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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Cannabis Control Commission Listening Session, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston

10:00am Emergency State House Visit for Birth Control Access hosted by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Mass., State House, Room 222, Boston

10:00am Gaming Commission Meeting, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

11:00am Rally for Criminal Justice Reform, Grand Staircase, State House

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:30pm Special Legislative Commission on Behavioral Health Promotion and Upstream Prevention, Room 428

2:00pm Joint Committee on Election Laws, Public Hearing

5:30pm Fundraiser for Lowell School Committee Candidate Dan Shanahan

5:30pm 4th Annual Education Party featuring U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley Street, Boston

Must-Reads

Divestment bill pitched as way to speed decline of fossil fuels » State House News Service Forecasting the global regulatory climate will become more resistant towards oil and gas producers, environmentalists pressed lawmakers Tuesday to force the state's pension fund out of fossil fuel inv…

Sanchez: Info needed before state can collect MassHealth assessment » State House News Service Nestled into the fiscal year 2017 closeout spending bill passed Wednesday in the House was an outside section to begin the process of determining how many employers have employees on public health car…

Eminem Lashes Out at Trump With Freestyle Rap Video » New York Times The rapper accused President Trump of racism, hypocrisy, disrespect of military veterans and more in a video played at the BET Hip Hop Awards.…

Utilities drove up electric prices in peak winter, group contends » Boston Globe An environmental group is contending that utilities Eversource and Avangrid drove up electric and natural gas rates over several winters by buying up shipment capacity on a major pipeline that they ul…

It Isn't Even That Difficult To Hack Voting Equipment » The Huffington Post You don't even have to know much about voting machines to hack some of the systems that are still in use across the country. …

Cannabis commission hires former Menino adviser » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has hired Dot Joyce, who was a close adviser to former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to serve as its temporary spokeswoman. …

In Arroyo firing, some see disparate treatment » Bay State Banner Just weeks after a worker under his supervision alleged that Felix G. Arroyo had sexually harassed her, Mayor Martin Walsh fired Arroyo from his post as chief of Health and Human Services. …

House Passes Legislation Banning Bump Stocks » Lynn Daily News Item The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to ban bump stocks.…

Senate candidates go on the attack in Norton debate » The Sun Chronicle No one escaped unscathed in a state Senate debate Wednesday as the three candidates took turns ganging up on one another. …

Honoring Sal DiMasi is complicated » Boston Globe Couldn't the North End Columbus Day Celebration Committee find an Italian-American who didn't go to prison for public corruption to honor with a public service award? …

“What this has in mind is to make sure that those jobs that are not on the floor or involve any passing of money, that those folks would have that opportunity to get those jobs,” House Speaker Robert DeLeo said before Wednesday’s session. “For instance, whether it be in a parking lot, whether it be in a kitchen, whether it may be in a hotel or whatever it may be.”

House Speaker Robert DeLeo

Speaking about the supplemental budget passed yesterday which includes an exemption for past criminals to be employed at any of the new Massachusetts casinos.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Mass. business owner at Trump health care signing: 'I'm here with history' » Boston Business Journal

Business

CarGurus raises $150M in upsized IPO, will trade on the Nasdaq Thursday » Boston Business Journal Cambridge-based CarGurus Inc. on Wednesday raised $150 million in an upsized initial public offering, and will begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market on Thursday.…

MilliporeSigma unveils new Burlington office, a life sciences 'toy store' » Boston Business Journal MilliporeSigma, one of the state's largest life science companies, officially opened a massive new campus in Burlington on Wednesday that will house close to 1,000 employees.…

Fishing mogul ordered to forfeit assets valued at $2.3 million » Boston Globe A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday ordered Carlos Rafael, the New Bedford fishing mogul known as “The Codfather,” to forfeit his interests in four lucrative vessels and their associate…

T-Mobile/Sprint merger: Good for them, probably bad for us » Boston Globe I found one of the year's best tech innovations at an AT&T store the other day. It wasn't a new iPhone; it was a cheaper service plan for my old one. It saves about $14 a month, or $168 a year.…

Massive gift of Dutch art is a coup for MFA » Boston Globe The Museum of Fine Arts has received two collections of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, a vast trove of 113 paintings that catapults its Dutch collection to among the country's very finest and rep…

Boston entrepreneurs, leaders offer advice to would-be founders » Boston Globe Launching a startup company is difficult. Doing it in a different country, while simultaneously navigating a complicated immigration system, is even harder. But several Boston entrepreneurial leaders …

