The Dover Amendment, which exempts religious and educational institutions from local zoning laws in Massachusetts, has become a big issue in Framingham, according to Dan McDonald of the MetroWest Daily News:
During the debate, incumbent state Rep. Pam Richardson, D-Framingham, said a collegiate football stadium and a group home both fell under the Dover umbrella.
"It's so broad in language it almost creates a loophole in which agencies can use in order to bypass community input," said Richardson later that week.
One of her Democratic opponents in this year's state rep race, Town Meeting member Chris Walsh, called Dover "one of the vaguest laws imaginable."
Dover also got a bad rep in Weston when Regis College used the law to cover a 362-unit retirement village, as Ray Hainer reported in CommonWealth last year.