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10:00am Electoral College Meeting and Reception, House Chamber & Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Must-Reads

Health care unions drive spending for Democrats » Gloucester Times Health care unions spent hundreds of thousands of dollars last year to help the state's incumbent Democrats fend off challengers in the Nov. 8 elections. …

Is Tito Jackson running for mayor, and should Marty Walsh be concerned? » Boston Globe Will Boston have a mayor's race in 2017? The answer, by law, is yes. But the real question is whether Mayor Martin J. Walsh is going to face serious competition. The increasingly likely answer to that…

With State pick, Mass. politicians see an opportunity to probe ExxonMobil on climate change » Boston Globe When he faced off with ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson 6½ years ago, Edward J. Markey seized on the walruses, to great effect.…

Colo. pot czar could be coming to Mass. » Boston Globe Marijuana legalization brought unexpected challenges to Colorado, and it was rarely clear what part of state government was supposed to solve them, or how.…

“I’m perfectly comfortable taking money from an organization that’s lobbying for a particular policy and still stand on my positions,” she said. “If they choose not to support me after that, well, that’s their prerogative.”

Senator Kathleen O'Connor-Ives

Speaking about campaign contributions.

News By Category
Business

On Beacon Hill: A Green Christmas for legal marijuana advocates » Worcester Sun A decade ago, a Massachusetts State Police cruiser, lights on, pulling up onto the sidewalk at a cannabis celebration might have been cause for alarm among attendees.…

New England Business Leaders Say Immigration Can Stem Workforce Shortages » WBUR It's hard to avoid the hand-wringing about aging demographics in New England these days. Our states have the six lowest birth rates in the country. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have the oldest pop…

Harvard students help mom and pop shops get off the ground » Boston Globe When three Harvard Business School students walked into his burger joint on Dorchester Avenue volunteering to help him grow his then-1-year-old restaurant, Tambo Barrow briefly worried that he was the…

Taxi companies sue Uber for 'predatory pricing,' Gov. Baker for violation of 14th amendment » Boston Business Journal A group of taxi and limo operators has filed a lawsuit against ride-hailing company Uber, arguing that it has engaged in unfair competition tactics by cutting the price on its UberX service in an atte…

What came first, the chicken feathers or the bureaucratic nightmare? » Boston Globe The first 10,500 miles of the journey went just as planned.…

Cape Cod Chamber Loses Vital Grant Funding » Capecod.com Governor Charlie Baker recently announced his plans to make $98 million in mid-year budget cuts, which will impact many sectors, including tourism.…

Chabot: Changes in pot law may be clouded in controversy » Boston Herald Get ready for reefer madness on Beacon Hill.…

United Way loses $400K in EMC donations » The Metro West Daily News The United Way Tri-County is struggling to recuperate after losing more than $400,000 this year when EMC merged with Dell, but officials at the charity are staying positive. …

Arts-minded developer buys former Taunton District Court site » Taunton Daily Gazette Standing on the second floor in what used to be the courtroom of the former Taunton District Court, Alex Stylos likes what he sees, even though it's not readily apparent to an untrained eye.…

Related Beal scores property adjacent to future Reebok HQ for $147M » Boston Business Journal

US Tsubaki kicks off $11.5 million Chicopee expansion » The Republican

Office building near future GE headquarters sells for $119M » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Federal ban means pot still outlawed in some parts of Massachusetts » State House News Service

Education

Chelsea High to remain closed amid fly infestation » Boston Globe Chelsea High School will remain closed Monday and Tuesday as administrators work into a second week to control a fly infestation caused by cracked pipes under the school's foundation.…

State ed board revisiting high school student assessments » State House News Service

Environment

Baker sets emission reduction targets » Commonwealth Magazine THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is taking aim at power plants and using a lighter touch with private vehicles as it seeks to comply with a court order requiring the state to set greenhouse gas emission targe…

Baker administration release regulations aimed at emissions reductions » Mass Live With Gov. Charlie Baker describing climate change as a "serious threat," the state's clean air agency unveiled draft regulations Friday aimed at securing greenhouse gas emission reductions from the na…

Proposed Massachusetts air regulations target 80% decarbonization by 2050 » Utility Dive

Health Care

New approach to liquid biopsy catches cancer cells on cusp of metastasis » STAT News The ability to gauge whether a tumor cell is on the cusp of metastasis could be a crucial help to doctors and patients.…

At least 50 hospitals to get help from state » Sentinel & Enterprise Lowell General Hospital and at least 50 other acute-care hospitals across the state will likely qualify for payouts from a state trust fund designed to keep them competitive with larger, academic hosp…

Alleging drug makers conspired to raise prices, Massachusetts attorney general joins in lawsuit » Mass Live A half-dozen pharmaceutical companies are facing a federal charges that they allegedly conspired to raise prices and reduce competition for generic drugs.…

Housing

MG2, city iron out a deal for market-rate housing » Lynn Daily News Item City officials have made a deal with a developer to keep all the apartments in a downtown flatiron building market rate in exchange for tax relief.…

Tiny houses, big city » Eagle Tribune In a city where a big chunk of the population, half, spends a big chunk of its income, half, on housing, the chance to own a tiny house with a tiny mortgage generates big interest.…

