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11:00am House Session, Informal Session

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2:00pm Joint Committee on Public Service, Public Hearing

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Must-Reads

Senators treated to array of crim justice viewpoints » State House News Service Senators heard from them all at a nearly seven-hour retreat held down the street from the State House where Democrats and Republicans huddled at the UMass Club for much of the day Thursday to discuss …

At Tufts Medical Center, pressure to cut costs in a city rich with hospitals » Boston Globe In many cities, for patients needing complex medical care, Tufts Medical Center would be the only destination in town. …

On marijuana law, the Legislature is fixing something that isn't broken » Boston Globe Last November, voters of four states, including Massachusetts and Nevada, legalized marijuana. On July 1, licensed retail stores in Nevada opened their doors to adult customers, and the state began co…

Obamacare Is Not Collapsing, Imploding or Exploding » New York Times Insurers are doing better than they were, but Republicans are stuck in a doom loop. …

Mailer targets reps over pay hike » Lowell Sun State Rep. Cory Atkins is among at least five House members targeted in a Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance mailer sent to constituents that blasts the lawmakers' votes in January to boost legislative pay…

Charlie Baker reaffirms his opposition to sanctuary status » Boston Herald

Republican Governors Association Raised Money From Hedge Funds, Oil, Fossil Fuels and Pharma in 2017 » International Business Times During the first half of the year in state legislatures, drug companies have fought bills to reduce medicine prices; the financial industry has tried to stop legislation to end special state tax break…

Jay Gonzalez slams Charlie Baker on nurses strike, immigration stance » Boston Herald Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez appeared on Boston Herald Radio's “The Rundown” program yesterday, where he discussed the Tufts Medical Center nurses strike, and Gov. Baker…

The promise of MASS MoCA » Commonwealth Magazine TWO YOUNG MEN from Brooklyn tentatively inch down the hallway, holding onto a handrail because it's so dark. They turn a corner and the room in front of them opens up, filled with intense light of dif…

Dempsey Resigning From House To Join Lobbying Firm » WBUR In a blockbuster announcement sure to send shockwaves through Beacon Hill, House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey is resigning from the Legislature to take a job at lobbying firm ML Strategies. …

“Governor Baker opposes making the Commonwealth a sanctuary state and opposes the ‘Safe Communities Act’ that would prohibit law enforcement from enforcing bipartisan policies that have been in place for 10 years and prevented violent and dangerous convicted criminals from being released back onto our streets,”

Lizzy Guyton, Communications Director for Governor Charlie Baker.

Speaking about Governor Baker's opposition to the "Safe Communities Act".

News By Category
Beltway Politics

US Sens. Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal defend net neutrality, urge FCC to keep internet 'free and open' » Mass Live Nearly two dozen congressional lawmakers, advocacy organizations and others called on the Trump administration Wednesday to preserve net neutrality and stop efforts to roll back the Federal Communicat…

Elizabeth Warren shows how she will fight Trump policies » The Washington Post Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) plans to take to the streets of Washington on Wednesday to add to pressure from mayors for President Trump to protect federal investment in affordable housing.…

Business

Four towns opt for Charter broadband » Berkshire Eagle Four additional Berkshires towns will opt to obtain long-awaited broadband internet service from a private company, courtesy of a $4.4 million state incentive.…

Amazon, other tech giants see profit in shrewd moves downmarket » Boston Globe People who don't have a lot of money still have some money to spend. Poor people buy clothes and food and TVs and cars, like everybody else. So a business that can round up millions of low-income cust…

Polito: Waterfront Investments Boost Economy » The Cape Cod Chronicle More than a postcard backdrop, the Cape's working waterfront is an economic engine. And it deserves continued financial support from the state, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is also the chairman of …

Cape chamber elects new officers, board members » Cape Cod Times The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce elected new officers and directors at its 95th annual meeting, held June 7 at Cape Cinema and the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis.…

Crimes

Sexual assault kit tracking system needed in Massachusetts so victims can check status, advocates say » The Republican When Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law requiring forensic evidence of rape and sexual assault to be preserved for 15 years, politicians, rape victims and advocates lauded the measure. …

