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Today on Beacon Hill

9:30am DECA Day on the Hill, Grand Staircase, State House

9:30am Pension Reserve Investment Management Board Meeting, 84 State Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

10:00am Single Payer Lobby Day, State House, Boston

10:00am Mass. Clean Energy Center Board of Directors Meeting, 63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

10:30am Cannabis Control Commission Meeting, 19 Staniford Street, 6th Floor, Boston

11:00am Article 97 Celebration, Great Hall, State House

11:00am World Diabetes Day, Nurses Hall, State House

11:00am Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Public Hearing

11:30am Rally on Health Care Legislation, Grand Staircase, State House

12:00pm House Session, Full Formal Session

12:30pm Performance Recognition Program Reception & Ceremony, Second Floor & Gardner Auditorium, State House

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

1:00pm Senate Session, Full Formal Session

2:00pm Mass. Department of Environmental Protection Regulatory Hearing, One Winter Street, 2nd Floor, Boston

6:00pm Fundraiser for Congressional Exploratory Committee for Sen. Barbara L'Italien

7:00pm Democratic State Committee Meeting, Somerville High School, 81 Highland Avenue

Must-Reads

Mitt Romney bets on another sure thing » Boston Globe Mitt Romney, man of many principles, strikes again. …

Campaign Raises More Than $60,000 For Cyclist Who Was Fired For Flipping Off Trump » The Huffington Post A woman who says she was fired from her job after being photographed giving the finger to President Donald Trump's motorcade is receiving an unexpected severance pay, thanks to thousands of online sup…

How American politics went bats**t crazy » Axios There are lots of reasons American politics went off the rails, but Axios CEO Jim VandeHei breaks out six seminal events in the past 24 years that steered us here…

Protesters Jeer as Trump Team Promotes Coal at U.N. Climate Talks » New York Times The Trump administration made its debut at a United Nations conference on climate change on Monday by giving a full-throated defense of fossil fuels and nuclear energy as answers to driving down globa…

House passes bill giving inmates early release options » State House News Service The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation programming, a …

Baker returning to legislature with new opioid bill » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker didn't get everything he wanted when he teamed up with lawmakers to pass a law targeting the scourge of opioid addiction in Massachusetts. On Tuesday, he's back asking for more tool…

Chaotic management led to UMass Boston deficit, audit says » Boston Globe A new audit of UMass Boston's finances paints the first detailed picture of the chaotic budgeting process at the school over the past two years, including multimillion-dollar swings in tuition revenue…

Geoffrey Diehl: Liz Warren has delivered zero for Mass. » Boston Herald Republican Geoffrey G. Diehl is hammering home the idea that U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has done nothing for Bay State voters since they sent her to Washington in 2012. …

Mass. Pike project in Allston to cost $1 billion or more » Boston Globe A mammoth highway project that would dramatically reshape the Massachusetts Turnpike in Allston and affect the commute of hundreds of thousands of motorists will move forward and likely break ground i…

"This legislation addresses our criminal justice system from the earliest point at which an individual first makes contact with our criminal system, sometimes as children, up until the time an individual re-enters society after incarceration,"

Representative Claire Cronin

Speaking about the criminal justice bill scheduled for debate today in the House of Representatives.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Moulton To Ryan: Hold Hearing On Bump Stock Ban Bill » CBS Boston Congressman Seth Moulton is calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to at least hold a hearing on a bill that would ban bump stocks.…

'Nothing about it felt right': More than 50 people describe sexual harassment on Capitol Hill » CNN

Business

This ex-Fidelity worker won at the Supreme Court. Now a Boston jury will decide if she is a true whistle-blower » Boston Globe Jackie Lawson convinced the US Supreme Court that a law protecting whistle-blowers applies to private companies like Fidelity Investments, but now it will be up to a federal jury in Boston whether she…

General Electric plans job cuts, slash in quarterly dividend » Boston Globe Boston's biggest company is going to get considerably smaller under a turnaround plan that new General Electric Co. chief executive John Flannery spelled out Monday.…

Why your mental map of the US economy is probably wrong » Boston Globe If you think of America as a divided nation, with the coastal cities thriving and the vast middle struggling, it might be time to stop.…

Mass. lawmakers to seek $45 million influx for broadband work » Berkshire Eagle The Legislature is poised to steer $45 million to a problem earlier funding couldn't quite solve: bringing broadband internet to all rural towns.…