Insurance

Former insurance official from Braintree admits to stealing $120,000 from state » Patriot Ledger

Judiciary

New push for criminal justice reform on Beacon Hill » Berkshire Eagle As a younger man, Kevin Lynch served eight years behind bars for a manslaughter conviction stemming from the death of a person during an alcohol-infused fight that erupted after a keg party. "These t…

Labor

So what kind of performance review do you want, anyway? » Boston Globe The performance review has been under construction for the past few years. Many companies, from Adobe Systems to Goldman Sachs, have ditched much-hated annual rankings in exchange for mushier, more co…

Legislative

Campaign finance among bills passed » Sentinel & Enterprise This week, with the end of the 2016 session only weeks away, Beacon Hill Roll Call, in the third and final in a series of special reports, looks at some of the bills that were approved by the Legislat…

Rep. Whelan calls for "Patriots Day" director to recognize fallen officer » Cape Cod Today State Representative Timothy Whelan (R-Brewster) has called upon the Director of the soon to be released film "Patriot's Day" to include recognition of the selfless sacrifice of Boston Police Officer …

Baker leaving pot tax debate to legislature for now » State House News Service

Brian Joyce cancels State House farewell remarks, citing family illness » Patriot Ledger

Local Government

Town Administration continues fight against Transrail » Daily Times Chronicle The Wil­mington town administration is continuing their fight against the New England Transrail, and the fight is growing to include other citizens of the town and members of the state and federal go…

Talk of the Times: Wreaths to decorate 320 veterans' graves » Gloucester Times When local organizers Amanda Kesterson and Patricia Kavanagh Morris first launched their plans to carry out a Cape Ann edition of the national Wreaths Across America project, they hoped to raise $4,00…

Pittsfield now lets you pay certain bills via text » Berkshire Eagle Online bill payment users in the city can now pay for as many as 10 different services by text message. …

Mayor: Moves not about re-election » Boston Herald Mayor Martin J. Walsh is dismissing talk of his City Hall shake-up as a political move aimed at his re-election next year, insisting it's about advancing good people.…

Opinion

Robichaud: Coal for pols putting the pinch on retailers » Boston Herald There are just five shopping days until Christmas. With the state's budget shortfalls, let's hope retailers have a good season to boost tax revenue.…

In battle vs. Exxon, Healey is waging state's fight, not her 'own crusade' » Boston Globe JEFF JACOBY'S vitriolic column (“Healey's Exxon witchhunt,” Opinion, Dec. 11) goes way overboard in accusing Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of running “roughshod over the First Amen…

Et Tu, Maura? Attorney General pulls plug on equality, tells transgender people to hold it » New Boston Post AG to TG: Hold It. Maura Healey has betrayed transgender people everywhere.…

Market rally may not be so revealing » Boston Globe RE “CONFIDENCE in Trump drives Dow up sharply” (Page A1, Dec. 16): Rising stock prices do not necessarily indicate any confidence at all in future economic growth. …

Wrongfully convicted shouldn't have to fight for compensation » Boston Globe I AM writing in regard to the article about compensation for wrongful convictions (“Compensation law under scrutiny,” Page A1, Dec. 12). …

Politics

5 Things You Should Know About The Electoral College » WBUR Electors from the 50 states will convene in their state capitols Monday and cast their votes for president. Republican Donald Trump is assured of a victory, unless there is a massive — and totally u…

Mayor Walsh: It's Too Late To Fight Against A Trump Victory » WGBH News The Democratic party had a chance to fight against a Trump White House, according to Mayor Marty Walsh, but that window has long since closed.…

Taunton state senator - a member of the Electoral College - questions its wisdom as vote looms » Taunton Daily Gazette On Monday, State Sen. Marc Pacheco will don a tuxedo, head to the State House and take part in an historic and solemn rite – the voting of the Electoral College.On Monday, State Sen. Marc Pacheco wi…

Massachusetts electors weigh fairness » Worcester Telegram & Gazette As they prepared to cast their Electoral College votes for Hillary Clinton, several Massachusetts presidential electors acknowledged frustration with a system that twice in recent history produced a s…

Massachusetts electors weigh fairness of Electoral College » Berkshire Eagle BOSTON — As they prepared to cast their Electoral College votes for Hillary Clinton, several Massachusetts presidential electors acknowledged frustration with a system that twice in recent history p…

Mass. Representative Files Bill to Alter Electoral College Voting Procedure » NECN On Monday, December 19, members of the Electoral College are expected to select Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. But since his victory in November, there has been a push to som…

Anti-Trump Protesters Gather at State House Before Electoral College Vote » Beacon Hill Patch

Mass. protesters join nationwide anti-Trump rallies » Boston Globe

Fast Forward: Electoral College votes, NATO-Russia council meets, Chrismukkah is coming » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Concerns About Cancer-Causing Asbestos Rise Amid Mass. Renovation Boom » WBUR Demolition worker Henry Aguilar stopped short when he saw cracked floor tile glued to the underside of a carpet he was tearing out of an office in downtown Boston. …

