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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Honoring Champions of Toxics Use Reduction in MA, Great Hall

10:00am Lobster Day at the State House, Grand Staircase

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Education, Public Hearing

10:30am LGBTQ Youth Commission Swearing In Ceremony, State Library, Room 341

10:45am Local Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast, Nurses Hall

11:00am Champions of Toxic Use Reduction Awards & Gathering, Great Hall

11:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Public Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

6:00pm Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, Mass. Clean Energy Future Tour

6:30pm Reception for Sen. Richard Ross

6:30pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Birthdays: Senator Sal DiDomenico, Senator Mark Montigny

Must-Reads

Lynn-to-Boston ferry revived to mitigate tunnel traffic » State House News Service Lynn commuters will once again have a chance to ride a ferry into Boston, with weekday service over the summer resuming Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Monday. The ferry will …

On crim justice, power brokers weigh appetizer or full meal » State House News Service As advocates on Monday pushed lawmakers to swiftly take up reforms to the state's justice system, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo said said they'd like to pass a bill ad…

Baker open to idea of sales tax holiday this August » State House News Service A year after lawmakers decided that the state could not afford an August sales tax holiday, the topic is back before a key committee on Tuesday and Gov. Charlie Baker said he's keen to hear the testim…

Workforce development at root of Baker's $500 mil life sciences bid » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed $500 million extension of the life sciences initiative put in place by his predecessor in 2008 will put a greater emphasis, according to the governor, on workforce buildi…

Obama ISIS Adviser Andrew Kim Launches Bid for MacArthur's Seat » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS But he is hoping to make the race a referendum on MacArthur and his central role in writing the American Health Care Act, a deeply unpopular proposal to rewrite Obama's signature legislative accomplis…

Lawmakers call for study of high-speed rail to Springfield » The Metro West Daily News A new high-speed train between Springfield and Boston would bring major benefits for MetroWest, a group of lawmakers said Monday, including upgraded train crossings that could ease traffic downtown. …

The Not-So-Bitter Rivalry of Dean Baquet and Marty Baron » Politico They're pals who once vied for the same jobs. Now, as editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post, they're locked in a daily battle for Trump scoops.…

This Could Be The Best Political Ad of 2017 » Observer NEW JERSEY POLITICS If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then republican Texas County Commissioner Gerald Daughtery should be blushing red. Daughtery's famous 2016 TV spot “Please Re-elect Gerald…P…

New funding agreement for Greenway Conservancy » Commonwealth Magazine A NEW FUNDING AGREEMENT for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy was unveiled on Monday that requires a smaller amount of taxpayer money from the state along with new contributions from pa…

Can Rankled Rural Voters Dethrone Congressman Neal? » Valley Advocate When Sara Weinberger moved from her longtime community of Northampton to neighboring Easthampton three years ago, she mostly loved it. The worst part, she said, was changing congressional districts â…

Political Notes: Gonzalez says Baker not even trying » Cape Cod Times Jay Gonzalez, a Democratic gubernatorial hopeful, is the latest candidate to visit the Times to discuss a race already attracting attention more than a year before the primary.…

"I have no doubt that the bill will get to my desk by the end of the month and that the issues we've been talking about for months with respect to governance and potency labeling and packaging and local control and all the rest will be dealt with,"

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about the newly drafted marijuana bill which will be debated in the House on Wednesday.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

>Florida Democrats' chairman ready to resign over racial remarks » Politico Florida The embattled chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, Stephen Bittel, is prepared to quit if members of the legislative black caucus want him gone for dismissing them as “childish” amid …

Susan Collins won't back down on health care » Boston Globe To understand the dilemma facing Senate Republicans as they struggle to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, just talk to Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky.…

Obamacare Supporters Dog Maine Republican in Boston for Voting To Repeal It » New Boston Post Anger at a Maine Republican congressman spilled onto the streets of Boston on Monday where constituents claimed their representative has ignored them in voting for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.…

Business

Sen. Tarr pushes to expand lobster sales » Wicked Local Gloucester Tarr sponsored the measure, which was recently adopted by the state Senate, to end the prohibitions and accommodate changing consumer interests. The bill, supported by the Massachusetts lobster indust…

The Globe's new consumer columnist is open for business » Boston Globe You're pumping gas and day-dreaming on a summer day. Suddenly, you are jolted back to reality by the sensation of gasoline cascading down your hand. …

LabCentral will more than double its space to incubate drug-discovery startups » Boston Globe LabCentral, a four-year-old nonprofit that runs shared laboratory space for biotech startups, will more than double its capacity this summer to about 70,000 square feet — enough room to accommo…

Baker to unveil $500 million life sciences initiative » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker will ask lawmakers to approve a five-year, $500 million life sciences initiative that extends the state's decade-long commitment to the biotech and medical technology industry, …

Only one potential bidder remains for King Philip Mill complex » Herald News Thursday will be auction day for the now city-owned King Philip Mill complex and there is only one eligible bidder.…

