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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

3:00pm Jay Gonzalez for Governor House Party

4:00pm National Red Cross Board Meeting, Grand Staircase & Nurses Hall

5:30pm Lowell Town Hall with Senator Elizabeth Warren, UTEC, 35 Warren Street, Lowell

7:00pm Reception for Rep. Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate

Must-Reads

Obama on the GOP health-care plan: 'This bill will do you harm.' » The Washington Post Former president Barack Obama posted a nearly 1,000-word critique of the Senate health-care bill Thursday on Facebook, warning, “This bill will do you harm.” …

The Senate's Unaffordable Care Act » New York Times The bill's real aim is to cut taxes for the rich at the expense of health services that millions depend on. …

Mayors gather in Miami Beach. Agenda: fighting Trump, climate change, hitting the clubs. » Miami Herald Nearly 300 mayors begin a four-day convention in Miami Beach on Friday, with an agenda that includes a white party at the Fontainebleau, trying to solve America's infrastructure crisis, nighttime beac…

Senate sends "amend and improve" bill to pot talks with House » State House News Service The Senate on Thursday night approved a series of updates to the state's voter-passed marijuana legalization law, which supporters said closely align with the ideals of the ballot question but which d…

Home care group cool to Baker's MassHealth ideas » State House News Service One of the state's leading elder care advocacy groups has serious concerns with Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to reform MassHealth and levy assessments on employers, particularly proposed changes to pharm…

Snake and Stranger: Media Coverage of Muslims and Refugee Policy » Shorenstein Center A new paper by Meighan Stone, Entrepreneurship Fellow (spring 2017) and former president of the Malala Fund, argues that the predominantly negative coverage of Muslims and refugees on U.S. TV news con…

Northampton area activists protest GOP health care bill, calling for single-payer and a system that 'covers everybody' » The Republican Northampton area activists protested the new GOP health care bill on the steps of City Hall on Thursday evening, decrying as "draconian" the new piece of legislation that may cause many Americans to l…

Geoff Diehl denies 'secretive' health care bill, blasts Elizabeth Warren » Boston Herald State Rep. Geoffrey G. Diehl joined Boston Herald Radio's “Morning Meeting” program yesterday to discuss his potential run against U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, Obamacare reform and …

Affordable housing agencies team up to teach 'smarter policy' » Cape Cod Times The Housing Assistance Corp. and Community Development Partnership are joining forces to create the Cape Housing Institute, a program for elected officials and municipal leaders to learn about navigat…

Datapoint: Senate Republicans unveil "Better Care" repeal act » Politico Table compares key differences between House and Senate health bills…

“This legislation sets up an improved governance structure for the oversight of the industry, ensures access to the market for communities who have been disproportionally affected by the war on drugs, and keeps the tax rate at a level that we hope will eliminate the black market,”

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Speaking about the marijuana legislation passed in the Senate.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill » New York Times The bill is aligned with long-held Republican values, jettisoning Obamacare taxes. But it would also reduce funding for the care of low-income Americans. …

Trump's Tape Ruse Risks Fresh Legal Jeopardy in Russia Probe » Bloomberg Politics President Donald Trump's admission that he never taped his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey risks exposing him to fresh legal jeopardy and weakens his credibility in the eyes of inve…

Being sickened by sight of Donald Trump not good enough reason for lawsuit against him, judge rules » Universal Hub A federal judge today tossed a Plymouth woman's suit against Donald Trump for allegedly causing her great anguish, ruling, essentially, come on now. …

The Gerry behind gerrymandering » Boston Globe In announcing it will consider Monday whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional, the Supreme Court has refocused attention on a 205-year-old practice with a Massachusetts backstory.…

GOP opposition imperils Senate health care bill » Boston Globe Senate Republicans, who have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for seven years, took a major step on Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to make deep cuts in Medicaid and end the la…

