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Today on Beacon Hill

8:30am Mass. Association of Health Plans Annual Conference, Seaport Hotel, One Seaport Lane, Boston

12:00pm SEIU 32BJ Rally, State House steps, Boston

1:00pm DCAMM All Agency Meeting, Great Hall, State House

1:00pm Cannabis Control Commission Listening Session, Berkshire Community College, K111 Lecture Hall, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield

3:00pm Franklin Regional Council of Governments 20th Anniversary Party, John Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield

6:00pm Campaign Kickoff for State Senate Candidate John MacDonald

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

Must-Reads

Hillary Clinton in talks with Columbia to take on professor role » Daily News The former U.S. Secretary of State and presidential nominee is in talks with Columbia University to take on a formal role at the Ivy League — and potentially house her archives there, multiple …

Acton senator's ranked-choice voting bill sees sizable support in hearing » Lowell Sun Activists donning blue "Voter Choice Massachusetts" shirts packed a Statehouse hearing room Thursday and begged lawmakers to move forward on an Acton senator's bill to make "ranked choice voting" an o…

Westford's Trahan officially joins race for Congress » State House News Service Lori Trahan, who was Marty Meehan's chief of staff when he served in Congress, has officially announced her plan to seek the seat once held by her former boss.…

Eighteen senators rally for sweeping justice reforms » State House News Service State senators on Thursday rallied behind a criminal justice bill they plan to debate this month, while acknowledging that the legislation doesn't go as far as some would like and it's passage would b…

Small biz welcomes Trump order to expand group insurance pools » State House News Service As President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that he said would provide "relief" from the Affordable Care Act, a Massachusetts shop owner stood over his shoulder.…

Senate passes budget bill with Oct. 31 deadline looming » State House News Service As lawmakers hope to close the books on fiscal 2017 by the end of the month, the Senate on Thursday passed legislation directing $85.3 million in direct appropriations for costs already accrued. …

N.F.L. Players May Have an Ally in Their Protests: Labor Law » New York Times In a debate over how far workers can go in banding together without retribution by their employers, many experts say showing solidarity is a legal right. …

Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again » New York Times President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the …

"There are people wanting to do more of some things, less of others," he said. "That's OK. We're going to work this through together and keep going to get this bill over the top."

Senator William Brownsberger

Speaking about the criminal justice reform bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Kerry warns US could 'isolate itself' by leaving Iran deal » Boston Globe Disavowing the Iran nuclear deal would destabilize the region and isolate the United States, former secretary of state John F. Kerry warned Thursday, a day before President Trump may decertify the agr…

Trump is lashing out at enemies again. Is this time different? » Boston Globe The cycles of chaos and rhetorical attacks that have been a hallmark of Donald Trump's presidency reached another peak this week, forcing a rare public appearance Thursday by chief of staff John Kelly…

Senator Susan Collins won't run for Maine governor » Boston Globe Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced Friday that she's staying out of the governor's race because she believes she can do more good for Maine by staying in Washington.…

Trahan joins race for 3rd District » Eagle Tribune The race to succeed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas in Washington has a new entrant. …

Andover's Daniel Koh raises more than $805,000 to run for Congress » The Andover Townsman Andover native Dan Koh announced last week that he has raised over $805,000 in the one month since he filed with the Federal Election Commission to explore a run for the U.S. House of Representatives …

Ex-Meehan aide launches Third District bid » Boston Globe Democratic congressional candidate Lori Trahan formalized her campaign Thursday, touting a $242,000 fund-raising haul in the last two weeks of September. …

Business

At Barstool, a one-woman revolt against 'I won't be offended' clause » Boston Globe Say you interview for a job at an edgy media company. You take a closer look at the contract and see exactly what to expect at your new workplace: Exposure to material involving nudity, sexual scenari…

Fidelity said to fire star fund manager after sexual harassment allegation » Boston Globe Fidelity Investments fired one of its top fund managers after he was accused of sexual harassment by a female employee, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.…

Dear Amazon: Mass. Cities Make Their Pitch For Tech Giant's Second Headquarters » WBUR About a dozen cities across Massachusetts have told WBUR they plan to bid for Amazon's second headquarters, though Gov. Charlie Baker has suggested there could be up to 20 bids from the state.…

Governor Baker tours Nashoba Tech in Westford » Wicked Local Littleton On Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker visited Nashoba Valley Technical High School to tour the upgraded Engineering Academy and to award $9.5 million in Skills Capital Grants. …

Opponents of Berkshire Museum art sale donate to legal fund to stop auctions » Berkshire Eagle With the sale of two Norman Rockwell paintings now a month away, opponents of the auction of these and other Berkshire Museum works are contributing to a legal fund.…

