possession See: Law About Adverse Possession
AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) in Health Clubs MGL c. 93, s. 78A
Affordable housing MGL c.40B, s.20-23
Age of majority MGL c.4, s.7 (cl.48-51)
Alimony MGL c.208, s.34
Allergies, Food, Restaurant Requirements
Ally's Law (Restroom access) MGL c.270, s.26
Anatomical gifts MGL c.113, s.7-14
-Required requests 105 CMR 130.380
Annulment MGL c.207, s.14
Anti-SLAPP laws ("strategic lawsuits against public participation") See: About the Mass. Anti-SLAPP Law
Anti-snob zoning (40B)
Anti-stalking law MGL c.265, s.43
Assignment of wages MGL c.154
Autism, Health Insurance Coverage St.2010, c.207
Automobile insurance See: Mass. Law About Auto Insurance
Automobile lemon law (new & used cars) MGL c.90, s.7N 1/4 & 7N 1/2
-Lemon aid laws (voiding sale contracts) MGL c.90, s.7N
-Motor vehicle arbitration 201 CMR 11
-Motor vehicle sales & repair shop regulations 940 CMR 5
-Private party sales Office of Consumer Affairs


Popular Name Index B
Subject Citations
Baby Safe Haven law MGL c.119, s.39-1/2
Bail jumping MGL c.276, s.82A
"Ban the Box": Limits criminal record questions on job applications MGL c.151B, s.4 (9-1/2)
Bank accounts, Seizure MGL c.246, s.28A
BB guns
Bed bugs
Benefit corporations MGL c.156E
Bicycles MGL c.85, s.11B-11E
Birth control See: Law About Contraception
Blue laws Mass. Blue Laws
Booster seats MGL c.90, s.7AA
Bottle bill MGL c.94, s.321-323E
-Recycling beverage containers 301 CMR 4
-Reporting deposits and refunds 204 CMR 3
-Abandoned deposits 830 CMR 94.323.1
Breathalyzer MGL c.90, s.24K
-Safe Roads regulations 501 CMR 2
Building codes MGL c.143
-Building Code. Note: The 8th Edition must be used in conjunction with the International Building code. 780 CMR
Bullying See Law About Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bus drivers' wages MGL c.71, s.7A


Popular Name Index C
Subject Citations
Calorie reporting for restaurants
Campaign expenditures and contributions
Campaign financing MGL c.10, s.42
Capital punishment See: Law About the Death Penalty
Caregiver Authorization Affidavit MGL c.201F
Carjacking MGL c.265, s.21A
"Castle" Law MGL c.278, s.8A
Chapter 766 (special education)
Checks, dishonored MGL c.93, s.40A
Child abandonment MGL c.119, s.39
Child custody See: Law About Child Custody
Child endangerment MGL c.265, s.13L
Child labor See: Law About Child Labor
Child requiring assistance
Child support See: Law About Child Support
Child support (Children over 18) See: Law About Child Support Over Eighteen
CHINS (Children in need of services). Now known as CRA (Child requiring assistance)
-Dept. of Social Services: Intake 110 CMR 4
-Dept. of Social Services: Services 110 CMR 7
-Dept. of Youth Services 109 CMR 1-12
Christian's Law (drowning prevention) St.2012, c.153 codified as c.90B s.5A and c. 111 s. 127A 1/2.
Circuit Breaker Tax Credit (property tax credit for seniors) MGL c.62, s.6(k)
Civil & criminal commitment (mental health laws) MGL c.123
Civil motor vehicle infractions ("CMVI") Civil Motor Vehicle Assessment Schedule
Civil rights, punishment for violation MGL c.265, s.37, 39
Civil rights, unlawful discrimination MGL c.151B
Civil rights, violation of constitutional rights MGL c.12, s.11H-11J
Civil service MGL c.31
-Hearing Rules of Procedure 801 CMR 1
-Regulations PARs [Personnel Administration Rules]
Clean Waters Act MGL c.21, s.26-53
-Div. of Water Pollution Control 314 CMR 2-18
"CMVI" (civil motor vehicle infractions) Civil Motor Vehicle Assessment Schedule
COBRA P.L.99-272, Title X as appearing in 29 USC 1161-1168
-mini COBRA MGL c.176J, s.9
Common day of rest law Mass. Blue Laws
Common law marriage While Massachusetts recognizes a valid common law marriage from another state, a common law marriage cannot be created in Massachusetts.
Community preservation MGL c.44B
Community property Mass. is not a community property state. See Instead: Law About Divorce
Compulsory motor vehicle liability insurance See: Law About Auto Insurance
Condominium conversion St.1983, c.527
Condominiums MGL c.183A
Conflict of interest, public officials & employees See: Law About Ethics
Consumer credit cost disclosure MGL c.140D
Consumer protection See: Law About Consumer Protection
"Continued without a finding" MGL c.278, s.18
Controlled substances (drugs & narcotics) MGL c.94C
CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) See: Law About Criminal Records
CRA (Child Requiring Assistance)
Credit: Mass. Fair Credit Reporting Act MGL c.93, s.50-68
Crime Victims Rights and Compensation See: Law About Victims and Witnesses
Criminal & civil commitment (mental health laws) MGL c.123
Criminal harassment ("Sandy's law") MGL c.265
Custody of children See: Law About Child Custody