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10:00am Thrive After 55 Wellness Fair presented by Sen. Eric Lesser, Western New England University - Rivers Auditorium, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

10:00am Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Public Hearing

6:30pm Campaign Kickoff for Taunton City Council Candidate Barry Sanders

6:30pm Jay Gonzalez for Governor House Party

Birthdays: Rep. Lori Ehrlich

Must-Reads

Bill to Erase Some Dodd-Frank Banking Rules Passes in House » New York Times Republicans have vowed to dismantle legislation enacted in the wake of the financial crisis, but their Choice Act faces a tougher fight in the Senate. …

Tufts Medical nurses reject 'final' contract offer » Boston Globe The “no” vote was expected. Union leaders had previously said the hospital's offer wasn't good enough, and that they were encouraging rank-and-file nurses to vote against it. …

How the YouGov model for the 2017 General Election works » YouGov Every day YouGov interviews approximately 7,000 panellists about their voting intentions in the 2017 General Election. Over the course of a week, data are collected from around 50,000 panellists. Whil…

Court dismisses defamation suit against Patrick » The Salem News SALEM — Former Gov. Deval Patrick "might have harbored ill will" toward his former Sex Offender Registry Board chairwoman after she intervened in the case of his brother-in-law, the state's hig…

One word has blocked a pregnant workers' protection bill » Boston Globe A much-celebrated compromise that fast-tracked a state bill aimed at protecting pregnant women in the workplace has been stopped in its tracks. …

Lawmakers want more money for local hospitals » Eagle Tribune Dozens of acute care hospitals will get payouts from a fund created to keep them competitive with larger, academic hospitals, but advocates say the money doesn't go far enough to buoy community hospit…

Senate Moderates Say They Are Closer on Health Care » Roll Call Moderate Republicans on Thursday said they were getting closer to supporting an emerging Senate health package but are continuing to press for a slower phaseout of the Medicaid expansion than the Hous…

Freezing income tax rate not getting serious consideration, Rosenberg says » State House News Service Though the state is dealing with the "big problem" of sluggish tax revenue collections, freezing the state's slowing falling income tax rate is not an idea under serious consideration, Senate Presiden…

MassHealth chooses 18 providers to begin Medicaid overhaul » Boston Business Journal Massachusetts has chosen 18 health care organizations to participate in a massive Medicaid restructuring aimed at changing the way providers are reimbursed and creating new programs to care for patien…

Optometrist battle puts DeLeo in hot seat » Boston Globe Massachusetts optometrists are taking to the airwaves to make another hard charge at stalled legislation that would allow them to treat glaucoma and other eye conditions that now require an ophthalmol…

Sustaining our education-fueled economy by investing in kids first: By Stan Rosenberg and Sal DiDomenico » Boston Globe MASSACHUSETTS WAS RECENTLY ranked the number one state in the country by US News and World Report. This was no accident. It comes after decades of great effort by both the public and private sectors, …

“There’s been a great groundswell of support from across the state, largely in response to the change in deportation policies by President Trump. ... I absolutely expect it to be an intense hearing.”

Sen. Jamie Eldridge

On his proposal to make Massachusetts a sanctuary state

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Cory Booker Calls Bernie Sanders' Prescription Drug Amendment 'Wholly Incomplete' » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS Since Sen. Cory Booker was one of 13 Democratic senators to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders' amendment to import cheaper prescription drugs in January, speculation that Booker will be a contender for the…

Comey's testimony puts Washington in party mode » Boston Globe Motorists stopped on the street in amazement, wondering if a celebrity was visiting the humble Shaw's Tavern in a hip neighborhood of Washington Thursday morning.…

Obstruction, or not? Comey testimony makes plain that Trump wounded his presidency » Boston Globe James Comey's testimony Thursday made it plain that President Trump grievously wounded his own presidency by abusing his power, misreading both his responsibilities as president and the character of t…

