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Today on Beacon Hill

7:30am 2018 Pembroke Legislative Breakfast, Pembroke Country Club, 94 West Elm Street, Pembroke

9:45am State Rep. Candidate Jim Hawkins Canvass Kickoff with Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 North Main Street, Attleboro

10:00am DCAMM Construction and Design Affirmative Marketing Program Industry Input Public Session - New Bedford, Fort Tabor Community Center, 1000 South Rodney French Boulevard, New Bedford

10:00am Mass. Gaming Commission Public Hearing, 101 Federal Street, 12th Floor, Boston

11:30am Reception for Rep. Jeff Roy with Congressman Joe Kennedy III

7:00pm Sen. Paul Feeney's 40th Birthday Fundraiser

7:00pm Meet & Greet with State Sen. Candidate Steven Hall

7:00pm Northern Essex Registrar of Deeds Candidate Alexcy Vega Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Rep. Thomas Stanley

Must-Reads

Cynthia Nixon and the Degradation of Experience » New York Times In politics, too, training and knowledge matter. Hasn't Trump taught us that? …

John Bolton's Curious Appearance In A Russian Gun Rights Video » NPR Incoming White House national security adviser John Bolton recorded a video used by the Russian gun rights group The Right to Bear Arms in 2013 to encourage the Russian government to loosen gun laws. …

An embarrassing failure for federal prosecutors in Boston Calling case » Boston Globe As Laurel and Hardy might say, what a fine mess the US Attorney's Office has gotten itself into! …

SPILKA TALKS STYLE AND VALUES, TIMING OF TRANSITION UNCLEAR » State House News Service Doubling down on the progressive politics that have defined the Senate over the past three years, Sen. Karen Spilka declared herself the "Senate president-elect" on Thursday, though there appeared to …

SENATE APPROVES FINANCIAL, CIVICS EDUCATION BILLS » State House News Service Refinancing and rates of return could join reading and 'rithmetic among the staples of a Bay State student's education, and lenders might be barred from sending unsolicited loan offers under a pair of…

'Pink wave' candidates' campaign ads highlight breastfeeding » ABC News The “pink wave” of women running for office includes some candidates breastfeeding in their campaign ads — a move they say underscores the dynamic role of mothers in the political s…

Spilka followed Rosenberg playbook » Commonwealth Magazine Sen. Karen Spilka of Ashland appears to have followed the playbook of the former Senate president, Stan Rosenberg, in pulling together the votes she needed to become the chamber's next president. …

WBUR Poll: Gov. Baker Maintains Big Leads Over Democratic Challengers » WBUR The survey of 504 registered voters (topline results, crosstabs) found that two-thirds of them have a favorable view of the governor, while a majority still have not heard of the three Democrats: Jay …

The top 15 Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, ranked » Washington Post In case you needed reminding that the 2020 election is just around the corner, two 70-something men got into a war of words this week over physically beating each other up. These two men just happened…

“They’re crimes, and it’s something that I assume that the proper authorities will deal with,”

Senate President Harriette Chandler

Speaking about the Massachusetts State Police overtime scandal.

News By Category
Business

House votes to tax and regulate rooms rented through services like Airbnb » MassLive Trying to bring state law in line with the new ways in which people rent short-term lodging, the Massachusetts House on Thursday passed legislation to regulate and tax the short-term rental industry.…

Art expert files last-minute amicus brief in Berkshire Museum case » The Berkshire Eagle Even as a top Massachusetts jurist quizzed lawyers Tuesday about Berkshire Museum art sales, another point of view was winging its way east to his court. …

Crimes

Owner of transportation company Rite Way indicted for money laundering in MassHealth fraud scheme » The Republican The owner of a medical transportation company has been indicted for money laundering.…

Education

Report shows jump in students living in private Dorchester housing » Dorchester Reporter After a year of near stagnant growth in enrollments, Boston's colleges and universities are now seeing higher numbers and just over 45 percent of all students in the city are now living off campus in …

Bill would require more civics projects » Sentinel & Enterprise As a student at Lowell High School, Carline Kirksey was frustrated with some of the curriculum. Her social studies classes hardly touched current events and she knew very little about what was going o…

Financial and civics education bills among trio that cleared the Senate » Mass Live Refinancing and rates of return could join reading and 'rithmetic among the staples of a Bay State student's education, and lenders might be barred from sending unsolicited loan offers under a pair of…

