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Today on Beacon Hill

9:00am Boston Children's Hospital State House Advocacy Rounds and Education, Nurses Hall, State House, Boston

10:00am Leading the Nation: Celebrating 25 Years of Education Reform, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure, Public Hearing

11:00am House Session, Full Formal Session

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:30am Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Public Hearing

1:00pm Gold Star Wives Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

5:30pm Rep. Diana DiZoglio for State Senate Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm MassDems Chinatown Banquet with Mayor Marty Walsh and Councilor Michelle Wu

6:00pm State Rep. Candidate Normal Orrall Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Spring Reception for Plymouth County Treasurer Tom O'Brien

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

6:00pm Marshfield Selectman Candidate Michael Bradley Campaign Kickoff

7:00pm State Rep. Candidate Rich Haggerty Campaign Kickoff

Birthdays: Rep. F. Barrows, Senator Brendan Crighton

Must-Reads

Is It Time to Repeal the Second Amendment? » Observer Is It Time to Repeal the Second Amendment? …

The state Senate spat of Harriette Chandler vs. Karen Spilka » Boston Globe This should be a good-news story about women and their leadership clout in Massachusetts politics. Instead, it’s an awkward one about two women squabbling over what passes for power — th…

Dem. candidates agree on issues in gov’s race » Bay State Banner The democratic contenders for Massachusetts governor said little to define their differences Monday night at a RoxVote-sponsored debate held at Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square and moderated by Meghan …

Nurses granted hearing in labor claims against BMC » Berkshire Eagle Berkshire Medical Center may have violated labor law in three instances flagged by its registered nurses in the course of a prolonged contract dispute, a federal investigation determined. …

SETTI WARREN WOULD VETO CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL » State House News Service Democratic candidate for governor Setti Warren said Wednesday that if he were governor he would veto a landmark criminal justice reform bill despite agreeing with 99 percent of the compromise legislat…

With criminal justice bill passed, what about services for ex-inmates? » Commonwealth Magazine LAWMAKERS PASSED A long-awaited, comprehensive criminal justice reform bill on Wednesday. But to fully realize its widely touted goal of reducing recidivism they will need to back some of the statutor…

Democratic candidates for governor aren’t getting much help from party leaders against Baker » Boston Globe A lopsided Democratic Legislature has spent much of the past three years looking for ways to work with Governor Charlie Baker rather than make his political life difficult. …

“I think the dynamic on Beacon Hill is that everyone is getting along to go along,” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez said. “There could be more oversight and checking in with what’s happening with the executive branch and whether they are delivering. It’s [the Legislature’s] role as part of the checks and balances in the system.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez

Speaking about Governor Charlie Baker and the legislature.

News By Category
Business

Opioid addiction costs employers $2.6 billion a year for care » Boston Globe A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. …

Dunkin’ Donuts is testing something called ‘donut fries’ and other eccentric snacks in Boston » Boston Globe Donut fries? Yes, donut fries.…

Airlines sue attorney general over Mass. sick time law » Boston Globe An airline industry group is suing Massachusetts over its paid sick time law, saying it is unconstitutional and should not apply to airlines.…

Civil Rights

‘Fifty years ago, a great man was stolen from us’ » Boston Globe State officials gathered on the front steps of the State House on Wednesday morning for a special ceremony honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death.…

Charlie Baker and others mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's death » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker, members of the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, and the Black and Latino Advisory Commissions, listen as Rev. Conley Hughes Jr. of the Concord Baptist Church in Milton says a b…

50 Years After His Death, Hear MLK's 1965 Speech Before Mass. Legislators, Recreated » WBUR Three years before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., King addressed a joint session of the Massachusetts Legislature. There is no known recording of the address, which carried echoes of hi…

Education

UMass in talks to acquire Mt. Ida College in Newton, Mass. » The Republican The University of Massachusetts is looking to acquire Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass., a source familiar with the proposal has told MassLive. Details of the proposal were not immediately available …

Baker budget plan has some schools concerned » State House News Service When Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled his proposed fiscal 2019 budget in January, he touted it as a "fiscally responsible" way to invest in key needs across the state.…

Environment

EDITORIAL: Straightforward step to prevent sewage spills » Newburyport News Those of us living next to a large enough body of water in New England are accustomed to the presence of outfall pipes that, from time to time, spill untreated sewage into our waterways. Even those un…

