On Wednesday, September 25th, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary held apublic hearing with 52 bills on the agenda. The hearing had a serious and often somber feel. A number of elected officials and 86 Massachusetts Police Chiefs testified. Perhaps the most gripping testimony came from family members of young people injured or killed in drunk-driving accidents.
The majority of oral testimony focused on a bill giving police officers authority to make stops in cities or towns bordering their own. A handful of other bills proposed to raise the mandatory minimum sentences for drunk-driving offenders.
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