The foundation of Amazon's future - automation - was made in Massachusetts » Boston Business Journal Amazon bought North Reading-based Kiva Systems in 2012, and now the Seattle-based retailer has 100,000 of those robots deployed in warehouses around the world.…

Crimes

Boston cop allegedly played casino slots with tainted evidence room cash » The Republican A Boston police officer at the center of an Attorney General's investigation allegedly played slots at a Plainville casino using cash from the department's Hyde Park evidence room. …

Education

UMass Boston leader Barry Mills to step down in June » Boston Globe The interim leader of the University of Massachusetts Boston, jolting a campus that has been rocked by financial upheaval and the loss of its longtime chancellor, will step down in June 2018, he annou…

State education chief says Mass. must regain 'urgency' » Worcester Telegram & Gazette Issuing a call for urgency in the face of complacency over the success of the state's public education system, Massachusetts Secretary of Education James A. Peyser on Thursday outlined the state gover…

Monty Tech receives grant for machine technology » Sentinel & Enterprise The machines are new and shiny with names like optical comparator or computer numeric control machine.…

Interim UMass Boston Chancellor To Step Down At End Of School Year » WBUR Barry Mills, the interim chancellor at UMass-Boston, plans to step down at the end of this academic year. …

Environment

Drones are the newest tools to monitor the health of Boston Harbor » Boston Globe At a dock jutting into the harbor from the University of Massachusetts Boston campus, a researcher showed off the simple Secchi disk, a black-and-white, circular device that helps scientists determine…

Forest group opposes Mohawk Trail partnership on biomass concerns » Gazette Net BOSTON — Opponents of a bill to establish the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Fund say it is a “classic Trojan horse” to expand biomass energy production in western Massachusetts…

Gov. Baker announces $3 million in repair funding for aging culvert at Forest Park main entrance » The Republican Governor Charlie Baker and other state officials announced Thursday afternoon the the state will pick up the $3 million cost to repair the aging Swan Pond Culvert at the main entrance to Forest Park.…

Federal

Speaking In Boston, Kerry Cautions Of Threats To American Ideals » WBUR Speaking at an awards ceremony in Boston on Thursday night, former Secretary of State and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry says the country is being challenged, mentioning threats to advances in climate …

Gaming

Some casino positions could be exempt from background checks » WWLP 22 People could be exempt from criminal background checks when applying for some Massachusetts casino jobs. …

Plainridge pulling gambling money back to Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine NEARLY 60 PERCENT of the money collected by the Plainridge Park Casino during its first year of operation came from Massachusetts gamblers who previously would have been going out of state to place th…

Health Care

What does Trump's one-man effort to end Obamacare mean? » Boston Globe President Trump has taken yet another step toward unilaterally upending the Affordable Care Act.…

Baker Says Trump Failed To Talk To States Before Signing Health Insurance Order » New England Public Radio Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stopped short Thursday of criticizing President Trump's executive order on health care. But Baker said he does not believe the process included input from states.…

Fast track sought for contraception bill » The Recorder BOSTON — House and Senate leaders appear keen to speed up their review of a bill that would protect a women's access to free birth control in Massachusetts after President Donald Trump last wee…

Lawmakers want cost review of contraceptive bill hurried after Trump » Salem News House and Senate leaders appear keen to speed up their review of a bill that would protect a women's access to free birth control in Massachusetts after President Donald Trump last week moved to expan…

Trump to End Obamacare Subsidies, Raising Fears of Skyrocketing Premiums » Governing The federal government will cease crucial federal payments to health insurers that provide coverage to low-income Americans, the White House announced late Thursday in a move that threatens to send he…

What's in Trump's Health-Care Executive Order? » Governing The Trump administration Thursday advanced a wide-ranging executive order aimed at expanding lower-cost insurance options, allowing employers to give workers money to buy their own coverage and slowin…

5 States Get a Little Money to Keep CHIP Running » Governing While Congress has failed to restore funding to the popular Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Trump administration has made $230 million in excess funds from previous years available to …

State Backlash Grows Against Trump's Birth Control Rollback » Governing Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Wednesday became the latest to sue the Trump administration over its move to roll back the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate. …

Your Turn: State Sen. Chandler lauds 'transparent, deliberative' way to reform healthcare » Worcester Mag Politicians like to talk about healthcare. First it was Romneycare, then Obamacare, then Repeal and Replace. But what do we really want to hear? What questions do we need to ask to better understand h…

US Rep. Richard Neal slams President Donald Trump's health care executive order as 'sabotage' to ACA » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, condemned President Donald Trump Thursday for signing an executive order that could deal a major blow to the Affordable Care Act. …

Human Services

Patriots owner, attorney general join forces to prevent violence, foster healthy relationships in schools » The Sun Chronicle Earlier this year, Alana Rose, a student at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, ran into a typical teenage problem — her friend was spending all of her time with her boyfriend, and neglecting…