Somerville Amazon bid includes Boston » Boston Herald Somerville is preparing a regional proposal for Amazon's new headquarters that will also include sites in Cambridge and Boston, which will submit its own separate bid for the e-commerce giant's new sp…

Exemption of some criminal records sought for casino jobs » The Recorder At the request of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the House included in a $123 million spending bill that will close the books on fiscal year 2017 an outside section giving the commission the dis…

Three Taunton area employers awarded workforce training/hiring grants » Wicked Local Taunton

Bose may expand near New Balance headquarters, sources say » Boston Business Journal

Crimes

Burlington driver charged in cop's death had recent blemishes on driving record » Lowell Sun TEWKSBURY -- The 18-year-old Burlington man accused of causing a crash on Sunday while racing that claimed the life of a Somerville police officer got two citations and was involved another crash in j…

Education

After hate incident, Salem State students protest university rally » Wicked Local Salem Local leaders and Salem State University students, faculty, administrators and alumni assembled in front of the university's library Oct. 5 for a discussion on how to advance inclusiveness and prevent…

Quiet push for unified enrollment » Bay State Banner Coming before the state Legislature with little debate last week was a bill co-sponsored by Mayor Martin Walsh that would fast-track a controversial school enrollment policy known as “unified en…

It's Official: Wheelock College To Merge With Boston University's School Of Education » WBUR Wheelock College will become part of Boston University beginning in the 2018-'19 academic year. The merger was made official Wednesday, after two months of negotiations.…

Mount Wachusett, LHS share state grants announced by Baker » Sentinel & Enterprise Gov. Charlie Baker praised vocational education as a crucial component of economic growth during a Wednesday visit to Nashoba Valley Technical High School, where he helped cut the ribbon on the school…

Emerson College Considers Global Expansion » Boston Magazine Emerson College students may soon be able to fill their passports with stamps from four different continents without technically leaving the school's jurisdiction.…

Northeastern Law tops BU, BC on state bar exam » Boston Business Journal The school was second only to Harvard Law in its passage rate for graduates taking the Massachusetts bar exam for the first time.…

Interim UMass-Boston chancellor stepping down after school year » State House News Service

Environment

State Announces $500,000 in Funding for Wildlife Habitat Improvement Projects » Cape Cod Online The state has announced the availability of $500,000 in grant funding for wildlife habitat management projects, a $200,000 increase from previous rounds of the Habitat Management Grant Program.…

Massachusetts May Centralize Beaver Population Control » Boston Magazine

Federal

3 Events That Shaped Modern Federalism » Governing

Gaming

MGM Springfield details hiring, training plans with opening less than a year away » The Republican More than 4,700 people -- a number that includes 1,500 who say they are from Springfield -- have registered with MGM Springfield's online hiring and job readiness site with less than a year to go unti…

Some Massachusetts casino employees could be exempted from criminal background check under new proposal » MassLive

Massachusetts Close to Signing New Law that Exempts Casino Staff from Criminal Background Check » Casino Games Pro

MGM Resorts HCC Center for Culinary Arts in Holyoke lands $229K grant from state » MassLive

Gaming chief learning after "horrifying time" in Vegas » State House News Service

Health Care

Navigating ALS: Mass. Advocate Helps Thousands Of 'Friends' With The Debilitating Disease » WBUR Somewhere in Massachusetts, on any day of the week, a 64-year-old man with a long gray ponytail, jeans and tennis shoes is behind the wheel of a Toyota Highlander crisscrossing the state. The SUV is s…

Worcester health agency owner arrested over MassHealth fraud » Worcester Business Journal Hellen Kiago, a 47-year-old Sturbridge resident, was arrested on Wednesday morning for allegedly stealing about $2.7 million from the MassHealth system as the owner of a Worcester-based home health ag…

Lawmakers press agency to finish review of contraception bill » State House News Service

Human Services

Pay gap creating crisis in human services sector, agencies say » Worcester Business Journal Fourteen months after the signing of a law calling for equal pay across gender lines, representatives from human services agencies asked legislators for help closing a different sort of pay gap.…

Springfield, Holyoke designate welcome centers for evacuees arriving from Puerto Rico » The Republican Weeks after Hurricane Maria caused major damage in Puerto Rico, families in Western Massachusetts are starting to welcome relatives leaving the island.…

Cape's low poverty ranking questioned » Cape Cod Times As the clock ticked toward 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, nearly 50 people waited outside the Salvation Army on North Street for its soup kitchen doors to open.…

