Laws by popular name L-R

An index to Massachusetts laws with popular names L-R

Table of Contents

L

SubjectCitations
Labor MGL c. 149
  • Industrial safety
454 CMR
Lacey Packer law (drunk driving) MGL c. 90, § 22
MGL c. 90, § 23
MGL c. 90, § 30
MGL c. 90, § 33
Lamb Warning Com. v. Lamb, 365 Mass. 265 (1974)
Landlord tenant laws See: Law About Landlord-Tenant
Larceny by check MGL c. 266, § 37
Laura's law (emergency room access)St. 2020, c. 384
Laura's law (organ & tissue donation) St. 2010, c. 190
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA)501 CMR 13 
515 CMR 6 
Lead paint law See: Law About Lead Paint
Legal age MGL c. 4, § 7 (cl.48-51)
Lemon laws (new & used cars) MGL c. 90, § 7N 1/4 & § 7N 1/2
  • Lemon aid law (voiding sale contracts)
MGL c. 90, § 7N
  • Motor vehicle arbitration regulations
201 CMR 11 
  • Motor vehicle sales & repair shop regulations
940 CMR 5 
  • Private party sales
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
Lemon law (pets) 330 CMR 12.05      
  • Licensing & operation of pet shops
MGL c. 129, § 39A
Lemon law (wheelchairs) MGL c. 93, § 107
201 CMR 19
Limited Liability Company Act See: Law About Limited Liability Companies
Little Miller Act MGL c. 149 § 29
Lizzie's law (protection of children) MGL c. 119, § 35
  • Children born out of wedlock
MGL c. 209C, § 3
  • Parents convicted of murder
MGL c. 209, § 37
  • Visitation & custody
MGL c. 209, § 38
Living wills See: Law About Health Care Proxies and Living Wills
Logan's Law (devocalizing dogs and cats) MGL c. 272, § 80 1/2
Long arm statute MGL c. 223A
  • Drivers who reside in other states
MGL c. 90, § 3A
Lung law MGL c. 32, § 94A

M

SubjectCitations
Manslaughter MGL c. 277, § 79
  • Penalty
MGL c. 265, § 13
Marriage See: Law About Marriage
  • Annulment
MGL c. 207, § 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
MGL c. 207, § 19
Married person's/women's property MGL c. 209
Massachusetts Antitrust Act MGL c. 93
Massachusetts Clean Air ActMGL c. 111, § 142A
Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA)St. 1993, c. 71
Massachusetts Endangered Species Act MGL c. 131A
  • Endangered Species Act Regulations
321 CMR 10 
Massachusetts False Claims ActMGL c. 12, §§ 5A-5O 
Massachusetts Limited Liability Company Act See: Law About Limited Liability Companies
Massachusetts tort claims against state and local government MGL c. 258
  • Settlements and judgments
815 CMR 5 
Massachusetts Travel Seller Law940 CMR 15.06
Massachusetts White Cane Law MGL c. 90, § 14A
MassHealth program See: Law About Medicaid (MassHealth)
Mattresses, resale of used MGL c. 94, § 271A
Maximum hours (public sector employment) MGL c. 149, §§ 30-42
McMansions, zoning Bjorklund v. ZBA of Norwell, 450 Mass. 357 (2008)
Meal break at work MGL c. 149, § 100
Mechanics' lien on buildings & land See: Law About Mechanics' Liens
Mechanics' lien on motor vehicles MGL c. 255, § 25
Medical records, inspection See: Law About Medical Records Privacy
Megan's law (registration of sex offenders) St. 1999, c. 74 (text of original law).
See Also: Law About Sex Offenders
Melanie's Law (drunk driving)St. 2005, c. 122 (text of original law).
See Also: Law About Drunk Driving
Melissa's Law (3 Strikes) St. 2012, c. 192
Mental health laws (including civil & criminal commitment) See: Law About Mental Health Care
Mercury Management ActSt. 2006, c. 190
Mercy killing MGL c. 201D, § 12
MERIT Plan (tax breaks for vets) MGL c. 59, § 5, cl. 22-22D
Michael's Law (medical emergency response in schools) St. 2012, c. 77
Millionaire's taxArticle of Amendment CXXI
Minimum Fair Wage Law See: Law About Minimum Wage
Minor in possession of alcohol MGL c. 138, § 34C
Misdemeanor (definition & penalty) MGL c. 274, § 1
Moffett filings Comm. v. Moffett, 383 Mass. 201 
Guide to Moffett Filings, Appeals Court
Mortgage foreclosure See: Law About Foreclosure
Motor vehicle insurance See: Law About Auto Insurance
Motor vehicle registration MGL c. 90, §§ 1-34R
Motorcycle headgear (helmet laws) MGL c. 90, § 7 
540 CMR 22.08 
Move Over law MGL c. 89, § 7C
Murder (definition) MGL c. 265, § 1
Mutina instruction (Consequences of not guilty by reason of lack of criminal responsibility)Com. v. Chappell, 473 Mass. 191