Meet the Senate health care bill. Like Obamacare, only flimsier » Boston Globe After months of secrecy and speculation, Senate Republicans on Thursday morning finally shared details of their health care bill with the world. And it turns out, not all that much got changed in the …

Capuano says It's Time for Democrats to Get Past the Small Details and Focus on Collaborating » Everett Independent Congressman Mike Capuano hosted a community meeting at Everett High School last Tuesday evening, May 30, to update residents on the current state of affairs in Washington, D.C.…

Trump: 'I Did Not Make, And Do Not Have' Recordings Of Comey » WBUR President Trump gave a straight answer on Thursday about whether he has recordings of his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey — No.…

Business

An uphill climb: Berkshire Bank, Boston's new giant, aims to be the next Fleet » Boston Business Journal Michael Daly became Berkshire's CEO in 2002 at just 40 years old. Now, he intends to fill a local-ownership hole that's existed in Boston since FleetBoston was bought out 13 years ago.…

State official gets his hands dirty during Bristol Aggie tour » Herald News June is proclaimed Dairy Month in Massachusetts, it is a time we can appreciate the 50,000 acres of dairy farm in Massachusetts and the $44 million it brings to the state's economy.…

Officials break ground on Maxon Precision Motors facility in Taunton business park » Taunton Daily Gazette Three months after it was approved for a 20-year tax-increment-finance discount, Swiss-owned Maxon Precision Motors broke ground in Taunton for what will be a new manufacturing and assembly facility.…

Ocean Acidification Is Threatening The Massachusetts Shellfish Industry » New England Center for Investigative Reporting One of the bright spots in the state's struggling fishing industry is shellfish, a lucrative crop of oysters, clams and sea scallops that generate hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Massac…

Clinton called a 'jewel' to be marketed » Worcester Telegram What is the state of business in Clinton? If you listen to the speakers at the forum Wednesday, it is promising.…

Mayor's Home Rule Petition to Amend Current Shadow Laws is Filed with the State » Beacon Hill Times Mayor Martin Walsh has filed a home rule petition with the state legislature that will allow the Winthrop Square Project to go forward at 775 feet, which is no reduction from the original height that …

Officials break ground on Maxon Precision Motors facility in Taunton business park » Wicked Local Dighton Three months after it was approved for a 20-year tax-increment-finance discount, Swiss-owned Maxon Precision Motors broke ground in Taunton for what will be a new manufacturing and assembly facility.…

State Rep. Hunt to Host Cable Cord-Cutting Workshop » Capecod.com WEST BARNSTABLE – Sandwich State Representative Randy Hunt is hosting a cable cord-cutting workshop on Tuesday, June 27 at Cape Cod Community College.…

After a tip from TripAdvisor, FCC proposes its largest fine ever » Boston Globe The Federal Communications Commission proposed the largest fine in its history, $120 million, on a robocall scammer after a local company tipped it off to the scheme.…

Education

Stand for Children Executive Director Ranjini Govender takes on low literacy rates » Boston Business Journal Growing up in upstate New York, Ranjini Govender learned about the importance of education from her parents, immigrants from apartheid South African who had been denied full educations in their native…

Teens not eager to register to vote » Newburyport News BOSTON — Teenagers too young to vote in Massachusetts can sign up in anticipation of going to the ballot box but few actually take part in the preregistration program.…

Environment

Weymouth gets $250K grant to conserve energy » Wicked Local Weymouth New LED lighting in three municipal buildings and two primary schools in addition to an energy management system at Town Hall are expected to generate over $41,000 in cost savings annually for Weymout…

OneCape Summit tackles wastewater planning » Cape Cod Times Cape Cod is making progress toward cleaning its nitrogen-choked waterways and estuaries, but needs additional funding sources for the massive cleanup plan, according to speakers at the OneCape Summit …

Gaming

The Stronach Group Considers New England Venture » Blood Horse As New England Thoroughbred horsemen and stakeholders continue to stare at a precarious fate in the industry, The Stronach Group is looking at possible expansion into the region. …

