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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Jane Doe Legislative Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:30pm Methuen Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

6:00pm Beth Lindstrom for U.S. Senate Reception

6:00pm Boston Professionals Reception for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen

6:00pm Rep. Nick Collins for State Senate Countdown to Election Day Event

Must-Reads

Scott Pruitt’s Dirty Politics » The New Yorker How the Environmental Protection Agency became the fossil-fuel industry’s best friend. …

To try to save this landmark ficus, they married it: Fort Myers women stage tree wedding in Snell Park » NewsPress Karen Cooper was ready to go out on a limb to save her beloved, so she got married ... to a tree. Specifically, the giant ficus that has shaded Snell Family Park in Fort Myers for more than a century.…

Editorial: State police must purge bad apples » Boston Herald The force is an embarrassment lately. The criminals they capture should dominate the headlines, not allegations of overtime padding, records shredding and questionable hires. …

Working from hospital, Sen. Barrett hopes to be home by next week » Lowell Sun Sen. Michael Barrett is "pleased and relieved to report" he's doing well after undergoing treatment for leukemia, he said Friday in a phone call from his room at Massachusetts General Hospital. …

GOP candidates blast Sen. Warren, AG Healey at Spring Fling » The Eagle Tribune Republican candidates for U.S. senator and state attorney general castigated the two incumbents they want to defeat at the annual Spring Fling Thursday evening. …

NEGOTIATORS FILE COMPROMISE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM BILL » State House News Service A handful of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses would be repealed and the state's approach to juvenile offenders overhauled in a sweeping criminal justice bill released Friday by House and …

Legal group says ICE is targeting immigrants in Fitchburg » Sentinel & Enterprise Immigrations and Customs Enforcement are arresting undocumented immigrants on their way to and from hearings at the Fitchburg District Courthouse, according to an legal group suing to stop the practic…

Despite porn stars and Playboy models, white evangelicals aren’t rejecting Trump. This is why. » Washington Post A porn actress says she had sex with Donald Trump, only a few months after his wife had given birth to a son. A former Playboy model says she had an affair with him, too. And yet according to a Pew Re…

A Merger for the Rabbi and the Labor Leader » New York Times Randi Weingarten and Rabbi Sharon Anne Kleinbaum [were] married March 25 at La Marina, a restaurant in New York. ... Ms. Weingarten ... 60, is the president of the American Federation of Teachers, whi…

A Race Gone Amaad? New Hampden Senate Bid Surfaces… » Western Mass Politics and Insight Former Springfield City Councilor Amaad Rivera has reentered the electoral arena, challenging West Springfield Senator James Welch. Rivera, who has mostly worked as a political aide since leaving offi…

“The agreement we’ve reached is about lifting people up, not locking them up,”

Senator William Brownsberger

Speaking about the criminal justice reform bill which was released from conference committee on Friday.

News By Category
Business

Peeved about power? Eversource defends its efforts » Wicked Local Brewster We know March comes in like a lion, but when is the lamb going to show up?…

Gun makers thriving in Massachusetts 'since American Revolution' » Worcester Telegram The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has shone a new spotlight on Massachusetts’ thriving firearms manufacturing industry.…

The Massachusetts gun manufacturing industry thrives despite recent shootings » The Sun Chronicle The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has shone a new spotlight on Massachusetts’ thriving firearms manufacturing industry.…

How innovative is Massachusetts? Let’s look at the numbers » Boston Globe How is the innovation economy in Massachusetts doing in 2018? In the world of biotech, there’s fretting about whether we’re in the midst of a bubble for private and public company valuat…

Massachusetts Won’t Let Local Breweries Make Beer with CBD » Boston Magazine Down the Road Beer Co. says the ABCC thwarted its plans to use the marijuana-derivative in an IPA. …

Owner says $41 million rehab of Paramount Theater-Massasoit property in downtown Springfield set to begin » The Republican Developer Heriberto Flores said his agency anticipates launching a $41 million redevelopment project in June of the historic Paramount Theater and Massasoit building, seen as a key component of downto…