How a grandfather clock from Boston landed in the Oval Office — and Comey's memo » Boston Globe I have a face that does not frown and hands that do wave. I do not walk but move around. I've met at least eight presidents. What am I? …

Moulton: Independent probe needed in Russian meddling » The Salem News Sixth District Congressman Seth Moulton called for an independent, bipartisan investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election following the testimony of former FBI Director Ja…

House Passes Bill Aimed At Reversing Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations » WBUR House Republicans voted Thursday to deliver on their promise to repeal Dodd-Frank — the massive set of Wall Street regulations President Barack Obama signed into law after the 2008 financial cr…

Trump's actions have barely affected U.S. coal industry so far » Portland Press Herrald CHEYENNE, Wyo. — President Trump says withdrawing from a global climate change agreement will boost the U.S. economy, but existing market forces have had far more of an effect on the fossil fue…

Trump's Infrastructure Plan Still Could Use More Planning » WBUR Despite America's rapt attention on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, the White House has been observing Infrastructure Week. Infrastructure one of the only policy areas that could have cro…

Trump Breaks Silence On Comey: 'WOW, Comey Is A Leaker!' » WBUR President Trump has broken the silence he maintained during former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday, saying on Twitter that he was vindicated in the hearing that explored Russian meddling…

Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple' About His Firing » WBUR Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed he was fired by President Trump over the growing Russia investigation and that other arguments by the White Hous…

Business

Faneuil Hall Marketplace aims to draw more locals » Boston Globe When Joe O'Malley was growing up in Dorchester in the '90s, he hardly ever went to Faneuil Hall Marketplace — maybe once a year with his dad to get blister-free socks at the Bill Rodgers Runnin…

Will the funding train slow down now that Massachusetts is a biotech hub? » Boston Business Journal Industry leaders fear complacency among state policymakers faced with a tight budget, who must weigh the benefits against the costs.…

Hyams Foundation chief says racial, economic disparities affect all » Boston Business Journal A native of Austin, Texas, Jocelyn Sargent has long strived to help the country achieve social and racial equity, switching an early ambition in law to public policy as the best way of accomplishing i…

Civil Rights

Springfield anti-gay pastor Scott Lively appeals ruling that dismissed lawsuit against him » The Republican In terms of a civil lawsuit, when is a win not a win? Possibly when the judge, though ruling in your favor, takes pains to describe your views as "ludicrious," "abhorrent," "pathetic" and examples of …

Governor Baker declares June “LGBT Pride Month” » WWLP 22 Wednesday, Governor Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg declared June “L-G-B-T pride month” in the Commonwealth.…

Massachusetts Lawmakers Propose Ban On American Indian Mascots » Libertarian Republic Massachusetts lawmakers presented a bill in a public hearing Tuesday that would ban American Indian mascots in public schools. …

Crimes

Aaron Hernandez Murder: Senator Co-Sponsors Bill Against Rule That Made Athlete Innocent » International Business Times A Massachusetts senator put his name behind a bill that seeks to change the centuries-old legal “rule” that vacated the murder conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Her…

Harvard Revokes Offers Over Ugly Memes, But Does The Punishment Fit The Crime? » WBUR How much would you punish your kid for a very bad joke?…

Education

House Passes 'An Act for Language Opportunity for Our Kids' » Milton Patch Representative Michael S. Day joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing legislation that will enable districts to implement alternative English language learner (ELL) programs. …

DeVos Says More Money Won't Help Schools; Research Says Otherwise » WBUR Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made it clear, appearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday, that she sees no connection between school funding and school performance. As evidence, sh…

Environment

Some Otis State Forest pipeline work halted to provide quiet for 'mystery' species » Berkshire Eagle The man looked around a bit in a pile of felled trees, put up his hand, and the equipment stopped. …

Acton Awarded State Grant For Climate Change Prep » Milton Patch Acton was one of 71 cities and towns across Massachusetts awarded funding Thursday to prepare for climate change, the Baker-Polito administration announced. More than $1 million in grant funding was a…