State OKs draft environmental impact statement on rail route through Middleboro » The Enterprise The South Coast Rail project to Boston reached another milestone this week when Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton approved a draft environmental impact statement about the p…

Federal

ICE blocking Plymouth detainees from state court dates » Boston Herald No federal immigration detainees housed at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility have been brought to their state court cases this year despite explicit requests from judges — a move that s…

Gaming

Has Wynn’s luck run out? » Commonwealth Magazine It was a good run for Wynn Resorts, the gambling behemoth that landed the big prize in the state’s casino sweepstakes when it was awarded the one license to run a casino (i.e., print money) in …

Housing

Senate goes light on short-term rental regs » Commonwealth Magazine Lodging industry pans bill as a gift to Airbnb and other home-sharing apps …

Human Services

Local pols hope to continue Healthy Incentives Program » The Recorder The Massachusetts House and Senate each plan to call this week for $2.1 million to keep the wildly successful Healthy Incentives Program providing local produce to SNAP recipients beyond mid-April. Se…

Professional Center for Child Development invites legislators in for the day » The Andover Townsman Students and staff at Professional Center for Child Development in Andover welcomed local legislators on March 23 to highlight the organization’s programming and successes…

SJC to take up homeless housing suit » Boston Herald Gov to defend his bid to end motel stays…

Springfield gets search warrant to inspect South Congregational Church sanctuary where Peruvian woman facing deportation is staying » The Republican Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the city has received a search warrant from Western District Housing Court that will allow the city to inspect a sanctuary at South Congregational Church for any code viola…

Judiciary

Major justice reform bill clears Legislature » The Recorder With only a whiff of opposition, the Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday passed a broad package of criminal justice system reforms that have languished for years, signaling a likely shift in focus …

Legislators back revamp of state's criminal justice laws » Boston Herald The most extensive overhaul of Massachusetts' criminal procedures in several decades cruised to final passage in the Legislature on Wednesday, proposing changes in nearly every aspect of a justice sys…

Mass. Legislature sends Baker sweeping criminal justice bill » Boston Globe The Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday passed the most sweeping reforms to the state’s criminal justice system in decades, a package aimed at paring the number of people caught up in the co…

Major Criminal Justice Reform Bill Clears Mass. Legislature With Little Opposition » New England Public Radio With only a whiff of opposition, the Massachusetts legislature on Wednesday passed a broad package of criminal justice system reforms that have languished for years, signaling a likely shift in focus …

Massachusetts legislators back revamp of state's criminal justice laws » MassLive The most extensive overhaul of Massachusetts' criminal procedures in several decades cruised to final passage in the Legislature on Wednesday, proposing changes in nearly every aspect of a justice sys…

Labor

State Police overhaul will require union talks, Baker says » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker said on Wednesday that many of the proposals he unveiled this week to overhaul the beleaguered State Police will require talks with the department’s unions — a pot…

Some Massachusetts State Police reforms may take longer to implement than others, Gov. Charlie Baker says » The Republican Some of the proposed reforms of the Massachusetts State Police make take some time to implement, Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledges. Baker and the head of the State Police, Kerry Gilpin, announced a slat…

Legislative

Timilty won’t call for Brady resignation » Wicked Local Braintree Timilty said he doesn’t believe state Sen. Michael Brady should resign and called the Brockton Democrat a personal friend of his. Brady, a two-term Democratic senator, was on his way home from…

Collins nominated to replace Forry in Senate » Dorchester Reporter State Rep. Nick Collins easily won the Democratic nomination to replace Linda Dorcena Forry as the next state senator in the First Suffolk district on Tuesday. According to unofficial elections result…

Local Government

WHALE gets $150,000 from state » South Coast Today The Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) has received a 2018 Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) of $150,000 from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Rep. Antonio Cabral …

How laziness, fear, blunders, and fights gave Mass. towns such weird borders » Real Estate by Boston.com Even if you’ve never heard of Southwick, you could probably point to it on a map if we gave you just one clue: It’s that odd little notch where Massachusetts’ southern border dips…