N

SubjectCitations
Narcotics and drug laws (controlled substances) MGL c. 94C
  • Penalty for use of date rape drug
MGL c. 272, § 3
NASTY Women Act (repealing archaic abortion laws)St. 2018, c. 155
National Popular Vote Bill St. 2010, c. 229
Needle exchange MGL c. 111, § 215
MGL c. 94C, § 27
Nero's Law (allowing ambulance transportation of police dogs)St. 2022, c. 23
Nicky's Law (registry of abuse of intellectually or developmentally disabled)St. 2020, c. 19
Nicole's Law (carbon monoxide detectors)MGL c. 148, § 26F 1/2 
527 CMR 1 
See Also: Law About Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Nine hour work day MGL c. 149, § 56
No-fault auto insurance See: Law About Auto Insurance
No-fault divorce (irretrievable breakdown of marriage) MGL c. 208, § 1A & § 1B
MGL c. 208, § 21
No-fix lawMGL c. 90C, § 2
Comm. v. O'Leary, 92 Mass. App. Ct. 282
No-knock warrantsMGL c. 276, § 2D
No surprises actPL 116-260, Division BB, Title I (p.1576)
Nonresident motorist, operation of motor vehicles MGL c. 90, § 3 & § 3A
Nursing, Board of Registration MGL c. 13, §§ 13-15D
  • Registration of nurses
MGL c. 112, §§ 74-81C
  • Nursing regulations
244 CMR

O

SubjectCitations
Old Deluder Satan LawMassachusetts Bay Colony law of 1647
Open and gross lewdness MGL c. 272, § 16
Open container law MGL c. 90, § 24I
Overtime pay See: Law About Overtime

P

SubjectCitations
Pacheco law (limiting privatization of state services) MGL c. 7, §§ 52-55
Padlocking law (premises which are a nuisance) MGL c. 139, § 16A
PATCH ActMGL c. 176O, § 27
Patients' Bill of Rights MGL c. 111, § 70E
PAWS ActSt. 2014, c. 293
PAWS II ActSt. 2018, c. 219
Peaceful persuasion (labor disputes) MGL c. 149, § 24
Peeping Tom MGL c. 272, § 105(b)
Perjury MGL c. 268, §§ 1-6
Personal property exemption MGL c. 235, § 34
Pet lemon law 330 CMR 12.05      
PIP (auto insurance personal injury protection) MGL c. 90, § 34M
Playgrounds MGL c. 45, §§ 14-18
Police reformSt. 2020, c. 253
Popular vote for president St. 2010, c. 229
Pothole law (highway defects) See: Law About Potholes and Road Defects
Potty Parity248 CMR 10.10(18) 
Prevailing wages in public works See: Law About Prevailing Wage
Privacy See: Law About Privacy
Prompt Payment ActMGL c. 149, § 29E
Proposition 2 ½ (limitation on property taxes) MGL c. 59, § 21C
Public accommodations, penalty for discrimination MGL c. 272, § 98
Public accommodations, refusal to accommodate travelers MGL c. 140, § 7
Public recordsSee: Law About Freedom of Information
Puppy Doe LawSt. 2014, c. 293

Q

SubjectCitations
"Quick take" law (eminent domain)MGL c. 79
Quinn bill (police career incentive pay program) MGL c. 41, § 108L

R

SubjectCitations
Racial balance, promotion in schools MGL c. 71, § 37C § 37D
Racial imbalance, elimination in schools MGL c. 15, § 1I & § 1J
Racial imbalance & magnet schools 603 CMR 17
Raffle permits MGL c. 271, § 7A
  • Regulations governing raffles (Attorney General) 
940 CMR 12 
  • Regulations controlling certain raffles & bazaar
961 CMR 4 
Rape See: Law About Rape and Sex Crimes
Rape shield law MGL c. 233, § 21B
REAL ID LawPL 109-13, Division B, Title II (p.72)
MGL c. 90, § 8
St. 2016, c. 172
Red flag law (weapons), also known as ERPOMGL c. 140, §§ 131R-131Y
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 Reselling
Restraining order, domestic relations MGL c. 209A
Restroom access (for those with certain eligible medical conditions) MGL c. 270, § 26
Revenge porn actSt. 2024, c. 118
Revise and revoke (sentence)Mass. R. Crim. P. 29(a)(2)
Ride sharing companies (Uber, Lyft, etc.)MGL c. 159A-1/2
220 CMR 274
540 CMR 2
Right to bargain (labor) MGL c. 150A, § 3
Right to cure (foreclosure) MGL c. 244, § 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, §§ 1-21
  • Employee and community right to know regulations (Dept. of Environmental. Protection.) 
310 CMR 33
  • Right to Know (Div. Industrial Safety) 
454 CMR 21 
  • Right to know (Dept. of Public. 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
Right to shelter lawSt. 1983, c. 450
Riverfront area (wetlands protection) 310 CMR 10.58 
Rivers protection law MGL c. 131, § 40
  • Rivers Protection Act (original text)
St. 1996, c. 258 
ROE actSt. 2020, c. 263

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