The weekly Beacon Hill Roll Call is always an interesting read. But sometimes, actions being considered make us stop short as we wonder, "Why wasn't that done long ago."

BHRC reports that last week, the Senate approved and sent to the House a bill that prohibits the next of kin charged with the murder of a spouse or other family member from claiming the body or from acting as executor of the estate.

The report states that in a hearing earlier this year, Ginny Marcheterre testified that funeral services for her 19-year-old daughter, Heather, were delayed in 2010 for more than a month because Kyle Alleyne, her daughter's husband and alleged killer, refused to release the rights to her body.

A court eventually ruled that the mother and family had legal rights to Heather's body, a battle we can't even imagine.

In February, Kyle Alleyne was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The bill was given initial approval by the House in 2011 but never advanced any further. That's shameful.

Since people have been killing spouses and family members since time immemorial, this bill is long overdue. Despite the failure in 2011, we trust that this time, this obvious step will be completed.

Also last week, an effort to eliminate the proposed 6.25 service tax on computer system design services and modifications of prewritten software was struck down by the Senate and House.


Opponents to the tax said its effects will harm the economy and cost jobs. But fair is fair, and we think these services should be treated as the rest.

And frankly, we're getting tired of hearing about entities that do not pay their share due to the economy or jobs. If they don't, then taxpayers must cover the balance, and that will have a bad effect on our economies.