At Housatonic cleanup hearing, attorneys spar over fate of PCB-tainted soil » Berkshire Eagle If a big change is coming in the federal government's approach to PCB pollution in the Housatonic River, it will be in spite of a vigorous defense Thursday of the Environmental Protection Agency's 20-…

Wareham receives $24,000 grant for environment, climate change mitigation » Wareham Week Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton spoke to a group of representatives from towns across Massachusetts Thursday morning, announcing grants and reaffirming the state's comm…

Gaming

Crosby: Thoroughbred racing can be saved » Commonwealth Magazine THE STATE'S ON-THE-ROPES thoroughbred racing industry can be resurrected, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said in a letter to the Legislature on Wednesday.…

Online Gambling Push Remains on Massachusetts' Agenda » Casino Guardian Yesterday, the Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports held a meeting in order to discuss the future of online gambling in the state. So far, …

Gov Baker Visits Wynn Boston Harbor for First Time » Everett Independent Gov. Charlie Baker and a full entourage of state officials visited the Wynn Boston Harbor site on Thursday, June 1, joining Wynn officials, Mayor Carlo DeMaria and State Rep. Joe McGonagle for an in-d…

Health Care

Massachusetts governor gets mixed reviews for mental health advocacy, policies: 4 things to know » Becker's Hospital Review Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has served as the state's secretary of health and human services and as CEO of one of the state's largest insurers, yet he faces criticism over his mental healthca…

State taps 18 provider groups for MassHealth overhaul » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker's administration said Thursday that it has chosen 18 networks of health care providers and insurers, from Boston to the Berkshires to launch the biggest redesign of the state Me…

Human Services

Bay Cove's CEO Bill Sprague got into human services when it was new, assuming his role as a leader » Boston Business Journal Nearly four decades later as head of one of the largest human service organizations in the state, Bay Cove Human Services, Bill Sprague says that experience comes in handy.…

Immigration

Sanctuary city bill debate » Boston Herald A Beacon Hill bill, set for debate today, that would make Massachusetts a sanctuary state is drawing cheers from advocates who say it would protect illegal immigrants from President Trump's crackdown …

Legislature to consider whether Mass. should become a sanctuary state » Boston Globe Should Massachusetts become a sanctuary state? A State House committee on Friday will consider the Safe Communities Act, which is sometimes referred to as the “sanctuary state” bill.…

Charlie Baker Strongly Opposes a Sanctuary State Law » Boston Magazine

Immigration enforcement bill brings big crowd to State House » State House News Service

Judiciary

Mass. High Court Punts On Defamation Immunity For Govs. » Law360 The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday dismissed a defamation suit against a former governor over his ousting of an attorney who led the state's sex offender registry board, but declined…

Jury pool diversity cited for reason to stick with current system » State House News Service Jury Commissioner Pamela Wood testified before a legislative committee Thursday against a Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz bill that aims to change the way her office gathers data for jury summonses, saying it w…

Legislative

In the Arena: Sponsor's remorse over Native American mascot ban bill? » The Recorder What does it say about a piece of legislation when one of its primary sponsors regrets filing it?…

Environmental League honors late Sen. Donnelly » Wicked Local Woburn The Environmental League of Massachusetts honored the late state Sen. Ken Donnelly as an environmental champion at its annual Earth Night spring gala on June 6 at the New England Aquarium.…

Local Government

Framingham Man Announces School Committee Candidacy » Milton Patch Framingham resident and education policy specialist Adam Freudberg, the father of three young children, announced his candidacy for a seat on the Framingham School Committee.…

Easthampton School Committee to tackle murky police-school relationship » The Republican Following a tumultuous spring semester at Easthampton High School, members of the School Committee have started to discuss the relationship between the schools and the police department, and say they …

Automatic registration pitched as 'next step' to improve voting access » Berkshire Eagle Registering to vote in Massachusetts could become an automatic process for people who renew their driver's license or otherwise interact with a state agency under legislation supporters pitched Thursd…