Health Care

Cancer researcher awarded $22m in suit against Steward Health Care » Boston Globe A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded more than $22 million to a cancer scientist who sued Steward Health Care System for breaching her contract and causing an unusual series of events tha…

Keller @ Large: How Proposed Health Care Bill Would Impact Massachusetts » CBS Boston Just after noon Thursday, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) was on a roll on the Senate floor, ticking off the alleged horrors of the Senate health care reform bill.…

Girl's intense medical journey intersected with Mayor Walsh's » Boston Globe The little girl was eager to enter the world. Born six weeks premature, she grew into a happy, healthy, and active kid who loved song and dance, had an unshakable belief in fairies, and easily lost he…

Brigham kidnapping dramatization highlights security risks » Boston Globe The video is spine-tingling. A hospital employee, busy chatting with a co-worker, enters an elevator and scans her identification badge to go to a restricted floor. They don't seem to notice that a st…

Baker: Obamacare overhaul would hurt Mass. » Lowell Sun Gov. Charlie Baker, much like he did when the U.S. House rolled out the American Health Care Act, warned Thursday that the Senate's draft repeal of Obamacare would result "significant funding losses" …

Human Services

6 Cape women named Unsung Heroines » Cape Cod Times Six Cape Cod women were honored Wednesday by the state as 2017 “Unsung Heroines,” according to the Commission on the Status of Women.…

Immigration

Influx of Immigrants Causing Housing Shortage in American Cities » Polizette The Los Angeles Times, in a June 18 article, highlighted the growing number of Latinos in Los Angeles who are homeless and sleeping on the streets or in their cars — and pinned the blame on the…

Shortage Of Visas For Seasonal Workers Hits Cape Cod Hospitality Industry Hard » WBUR For months now a perfect storm has been brewing on Cape Cod and other summer vacation spots around New England.…

Nari Ward Exhibit At Boston's ICA Captures Tension Of Immigrant Experiences » WBUR Life often inspires art, and art, in turn, often reflects society.…

Judiciary

Retired SJC Judge Francis Spina says Gov. Charlie Baker must appoint Western Mass. resident to state's highest court » The Republican Retired Supreme Judicial Court Judge Francis X. Spina on Thursday joined in the call for Gov. Charlie Baker to nominate a Western Massachusetts resident to the state's highest court.…

Labor

Pregnant workers bill on the move in Senate » Newburyport News A little more than a month after the House unanimously passed it, the Senate plans to take up a bill next week mandating protections for pregnant workers. …

Baystate Franklin Medical Center plans nurse lockout for Greenfield hospital » MassLive GREENFIELD -- Baystate Franklin Medical Center answered its unionized nurse's plans for a strike next week with plans of its own to lock out members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association for two add…

Legislative

People Hate the Massachusetts Legislature's Pay Raises, Poll Finds » New Boston Post Lawmakers' decision to award themselves pay raises earlier this year was an unpopular move with around three quarters of the electorate, according to a poll sponsored by a conservative group that argu…

Local Government

Boston renames street after retired Red Sox player Ortiz » The Metro West Daily News Mayor Marty Walsh called the man known as Big Papi a “legend on and off the field” at the ceremony Thursday to rename the street formerly known as Yawkey Way Extension, near Fenway Park to…

Senate advances Cawley conservation waiver petition » Lowell Sun The state Senate has engrossed Lowell's home-rule petition requesting that conservation restrictions be lifted on fields near Cawley Stadium to make way for the new high school.…

Attleboro budget follies explodes as campaign issue » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — An embarrassing budget mistake by the city council has become a top issue in the city election and has led to rampant finger pointing.…

Sandwich Chamber Unveils New Visitor's Center » Capecod.com SANDWICH –After years of planning and discussion, the new Sandwich Visitor's Center was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday.…

Marijuana

Berkshire delegation explains both the House and Senate legislation around marijuana » Berkshire Eagle "The point is to implement the will of the voters." That was state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, talking about how legislation to work out Massachusetts' new marijuana law is proceeding through the L…