New high-tech fabric innovation center opens headquarters in Cambridge » Metro Technology has already been integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, and now, even the fabrics on our backs will become more advanced, thanks to a new center unveiled Monday in Cambridge.…

MassMutual to sell Tower Square and Marriott Hotel properties in downtown Springfield » The Republican Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company has put Tower Square, including the adjacent Marriott hotel, up for sale after having developed the property and owned it for more than 45 years.…

MIT lab shows off smart threads that can send messages, change color » Boston Globe Massachusetts lost its leadership in the textile trade a century ago. But a new research effort at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could launch a comeback, by developing smart fabrics that c…

?Waltham-based Parexel will go private in $5B deal » Boston Business Journal One of the state's largest life science companies, Waltham-based Parexel International Corp., has agreed to be acquired by a private equity firm for $5 billion.…

CEO of women's ride-hailing service arrested as fugitive » Boston Globe

Education

Rep. Cory Atkins passes bill for ELL programs » Wicked Local Concord Rep. Cory Atkins, D-Concord, joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that will enable districts to implement alternative English language learner programs. Understand…

Northeastern University gets a big league endorsement » Boston Globe Northeastern University may not be known as a baseball powerhouse, but it is about to receive a key endorsement from Major League Baseball.…

Northeastern, MLB strike deal for player edu » State House News Service Some big names in baseball could be coming to Boston but they would be joining the Huskies, not necessarily the Red Sox.…

Environment

A deal to fund the Greenway for years to come is reached » Boston Globe The state, the city, and a key business group have reached a deal to fund the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway for years to come.…

Massachusetts Carbon Pricing Campaign Reaches Key Decision Point » CleanTechnica As President Trump continues to dismantle federal air pollution and climate change regulations, a coalition of community groups, environmental organizations, business leaders, and faith communities in…

Massachusetts Businesses Taking Climate Change Seriously » CBS Boston Boston is now one of several U.S. cities posting climate change research data that's been taken down from the EPA website.…

Taxpayers, city, local business to shoulder funding Greenway » Boston Herald The state, city and private businesses will pour a combined $14 million into the Rose Kennedy Greenway over the next six years, according to a newly announced deal that will keep taxpayer dollars flow…

6 towns get Green Communities grants totaling $830,211 » The Recorder Six Franklin County towns were among the 72 municipalities in the state to get Green Communities competitive grants from the Baker-Polito administration Monday.…

Chatham Officials Seeking Support for Monomoy Refuge Petition » Capecod.com The Town of Chatham has initiated a petition seeking the support of Governor Charlie Baker in advancing federal legislation regarding the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.…

Push on to identify chemicals in household products » Lowell Sun

Gaming

DraftKings' merger with FanDuel challenged by FTC » Boston Globe Federal regulators will attempt to block the merger of Boston-based DraftKings Inc. and rival FanDuel Inc., they said Monday, jeopardizing a deal the two giants of the emerging daily fantasy sports in…

Mashpee tribe's land in trust decision delayed » Cape Cod Times A decision from the Bureau of Indian Affairs on whether the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe qualifies for reservation lands was not released Monday as expected.…

Health Care

Teladoc acquiring Boston medical consultation firm in $440M deal » Boston Business Journal Teladoc Inc. has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Boston-based Best Doctors in a $440 million deal set to close next month.…

Baker offers conferees $315 million health care plan » State House News Service

Human Services

Trump's FBI Pick Billed Taxpayers $2 Million As Christie's Bridgegate Lawyer » Bellingham Bulletin Valentine's Day is a distant memory at this point, but Rep. Kevin Kuros (R-Uxbridge) recently completed his inaugural "Share the Love" donation drive for Veterans Inc., which he began in February. The…

Insurance

Gov. Baker revamps health insurance business fee proposal » Boston Herald

Judiciary

Push is on to repeal mandatory drug sentences » The Salem News Criminal justice reform advocates are urging lawmakers to repeal mandatory sentences for minor drug offenses, saying they disproportionately affect minorities and lead to prisons crowded with people i…

Legislative

Some senators prepare for Rosenberg's departure, whenever that is » Boston Globe

Local Government

Plymouth officials cancel lease on sand bar's sole resident » Boston Globe John “Scag” Scagliarini knew he was taking a chance 25 years ago when he bought a storm-battered house on Long Beach, the narrow strip of sand stretching for 3 miles into Plymouth Harbor. …

Choices aplenty await Lynn voters » Lynn Daily News Item Time is running out for potential political candidates to get into this fall's election.…

Marijuana

Top State Lawmakers Confident Of Pot Compromise By End Of June » WBUR With the governor and legislative leaders declaring their confidence that a compromise marijuana bill will be ready for the governor's signature by the end of the month, the House and Senate kicked of…

State House, Senate bills differ on tax rate for marijuana » WWLP 22 State lawmakers are pushing to get a bill to revise Massachusetts' pot laws to Governor Charlie Baker's desk by the end of the month. Now with less than 2 weeks left, lawmakers rolled out a new propos…