Bill pushes civics as graduation requirement » Lowell Sun As a student at Lowell High School, Carline Kirksey was frustrated with some of the curriculum. Her social studies classes hardly touched current events and she knew very little about what was going o…

Vote To Shutter Historic Berkshire Schoolhouses Tabled » WAMC The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has tabled a decision to begin closing two schools. …

Environment

Massachusetts May Extend The Life Of Controversial Ash Landfill In Saugus » WGBH Loretta LaCentra's home is on a narrow strip of land in Revere. On one side, a few blocks away, is the ocean. On the other side, she stood in her lawn looking west across the Pines River at a salt mar…

Health Care

MassHealth restructured, begins student loan repayment program for health care providers » The Daily Free Press In order to structure MassHealth into smaller care organizations, $37 million was given to improve existing programs in primary care and behavioral health across Massachusetts. As a part of this, they…

Title X Funding Worries Local Women’s Healthcare Providers » Boston University News Service

Housing

Proposal allows homeowners to sell endangered coastal properties back to state » My Fox Boston With one storm after another this has been a tough winter for the New England shoreline. Many coastal homes are paying the price, getting closer to harm's way as beaches suffer from severe erosion.…

Insurance

Workers' compensation rates to fall » Boston Globe Rates for workers' compensation insurance will decrease by nearly 13 percent beginning July 1, as a result of an agreement between Attorney General Maura Healey and an organization representing insure…

Judiciary

Fortier nominated as Orange District Court clerk magistrate » The Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated Joella E. Fortier to be clerk magistrate at Orange District Court.…

Negotiators file compromise criminal justice reform bill » State House News Service

Moving past 'punishment mode,' Massachusetts House and Senate agree on criminal justice overhaul » Mass Live

Labor

The state's new pay-equity law takes effect soon, and lawyers say many businesses aren't ready » Boston Business Journal The state's new pay-equity law takes effect within months, and lawyers say many businesses aren't ready.…

Legislative

Crighton takes his seat in the State Senate » Lynn Daily News Item Gov. Charlie Baker swore him in two weeks ago, but on Thursday the state senate made it official when they welcomed former state Rep. Brendan Crighton to the 40-member body.…

Support propels Karen Spilka to top Senate role » Boston Herald State Sen. Karen E. Spilka emerged yesterday as the likely next president of the Massachusetts state Senate following a dark and bruising period for the normally placid branch on Beacon Hill. …

Senate President-elect Karen Spilka pledges 'respectful, smooth transition' » Mass Live Senate President-elect Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, on Thursday pledged a "respectful yet smooth transition" as she takes over the Senate presidency from Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester.…

Ashland Democrat Claims Support To Become Next Mass. Senate President » New England Public Radio Ashland Democrat Sen. Karen Spilka, the lead budget writer for the Massachusetts Senate, emerged Wednesday from a crowded but fluid field of Democrats interested in becoming the next Senate president.…

Spilka secures votes for Senate president » Commonwealth Magazine Time to 'turn the page,' says budget committee chief …

Working from hospital, Sen. Barrett hopes to be home by next week » State House News Service

McCourty: Pats players ready to be "force of change" on Beacon Hill » State House News Service

Local Government

Cultural council hosts reception » The Sun Chronicle The Foxboro Cultural Council is holding a reception for its 2018 grant recipients 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at The Marilyn Rodman Center for Performing Arts-The Orpheum.…

Holyoke Council votes to ask Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne Bump to examine city finances » The Republican The City Council has voted to ask Massachusetts Auditor Suzanne M. Bump to do an audit of municipal finances.…

A case is dismissed, and the cloud that loomed over Walsh dissolves » Boston Globe It was an explosive case, a public corruption probe with the potential to undermine a new mayor's political agenda.…

Sen. Gobi to join River Rat Race » Athol Daily News Canoe entries for the April 14 River Rat Race are up to 26 and include state Sen. Anne Gobi, of Spencer, and partner Gary McComas of North Brookfield. …

Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal » Commonwealth Magazine JUST HOURS BEFORE the Boston City Council was set to vote – and likely reject – Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbn…

Marijuana

Medical marijuana zone in Brockton called 'case study on how to limit business' » The Enterprise Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter said several medical marijuana dispensaries interested in doing business in Brockton have been prevented from opening in the city due to the restrictive nature of a zonin…

Opinion

Gov Baker Comes Through — Again » Revere Journal The recent presentation by Gov. Charlie Baker of a $2 million MassWorks grant to the city marks yet another step forward toward the overhaul of the Shirley Avenue business district. Funding from the g…