Massachusetts marijuana tax more than doubles in House-approved bill » The Republican After months of negotiating how to control Massachusetts' newest legal substance, House lawmakers passed key changes to marijuana regulation on Wednesday.…

State awaits final version of marijuana law » Worcester Telegram On the heels of a House rewrite Wednesday of the state's adult-use recreational marijuana law, approved by voters in November, local reaction has been mixed.…

Mass. Senate passes marijuana bill » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday making targeted adjustments to the voter-mandated marijuana legalization law — but differing starkly from a more extensive replacement measure ap…

Senate adopts changes to marijuana law but stays closer to original » Patriot Ledger The Senate on Thursday night approved a series of updates to the state's voter-passed marijuana legalization law. Supporters said the changes closely align with the spirit of the ballot question, but …

How Brockton lawmakers voted on bill to redo marijuana legalization » The Enterprise The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 126-28 to approve a bill that would redo the marijuana legalization law passed by state voters during last year's presidential election. Here's how law…

Senate passes marijuana bill calling for revisions to law » WCVB The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday calling for revisions to the state voter-approved recreational marijuana law, setting the stage for negotiations with the House, which just a day earlie…

Rewriting the Mass. pot law is a bad idea, but legislators are doing it anyway » Boston Globe The subject this week at the State House was legally peddling dope, but the subtext?…

Senate pot law rewrite sure to spark challenge » Boston Herald The state Senate nipped and tucked the state's marijuana legalization law, passing a scaled-down rewrite last night and setting up an intense showdown with the House to reconcile changes with its far …

What you need to know about the potential changes to Massachusetts's legal marijuana law » Boston.com Last November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure making the commonwealth one of eight states where recreational marijuana was legal.…

Massachusetts Senate passes revised marijuana bill with original 12 percent tax » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Senate passed its marijuana bill on Thursday, a revised version that sticks closer to the original provisions laid out in the referendum voters supported last November. …

6-Member Panel Named to Negotiate on Marijuana Bill » US News and World Report

Opinion

Johanna Halbeisen: Backs statewide ban on Native American mascots » Gazette Net Thank you, Amalia Fourhawks, for your clear response (“Native American mascot ban needed,” June 16) to the Gazette editorial (“Keep mascot decisions in local hands,” June 15) a…

Trump doesn't let reality get in the way of a good rally » Boston Globe President Trump was in his happy place Wednesday night, and I don't mean Mar-a-Lago or a Trump-branded golf course.…

To no one's surprise, Senate health care bill only makes matters worse » Boston Globe The Senate's “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” which was finally released to the public on Thursday morning,doesn't provide better care for anyone. …

Six months in — what's Natalie been up to? » Leominster Champion It's June and I'm wrapping up my first quarter of my two-year term. Many people have asked me what a typical day looks like for a State Representative, but that's a tough question to answer. Between c…

PETER LUCAS: What the state really needs: a $15-an-hour legislator » Lowell Sun If the liberals in the Massachusetts Legislature believe in battling income inequality, they would quickly raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.…

Editorial: An eye to the future - Massachusetts should join the rest of the country in expanding scope of Optometrist practice. » Worcester Telegram While the latest disruption capturing public attention may be Amazon's entree into the grocery business, a major transformation is being debated within the Massachusetts Legislature over eye care - wh…

Is the T ready for me to be a daily commuter? » Boston Globe By now, you must have read that The Boston Globe has moved downtown from our longtime home in Dorchester, where most employees drove to work and enjoyed free parking.…

Editorial: A Greenway BID would be worth the business investment » Boston Business Journal The proposal to create a Greenway business improvement district is, in truth, being driven by the state Department of Transportation's desire to cut its ongoing funding for the upkeep of the parklands…

Community colleges are critical to Mass. business » Boston Business Journal As we move towards a more responsive talent pipeline, community colleges will be increasingly vital to the economic health of Massachusetts.…