Bill would crack down on caregivers who abuse the elderly » WCVB

Immigration

Political pulse: What's next for 'dreamers' » The Suffolk Journal

Insurance

Healey would challenge Trump bid for interstate health insurance sales » Gloucester Times

State chooses lower health insurance rate hikes for 2018 » Boston Business Journal

Judiciary

Falmouth lawyer nominated as judge » Cape Cod Times Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday nominated a Falmouth man to be an associate justice of the district court, according to a statement from the governor's office.…

Is this the year Massachusetts will eliminate mandatory minimum sentences? » The Republican In 2012, then-Gov. Deval Patrick and House and Senate leaders committed to reconsidering state laws on mandatory minimum sentences the following year. But no changes were ever made.…

Probate court nominee cites strong family influences » State House News Service Attorney Thomas Barbar grew up in West Roxbury regularly visiting with his grandparents, who lived a couple streets over and having dim sum with his father, who ran a textile business in Chinatown.…

Baker Nominates Falmouth Resident for District Court Judgeship » Cape Cod Online

Middlesex D.A. commends sweeping criminal justice bill at rally » Boston Globe

Legislative

Senators rally for judicial reforms on Beacon Hill » Salem News

Local Government

Sticky situation » Martha's Vineyard Times The Massachusetts Department of Transportation and, specifically, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) and its vendor, Applus, dropped the ball and then booted it away when it came to implementing a n…

“Huzzah!” for North Square Groundbreaking in Boston's North End » North End Waterfront Students from St. John's and Eliot Schools shouted “Huzzah!” at Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking for the North Square reconstruction project in Boston's North End.…

Southampton board member: I will leave if meetings recorded » Gazette Net The town has received some backlash over new cameras installed to record town meetings, with one official threatening to resign.…

Town saves $3.26 million by refinancing High School » The Reminder On Oct. 2 the Longmeadow Select Board met and discussed a series of announcements which included the disclosure of a $3.26 million savings over the next 20 years due to refinancing of the High School,…

City Hall Notebook: Developer seeks tax credits to revive Worcester Market » Worcester Telegram There is interest in rehabilitating the vacant historic Worcester Market building at Main and Madison streets and returning it to use as a public market.…

Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast another sellout performance » Wicked Local Kingston

How Better Procurement Can Drive Better Outcomes for Cities » Governing

Marijuana

Cannabis Control Commission Hears from Vineyarders » Vineyard Gazette Two members of the newly-appointed Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission traveled to the Vineyard Tuesday to listen to the thoughts and ideas of Islanders, as the state crafts new regulations for …

Opponents speak out as pot-control panel tours state » Sentinel & Enterprise One year ago, the battle over whether marijuana should be legal for adults to use was raging in Massachusetts. Now that it's settled, the combatants are still engaged in a skirmish over how the legal …

Opinion

Healey's suit against the feds may backfire » Cape Cod Times Surely this is not a partisan matter. It is only a coincidence that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has decided once again to file suit against the federal government. This time, she is us…

One Cambridge Boy Scout troop has long welcomed girls » Boston Globe It's lovely that the Boy Scouts of America finally caught up to our troop. On Wednesday, the 107-year-old organization that has combined the adventure of the outdoors with the civic imperative to be c…

Editorial: Divestment dreams » Boston Herald How misguided is the progressive campaign to divest the state's $70 billion pension fund of fossil fuel investments? Let us count the ways.…

The IQ test to determine who the moron really is » Boston Globe The president responded to rumors Secretary of State Tillerson called him a moron by insisting that if they matched wits, he would prove to have the higher IQ.…

After Weinstein, time for some introspection » Boston Globe Is this, finally, the moment of reckoning? Will the metastasizing Harvey Weinstein scandal create a wave of soul-searching in Hollywood, corporate America, or men in general? Will anything change?…

Bump stock ban is action, but a distraction » Eagle Tribune It's a sure bet few people, other than firearms enthusiasts, knew what a bump stock was before Stephen Paddock smashed windows out of a 32nd-floor hotel room Oct. 1 and killed 58 people at a concert i…

Eminent domain dust-ups » Commonwealth Magazine

Amazon should consider Millbury for new HQ » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle

Carr: Welcome to Fantasy Island » Boston Herald

Politics

Gov. Charlie Baker already has $6.5M in campaign account » The Associated Press (AP) Republican Gov. Charlie Baker hasn't officially declared his 2018 re-election campaign yet, but that hasn't stopped him from raising money at a ferocious clip.…

First debate in Boston mayoral campaign is contentious » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his rival, Councilor Tito Jackson, clashed Wednesday over which of them can best lead Boston, who intervened first to address the race crisis at Boston Latin School, and who …