Civil Rights

Bill would bar police from claiming sexual contact with anyone in custody is consensual » Boston Globe Two lawmakers have filed legislation they say would close a loophole in state law that allows police officers to claim sexual conduct with those in their custody is consensual.…

Education

Financial literacy, civics may be mandated in school » Sentinel & Enterprise House 118-30, approved and sent to the Senate a bill regulating and taxing short-term rentals of less than 28 days that are offered by Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO. Taxes would range from 4 percent to 8 …

Worcester plans to expand in-school breakfast program » Worcester Telegram The first things students in Robin Hoel’s second-grade class at Chandler Magnet School had out on their desks to start their school day Friday morning were not papers and pencils, but milk and …

Bill aims to strengthen civics education in Massachusetts » WHDH Beacon Hill lawmakers are weighing legislation aimed at helping make sure young people in Massachusetts have a better understanding in how the country’s political system works and their place i…

Legislature Guarantees Access to Public Schools » Mass Moments On this day in 1845, the Massachusetts legislature guaranteed that every child in the state would have access to a public school. One source of pressure on the lawmakers was a petition submitted by a …

Environment

Herring Commission co-hosts conference on Aquatic Invasive Plants » South Coast Today On March 7, the Middleborough-Lakeville Herring Fishery Commission and the River Herring Network, spearheaded by Abigail Archer of Woods Hole Sea Grant, jointly hosted a workshop on invasive aquatic p…

Path to extinction for North Atlantic right whales » Cape Cod Times Inside the cabin of the research vessel Shearwater, Charles “Stormy” Mayo, senior scientist and director of the Right Whale Ecology Program at the Center for Coastal Studies, pulled up on …

Federal

For these veterans, dealing with VA has been a relentless fight » Boston Globe Robert DiCicco left a Fields Corner three-decker in 1952 to join the Marines he had idolized while growing up during World War II. A year later, he found himself crouched in a crude Korean trench, fig…

Gaming

Anti-gambling group highlights powerful who choose not to wager » State House News Service

Health Care

Rep. Kennedy listens, pushes for mental health care reform during Fall River stop » The Herald News Molly Sullivan went from a girl who was so frightened she couldn’t speak, to the young woman she is today playing high school sports and singing on stage.…

Human Services

Lawmakers tap into elder issues » Wicked Local Brewster No one votes more reliably than the senior population and the local legislative delegation (from Chatham north) visited the Orleans Senior Center last Friday to inform local residents and take questio…

Judiciary

Negotiators file compromise criminal justice reform bill » Patriot Ledger A handful of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses would be repealed and the state’s approach to juvenile offenders overhauled in a sweeping criminal justice bill released Friday by Hou…

State lawmakers reach deal on massive criminal justice bill » Boston Herald House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Friday on a sweeping overhaul of the state's criminal justice system, ending several months of what were described as occasionally contentious discussion…

More details released about criminal justice bill for law reform in Massachusetts » Worcester Telegram A handful of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses would be repealed and the state’s approach to juvenile offenders overhauled in a sweeping criminal justice bill released Friday by Hou…

Gov. Charlie Baker supports removing Judge Thomas Estes » Mass Live Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday that Judge Thomas Estes should be removed from office.…

Compromise criminal justice bill unveiled » Commonwealth Magazine Backers say measure will reduce recidivism, prison population …

Legislative

How they voted: Western Mass. lawmakers weigh in on short-term rentals, civics education » The Republican Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers cast ballots on measures ranging from regulations on short-term rentals to requirements for civics education in public schools, as they met for various legisla…

Gearing Up For A Transfer Of Power In The Senate: Beacon Hill In 5 » New England Public Radio Last week, state Senator Karen Spilka announced that she had amassed enough support to become the next Massachusetts Senate President. …