Cape fishermen reap benefits of monitoring program » Cape Cod Times With fleets on the West Coast and in Alaska, members of the East Coast swordfishing and herring fleets and 20 New England groundfishermen all using cameras to record their fishing, the technology is g…

Crimes

Lawmakers tackle sweeping bill on crime, punishment » South Coast Today Debate began Monday in the Massachusetts House on a massive criminal justice bill that backers said would make the state a safer place while offering more people the opportunity to turn their lives ar…

Mass. Legislature Poised To Allow Expungement Of Some Juvenile Criminal Records » WBUR When juveniles are convicted of crimes in the state of Massachusetts, their criminal records may haunt them long past their punishments, with the potential to hurt job, housing and education prospects…

Jaywalking while texting may soon net heavy fines » WCVB BOSTON — Jaywalking and texting could soon net you a hefty fine in the Bay State.…

Mass. state legislature considering texting-and-jaywalking bill » 7 News BOSTON (WHDH) - The next time you decide to jaywalk, you may want to think twice — a stiffer fine may be on the line.…

FBI Report: Mass. Had Highest Rate Of Reported Hate Crimes In 2016 » WBUR Massachusetts had the highest rate of reported hate crimes in the country last year, according to a new FBI report released Monday.…

Education

UMass Lowell given grant to research smart fabric » Governor Charlie Baker awarded UMass Lowell an $11.3 million state grant to establish the Fabric Discovery Center, with the mission of fostering innovation and collaboration between multiple academic …

Berklee president: 11 faculty members have been terminated in 13 years for sex assault, harassment » Boston Globe Berklee College of Music president Roger Brown on Monday told a packed campus-wide forum that the renowned school has terminated 11 faculty members in the past 13 years for sexual misconduct.…

Worcester schools to seek city's help with projected $1.6M budget gap » Worcester Telegram & Gazette The schools plan to seek the city's help to close a projected $1.6 million budget shortfall that emerged over the first few months of the fiscal year, the district's chief financial and operations off…

Audit cites lack of oversight at Salem State » The Salem News Salem State University failed to keep track of millions of dollars in technology equipment, did not report stolen or missing property as required by state law, and lacked proper oversight of its fuel …

Environment

Massachusetts carbon tax bills are a mixed bag » R Street The search for climate change solutions that keep science front and center and political preferences secondary has led to one frustration after another. But that soon may change. A revenue-neutral car…

A tree grows in Lynn Common » Lynn Daily News Item Charlie Brown would have been proud of the tree planted Monday on Lynn Common.…

Health Care

Bill calls for coverage of heart, brain screenings for kids » The Salem News It was a Saturday in early December 2015, and James Anthony "JJ" Rosato Jr., a third-grader at the Great Oak Elementary School who loved playing hockey, was at a Boston University hockey game for a bi…

L'Italien Champions Fixes to State Healthcare Law; Senate Approves » WHAV Andover Sen. Barbara L'Italien said she championed several amendments to a sweeping healthcare reform bill, passed by the Senate late last week. …

Baker-Polito Administration secures additional year of flexibility to maintain health insurance market stability for small businesses » Sampan

Human Services

The Only Federal Agency Dedicated to Homelessness Is At Risk of Extinction » Governing

Judiciary

House to vote on bill that could eliminate many mandatory minimum sentences » Boston Globe The House began tackling criminal justice legislation Monday — the latest step in Beacon Hill's efforts to make significant changes to the state policies like mandatory-minimum sentences and th…

House passes bill giving inmates early release options » Sentinel & Enterprise BOSTON -- The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Monday that would allow inmates in state jails and prisons to shorten their time behind bars by participating in rehabilitation progr…

Medway's Eustis sworn in as judge » Milford Daily News A local resident has been sworn in as an associate justice at Milford District Court, after being nominated in October.…

Justice debate will dictate punishment for deadly drug distributors » WWLP 22

Local Government

Kenney out as Fall River planner » The Herald News William Kenney, the city planner, was dismissed Monday morning by Mayor Jasiel Correia II, a city councilor confirmed.…

Brookline's public relations war over school site escalates » Boston Globe You could be forgiven for thinking there was a dire emergency confronting Brookline, based on the number of attorneys and public relations specialists working behind the scenes on the hottest controve…