Marijuana

Peabody council awaits board's opinion on temporary retail pot ban » The Salem News City councilors were poised to vote on a temporary ban on retail marijuana sales in Peabody Thursday night, until City Clerk Tim Spanos pointed out they couldn't.…

Legislators eyeing 'incentives' for cities, towns with pot shops » Boston Herald Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg says the legislature is looking to provide incentives to cities and towns who will allow the sale of recreational marijuana within their borders as the July 1 dea…

Towns that ban retail marijuana sales still could see deliveries » Worcester Telegram Several municipalities have banned retail recreational marijuana establishments within their borders. But they cannot prohibit a business in another community from delivering marijuana to their commun…

Advocates want pot law to stay as is » Worcester Business Journal With a bill altering the voter-approved legal marijuana law expected by the end of the month, marijuana activists held a rally on the State House steps Wednesday to tell lawmakers to leave the law as …

Opinion

Comey leaves Trump in tatters » Boston Globe JAMES COMEY JUST won a high-stakes battle of integrity with an unarmed president.…

No smoking gun, but James Comey shows he's a straight shooter » Boston Globe James Comey brought no smoking gun to his high-stakes appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee. But the former FBI director produced something more important: the image of a straight shoote…

Michael Day On The Importance Of Supporting Local Businesses » Stoneham Patch We need not look any further than to our own Chamber of Commerce for evidence of the terrific charitable and community service our local businesses contribute to our town.…

Carr: James Comey is just another false idol » Boston Herald James Comey is a legend in his own mind. This hack's ego is so overinflated it's amazing his head could fit into the hearing room yesterday.…

Why I'm Fighting on Beacon Hill for Our Schools » Everett Independent Residents of Gateway Cities throughout the Commonwealth have probably heard quite a bit about how their schools are facing dire budget gaps due to a change in the way the state counts low-income stude…

Editorial: Legislators should approve paid family and medical leave » Gazette Net A referendum can be a crude way to tackle complex issues, a process of last resort written into most state constitutions allowing voters to bypass their own legislators who are unable or unwilling to …

Massachusetts Can Lead Our Democracy Into The 21st Century » The Huffington Post On June 8th, 2017, I offered the following testimony to the Joint Committee on Election Laws at the Massachusetts statehouse in support of automatic voter registration (S. 373 and H. 2091). If passed,…

Trump's hiring freeze could hurt tech sector » Boston Business Journal The president's hiring freeze will prevent the PTO from hiring new examiners, or filling vacant positions. As the number of patent examiners declines, it is likely that the PTO will be unable to revie…

To Get to Single Payer Healthcare and Free College, We Need to Reform the Mass. Budget Process » Blue Mass Group For the second year in a row, Massachusetts is in the middle of a budget crisis and nobody wants to say why.…

Boston should move forward with a climate summit » Boston Business Journal The dwindling chances of the U.S.-China Climate Summit have been reported by the Business Journal since just a couple of weeks after Trump took office.…

PETER LUCAS: That tuition isn't free, Gov. Baker. Taxpayers paid for it » Sentinel & Enterprise There is no such thing as free college tuition. While it may be free for the fortunate few who get a free college education, somebody pays for it, somebody always pays.…

Politics

Charlie Baker's Dispiriting Drift Left as Strategic Planning » New Boston Post For many Bay State Republicans, Governor Charlie Baker's administration is the advancement of a dishonest marketing campaign: Baker and Switch. …

Public Health

Massachusetts opioid epidemic takes deadly turn with fentanyl, carfentanil » WWLP 22 Fighting the opioid epidemic has been an uphill battle in Massachusetts.…

Public Safety

Coakley addresses hacking, cloud concerns » The Metro West Daily News Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said recent years had brought a raft of information security concerns in the business, national security and political arenas, but is optimistic th…

