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Massachusetts Laws by Popular Name L-R

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 L
Subject Citations
Labor c.149
-Industrial safety 454 CMR
"Lacey Packer" law (drunk driving)
Lamb Warning Com. v. Lamb, 365 Mass. 265 (1974)
Landlord tenant laws See: Law About Landlord-Tenant
Larceny by check c.266, s.37
Laura's Law (organ & tissue donation) St.2010, c.190
Lead paint law See: Law About Lead Paint
Legal age c.4, s.7 (cl.48-51)
Lemon laws (new & used cars) c.90, s.7N 1/4 & 7N 1/2
-Lemon aid law (voiding sale contracts) c.90, s.7N
-Motor vehicle aribtration regulations 201 CMR 11
-Motor vehicle sales & repair shop regulations 940 CMR 5
-Private party sales Office of Consumer Affairs
Lemon law (pets) 330 CMR 12.05
-Licensing & operation of pet shops c.129, s.39A
Lemon law (wheelchairs) c.93, s.107
Limited Liability Company Act See: Law About Limited Liability Companies
Little Miller Act c.149 s.29
"Lizzie's law" (protection of children) c.119, s.35
-Children born out of wedlock c.209C, s.3
-Parents convicted of murder c.209, s.37
-Visitation & custody c.209, s.38
Living wills See: Law About Health Care Proxies and Living Wills
Logan's Law (devocalizing dogs and cats)

Ch. 272 s. 80 1/2

Long arm statute c.223A
-Drivers who reside in other states c.90, s.3A
Lung law c.32, s.94A


Popular Name Index M
Subject Citations
Manslaughter c.277, s.79, "manslaughter"
-Penalty c.265, s.13
Marriage See: Law About Marriage
-Annulment MGL c.207, s.14
-Common law marriage While Massachusetts recognizes a valid common law marriage from another state, a common law marriage cannot be created in Massachusetts.
-Same-Sex Marriage See: Law About Same-Sex Marriage
-Three day wait for marriage c.207, s.19
Married person's/women's property c.209
Massachusetts Antitrust Act c.93
Massachusetts Clean Air Act. c.111, s. 142A
Massachusetts Endangered Species Act c.131A
-Endanged Species Act regulations 321 CMR 10
Massachusetts Limited Liability Company Act See: Law About Limited Liability Companies
Massachusetts tort claims against state and local government c.258
-Settlements and judgments 815 CMR 5
Massachusetts White Cane Law c.90, § 14A
MassHealth program See: Law About Medicaid (MassHealth)
Maternity leave See: Law About Employment Leave- Maternity Leave
Mattresses, Resale of used c.94, s.271A
Maximum hours (public sector employment) c.149, s.30-44
McMansions, zoning Bjorklund v. ZBA of Norwell, 450 Mass. 357 (2008)
Meal break at work c.149, s.100
Mechanics' lien on buildings & land See: Law About Mechanics' Liens
Mechanics' lien on motor vehicles c.255, s.25
Medical records, inspection See: Law About Medical Records Privacy
Megan's law (registration of sex offenders)
Melanie's Law (drunk driving)
Melissa's Law (3 Strikes) St.2012, c.192
Mental health laws (including civil & criminal commitment) See: Law About Mental Health Care
Mercy killing c.201D, s.12
MERIT Plan (tax breaks for vets) MGL c.59 s.5, cl.22-22D
Michael's Law (medical emergency response in schools) St.2012, c.77
Minimum Fair Wage Law See: Law About Minimum Wage
Minor in possession of alcohol c.138, s.34C
Misdemeanor (definiton & penalty) c.274, s.1
Moffett filings
Mortgage foreclosure See: Law About Foreclosure
Motor vehicle insurance See: Law About Auto Insurance
Motor vehicle registration c.90, s.1-34R
Motorcycle headgear (helmet laws)
"Move Over" law c.89, s.7C
Murder (definition) c.265, s.1


Popular Name Index N
Subject Citations
Narcotics and drug laws (controlled substances) c.94C, s.1-48
-Penalty for use of date rape drug c.272, s.3
National Popular Vote Bill St.2010, c.229
Needle exchange
Nicole's Law (carbon monoxide detectors)
Nine hour work day c.149, s.56
No-fault auto insurance See: Law About Auto Insurance
No-fault divorce (irretrievable breakdown of marriage)
Nonresident motorist, operation of motor vehicles c.90, s.3-3A
Nursing, Board of Registration c.13, s.13-15D
-Registration of nurses c.112, s.74-81C
-Nursing regulations 244 CMR


Popular Name Index O
Subject Citations
Open and gross lewdness c.272, s.16
Open container law c.90, s.24I
Overtime pay See: Law About Overtime


Popular Name Index P
Subject Citations
Pacheco law (limiting privatization of state services) c.7, s.52-55
"Padlocking law" (premises which are a nuisance) c.139, s.16A
Patients' Bill of Rights c.111, s.70E
PAWS Act St.2014, c.293 New!
Peaceful persuasion (labor disputes) c.149, s.24
Peeping Tom c.272, s.105(b)
Perjury c.268, s.1-6
Personal property exemption MGL c.235, s.34
Pet lemon law 330 CMR 12.05
PIP (auto insurance personal injury protection) c.90, s.34M
Playgrounds c.45, s.14-18
Popular vote for president St.2010, c.229
Pothole law (highway defects) See: Law About Potholes and Road Defects
"Potty Parity" 248 CMR 10.10(18)
Prevailing wages in public works See: Law About Prevailing Wage
Privacy See: Law About Privacy
Proposition 2 ½ (limitation on property taxes) c.59, s.21C
Public accommodations, penalty for discrimination c.272, s.98
Public accommodations, refusal to accommodate travellers c.140, s.7
Public records (definition) See: Law About Freedom of Information
Puppy Doe Law St.2014, c.293 New!


Popular Name Index Q
Subject Citations
Quinn bill (police career incentive pay program) c.41, s.108L


Popular Name Index R
Subject Citations
Racial balance, promotion in schools MGL c.71, s.37C & 37D
Racial imbalance, elimination in schools MGL c.15, s.1I & 1J
Racial imbalance & magnet schools 603 CMR 17
Raffle permits MGL c.271, s.7A
-Regulations governing raffles (Att'y Gen'l) 940 CMR 12
-Regulations controlling certain raffles & bazaar 961 CMR 4
Rape See: Law About Rape and Sexual Assault
Rape Shield Law MGL c.233, s.21B
Red Flags Rule (Identity theft) 11/9/07 Federal Register
Rent control, prohibition MGL c.40P
Representative town meetings MGL c.43A
Resale of tickets ("scalping") See: Law About Ticket Scalping
Restraining order, Domestic relations MGL c.209A
Restroom access (for those with certain eligible medical conditions) MGL c.270, s.26
Right to bargain (labor) MGL c.150A, s.3
Right to cure (foreclosure) MGL c.244, s.35A(b)
Right to die (health care proxy) See: Law About Health Care Proxies and Living Wills
"Right to know" law (hazardous substances) MGL c.111F, s.1-21
-Employee and community "right to know" regs (Dept. of Env. Prot.) 310 CMR 33
-"Right to Know" (Div. Industrial Safety) 454 CMR 21
"Right to know" (Dept. of Pub. Health) 105 CMR 670
Right to organize MGL c.150A
-Administration of Labor Relations Law 456 CMR 2
Right to repair law MGL c.93K
Riverfront area (wetlands protection) 310 CMR 10.58
Rivers protection law MGL c.131, s.40
-Rivers Protection Act (original text) St.1996, c.258 (text of original act)