Halfway Through Program, Boston Police Provide Update On Body Camera Pilot » WBUR Halfway into a six-month test of body-worn cameras, Boston police say the 100 officers assigned the cameras have generated over 10,000 unique videos representing nearly 1,500 hours of footage. They h…

'Patriots' push comes too late » Boston Herald A state representative and former state trooper says “Patriots Day” producers knew about a fallen Boston cop's heroic response to the Watertown manhunt when they failed to include him in the film …

License to carry: Gun applications soar in election lead-up » Worcester Telegram & Gazette It happens every time there's talk of tightening gun legislation: There's a surge in people seeking to use guns.…

Across region, outdated sex abuse laws have loopholes » Boston Globe Laura and Antonio Siracusa were horrified when then discovered their teenage daughter was in a sexual relationship with her Spanish teacher from Cardinal Spellman High School in Brockton seven years a…

Boston police provide an update on body camera test » Berkshire Eagle Halfway into a six-month test of body-worn cameras, Boston police say the 100 officers assigned the cameras have generated more than 10,000 unique videos representing nearly 1,500 hours of footage. T…

State Government

Sannicandro, Fernandes, say goodbye to the State House » Milford Daily News Rep. Ellen Story talked about defeating five men in her first-ever political campaign en route to a 26-year career in the House. Rep. Tom Sannicandro recounted a meal of chicken foot soup in the House…

Cut to tourism dollars setback for local growth » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Midyear budget cuts instituted by Gov. Charlie Baker will hamper burgeoning efforts to increase tourism in Central Massachusetts, industry leaders said this week.…

Transportation

Pols & Politics: Officials eye playbook on Gillette rail expansion » Boston Herald The controversial plan to run commuter rail service to Gillette Stadium doesn't have a (public) price tag, political support from a key town or a scheduled vote before MBTA overseers. The reason: The …

MassDOT loses chance to save nearly $70m » Boston Globe For months, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation had been working to take advantage of rock-bottom interest rates to save nearly $70 million over the next two decades by refinancing hundreds…

Under New Contract, MBTA Workers Won't Lose Their Jobs to Privatization » Boston Magazine

MBTA's fiscal panel to speed up state-of-good-repair projects » Progressive Railroading

MBTA, Carmen's Union agree to contract running through June 2021 » State House News Service

MBTA workers rally against possible privatization » Metro

Utilities

Google, MIT back free Wi-Fi and laptops for low-income neighborhood near Kendall Square » Boston Business Journal Google is behind a recently completed three-year project that brought free Wi-Fi to a pair of Cambridge Housing Authority complexes near Kendall Square. …

Report: Pilgrim Nuke in Plymouth shut down amid leaky valves, leaked email » Mass Live Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station remains shut down after leaks were found in three of eight valves that prevent radioactivity from escaping during a nuclear accident, reports the Cape Cod Times.…

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 12/19

10:00am Electoral College Meeting and Reception, House Chamber & Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

Tuesday - 12/20

Birthdays: Senator Harriette Chandler, Rep. Rich Haggerty

10:00am Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, Public Hearing

Wednesday - 12/21

Birthdays: Rep. Kimberly Ferguson

11:00am Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Oversight Hearing

4:00pm Annual Lighting of the Chanukah Menorah, Grand Staircase

Thursday - 12/22

Birthdays: Senator James Welch

11:00am Celebration of Christmas, Great Hall

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

12:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

Friday - 12/23

No Hearings Scheduled

Press Releases

AG Healey Awards More Than $500,000 in Grants to Improve Care for At-Risk Children » Office of the Attorney General

WGBH News and New England Center for Investigative Reporting Win RTDNA’s National Edward R. Murrow Award » WGBH

MassDEP Assesses $136,500 Penalty to Southbridge Landfill Operator for Nuisance Odor, Solid Waste and Stormwater Discharge Violations » Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Tell Congress to vote for federal marijuana policy reform this week » Marijuana Policy Project

NECEC Applauds Speaker DeLeo’s Efforts on GreenWorks Legislation » NECEC Applauds Speaker DeLeo’s Efforts on GreenWorks Legislation

Governor Baker and Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Katie Theoharides Testify Before Joint Committee on Revenue » Governor's Press Office

Give Atlantic Cod a Break: Decades of Bad Management » Conservation Law Foundation

Universal Child Care Bill Will Help Hardworking Families » AFSCME

ERIN G. BRADLEY NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS WOMEN’S POLITICAL CAUCUS » Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus

MassDOT Announces Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest » MassDOT

MassDOT, MBTA Five-Year $18.3 Billion Capital Investment Plan Approved » MassDOT

MassVentures Announces Jerry Bird to Step Down from President and CEO Post » Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

Department of Public Health to Hold Hearings on June 18 and 19 on the Proposed Closure of ICUs at Baystate Noble and Wing Hospitals » Massachusetts Nurses Association

Legislative candidates post highest spending total in four election cycles » Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance

CPS Calls for Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing, State Grants to Develop Better Alternatives » Citizens for Public Schools

LETTER: TechNet’s Comments for the U.S. Trade Representative’s Section 301 Investigation of China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation » TechNet


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