Local Government

Gloucester readying for quatercentenary » Gloucester Times Gloucester's 400th birthday bash is still five years away, but city officials and the city's state lawmakers are already taking steps now to ensure that the 2023 event will be one to remember. Mayor S…

Upper Cape Teens Speak At Falmouth March For Our Lives Event » The Bourne News One Upper Cape teen after another took to the stage at the Falmouth Village Green on Saturday, March 24, to demand the country’s legislators reform the nation’s gun laws.…

Students Carry The Message At March For Our Lives On Falmouth Green » The Bourne News One more rally for a cause took place on the Falmouth Village Green on Saturday, March 24, as the Falmouth March for Our Lives event stood in solidarity with the Washington, DC march and the related m…

Voting politicians off the island: ranked-choice voting may be coming to Western Mass » Valley Advocate It’s an old conundrum: vote for the person you really want or vote for the lesser of evils who has a chance to win. Some activists are trying to give Western Mass voters the chance to do both.…

Fitchburg will use grant money to improve downtown » Sentinel & Enterprise The full extent of the updates to the Upper Common this coming year depends on when the wintery weather gives way to spring, according to city officials.…

Milford police sgt says selectmen violated rights » Milford Daily News A police sergeant is accusing selectmen of inappropriately discussing his character and job performance during two closed-door meetings in recent months - a claim selectmen strongly deny.…

Opinion

Our Opinion: Two legislative priorities for state lawmakers » The Berkshire Eagle It's a life-long effort to become and remain a member of the "informed electorate" envisioned by the Founding Fathers. Besides having to seek out credible sources of information, the responsible citiz…

Carr: Judge latest hack caught with his pants down » Boston Herald Judge Thomas Estes is the poster boy for the Massachusetts judiciary. It’s damn near impossible to embarrass state judges — the bust-out flotsam of the legal “profession.” …

Making the US Senate work again » Boston Globe IT’S LONG BEEN OBVIOUS that the US Senate is broken, but nothing better illustrates the problem than the recent debate over DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — and the…

Young people are irate, and they’re absolutely right » Boston Globe The students at the vanguard of Saturday’s March for Our Lives — arms locked tightly, voices raised in fiery defiance — could plant a glimmer of hope even in a heart utterly broke…

A foreign policy in Asia that works at home » Boston Globe This week, I will travel to the Asia Pacific region to meet with our allies Japan and South Korea, and to talk with Chinese government officials in Beijing. Our engagement in Asia is essential to US s…

Banning assault weapons is effective — and not all that complicated » Boston Globe Mass shootings have become an epidemic. There’s no other way to describe the carnage we regularly face. But where past tragedies have slipped out of the news and no action has been taken, this …

Forget the gondola, there’s nowhere to put it » Commonwealth Magazine No room near South Station for the infrastructure needed …

Beacon Hill should pass criminal justice reform law » Boston Globe THE STATE LEGISLATURE has taken up an impressive package of criminal justice reforms that will give thousands of offenders a chance to put their lives back together, even as it preserves public safety…

Why free speech must be defended » Commonwealth Magazine Silencing others only strengthens the force of opponents …

‘A child shall lead them’ » Commonwealth Magazine Demonstrations against gun violence should stir nation's conscience …

Getting our House in order on transparency » Boston Globe Some business practices should be embraced by the public sector.…

Two takes on the Yawkey Way controversy » Commonwealth Magazine How should we reckon with an ugly chapter in Boston history? …

LETTER: Funding shortfall jeopardizes local education » Newburyport News I'm stuck trying to wrap my head around what we are faced with. Like many of you, I wear quite a few hats. I'm a mom, a volunteer, a leader, a wife, a small-business owner, a community member, a coach…

Politics

State Senate race not yet taking much shape » The Eagle Tribune Newburyport state Sen. Kathleen O'Connor Ives' decision not to seek re-election for a fourth term this week set off a ripple effect through the political community in the Merrimack Valley. Three-term …