Central Mass. officials preparing for arrival of evacuees from Puerto Rico » Worcester Telegram & Gazette As Puerto Rico continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, local leaders are preparing for the arrival of its residents who are escaping the devastation.…

Initiative aids homeless by cutting out panhandlers » Salem News Giving cash to panhandlers can leave those thinking they're doing a good deed still questioning where their money is actually going. So city officials are offering a solution: Give them the money inst…

Insurance

Mass. insurers brace for Trump to cut off subsidies » Boston Business Journal President Donald Trump said late Thursday he plans to cut off billions of dollars in federal subsidies to insurers, a move that will cut $146 million from Massachusetts in 2018 alone and throws a new …

Health Connector Opts For Lower Insurance Rate Hike » WBUR The Massachusetts Health Connector will ready a plan of action in the event that the federal government cuts off certain insurance subsidies, but announced Thursday that it will use its standard 2018 …

Judiciary

Bill would bar parents' testimony against their kids in nearly all cases » Boston Globe As part of a sweeping Senate effort to rewrite criminal justice law, state legislators are attempting to forbid parents from testifying against their children in almost all criminal and juvenile delin…

Mandatory sentences targeted in plan to change drug laws » Gloucester Times State Senate leaders are touting proposed changes to criminal laws that would repeal mandatory sentences for minor drug offenses, lower probation fees, and increase the threshold for felony larceny. …

Legislative

Freshman Legislator: Julian Cyr Navigates New State Senate Role » Cape News From the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill in Boston to the center of Truro on Cape Cod is roughly 106 miles by car.…

McKenna announces October office hours » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle State Rep. Joseph McKenna (R-Webster) will host office hours during the month of October. McKenna will be in Sutton on Monday, Oct. 16, at the Sutton Center Country Store, from noon to 1 p.m.…

Local Government

How Cities Can Nurture an Industrial Renaissance » Governing More and more, innovative companies that make things want to be in the city. Their needs are different from those of yesterday's manufacturers. …

Officials Unveil 311 Center » Revere Journal Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Mayor Brian Arrigo in officially launching Revere's 311 Constituent Services System Tuesday at Revere City Hall.…

Marijuana

Mashpee's Town Meeting Will Address Retail Marijuana » Cape News Mashpee's Annual October Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 16, at 7 PM in the Mashpee Middle/High School Auditorium.…

As Towns Ban Pot, States Withhold Legalization's Profits » Governing Massachusetts is deciding whether to keep marijuana tax revenue from anti-pot municipalities, stirring a debate that some states have already settled and others may face in the future. …

Opinion

Donald Trump's hypocritical attacks on the news media » Boston Globe It takes chutzpah for a man who for two decades phoned media outlets to praise himself, posing as nonexistent publicists named “John Barron” and “John Miller,” who spoke with D…

At the Annual Lecher Awards » Boston Globe And the award for best performance by a sexual predator masquerading as a Hollywood good guy goes to . . . Harvey Weinstein.…

Gutting the census would sabotage democracy » Boston Globe The Supreme Court is considering whether to outlaw partisan gerrymandering, the devious practice that unfairly draws redistricting lines and distorts elections. But there's an even easier way to sabot…

Battenfeld: Time is past for still more excuses » Boston Herald New slogan for the Baker campaign: “Worse than New Jersey!” What an embarrassment. Massachusetts displaces the Garden State as having the worst commuter transit system in the nation, and a…

EDITORIAL: We need common-sense regulation of tech firms » Boston Business Journal It's already been said, many times, that technology has far outpaced the laws that govern it.…

Benton: Transportation upgrades won't come cheap » Salem News Everybody acknowledges the need for road, bridge and rail improvements in the commonwealth. But, as usual, nobody wants to pay for them.…

Politics

Dumas, Heroux agree to Oct. 25 mayoral debate at Attleboro City Hall » The Sun Chronicle ATTLEBORO — Mayoral candidates Kevin Dumas, the Republican incumbent, and Paul Heroux, the Democrat state representative who is challenging him, have agreed to a debate later this month in the …

Outside group continues attacks on Feeney » The Sun Chronicle An outside group has now spent $22,772 attacking Democrat Paul Feeney and supporting Republican Jacob Ventura in a special election for state Senate.…

Derenoncourt confident to win first position in office » The Suffolk Journal Jean Bradley Derenoncourt graduated this past May with a degree in government and around 400 signatures to get his name on the ballot for City Councilor-at-Large for Brockton, Massachusetts. …

Public Health

Local organization working to raise HIV and AIDS awareness » WWLP 22 In honor of National Latino HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, a local organization is working to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.…

Public Safety

Life in Prison for Bump-Fire Stock? Massachusetts Senate Passes Ban More Specific Than House Version » New Boston Post Following Thursday's 33-0 Senate vote, the Bay State now is on the verge of becoming the first state since the Las Vegas shooting rampage to enact a full ban on bump-fire stocks, or add-on equipment t…