Marijuana

Livin' and Dion: From methadone to marijuana, why not 'Make it Here' » Herald News I would never suggest that there’s any line between marijuana facilities in the area and a proposed methadone clinic on Weaver Street. I would never suggest that because, if I did, I would be s…

Should You Give Pot to Your Dog? » Boston Magazine Boston veterinarians are asked every day about treatments like CBD. They're divided on how to answer. …

Cannabis Commission turning to Worcester for new headquarters » Berkshire Eagle Coming soon to Worcester: the Cannabis Control Commission.…

Opinion

Think bigger on Red-Blue connection » Commonwealth Magazine Don’t stop at Charles, extend Blue Line to Kendall …

Time to pass the torch in the Mass. Senate » Boston Globe Last year, Senator Harriette Chandler stepped bravely forward to help the Massachusetts Senate through troubled times. Now she needs to step graciously back to make way for Karen Spilka, who has round…

Reclaim the Seaport ramp to speed Silver Line » Boston Globe On paper, it’s just a ramp.…

Politics

Retired Math Teacher Edges GOP Hopeful In Attleboro House Race » CBS Boston Just in time for the number crunching of budget season, voters in Attleboro sent retired high school math teacher Jim Hawkins to serve out the rest of this session in the House of Representatives.…

Hawkins takes House seat, Collins moves to Senate » Boston Herald Two Democrats have won special elections for seats in the state Legislature.…

Public Health

State funds for overdose-reversing Narcan run dry, raising prices for municipalities » Boston Globe In Brockton, as in many other cities and towns ravaged by the opioid epidemic, overdoses surge when a lethal strain begins to circulate.…

Public Safety

In Seaport, it’s State Police vs. Boston police in battle over turf » Boston Globe On a clear spring morning several years ago, a caller reported that a body had been found on a boat docked at a pier in the Seaport section of South Boston.…

Barnstable County Commissioner Criticizes David Hogg on Twitter » Boston Magazine Ron Beaty, a Second Amendment advocate, called the student-activist from Parkland, Florida, a "self-promoting opportunistic rat" online. …

Cape Cod Official Attacks School Shooting Survivor On Twitter » CBS Boston There is growing backlash after an elected official on Cape Cod attacked a survivor of the Parkland school shooting. …

An uneasy truce between modern politics and history events » Boston Globe “I don’t own a gun,” said David Nunes, a 57-year-old from Gloucester who stood in the parking lot of Minute Man National Historical Park, holding a flintlock musket he bought the we…

State Government

NDAs and Confidential Settlements Shake State Capitols and City Halls » Governing People who work for the Trump administration and Congress members aren't the only government employees being asked to sign legally questionable contracts to keep secrets. …

Transportation

Silver Line Resumes Regular Service after Temporary Tunnel Closure » Boston Magazine A piece of concrete fell on the platform of the World Trade Center Station on Wednesday, forcing the MBTA to rely on replacement buses. …

The Red/Blue MBTA Connection Is Back from the Dead » Boston Magazine An idea to close the frustrating gap between the two subway lines will be studied anew. …

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Criminal justice overhaul expected to reach Baker Wednesday » Worcester Telegram

Legislators Back Revamp of State's Criminal Justice Laws » US News and World Report

Senate Waters Down Bill To Set Minimum Police Officer Standards » Honolulu Civil Beat

Immigration Advocates to Lobby Massachusetts Lawmakers at State House » NBC Boston

Students form bipartisan front in push for civics bill » Newburyport News

Albany could get a seasonal weekend train to the Berkshires » timesunion

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Press Releases

What's on State Ballots This November » National Federation of Independent Business

Senator Ross Announces Legislative Passage of FY18 Supplemental Budget » Sen. Richard Ross

NATURAL GAS AND INDUSTRY INNOVATION CONTINUES TO HELP DRIVE US GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

SMART, SCIENCE-BASED STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS CONTINUE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND REDUCE EMISSIONS » Mass. Petroleum Council

Massachusetts Small Business Scorecard: October 2018 » National Federation of Independent Business

How Small Businesses Can Sell Products on Amazon » National Federation of Independent Business

Governor Baker Nominates Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Shelby M. Smith to the District Court » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

Baker-Polito Administration, MEMA, Local Officials and Columbia Gas Remind Impacted Customers of Available Housing Options and Provide Home Safety Tips » Office of Governor Charlie Baker

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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