Seven steps. 27,000 lives. » Boston Globe In America, guns are a fact of life — and too often a cause of death. In all, 38,658 people died from gunshots in 2016. Some were murdered; others took their own lives. Some were killed by acci…

Wake up, hapless technology users » Boston Globe In the wake of the revelations about Cambridge Analytica's misuse of Facebook data, crucial concerns about the failure of corporations and government to protect our rights to privacy have been raised.…

Carr: Bleeding-heart judge bleeding rule of law in court » Boston Herald The word of the day is “unfettered.” That's the kind of discretion Hampden Superior Court Judge David Ricciardone said he wanted when he was first nominated for a hack state judgeship back…

As problems pile up, is Charlie Baker holding up his end of the bargain? » Boston Globe Another week, another blow up — actually two — for Charlie Baker. Will any of them stick to Mr. Teflon?…

An embarrassing failure for federal prosecutors in Boston Calling case » Boston Globe As Laurel and Hardy might say, what a fine mess the US Attorney's Office has gotten itself into!…

How Trump got it wrong about Lawrence » Boston Globe It's surreal hearing President Donald Trump talk about my hometown, but his rhetoric is too familiar. Trump called the city of Lawrence, and other sanctuary cities, “safe havens for just some te…

EDITORIAL: Sales tax buffer zone is not the solution The Lowell Sun » Lowell Sun If you don't succeed, try, try again. Some might find it taxing, but for two Lawrence state reps, the potential reward more than makes up for the effort.…

Clive McFarlane: Police accountability mostly talk » Worcester Telegram

Politics

Swampscott Republican enters Mass. secretary of state race » Wicked Local A Swampscott Republican has dropped his political challenge against state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, in the Nov. 6 state election – and chosen, instead, to run for the secretary of the co…

Arroyo uses 70th birthday bash to pay bills from suspension » Boston Globe Cue the balloons, candles, cake . . . and checks to pay off the bills?…

Swampscott Town Meeting Member Vying For Secretary Of State » Framingham Patch While a contest between a long-time incumbent and an upstart Boston councilor has enlivened the race for secretary of state on the Democratic side of the ticket this year, the Republican Party got it'…

Democrat announces run for state rep. against Kelcourse » Newburyport News Democract Jennifer Runnion announced her candidacy this week for state representative in the 1st Essex District.…

Vineyard Students Head to Washington for March to End Gun Violence » Vineyard Gazette The upcoming trip to Washington D.C. for the March for Our Lives, a national demonstration against gun violence following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., will not be a luxurious excursion for I…

State Rep Miceli Endorses Kratman For Tewksbury Selectman » Framingham Patch Before I had the pleasure of serving Wilmington and Tewksbury as State Representative, I served many years in Wilmington as a selectman and a planning board member. Over that time, I learned the impor…

Senate hopefuls meet up with voters at First Parish forum » Dorchester Reporter Three candidates running in a special election for the state Senate's First Suffolk seat spoke at a panel discussion organized by more than 20 civic associations on Monday evening at the First Parish …

DiZoglio Would Be 'Humbled and Honored' to Serve in State Senate » WHAV Rep. Diana DiZoglio is hoping to make big moves on Beacon Hill. Currently in her third term representing Methuen and Haverhill, DiZoglio plans to run for the soon-to-be vacant seat left when Sen. Kath…

House rep who decried silencing tactics to run for Senate » Boston Herald Democratic state Rep. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen says she plans to run for the state Senate in November.…

Palmieri will bid for Leominster state rep seat » Sentinel & Enterprise

Public Safety

Officials: Dangerous drug cocktail may be sweeping city » Lowell Sun Four fatal overdoses in just 12 hours prompted public-safety officials to issue an urgent warning that there appears to be a lethal batch of opiates in the city Thursday, and in particular to warn tho…

How they got caught: Mass. State Police overtime scandal began with investigation of one trooper » MassLive A total of 21 Massachusetts State Police troopers working a specialized patrol on the Massachusetts Turnpike skipped out on shifts, but kept getting paid anyway.…

Mass. chapter of NRA focuses on mental health, fixing 'oppressive, ineffective' gun laws » The Sun Chronicle As the national conversation surrounding gun laws shifts in the wake of the Parkland tragedy, the Massachusetts affiliate of the National Rifle Association remains steadfast in its support of legislat…

Adults marvel at youth-led gun control movement; Boston teens say it's about time » Boston Globe Buses from across the country will roll into the nation's capital Saturday, delivering tens of thousands of students and their families to the March for Our Lives, a rally against gun violence sparked…