Hundreds register to vote at Boston’s March for Our Lives » Boston Globe Amid the thousands of protesters and countless signs calling for an end to gun violence on Boston Common Saturday, a few young people with clipboards weaved through the crowd.…

8th Democrat enters race for state Rep. Stephen Kulik's 1st Franklin seat » The Republican The field of Democratic Party contenders for state representative in the 1st Franklin District just grew larger.…

Political big guns get behind Hawkins, Hall in Attleboro state rep race » The Sun Chronicle Some of the state’s top political leaders came to Attleboro over the weekend to push for Jim Hawkins and Julie Hall in an April 3 special election for state representative.…

Plotting their path to challenge Baker, Democratic gubernatorial candidates make pit stop in Pittsfield » The Berkshire Eagle Ella Dudley and Karen McComish know how to strike when the iron is hot. On Sunday afternoon, the two juniors at Mount Greylock Regional High School personally asked the three Democratic candidates for…

Down-ballot races heating up in Mass. » Commonwealth Magazine 2018 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE YEAR of blockbuster matchups in Massachusetts. The de facto leaders of both parties are running for reelection, offering the prospect of bruising contests for both the US S…

WBUR Poll: High Support For Ballot Measures Affecting Taxes, Minimum Wage And Paid Family Leave » WBUR Massachusetts voters may get the chance to cast ballots this fall on a number of issues affecting their pocketbooks.…

23-year-old Democrat John Arena to challenge Rep. Susannah Whipps in 2nd Franklin District » The Republican

Massachusetts Democratic Candidates For Governor Talk Policy In Pittsfield » WAMC

Public Health

Federal money for opioid crisis called insufficient » Boston Globe The federal government will spend a record $4.6 billion this year to fight the nation’s deepening opioid crisis, which killed 42,000 Americans in 2016.…

Ex-NBA star Chris Herren opening center to combat addiction » Boston Herald Former NBA star Chris Herren is launching a wellness center aimed at helping people prevent and break free of substance abuse.…

Public Safety

Tow truck drivers want stiffer penalties for Move Over Law » Milford Daily News When the flashing lights of a police cruiser or a fire engine are with them, tow truck drivers say they feel relatively safe when they’re helping disabled cars and trucks on the side of the hig…

Bill would let retired police serve as full-time school resource officers » Sentinel & Enterprise State Rep. Jim Arciero has filed legislation that would help Massachusetts cities and towns hire retired state and local police as school resource officers, a move that comes in the wake of the Parkla…

NRA has long history of suppressing data on gun violence » Boston Globe After the high school shootings that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla., gun control advocates have seized the momentum with attacks on the National Rifle Association and captured public attention wit…

Thousands Head to Boston Common for the March for Our Lives » Boston Magazine On a nationwide day of action, a massive crowd led by students rallied for gun reform. …

Nine state troopers suspended, nine more retire amid overtime probe » Boston Globe Nine Massachusetts State Police troopers were suspended without pay and nine more retired this week in the midst of an internal affairs investigation into alleged theft of overtime pay, the agency ann…

Mass. State Police payroll hidden from public for years, report says » My Fox Boston A new report says the payroll for an entire Massachusetts State Police division has been hidden from public view for years, and it’s sparking new questions for a state agency that is already un…

Concealment of State Police pay records was ‘clearly deliberate,’ Baker says » Boston Globe

State Government

A Democrat tried to get records on a potential challenger to Elizabeth Warren. He got a bill for $245,000. » Boston Globe Last summer, a Democratic campaign group was searching for information on a Massachusetts Republican hoping to unseat US Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the nation’s most prominent Democrats.…

Taxation

Short-term Rentals: House votes to tax, regulate industry » The Berkshire Eagle 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.…

Transportation

MassDOT might mark route of famous French general through Berkshires » The Berkshire Eagle One June day in 1825, a man who left his country to fight for another passed through Berkshire County.…