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Endorsement for Paul Heroux, mayor » The Sun Chronicle If you are in support of transparency and honesty in politics then vote for Paul Heroux for mayor.…

Walsh And Jackson Face Off In Contentious First Mayoral Debate » WBUR Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and his rival, City Councilor Tito Jackson, sparred in their first mayoral debate on Wednesday night, with each claiming to be the best choice for the aspirations of the city'…

Koh will push Merrimack Valley proposal » Boston Herald Congressional candidate Dan Koh, who was previously chief of staff to Mayor Martin J. Walsh, said he'd push for Amazon to pick a home for its new headquarters in the district in which he's running, bu…

Republican Senate candidate to fund-raise in Washington » Boston Globe Republican Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom will swing through Washington later this month, raising money as she looks to separate herself from the GOP field and square off with US Senator Elizabeth Wa…

Lantigua declines invitation to debate Rivera » Eagle Tribune William Lantigua has declined an invitation to debate Mayor Daniel Rivera at a forum The Eagle-Tribune offered to sponsor extending his tradition of skipping debates that began when he first ran for m…

Timilty endorses Feeney for his open Senate seat » The Sun Chronicle Former state Sen. James Timilty has endorsed an old friend for his former seat.…

Beverly rep backing Gonzalez for governor » State House News Service Democrat Jay Gonzalez is set to pick up the endorsement for governor Wednesday of Rep. Jerald Parisella, a Beverly Democrat and Army reservist who will be the fourth legislator to sign onto Gonzalez's…

Diehl and super PAC call on Warren to return Affleck $$$ » State House News Service State Rep. Geoff Diehl and a Republican super PAC aligned with his campaign for U.S. Senate quickly called on Sen. Elizabeth Warren to return at least $10,400 donated to her campaigns by actor Ben Aff…

MassGOP fundraiser attracts governors, candidates » State House News Service The gang got back together in Cambridge Tuesday night when the four most recent, living Republican governors, including Gov. Charlie Baker, all attended a MassGOP fundraiser to benefit the party.…

How Elizabeth Warren Became the Soul of the Democratic Party » The New Republic

Special election stage set for 3rd Essex House seat » Eagle Tribune

Former Mass Democratic Party Chairman to Speak to Bourne Democrats » Cape Cod Online

Public Health

AG Healey Warns Providers Against Charging For Opioid Addiction Treatment » Banker & Tradesman

Donald Trump said he would declare the opioid crisis a national emergency two months ago. He still hasn't. » Boston.com

Public Safety

Massachusetts House lawmakers vote 151-3 on bump stock ban » The Republican The Massachusetts House on Wednesday voted 151 to 3 in a bipartisan bid to ban bump stocks, the controversial devices that authorities say were found on the guns of the Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddo…

Massachusetts' Second Amendment Group Cries Foul Over 'Bump-Fire Stock' Ban » New Boston Post The state's leading pro-Second Amendment organization is not pleased with legislation attached to the supplemental state budget passed Wednesday by the House, aimed partially at banning “bump-fi…

Police, safety officials push for teeth in seat-belt law » Lowell Sun Police officers and transportation safety experts called on lawmakers to finally throw their support behind a long-stalled bill that would allow police officers to stop drivers for not wearing a seat …

House passes gun measure, but turns down money for opiate addiction » The Sun Chronicle The House on Wednesday gave swift approval to a ban on a gun device that turns semi-automatic weapons into rapid-fire automatic ones.…

Mass. House bans 'bump stock' gun devices » The Recorder House lawmakers on Wednesday moved rapidly, and some critics said rashly, to ban any device that could be used to increase the rate of discharge of a firearm.…

Mass. House Approves Ban On Bump Stocks » WBUR The Massachusetts House approved a bill Wednesday that would outlaw devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic fully automatic guns.…

Kraft, Healey to address violence with students » The Sun Chronicle In today's world, domestic and sexual violence is a frequent subject on the nightly news.…

Massachusetts: Gun Control Bill on the Move » NRA-ILA Today, without considering the unintended effects of such poorly thought out legislation, the Massachusetts state House of Representatives passed Amendment 1 attached to House Bill 3951 with overreach…

Fire chief cites city's readiness, says occuptional cancer a major concern » Dorchester Reporter Ask Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn what really keeps him up at night. Civilian fire deaths? There hasn't been a single one all year. More large-scale fires? They keep a wary eye, but the departm…