Outrageous Massachusetts Drug Bill Would Send You to Prison and Steal Your Car—No Drugs Needed » With the support of state law enforcement, a Massachusetts Democratic state representative has filed a drug war bill that would send violators to prison for a mandatory minimum two years (five years f…

Domestic Relations

Children's Advocacy Center director lauded by state » The Recorder June was a strong month for awareness of the Children's Advocacy Center of Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.…

Education

Harvard panel recommends barring students from final clubs » Boston Globe Harvard University students would be forbidden from joining elite, off-campus clubs under a proposal made public Wednesday, upending more than 100 years of college tradition.…

Among Mass. Natives, Mascot Issue Reveals A Mix Of Pride And Pain » WBUR At the annual powwow of the Wollomonuppoag Inter-Tribal Council in Attleboro, dozens of native people and their guests take time to dance, buy and sell goods, and talk.…

Editorial: Urban legislators don't get the struggle to fund large, rural bus routes » The Recorder Maybe someone should arrange a school bus ride across the 530 road miles of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District for state legislators from those geographically tiny Boston metro cities and towns…

Gaming

Tarr bill could ease reopening of Lucky 7 arcades » The Salem News The family that ran Lucky 7 arcades in Danvers and Gloucester is hoping that a bill filed by state Senate Minority Leader Bruce E. Tarr will help open the door to a fresh start for their business.…

Health Care

Baker's reform proposals would make big change to MassHealth » Bay State Banner Late-in-the-game proposals from Charlie Baker's administration attempted to rein in state budget costs by reducing MassHealth enrollment eligibility. In a June 20 letter to the legislature, whose bud…

Lawmakers cut healthcare spending in state budget » WWLP 22 Health care makes up about 40 percent of the state's proposed budget, but state lawmakers struggle to make health care more affordable without increasing state spending.…

Human Services

25 Investigates: Troubled rehab programs get stamp of approval » My Fox Boston A federal government website that offers people a way to find reputable drug rehab centers across the country is still linking visitors to companies that have either been shut down or are under crimin…

Judiciary

AG wants to update corporate manslaughter penalties » The Salem News Attorney General Maura Healey joined worker safety advocates Tuesday to ask lawmakers to update the penalty for companies found responsible for death – a fine that has not changed since before …

Judge bars Lowell attorney from threatening debtors with jail » Lowell Sun A veteran Lowell attorney who has filed nearly 2,000 debt-collection cases in Lowell District Court's small claims session since 2012 has been barred by a superior court judge from threatening debtors…

Gov. Baker signs bill to pay $26M owed public defenders » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill authorizing a $26 million payment to public defenders who provide legal services to low-income residents.…

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno urges Legislature to act on 'alarming trend' of low bails » Mass Live Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Wednesday renewed his push for passage of a bill before the state Legislature that is aimed at combating what Sarno has again called an "alarming trend" of low bail rulings b…

Kafker garners support at SJC appointment hearing » The Salem News A former point guard, Swampscott's Scott Kafker said he would have no qualms moving from his role as chief justice at the Appeals Court up to the position of a junior member of the Supreme Judicial Co…

Local residents have mixed feelings about bail reform » WWLP 22

Labor

'We want to work': Nurses strike at Tufts Medical Center now a lockout » Boston Globe More than 100 members of the striking Massachusetts Nurses Association made a symbolic effort to return to work at the Tufts Medical Center on Thursday, but they were rebuffed by security as the first…

Hundreds picket outside Tufts Medical Center amid nurse strike » Boston Globe Nurses flooded the streets outside Tufts Medical Center Wednesday in the first strike of its kind at a major Boston hospital in 31 years as hospital executives vowed to lock them out for the next four…

Pension plan - and retirement security - at heart of strife between Tufts hospital and nurses » Boston Globe Perhaps the most divisive issue behind the strike by nurses at Tufts Medical Center is retirement security.…

New Hampshire company fined for not paying prevailing wages on public projects in Mass. » Boston Globe A New Hampshire-based construction company is facing $160,000 in restitution and penalties after failing to adequately pay employees on a series of public works projects, according to Attorney General…