Baker: Drug dealers must be fully punished in state (VIDEO) » Sentinel & Enterprise As he seeks reelection to a second four-year term, Gov. Charlie Baker highlighted state advancements in fighting the opioid epidemic and the battle he's undertaking to ensure fentanyl and carfentanil …

Clinton schools hold safety forum » Worcester Telegram The Clinton School district held a Community Safety Forum March 15, at the Clinton High auditorium to communicate what steps the Clinton schools have been taking, and will continue to take, to protect…

Leominster students: We want to feel safe in school again » Leominster Champion Students at Leominster High School and Sky View Middle School had a message last week for state and Congressional leaders: They want to feel safe in school again, and something needs to be done to mak…

State labs not equipped to enforce 2015 fentanyl law » The Enterprise The heralded law that made trafficking in the deadly synthetic opiate fentanyl a new crime in 2015 has proven to be “unenforceable,” according to the Baker administration, police and prose…

State Police cite overtime discrepancies » Commonwealth Magazine Col. Gilpin schedules 19 hearings, refers audit results to attorney general …

State Police shield is tarnished » Commonwealth Magazine The Massachusetts State Police, long viewed as a model professional law enforcement agency with funny-looking uniforms, is going through one of the toughest times in its 153-year history and there are…

State Government

Polito applauds Fitchburg Theater Block vision » Sentinel & Enterprise If local officials are hoping for state help renovating the Fitchburg Theater Block, they got some encouraging signs during Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito's visit to the Main Street project Thursday afternoon.…

Sorry Feds, MA Barely Needs You: Study » Framingham Patch

Taxation

Massachusetts House approves bill to tax short-term rentals » WCVB Trying to bring state law in line with the new ways in which people rent short-term lodging, the Massachusetts House on Thursday passed legislation to regulate and tax the short-term rental industry.…

House passes new tax on short-term rentals » Commonwealth Magazine Airbnb called the measure 'onerous and overly burdensome" …

Transportation

Carvalho's proposal for Fairmount Line pilot clears Beacon Hill hurdle » Dorchester Reporter A House bill proposed by State Rep. Evandro Carvalho that would instruct the MBTA to run more frequent trains on the Fairmount Line over a two year period has cleared an important hurdle at the State …

Hunt bill calls for public input on T's digital billboards » Dorchester Reporter As the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and residents butt heads over the possible conversion of existing MBTA billboards to digital displays and the proposed installations of smaller digita…

Utilities

Comcast to wire 96 percent of Buckland, Shelburne by summer » The Recorder The days of sitting in a parked car with a laptop outside a closed library or town hall — tapping into the wifi — are almost over for Buckland and Shelburne residents.…

Broadband internet still very much an issue in rural Franklin County » WWLP 22 There are some parts of Franklin County where it's almost impossible to find an internet connection.…

Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Massachusetts Secretary Bill Galvin backs automatic voter registration » The Republican

Petitions bulk up Provincetown Annual Town Meeting warrant » Wicked Local Truro

MetroWest communities get $60K in downtown planning grants » Worcester Business Journal

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

HB 4156 - An Act designating a certain bridge in the town of Lee as the Louis J. Digrigoli Bridge

HB 4084 - An act relative to the funding of the other post-employment benefits liability trust fund in the town of Northbridge

SB 2251 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Linda Thernize-Williams, an employee of the Department of Transitional Assistance

HB 3957 - An Act authorizing the Deerfield Area Fire Protection District to continue the employment of Fire Chief Chester Yazwinski

HB 3449 - An Act authorizing the town of Leyden to continue employment of police chief Daniel J. Galvis

SB 2014 - An Act relative to veterans' housing in the town of Agawam

HB 4059 - An Act establishing a sick leave bank for Deirdre Dacey, an employee of the Parole Board

Most read bills of the week:

HB4314 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

HB4318 - An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity

HB4287 - An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals

HB4316 - Amendment Order

HB4313 - An Act providing affordable health insurance options to municipal retirees

SB1342 - An Act relative to voluntary towing reform

HB4134 - An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents

HB4297 - An Act enhancing opportunities for all

SB2355 - An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement

SB2357 - An Act relative to unsolicited loans

House Actions This Week: 406

Senate Actions This Week: 272

Press Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treasurer Goldberg Announces SeedMA Baby » Office of Treasurer Deb Goldberg

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

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

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


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