Revised marijuana bill to be debated on House floor this week » Boston Business Journal The Marijuana Policy Committee, made up of both senators and representatives, recommended a revised bill to the House on Monday which is likely to be taken up on the House floor on Wednesday.…

Opinion

Why is Biden urging Romney to run for the Senate? » Boston Globe MITT ROMNEY, have you no shame?…

The Globe says: Thank you, Dorchester » Boston Globe FOR NEARLY six decades, Savin Hill and Columbia Point have helped make The Boston Globe the institution it is. So as the Globe leaves the corner of Dorchester that the paper has called home since 1958…

The end of liberalism » Boston Globe FIFTY-NINE YEARS AGO, William Proxmire, of the now-Rust Belt state of Wisconsin, took the floor of the US Senate in support of a bill that would lower tariffs on imported goods. …

Commentary: A call for public interviews and adhering to policy in Brookline » Wicked Local Brookline With the upcoming search for a new principal at Driscoll, it is time for the superintendent and school committee to embrace the openness required in the school committee's own guiding document, the Po…

Editorial: State widens drug education in middle schools » Gazette Net As communities confront the opioid epidemic in their homes, on the streets and in treatment centers, a new program aims to widen the prevention effort to middle schools through a public-private partne…

Law on 3rd OUI must be clear » Newburyport News It should be evident that anyone facing a third drunken-driving charge is a danger to the community.…

What Will The Outcome Of Tuesday's Georgia Election Mean? (The Truth Is Out There.) » WGBH News Oddly timed elections, such as last week's Virginia gubernatorial primaries, and Tuesday's congressional special election in Georgia are like wormholes in science fiction.…

Public Health

Cape tick-borne disease cases on the rise, but underreporting still suspected » Cape Cod Times While newly released statistics show tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Barnstable County, state officials say the cases represent a fraction of actual diagnoses and they are looking for new ways …

Officials balk at supervised drug injection facility » Boston Globe City councilors expressed concern Monday about a supervised injection facility for drug users — an idea floated by a state lawmaker that has so far been panned by local officials.…

'Safe' injection sites rejected for Methadone Mile » Boston Herald Some along the city's Methadone Mile say the opioid crisis has left them feeling under siege.…

Ad Club of Western Mass honors 4 with Pynchon Medals for public service » The Republican

State Government

State employees joining Baker at BIO in San Diego » State House News Service Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President and CEO Travis McCready, House and Economic Development Assistant Secretary for Business Growth Mike Kennealy, senior advisor and Chief Secretary Tim Buckl…

Transportation

Lawmakers call for study of high-speed rail to Springfield » Wicked Local Framingham A new high-speed train between Springfield and Boston would bring major benefits for MetroWest, a group of lawmakers said Monday, including upgraded train crossings that could ease traffic downtown. D…

State Sen. Eric Lesser rallies for high-speed rail study at Springfield's Union Station, last stop of day-long tour » MassLive State Sen. Eric Lesser brought a statewide "whistle stop" tour to a close with a rally at Union Station on Monday evening, drawing dozens of people who support linking Boston to Springfield with a hig…

MBTA needs to make room for $9 mil retiree payment, GM says » State House News Service The MBTA pension fund's problems have been festering for years, but T officials this year did not include $9 million in funds needed to pay retirees and now say they'll have to find room in their budg…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Pot advocates back Senate changes to legalization law » Boston Globe

Report: Baker to call for $500M in funding for life sciences program » Boston Business Journal

Feds vote to block DraftKings, FanDuel merger » Boston Business Journal

Mass. lawmaker pitches rail between Boston and Springfield » Worcester Telegram

With retirement fund 'deteriorating rapidly,' T pours more money in » Boston Herald

After Criticism, Debate To Resume Over Proposed Changes To Legal Marijuana Law » WBUR

Baker stopped "nonessential" spending in April » Worcester Business Journal

The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak » UpGaurd

Hinds Hosts Massachusetts Clean Energy Future Tour In Pittsfield » WAMC

Bill would require presidential candidates to release tax returns » Boston Globe

Civil Service Commission rejects attorney's request for investigation of Springfield's police review board » MassLive

Critics Say Massachusetts Should Ease Solitary Confinement » US News and World Report

State Senator Begins Tour To Promote Expanded East-West Rail » WAMC

OMNIBUST: ON RIDICULOUSNESS, RANCOR, AND THE VULNERABLE MASS CANNABIS LAW » Dig Boston

DOWN TO THE WIRE: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CO-CHAIR OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON MARIJUANA POLICY » Dig Boston

Leominster's Ciccolini, Navaroli named Citizens of Year » Sentinel & Enterprise

Partnership Seeks To Put The Greenway On Firmer Financial Footing » WBUR

State gifts $2M for NECC culinary program » Eagle Tribune

Retiring Scituate school superintendent saluted » The Enterprise

Lawmakers reviewing proposals to sentencing policies » WWLP 22

19-year-olds don't belong in adult prisons » Boston Globe

Harsh Reception For Supervised Drug Injection In Boston » WBUR

How An Allston-Based E-Commerce Startup Is Bringing Auction Houses Into The 21st Century » WBUR

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