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Although Gov. Deval Patrick had sought a ban on the use of non-compete agreements in employment contracts, the House and Senate took no action in the final days of this year's legislative session last week. The governor had sought a ban to enhance innovation in the Bay State, but many business groups, among them the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, argued against it, saying that preserving non-competes would help companies protect their intellectual property. In exchange for a ban, Patrick wanted Massachusetts to adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, which prevents workers from taking companies' intellectual property to other businesses. Should Patrick's successor try again in 2015? That's the subject of this week's Flash Poll.
Is a partial or full ban on non-compete agreements worth pursuing again next year on Beacon Hill?
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