YWCA Educates Students on Sexual Assault Prevention » Lynn Journal Representatives from the YWCA North Shore Rape Crisis Center recently spoke to the school committee about the steps they are taking to educate area students about sexual assault awareness and preventi…

Bump stocks unpopular with local gun merchants, enthusiasts » The Recorder Walk into Bear Arms gun shop in Orange, and you likely won't be surprised by what you see. Handguns sit safely behind panes of glass, various rifles and shotguns are displayed on a wall to the right a…

State Senate approves ban on 'bump stocks' » Gloucester Times State lawmakers have approved a ban on bump stocks used to make semi-automatic rifles fire more quickly, like those used by the gunman in the Las Vegas massacre. The measure, which was tacked onto a …

Massachusetts a step closer to restricting access to bump stocks after senators vote » The Republican Access to bump stocks would be severely restricted under the proposal the Massachusetts state Senate backed on Thursday.…

Massachusetts on its way to banning bump stock gun devices » The Washington Post Massachusetts is on its way to becoming the first state since the Las Vegas shooting massacre to outlaw devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to mimic fully automatic guns.…

Kraft, AG to tackle violence nationally » Boston Herald An innovative partnership between Attorney General Maura Healey's office and the New England Patriots that's aimed at preventing violence in schools is looking to expand beyond Massachusetts.…

State Gun Laws: How New England Stacks Up » WGBH In the wake of the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 and injured hundreds, the gun control debate is back in the spotlight.…

State Government

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker travels to Las Vegas to visit memorial for victims of mass shooting » The Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker plans on Friday to pay his respects at the memorial tribute to the victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.…

Taxation

Mass. business groups push to stop 'millionaires tax' » Newburyport News The state's business community is mounting a last-ditch legal challenge to keep a proposed tax on the state's highest earners off next year's ballot.…

Transportation

MBTA to convene task force after surge of deaths on rail tracks » Boston Globe State officials have convened a special working group and are asking for help from the federal government to counter a sharp and sudden increase in the number of people killed by Massachusetts Bay Tra…

CRRC rail car assembly plant in Springfield nearly complete - Western Mass News » Western Mass News Governor Charlie Baker made stops in western Massachusetts on Thursday.…

Charlie Baker's challengers pounce on MBTA 'worst-in-the-nation' report » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker is staunchly defending his efforts to reform the MBTA, brushing off a devastating federal report on the system's breakdown-prone commuter rail as a “long-term problem” t…

Train Factory In Springfield, Mass., Is On Track To Open This Winter » New England Public Radio A factory that will build trains for the T in Boston is almost ready to open. …

Governor Baker in Springfield for CRRC ribbon cutting » WWLP 22 Governor Charlie Baker toured the nearly completed Springfield facility which will build rail cars for the state on Thursday.…

Utilities

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative still fighting to gain access to its own network » Berkshire Eagle A six-month battle to protect its 1,200-mile broadband network is down to a game of inches for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.…

Bay State Consumers "Overcharged" Billions by Utilities? » Public News Service A new report says two utility companies inflated energy costs for their customers in Massachusetts and other New England states. The allegations are being made in a new white paper by the Environmenta…

Maura Healey reviewing study claiming utilities linked to $3.6B scheme » Boston Herald Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is reviewing a “concerning” new study that claims two New England utilities throttled $3.6 billion out of ratepayers — an apparent case o…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

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

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

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

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

Massachusetts May Centralize Beaver Population Control » Boston Magazine

3 Events That Shaped Modern Federalism » Governing

Eminent domain dust-ups » Commonwealth Magazine

How Better Procurement Can Drive Better Outcomes for Cities » Governing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carr: Welcome to Fantasy Island » Boston Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senators rally for judicial reforms on Beacon Hill » Salem News

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

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

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

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

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 3755 - An Act authorizing the town of Dracut to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverage not to be drunk on the premises

HB 3897 - An Act authorizing the town of Dedham to grant additional licenses for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises

HB 2779 - An Act relative to the traffic commission in the city of Woburn

HB 1334 - An Act authorizing the Plymouth County retirement board to acquire real property in Plymouth County

Most read bills of the week:

HB3951 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

SB2170 - An Act relative to criminal justice reform

HB3869 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2017 to provide for supplementing certain existing appropriations and for certain other activities and projects

HB3800 - An Act making appropriations for fiscal year 2018

HB2502 - An Act relative to emergency planning

HB3952 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

HB828 - An Act to protect privacy

HB2490 - An Act relative to emergency planning

SB142 - An Act relative to graduate education for certain professionals

SB2167 - An Act to further define standards of employee safety

House Actions This Week: 380

Senate Actions This Week: 95


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