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209A restraining order (abuse prevention)MGL c.209A
Abandoned propertyMGL c.200A

Lost goods & stray animals

MGL c.134

Procedures for administration of abandoned property

960 CMR 4 pdf format of 960 CMR 4

Unclaimed and abandoned property

MGL c.135

Vessels (boats)

MGL c.10, s.35GG
MGL c.255, s.17
AbortionSee: 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 personsMGL c.19A, s.14-26
Abuse preventionMGL c.209A
AdoptionSee: Law About Adoption


102 CMR 5 pdf format of 102 CMR 5


MGL c.210, s.5D
Adverse possessionSee: Law About Adverse Possession
AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) in Health ClubsMGL c. 93, s. 78A
Affordable housingMGL c.40B, s.20-23
Age of majorityMGL c.4, s.7 (cl.48-51)
AlimonyMGL c.208, s.34
Allergies, Food, Restaurant RequirementsMGL c.140, s.6B(b)(2)
105 CMR 590.003(B)(17) pdf format of 105 CMR 590.003(B)(17)
Dept. of Public Health Information
Ally's Law (Restroom access)MGL c.270, s.26
Anatomical giftsMGL c.113A

Required requests

105 CMR 130.380 pdf format of 105 CMR 130.380
file size 1MB
AnnulmentMGL c.207, s.14
Anti-SLAPP laws (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation)See: About the Mass. Anti-SLAPP Law
Anti-snob zoning (40B)MGL c.40B, s.20-23
760 CMR 56 pdf format of 760 CMR 56
Anti-stalking lawMGL c.265, s.43
Assignment of wagesMGL c.154
Autism, Health Insurance CoverageSt.2010, c.207
Automobile insuranceSee: 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 pdf format of 201 CMR 11

Motor vehicle sales & repair shop regulations

940 CMR 5 pdf format of 940 CMR 5

Private party sales

Office of Consumer Affairs
Baby Safe Haven lawMGL c.119, s.39-1/2
Bail jumpingMGL c.276, s.82A
Ban the Box: Limits criminal record questions on job applicationsMGL c.151B, s.4 (9-1/2)
Bank accounts, SeizureMGL c.246, s.28A
BB gunsMGL c. 269, s.12B
Bed bugs105 CMR 410.550 pdf format of 105 CMR 410.550
See also, Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!  
Benefit corporationsMGL c.156E
BicyclesMGL c.85, s.11B-11E
Birth controlSee: Law About Contraception
Blue lawsMass. Blue Laws  
Booster seatsMGL c.90, s.7AA
Bottle billMGL c.94, s.321-323E

Recycling beverage containers

301 CMR 4 pdf format of 301 CMR 4

Reporting deposits and refunds

204 CMR 3 pdf format of 204 CMR 3

Abandoned deposits

830 CMR 94.323.1
BreathalyzerMGL c.90, s.24K

Safe Roads regulations

501 CMR 2 pdf format of 501 CMR 2
Bucket shopsMGL c.271, s.35-36
Building codesMGL c.143

Building Code. Note: The 8th Edition must be used in conjunction with the International Building code .

780 CMR
BullyingSee Law About Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bus drivers' wagesMGL c.71, s.7A
Calorie reporting for restaurantsPL 111-148, s.4205 links to PDF file
Campaign expenditures and contributionsMGL c.55
970 CMR
Campaign financingMGL c.10, s.42
Capital punishmentSee: Law About the Death Penalty
CARE Act (Health care: Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable)MGL c.111, s.236 (as added by St.2016, c.332)
Caregiver Authorization AffidavitMGL c.201F
CarjackingMGL c.265, s.21A
Castle LawMGL c.278, s.8A
Chapter 766 (special education)MGL c.71B
603 CMR 28 pdf format of 603 CMR 28
Checks, dishonoredMGL c.93, s.40A
Child abandonmentMGL c.119, s.39
Child custodySee: Law About Child Custody
Child endangermentMGL c.265, s.13L
Child laborSee: Law About Child Labor
Child requiring assistanceMGL c.119, s.21
MGL c.119, s.39E-39I
Child supportSee: 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)MGL c.119, s.21
MGL c.119, s.39E-39I

Dept. of Social Services: Intake

110 CMR 4 pdf format of 110 CMR 4

Dept. of Social Services: Services

110 CMR 7 pdf format of 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 pdf format of Citable Motor Vehicle Offenses and CMVI Assessments
Civil rights, punishment for violationMGL c.265, s.37 , 39
Civil rights, unlawful discriminationMGL c.151B
Civil rights, violation of constitutional rightsMGL c.12, s.11H-11J
Civil serviceMGL c.31

Hearing Rules of Procedure

801 CMR 1 pdf format of 801 CMR 1


PARs [Personnel Administration Rules] pdf format of Personnel Administration Rules
Clean Waters ActMGL c.21, s.26-53

Div. of Water Pollution Control

314 CMR 2-18
CMVI (Civil Motor Vehicle Infractions)Civil Motor Vehicle Assessment Schedule pdf format of Citable Motor Vehicle Offenses and CMVI Assessments
COBRAP.L.99-272, Title X as appearing in 29 USC 1161-1168
mini COBRAMGL c.176J, s.9
Common day of rest lawMass. Blue Laws  
Common law marriageWhile Massachusetts recognizes a valid common law marriage from another state, a common law marriage cannot be created in Massachusetts.
Community preservationMGL c.44B
Community propertyMass. is not a community property state. See Instead: Law About Divorce
Compulsory motor vehicle liability insuranceSee: Law About Auto Insurance
Condominium conversionSt.1983, c.527 links to PDF file
CondominiumsMGL c.183A
Conflict of interest, public officials & employeesSee: Law About Ethics
Consumer credit cost disclosureMGL c.140D
Consumer protectionSee: Law About Consumer Protection
Continued without a findingMGL 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)MGL c.119, s.21
MGL c.119, s.39E-39I
Credit: Mass. Fair Credit Reporting ActMGL c.93, s.50-68
Crime Victims Rights and CompensationSee: Law About Victims and Witnesses
Criminal & civil commitment (mental health laws)MGL c.123
Criminal harassment ("Sandy's law")MGL c.265
Crowdfunding950 CMR 14.402 (B) (13) (o) pdf format of 950 CMR 14
Custody of childrenSee: Law About Child Custody

Last update: February 6, 2017

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