Rep: Prison staff need anti-shackling law training » South Coast Today Visiting the women's prison in Framingham two summers ago, Rep. Kay Khan struck up a conversation with a mother incarcerated there, who gave birth to her youngest child while behind bars.…

Norfolk lawmaker: Gas detector bill could save lives » The Sun Chronicle

Council calls for city first responders to assist Puerto Rico relief effort » Worcester Mag

AG: Boston cop took bank robbery cash evidence to play the slots » Boston Herald

State Finance

Mass. bonds rated ahead of $818 million issuance » State House News Service

State Government

Gov. Baker In Burlington To Cut Ribbon At Millipore Sigma » Stoneham Patch Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker was in Burlington Wednesday to participate in ribbon-cutting ceremonies at MilliporeSigma's new Life Science Center.…

Baker: $8.5M In MassWorks Grants To Assist Rural Communities » WAMC The Baker administration announced its first round of grants for critical infrastructure projects in rural Massachusetts communities Tuesday. …

Gov. Baker to follow-up on infrastructure projects in western Mass. » Western Mass News Several community projects are getting big-time announcements today as Governor Charlie Baker continues to lead the MassWorks Infrastructure Program in Springfield.…

Lost for more than 70 years, WWII airman Richard M. Horwitz coming home to Massachusetts to be buried » The Republican Seventy-two years after his Army Air Forces bomber disappeared over the mountaintops in Northern Italy, Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz is coming home.…

Taxation

Will Massachusetts Enact a Carbon Tax? » JDSupra Massachusetts could be the first state in the U.S. to enact an economy-wide carbon tax. In January 2017, two bills were proposed in the Massachusetts legislature that would establish a tax on fossil …

15 questions about tax reform » Boston Globe With President Trump pushing his tax reform proposal in Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, here's a look at what his plan would do to the economy.…

Amazon has a spotty record of tax breaks in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal If Amazon chooses Boston for its second headquarters, the company is all but guaranteed to land hundreds of millions of dollars — if not billions — in tax breaks and other incentives.…

Transportation

Data: MBTA service worst among carriers » Boston Herald More commuter rail trains broke down on the MBTA last year than any other transit system in the country — even though the T runs less than half the number of miles of its New York and New Jerse…

Mandatory School Bus Seat Belts? » WGBH It's a question some parents ask when their children go off to school or they see the inside of the state's ubiquitous yellow school buses: Why aren't seat belts required in school transportation vehi…

Lakeville selectmen object to MBTA parking lot project, Middleborough rail option » South Coast Today

Boston's stuck! Beantown rail fleet tops NJ Transit as least reliable » nj.com

MBTA commuter rail's David Scorey defends performance as federal data shows most mechanical failures in US » MassLive

Gov. Baker tours CRRC plant in Springfield; rail car production begins in February » MassLive

Utilities

Utilities drove up electric prices in peak winter, group contends » Boston Globe An environmental group is contending that utilities Eversource and Avangrid drove up electric and natural gas rates over several winters by buying up shipment capacity on a major pipeline that they ul…

Utilities on both sides of bargaining table » Commonwealth Magazine IN MID-MAY, the MBTA hired a Colorado company to help the agency manage the $2 billion extension of the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. Less than three months later, the Colorado firm was acq…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Democracy isn't working in Massachusetts » Commonwealth Magazine

AG: Sturbridge woman charged with $2.7 million in Medicaid fraud » Worcester Telegram

Eversource, Avangrid artificially constrained gas pipeline capacity for years, report argues » Utility Dive

The Beacon Hill Compromise on Contraception - Only in Massachusetts » New Boston Post

Baker supporting statewide Amazon bid rather than individual city » Worcester Business Journal

The Amazon Effect: How taxpayers are funding the disruption of the U.S. economy » Boston Business Journal

Taunton and Raynham employers receive grants to hire more workers » Taunton Gazette

Santa, Pino nominated for Parole Board, district court » State House News Service

Personal finance seen as big gap in Mass. education landscape » Lowell Sun

Legal pot opponents urge cannabis commission to 'protect the people' » Taunton Gazette

Massachusetts House to vote today on bill to ban bump stocks » Boston Herald

Supreme Court Appears Divided in Partisan Gerrymandering Case » Governing

Fake News Tweets Targeted Swing States During 2016 Election » Governing

Democrats Have Reasons to Worry About the November Elections » Governing

State legislators hears bills against police militarization » The Daily Free Press

Barrett Takes Special Democratic Primary For State Rep. Seat » New England Public Radio

Massachusetts Considering Taking its Lottery Online » OnlinePoker.net

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