§ 1 Definitions
§ 2 Creation of authority; powers; liability for debts and obligations; service of process
§ 3 Additional powers of authority
§ 4 Separate units of mass transportation facilities and equipment; establishment; lease arrangements
§ 5 Limitations, conditions, obligations and duties of authority
§ 5B Disposal of stolen, lost or abandoned property
§ 6 Ballot question for cities and towns regarding issue of joining transportation area
§ 7 Board of directors
§ 7A Advisory board
§ 8 Financial assistance from commonwealth
§ 9 Financial assistance from cities and towns
§ 10 Financial assistance from the federal government
§ 11 Board policies to increase revenues and to improve operating efficiency; net operating investment per passenger mile ratio
§ 12 Temporary notes; trust agreements
§ 13 Authorization for authority to issue bonds; purposes of bonds
§ 14 Bonds secured by trust agreement between authority and corporate trustee
§ 15 Bonds and notes issued by authority; securities
§ 16 Rights of holders of bonds
§ 17 Issuance of interest bearing or discounted notes; bond anticipation notes
§ 18 Insufficiency of funds; payments by commonwealth
§ 19 Stabilization fund; fare stability fund
§ 20 Annual itemized budget; supplementary budget
§ 21 Allocation of annual revenues in excess of expenses
§ 22 Remedy of private mass transportation company against authority for relief from effects of authority’s operations; procedures
§ 23 Biennial report by state auditor
§ 24 Exemption from taxation
§ 25 Directors; authority to bargain collectively with labor organizations; restrictions
§ 26 State labor relations law; applicability
§ 27 Deceased employees; payment of wages to nominated beneficiaries
§ 28 Submission of dispute over terms of collective bargaining agreement to arbitration
§ 29 Mediation; report; selection of arbitrator
§ 30 Arbitrator; requirements
§ 31 Factors for determining arbitration awards
§ 32 Arbitration awards; written opinions
§ 33 Employee deferred compensation program
§ 34 IRA plan; employee contributions
§ 35 Plans for group, general or blanket hospital, medical, dental or other health insurance; employee share of monthly premium; retirees under the age of 65
§ 36 Retired members or deceased members of retirement system; compensation for work related injury; effect on retirement allowances, pensions, etc.
§ 37 Proclamation of state of emergency; powers of Governor; operation of facilities
§ 38 Liability; board supervision of investigation, settlement and defense of all claims
§ 39 Regulatory powers and duties in conflict with regulatory powers and duties of department of telecommunications and energy
§ 40 Electric utility services; procurement
§ 41 Electric utility business; public interest factors
§ 42 Notice of violation of public smoking law; fine; arrest
§ 43 Liability policy for passenger rail services
§ 44 Entry onto lands, waters and premises for purpose of making surveys, soundings, test pits, borings, drillings or examinations; notice; reimbursement for damage
§ 45 Sale of prepaid monthly transit passes
§ 46 Parking of motor vehicles in terminals, stations, garages, yards, shops, parking lots and parking garages owned or operated by authority; posted bus stops operated by authority; rules and regulations
§ 47 Cities, towns and other communities; contracts with private bus carriers for local service
§ 48 Regional transit authority; control of services, operations, finances, facilities or related appurtenances
§ 49 Applicability of chapter 258 to certain agreements between authority and freight railroads
§ 50 Retirement information to be made available for all current, former and future Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority employees and retirees
§ 51 Display acknowledging the contributions of Rosa Parks to the civil rights movement on buses operated by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 161A

  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Interests: includes any form of membership in a domestic or foreign nonprofit corporation. See Massachusetts General Laws ch. 156D sec. 11.01
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.