State senators show support for striking Tufts nurses » Boston Globe Striking nurses from Tufts Medical Center attracted the support of several state lawmakers Wednesday evening during a rally outside the Chinatown hospital. …

'I'll smash your pretty face': 'Top Chef' host was 'terrified' after encounter with Teamster » Boston Globe One of the Teamsters charged with attempting to extort a “Top Chef” production team terrified the show's celebrity host, Padma Lakshmi, after he said “I'll smash your pretty little f…

Legislative

Rep. Dempsey, powerful budget chair, to join lobbying firm » The Associated Press (AP)

Top Democrat leaving State House, putting future leadership in flux » Boston Globe

Rep. Dempsey, Powerful Budget Chair, to Join Lobbying Firm » NECN

Local Government

With 15 New Murals In 10 Days, Lynn Wants To Show It's Moved Beyond Its Negative Reputation » WBUR The gritty North Shore city of Lynn may not be known for large-scale murals like, say, Philadelphia. Not yet, anyway.…

Lowell land debate reaches governor's office » Newburyport News Legislation necessary for the construction of a high school on parkland in Lowell, a divisive issue in one of the state's largest cities, has reached Gov. Charlie Baker. …

County leased Bourne land for next-to-nothing » Cape Cod Times Gosnold on Cape Cod and an 84-unit assisted-living facility are among tenants paying $1 per year or less for long-term leases on Barnstable County-owned land and buildings in Bourne.…

Marijuana

Still no pot bill compromise, but plenty of sniping on Beacon Hill » Boston Globe Twelve days after whiffing on a deadline to rewrite the state's marijuana legalization law, leaders of the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Democrat-controlled House engaged in a new round of snipin…

Attorney General Approves Marijuana Moratorium Bylaw » Cape News The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has approved a new bylaw instituting a temporary ban on recreational marijuana retail establishments in Bourne. The bylaw was passed by residents at Annual …

Marijuana billboard in South Boston called 'insensitive' » Boston Globe While waiting at a stoplight on East Broadway in South Boston last week, Sheila Greene looked up at a billboard and was stunned. In white letters against a black background, a message read: “Sta…

Recreational Cannabis Bill Debate Picks Up in Massachusetts » Cannabis Investing News A special recreational cannabis committee in Massachusetts began talks again on Monday (July 10), following a halt on the discussion regarding the debate of tax as members of the group intend to find …

City wants marijuana ban on November ballot » The Eagle Tribune A proposal to ban the commercial sale of marijuana in the city advanced late Tuesday when the City Council agreed to allow residents to vote on the issue following a four-hour public hearing that drew…

Opinion

The mother of all leniency » Boston Globe So it came down to this: 667 days in jail and $155 in court fees that she has no way of paying.…

Fools and hucksters are governing this country » Boston Globe On Tuesday, America entered a new political world — one in which we now possess incontrovertible evidence that those around the president of the United States (and perhaps the president himself…

COMMENTARY: Hull is on the front lines of climate change battle » The Patriot Ledger On a clear day, you can stand atop Allerton Hill and view nearly the whole town: down Nantasket Beach toward Cohasset and out across the Atlantic Ocean, with lobstermen dotting the horizon of Hull Bay…

Harvard's proposed ban of social clubs is overkill » Boston Globe A Harvard University committee's recommendation to ban all social clubs at the college goes too far.…

Profiles in a lack of courage » Boston Globe Who can blame them for acting as if they can get away with anything? The parade of horribles is unrelenting, exhausting, and yet nothing seems to stick.…

Mass. can lead research on gun violence » Boston Globe There's a story behind every firearm used in a crime. For example: How does a gun purchased legally out of state end up at a Lawrence shooting? …

Make driving safer: Ban handheld devices » Lowell Sun It looks like Massachusetts motorists might finally be forced to keep their hands off their cellphones. That's if the latest effort to ban handheld devices can make it through the Legislature. …

Letter: Baker under radar on Republican actions » Worcester Telegram & Gazette While most of the country focuses on everything that happens in Washington, I have been saddened by the lack of leadership from within the Commonwealth, particularly from the corner office.…

Editorial: More shadow-boxing » Boston Herald If lawmakers exempt a proposed downtown Boston skyscraper from a state law governing building shadows, as they are being asked to do, city residents can rest easy knowing Boston Common won't grow mold…