Claim: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe $425M in debt, services cut » Cape Cod Times A call for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe members to attend a meeting Sunday afternoon to address longstanding concerns about the tribe's mounting debt claimed it has grown to $425 million and that services …

New Bedford's State Pier just got a lot cooler » South Coast Today Leaders from around the state will reveal how cool the State Pier has become Thursday.…

Marijuana

Medical pot plans get green light in Peabody » The Salem News Three medical marijuana companies looking to open in the city have gotten the go-ahead from Peabody officials to seek state approval.…

On pot, just say yes and no » Commonwealth Magazine

Opinion

Mitt Romney bets on another sure thing » Boston Globe After a woman told The Washington Post she was sexually assaulted 38 years ago, when she was 14, by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Romney tweeted, “Innocent until proven guilty is for crimi…

Columnist Caty Simon: Spend money on treatment, not cameras » Gazette Net In September, Northampton Police Chief Jody Kasper proposed the installation of surveillance cameras in the city's downtown. In response, three city councilors introduced a resolution and ordinance to…

The GOP tax cut is daylight robbery » Boston Globe If the tax cut passes, it will constitute the largest heist in human history. This is daylight robbery by the super-rich against the rest of society: homeowners, students, the middle class, the young,…

Trump's unlimited nuclear power poses security risk » Boston Globe In the United States, the rules governing the use of nuclear weapons are shockingly free from the basic checks and balances that govern nearly every other aspect of our democratic society.…

Igor Greenwald: Black eye for civil liberties in state » Berkshire Eagle The Massachusetts State Police trooper is holding the young woman by the elbow, and in those first few seconds of the video, shot last month at a protest against a gas pipeline in Sandisfield, you get…

Editorial: Wiretap law needs fix » Boston Herald One of the shortcomings of a criminal justice reform bill approved by the state Senate last month was the failure to allow for the use of electronic surveillance in more criminal investigations.…

Battenfeld: Liz Warren, Donald Trump could bite Charlie Baker in 2018 » Boston Herald The election results last week showed what happens when motivated, Trump-hating Democrats show up to the polls, and if the trend continues next November, it will threaten Baker's re-election hopes.…

Carr: Hack jobs are never on level » Boston Herald Perhaps because they haven't been on the job all that long, Troopers Ryan Sceviour and Ali Rei made a rookie mistake.…

Perhaps the Tide Has Turned » Business West In the days and weeks after the Harvey Weinstein story broke and new wrinkles were continually added, there was growing commentary that maybe some kind of milestone had been reached, that maybe the ti…

Peter Lucas: A rigged Democrat political system? Ask a beneficiary, Elizabeth Warren » Lowell Sun

Politics

PUBLIC OFFICIALS of the YEAR » Governing Government works. In the current political climate, that's a statement that can come off as bold, or even radical or controversial. …

Attorney General Maura Healey discusses importance of political engagement » The Daily Collegian Amidst a discussion of national and local issues such as opioid abuse, climate change and predatory lending practices, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey emphasized the importance of staying …

Former ambassador Rufus Gifford to run for Tsongas seat » Boston Herald Rufus Gifford, a former ambassador to Denmark and a reality TV star, is launching a run for U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas' open congressional seat, becoming the latest recent transplant to the district to jo…

Chalifoux Zephir gets campaign boost from Warren (VIDEO) » Lowell Sun Both Democrats and Republicans made their voices heard Sunday as U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren made a stop in Fitchburg to stump for Sue Chalifoux Zephir, a Democrat running for state Senate in the Wo…

As challengers line up, Warren says 'we're ready' for 2018 » Lowell Sun As the Republican National Committee sinks significant resources into Massachusetts and targets U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2018 campaign, Warren and her supporters say they are up to the challenge.…

Baker piles on Attleboro's mayor-elect » The Sun Chronicle Gov. Charlie Baker is the latest politician to slam state Rep. Paul Heroux for saying he may serve as both a legislator and mayor of Attleboro for a time.…

Public Health

Healey speaks with students dealing with substance abuse disorders in Springfield » WWLP 22 Attorney General Maura Healey visited a recovery high school in Springfield Monday to speak with students about their path to treatment and recovery.…

Mass. Opioid Overdose Deaths Are Down 10 Percent So Far This Year » WBUR There's some relief in the latest snapshot of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts, as an estimated 167 fewer residents died in the first nine months of 2017, as compared with the same period last …