Public Health

Medicaid Cuts In Senate Health Bill Worry Mass. Lawmakers And Doctors » WBUR Dr. Jonathan Davis, chief of newborn medicine at Tufts Medical Center, stands in the hospital's NICU, among babies who weigh as little as 1 pound.…

State Government

Farley-Bouvier To Speak About How To Work With Government » WAMC Massachusetts State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier will speak on Monday at The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires about helping people get involved in government. …

On Beacon Hill, Deb Goldberg stands alone » Boston Globe State Treasurer Deb Goldberg didn't get her reputation for being a political pariah with the establishment by playing nice with the power brokers on Beacon Hill.…

Taxation

Worcester Chamber supporting sales tax holiday » Worcester Business Journal Massachusetts should hold a sales tax holiday this summer but reject a tax on sugary drinks, a Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce official told the state legislature this week.…

Transportation

Concerns Over Morning Freight Traffic Dominate SSA Hearing » Martha's Vineyard Gazette At a well-attended public hearing in Falmouth on Tuesday, dozens of residents urged the Steamship Authority board of governors to eliminate fall freight service from Woods Hole prior to 6:30 a.m. Some…

Springfield's Union Station grand opening just days away » WWLP 22 An iconic transportation hub in Springfield will be back open this weekend for the first time in over 4 decades!…

Grand opening celebrations for Springfield's Union Station set for weekend » The Republican The grand reopening of Springfield's Union Station will be celebrated with a series of festivities throughout the coming weekend. …

Utilities

Eversource rate case gets another hearing in Pittsfield » Berkshire Eagle Aug. 1, the start of a hot month, could deliver even more heat in Pittsfield, when a much-maligned electricity rate proposal comes back for more public comment. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

With 100-plus amendments, Rosenberg anticipates 'robust' Senate pot debate » The Salem News

Selectmen will not seek second DPW review » Daily Times Chronicle

How Brockton lawmakers voted on bill to redo marijuana legalization » Wicked Local Easton

Governor Baker criticizes Senate Republicans' version of health care bill » Boston Globe

Mass. Senate voting on marijuana bill Thursday » Boston Globe

Baker: Senate GOP Health Plan Would Cause 'Significant' Cuts » US News and World Report

Council confirms Singh, Donatelle for judgeships » Mass Lawyers Weekly

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

HB3768 - An Act to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2090 - Text of the Senate amendment (Senator Jehlen) to the House Bill to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

HB3373 - An Act relative to the regulatory authority for oversight of the recreational marijuana industry

HB3751 - An Act to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

SB2076 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3769 - Special Procedures for consideration of the House bill to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth (House, No. 3768) ought to be adopted.

HB137 - An Act allowing businesses to sign up for the "Do Not Call" list

SB3 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB3776 - An Act to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth

House Actions This Week: 314

Senate Actions This Week: 197

Press Releases

AIM Offers Downloadable Employer Guide to State Ballot Questions » Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Association of Realtors Recognizes Realtor Tanisha Salmon for her Community Service Efforts » Mass. Association of Realtors

Mattapoisset Broker Named 2018 Massachusetts Realtor of the Year » Mass. Association of Realtors

Cambridge Broker Receives Massachusetts Realtor Distinguished Service Award » Mass. Association of Realtors

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink » Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation

Federal Judge Denies Motion from For-profit School Industry to Delay Critical Protections for Student Loan Borrowers » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Sues Starion Energy Over Deceptive Sales Tactics, Overcharging Residents by $30 Million » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Joins Multistate Effort to Stop Illegal Robocalls » Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Community Compact IT Grants to 44 Cities and Towns » Executive Office of Administration & Finance

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

Legislature passes FY18 close-out bill with $40M for local roads » Mass. Municipal Association

Franklin Line Weekend Shuttles during Two Weekends for East Street Bridge Rehabilitation Work » MBTA

Weekend Daytime Closures of Chelsea Street Drawbridge for Standard Maintenance » MBTA


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