Correction payroll services run out Sunday » WWLP 22 Two weeks ago, House budget chief Brian Dempsey urged the Massachusetts House to support a midyear spending bill because it included funding needed to ensure the Department of Correction, which runs t…

Generator would allow Norwell Senior Center to become emergency shelter » Wicked Local Norwell Funding for an emergency generator for the Norwell Council on Aging has been appropriated in the State Senate's Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The installation of the generator would allow the senior center…

State Finance

DeLeo In The Dark On Spending » Banker & Tradesman Gov. Charlie Baker has told House Speaker Robert DeLeo not to worry about deficient tax collections blowing a hole in this year's state budget. And the powerful Winthrop Democrat is taking the governo…

State revenue shortfall now $439 million » The Recorder With just over three weeks remaining in the fiscal year, Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Thursday he expects to hear details soon about the Baker administration's steps to address what now stands…

State bond rating downgraded in blow to Baker, Mass. politicians » Boston Globe

State Government

Automatic registration pitched as 'next step' to improve voting access » Berkshire Eagle Registering to vote in Massachusetts could become an automatic process for people who renew their driver's license or otherwise interact with a state agency under legislation supporters pitched Thursd…

Does A Confederate Memorial Belong In Boston Harbor? » WGBH News

Taxation

Proposed Tax Would Add To Cost Of Airbnb Rentals » New England Public Radio The budget recently approved by the Massachusetts Senate would add a new tax to short-term room rentals such as Airbnb. The company is in favor of the tax, but not everyone is as enthusiastic.…

E-commerce tax revolt was only a matter of time » Boston Globe

Transportation

Legislators advance driver cellphone ban » Boston Herald Proposed legislation to ban almost all uses of hand-held cellphones by drivers in Massachusetts — except in emergencies — is advancing on Beacon Hill.…

Springfield-Boston rail is now at a 'pivotal time,' state Sen. Eric Lesser says » The Republican State Sen. Eric. P. Lesser and colleagues pushing for faster and more frequent east-west rail service from Boston to Springfield plan a whistle-stop tour June 19 in hopes of convincing Gov. Charlie Ba…

Ferry will float again this summer » Lynn Daily News Item After rejecting ferry service for more than a year, Gov. Charlie Baker has reversed course and will fund a weekday excursion from the city's terminal to Boston's Long Wharf.…

Most Mass. congresspeople now on board with North South Rail Link » Boston Business Journal

Utilities

GOOD DEEDS: Shedding light on solar panels contract » Wicked Local Cohasset

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

A Deadly First: Carfentanil, An Opioid 100 Times More Potent Than Fentanyl, Traced In Mass » WBUR

Commentary: Joining the call for pipeline moratorium » Wicked Local Newton

Plymouth Co. First Assistant DA Nominated for Bench Position » Capecod.com

WMass communities to receive funding for climate vulnerability preparedness » WWLP 22

State AG Healey pushes for tuition recovery fund » The Recorder

Concurrent surgeries at Mass General caught in crosshairs of new lawsuit » Becker's Hospital Review

A pregnant workers protection bill was set to pass -- until this one word was added to it » Boston Globe

Former Worcester cop Motyka guilty of assaulting prisoner » Worcester Telegram

Guv says hundreds of millions goes unspent, Rosenberg awaits details » State House News Service

High court dismisses defamation case against Deval Patrick » Boston Globe

Fatherhood award established in Paul Cellucci's name » The Metro West Daily News

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3718 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

Most read bills of the week:

SB2076 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3730 - An Act providing for immediate capital improvement needs of the Commonwealth

HB622 - An Act eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in the Commonwealth

HB3705 - An Act for language opportunity for our kids

HB3660 - An Act requiring the hands-free use of mobile telephones while driving

SB472 - An Act providing for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change

HB3736 - An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids

HB3134 - An Act to establish paid family leave

SB1175 - An Act to protect children and families from harmful flame retardants

House Actions This Week: 590

Senate Actions This Week: 75


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