Amherst Becomes 4th Jurisdiction in Massachusetts to Endorse Medical Aid in Dying » PR Newswire

Public Safety

Retiring Col. Richard McKeon may collect $188G pension » Boston Herald Retiring state police Col. Richard McKeon could collect a $188,000-a-year pension after he calls it quits Friday, all while facing scathing criticism for ordering state troopers to delete embarrassing…

Chelsea police make terminally ill toddler's dream come true » Boston Globe Sandra Cordero knew her request was unusual. The mother didn't walk into the Chelsea Police Department late Sunday morning to report a crime or to fill out a report. …

Gun lobby wants to blunt attorney general's powers » Newburyport News Gun rights advocates are aiming to weaken Attorney General Maura Healey's authority in light of her aggressive campaign to enforce the state's assault weapons ban.…

Another State Trooper Sues, Alleging Conspiracy Regarding Altered Arrest Report of Massachusetts Judge's Daughter » New Boston Post On Friday a second state trooper involved in creating the original arrest report for 30-year-old Alli Bibaud, daughter of Judge Timothy Bibaud, slapped McKeon, Major Susan Anderson, and others with a …

Massachusetts State Police Col. Richard McKeon could receive as much as $188K pension » The Republican Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon, who stepped down following allegations that he ordered state troopers to remove embarrassing details from an arrest report for a judge's daughter, is…

New report: Opioid overdose deaths down 10 percent » The Eagle Tribune Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined by 10 percent in the first nine months of 2017 when compared to the same time period last year, the state Department of Public Health reported Monday. …

Panel would examine how criminal justice system affects Massachusetts women » The Republican Women incarcerated in Massachusetts are generally convicted of nonviolent and lower-level crimes. Yet they are a fast-growing group within the criminal justice system, with about 3 percent more women …

Police: 'If it's not in the report, it didn't happen' » The Salem News Some area police officers say they were concerned by Gov. Charlie Baker's suggestion last week that it's “not that unusual” for details to be edited out of police reports.…

Taxation

Tax plan: What's the impact in the Berkshires? » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire County residents are in line to be among those who would personally feel the impact of the proposed GOP/Trump tax plan — "The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" — and if approved, it's lik…

Transportation

Legislators hear bill pushing for increased access to IDs for homeless » The Daily Free Press The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Transportation heard a bill Monday afternoon that proposed extending access of identification cards to the homeless community.…

Fairmount or Foxborough Line? An urban-suburban transit debate » Boston Globe Should the Fairmount Line be a traditional commuter rail service, running from the city to a distant suburb and back again during rush hours?…

Massachusetts considers hiring debt collection firm to chase toll scofflaws from other states » The Republican Massachusetts transportation officials are considering the hiring of a debt collection firm that will track down toll scofflaws from other states.…

T oversight board at impasse on alcohol policy » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA's FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD reached its first-ever impasse on Monday, deadlocking 2-2 on whether to resume accepting alcohol advertising on a limited basis at the transit authority.…

Fixing this crumbling I-90 viaduct in Boston is likely to cost $1 billion » The Republican Massachusetts transportation officials on Monday put a price tag on the replacement of an I-90 viaduct in Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood: $1 billion.…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

State Rep. Dooley participates in national adoption month » Wicked Local Plainville

74 percent of Massachusetts adults support Boston-to-Springfield rail, poll finds » Mass Live

Public defenders rally outside Springfield courthouse for bargaining rights, better pay » Mass Live

House approves veterans parking bill » Sentinel & Enterprise

Tickets? Puh-leez. There Are Lots of New Ways to Pay Bus and Train Fares. » Governing

More than 1,400 have died from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts so far this year, down from 2016 » The Republican

'Unprecedented moment' seen as House dives into crime bill » The Recorder

The skills gap in cybersecurity is widening » Worcester Business Journal

Andy Vargas Will Be Sworn In as State Representative Wednesday » WHAV

Framingham pushes economic development with new strong mayor » Worcester Business Journal

Opioid overdoses in Mass. down significantly in first 9 months of 2017 » Boston Business Journal

Massachusetts House passes bill to expand program access for prison inmates » The Republican

Lynn's Hong Net enters the crowded shadow primary for a potential House election » Lynn Daily News Item

Massachusetts State Legislature Considers Bill to Increase Jaywalking Fines » Boston Magazine

Opponents Rejoice After Berkshire Museum Art Auction Halted » WAMC

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