Student-made videos to air on MBTA displays across the system » Boston Globe Most people standing on the platforms waiting for an MBTA train have their heads down, eyes buried in their smartphones.…

It’s not your imagination. Your Boston commute is getting worse. » Boston Globe Barbara Mayer, a nurse from the South Shore, has been making the same drive to and from the Longwood Medical Area for five years. Today, the trip takes her a good 15 or 20 minutes longer than it used …

Push to save PVTA from cuts ramps up » Gazette Net Advocates for increasing funding for the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority and the other 14 regional transit authorities in the state are ramping up efforts to stave off service cuts and fare hi…

Utilities

State kicks off campaign to replace wood stoves » The Sun Chronicle Wood stoves are a way for home and business owners to assert their energy dependence by using wood pellets or logs as an alternative heating fuel.…

Grid security falls to industry to self-regulate » Gloucester Times The U.S. power grid is coming under increasing attacks from hackers, but security experts say rules on dealing with cyber threats are being written mostly by the energy industry, leaving the public in…

Net neutrality in Massachusetts: State Senate committee recommends state-level rules » The Republican

Friday's Late-Breaking News

Hong Kong Day celebrated at Massachusetts Statehouse » Sampan

VIDEO: New MassBay Campus To Be Built on Framingham State Property » Framingham Source

Senate candidates tangle in Middlesex-Worcester seat debate » The Metro West Daily News

Rivera clashes with council over city attorney » Eagle Tribune

Retired State Police lieutenant arraigned in overtime scam » Boston Globe

Court eyes challenge to dismissing murder verdicts » Boston Herald

Peter Lucas: Lelling does his job so Healey doesn't have to do her job » Lowell Sun

Political Notes: Conservative group urges no vote for Baker » Cape Cod Times

EDITORIAL: To regret, or not to regret » Newburyport News

Baker, Gonzalez detail positions in Gatehouse editorial meetings » telegram.com

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The Week Ahead

Monday - 3/26

9:00am Jane Doe Legislative Advocacy Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

2:00pm Joint Committee on Revenue, Public Hearing

5:30pm Methuen Meet & Greet Fundraiser for Sen. Barbara L'Italien for Congress

6:00pm Beth Lindstrom for U.S. Senate Reception

6:00pm Boston Professionals Reception for State Rep. Candidate Tram Nguyen

6:00pm Rep. Nick Collins for State Senate Countdown to Election Day Event

Tuesday - 3/27

Birthdays: Rep. Robert DeLeo

9:00am Agriculture Day at the State House, Second Floor, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Public Hearing

5:30pm Beth Lindstrom for U.S. Senate Reception

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Gerly Adrien Everett Listening Tour

6:00pm Fundraiser for Suffolk District Attorney Candidate Greg Henning

7:00pm Reception for State Sen. Candidate Samantha Hammar

Wednesday - 3/28

Joint Rule 10 deadline - Last day for reports by Joint Committee on Health Care Financing

9:00am American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Advocacy Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

9:30am Department of Developmental Services Statewide Advisory Council State House Celebration, Great Hall, State House, Boston

12:00pm Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Public Hearing

1:30pm Special Senate Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection, Public Hearing

5:30pm Women's Reception for Attorney General Maura Healey

5:30pm Milton Selectman Candidate Tony Farrington Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Rep. Geoff Diehl for Senate Cohasset Reception

6:00pm Fundraiser for State Sen. Candidate Samantha Hammar

Thursday - 3/29

9:00am Deaf-Blind Awareness Day, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

4:00pm State Rep. Candidate Joe Lahiff Campaign Kickoff

5:30pm Fundraiser for Rep. Keiko Orrall for State Treasurer

6:00pm St. Joseph's Day Reception with Sen. Joe Boncore

Friday - 3/30

10:00am Executive Office of Health and Human Services Public Hearing, First Floor Conference Room, 100 Hancock Street, Quincy

5:30pm Beth Lindstrom for U.S. Senate Reception


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