Criticism on Atkins' vote went too far » Lowell Sun I was a little disappointed in The Sunday Sun's political column July 9. It seemed to me that the writer attempted to shame Rep. Cory Atkins for her vote on the Cawley Stadium vote. While I do not agr…

Editorial: All aboard for commuter rail study » Amherst Bulletin

Editorial: Enough with the torpedoing of commuter rail feasibility study » The Recorder

Politics

Gelzinis: The Duke takes on The Donald » Boston Herald “We've obviously got a guy with a serious personality disorder.” The “guy” Michael Dukakis was referring to yesterday afternoon was the guy in the White House, Donald J. Trump.…

It's not my party, but I'll vote if I want to » Commonwealth Magazine AN EVER-GROWING WAVE of unenrolled voters is slowly overtaking Massachusetts political parties. Old Massachusetts Democrats and Republicans are dying off and more and more of their grandkids are ditch…

Tito Jackson bashes Marty Walsh over Boston violent crime » Boston Herald Boston's top cop is crediting his officers' tireless work in helping crack two high-profile cases — including a teen's brazen daylight shooting on Blue Hill Avenue — but mayoral challeng…

Young, diverse crop of city council candidates signals shift in Pittsfield politics » Mass Live An hour west of Massachusetts' nearest major population center and only a few minutes' drive away from the New York border, Pittsfield can be viewed as a somewhat insular community. …

Public Health

Tufts Nurses Strike Is Now A Lockout » WBUR Dozens of nurses were back on the picket line outside Tufts Medical Center in Boston Thursday morning.…

Public Safety

Union wants law requiring training for Logan workers » Newburyport News Union officials trying to organize Logan Airport workers asked lawmakers Tuesday to require training in public safety protocols for baggage handlers and wheelchair assistants.…

Massachusetts considering alternative to national safety network » The Salem News As other states begin to opt into a federal wireless public safety communications network Massachusetts appears to be weighing its options, including possibly finding its own way to access the nationw…

Window Falls Prevention Program Proposed » WAMC A bill filed in the Massachusetts legislature is aimed at preventing a leading cause of injury to children during the warm-weather months – falls from windows. …

Transportation

Local lawmakers still pushing for railroad study funding » WWLP 22 The House and Senate approved the final $40.2 billion compromise budget on Friday, sending the spending proposal to Governor Charlie Baker for review.…

Trolley study on track in Peabody » Lynn Daily News Item It might not turn the city into the next San Francisco, but a proposed study would look at trolley service to Salem's commuter rail station.…

Promoting clean energy by using electric cars » WWLP 22 It's a term we're hearing a lot these days, clean energy.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Senate retreat to hear from criminal justice experts » Commonwealth Magazine

Mailer hits Leominster's State Rep. Natalie Higgins, other reps over pay-raise votes » Sentinel & Enterprise

Early education must benefit middle class (Editorial) » MassLive

Walpole teen struggling to get medical care she needs » Wicked Local

Tuition-Free Discussion Lingers In Berkshires, State Focuses On Boston » WAMC

$4.4M state grant to bring high-speed internet to Princeton » Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Massachusetts Lawmakers Facing Decisions On Crime Bills » WAMC

Western Massachusetts residents nominated as judges for Appeals Court, District Court » The Republican

Pro-marijuana advocates fine with it if Massachusetts lawmakers can't come up with pot law rewrite » The Republican

Kafker praised at outset of SJC nominee hearing » The Salem News

Springfield native Rushern Baker III makes Maryland gubernatorial bid » The Republican

State and city officials launch plan to extend youth activities this summer » Boston Globe

UPDATE: Lowy calls SJC pick Kafker 'brilliant' in nomination hearing » The Salem News

On marijuana law, the Legislature is fixing something that isn't broken » Boston Globe

Gun rights advocate named to head Massachusetts wildlife agency » Guns.com

Community Corrections Program Slated for Elimination » Vineyard Gazette

Five unserved communities ink rural broadband deal with Charter Communications » The Republican

Lawmakers pushed to support earlier screening for dyslexia » Sentinel & Enterprise

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