Friday, June 11, 2010

More Interesting Laws: Acts of 1954

The Massachusetts Acts and Resolves were scanned as one large file. In order to save time retrieving a particular act, we are breaking them up into individual files. While searching the Acts of 1954, these acts were found to be of interest:

1. Chapter 361 changed the General Edward Lawrence Logan Airport to Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport. It was on June 13, 1923 that Boston's first aircraft touched down on a 1,500 foot cinder runway (piloted by Lt. Kitchell Snow) on a tiny airfield known as Boston Airport built by the U.S. Army on 189 acres of tidal flats.

2. Chapter 408, Sections 2 and 3 restricts dental advertising. Dentists cannot advertise in any newspaper, on the radio, or sign "to deceive or mislead the public...or claiming professional superiority."

3. Chapter 590. This 38-page act revises the military laws of the Commonwealth. The militia and the national guard are discussed with references to the National Defense Act.

Naomi Allen
Reference Librarian