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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Joint Committee on Housing, Public Hearing

11:00am Drinking Water Awards Ceremony, Great Hall, State House, Boston

11:00am House Committee on Bonding Capital Expenditure and State Assets, Public Hearing

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

12:00pm 1199SEIU Lobby Day, Grand Staircase, State House, Boston

1:00pm Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, Public Hearing

5:00pm Rep. Will Crocker Re-Election Campaign Kickoff

6:00pm Meet & Greet with Plymouth County District Attorney Candidate John Bradley

Must-Reads

Children are likely to be separated from parents illegally crossing the border under new Trump administration policy » LA Times All immigrants who cross the border illegally will be charged with a crime under a new "zero tolerance" border enforcement policy, Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said Monday, launching a crackdown that coul…

Umbrella group forming to represent marijuana industry » State House News Service A new business trade group is attempting to bring the panoply of marijuana-related businesses under one umbrella as the legal retail market takes off, pitching itself as the best way to push for indus…

Why the Senate election map is so bad for the Democrats » Axios The Democrats have a good shot at winning a majority in the House this November, and now there's even talk of the Senate being in play — but this chart shows why that's such a long shot. …

Mar-a-Lago isn’t the ‘Winter White House.’ It’s just an embarrassing cash grab. » The Washington Post The “Southern White House” is a nearly perfect symbol of the Trump administration’s ethical failings. President Trump has on a number of occasions tweeted or spoken the phrase  

HUD Secretary Ben Carson to be sued for suspending Obama-era fair-housing rule » The Washington Post Fair-housing advocates planned to file a lawsuit early Tuesday against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and HUD Secretary Ben Carson for suspending an Obama-era rule requiring comm…

Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse » The New Yorker Eric Schneiderman has raised his profile as a voice against sexual misconduct. Now, after suing Harvey Weinstein, he faces a #MeToo reckoning of his own. …

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker open to considering 'red flag' gun bill » The Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said Monday that he is open to a bill that would let family members petition a judge to temporarily take away someone's gun -- although he would not commit to signing…

Sales tax cut not on radars of state legislative leaders » The Recorder Gov. Charlie Baker gave voice Monday to a potential “grand bargain” addressing issues raised by ballot questions, but leaders of the House and Senate said reducing the sales tax, the topic…

"I tend not to comment on specific legislation until it actually works its way through the process," Baker said. "But conceptually ... if there are ways to make our gun laws better, and there were a bunch of police chiefs here last week saying I have authority but I think this process might be a better one, then those are things we should look at."

Governor Charlie Baker

Speaking about new legislation that would allow family members petition a judge to temporarily take away someone's gun.

News By Category
Business

Smith & Wollensky to close Back Bay location » Boston Globe Smith & Wollensky will soon be taking down its banners from the Castle walls, ending a nearly 15-year run as a fixture in the Back Bay dining scene.…

Hedge fund critical of athenahealth’s performance offers to buy it out for $6.5b » Boston Globe A New York hedge fund feared in corporate America for its aggressive tactics on Monday proposed buying the Watertown health-records company for about $6.5 billion, saying its executives have repeatedl…

Airbnb Is Calling App Users in Boston to Rally Support » Boston Magazine As the battle over Airbnb regulations rages in Boston, the room-sharing service has begun calling users of its app directly, several people reported over the weekend.…

'It was a huge rip-off;' Attendees demanding refunds for 2018 Boston TacoFest » The Republican The first Boston Taco Festival attracted thousands of customers, but not all of them thought the event was a success.…

Air Force’s New Software Lab in Boston Aims for High Speed » BostInno By all accounts, Kessel Run Experimentation Lab in Boston is not your typical Pentagon-sanctioned operation.…

What’s Digital First going to do next? » Commonwealth Magazine The chaos at the Denver Post may be spreading to other Digital First Media properties, including those in Massachusetts.…

No recommendations, but Senate report will highlight retail challenges » State House News Service As retailers continue to pursue a ballot question to lower the state's sales tax, a Senate task force convened last year is wrapping up work on a final report that spotlights other challenges facing t…

Education

Mass. high court rules colleges have legal duty to prevent students from committing suicide » Boston Globe Professors and staff members at Massachusetts colleges can be sued if they fail to act after learning a student was considering suicide, according to a ruling issued Monday by the state’s highe…

Healey moves to take temporary control of Roxbury Community College fund-raising foundation » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey has moved to take temporary control of Roxbury Community College’s nonprofit fund-raising foundation after a series of disputes between it and the school led the f…

MIT Not Responsible For Student's Suicide, Mass. High Court Rules » WBUR The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that MIT was not negligent and therefore not responsible for the 2009 suicide of a graduate student on its campus, upholding a lower court's decis…

Editorial: Parents must feed their kids » Boston Herald The Massachusetts Legislature is tackling “meal shaming.” …

Wrentham student recognized for letter to author » Wicked Local Franklin The Massachusetts Center for the Book welcomed 30 students, grades 4-12, to a Statehouse awards ceremony held in the Reading Room of the State Library. A Wrentham student was among those honored on Ap…

Environment

SBA to offer disaster loans to businesses, residents » The Metro West Daily News The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest disaster loans to businesses, homeowners and renters.…

Proposed statewide carbon fees, warming climate topics of Westfield State talk Tuesday » The Republican Two bills proposing statewide carbon fees and dividends and an overview of climate change science will be discussed Tuesday at Westfield State University. The Chemical and Physical Sciences and Enviro…

Dukes County gets no aid after March storm » Martha's Vineyard Times

Massachusetts joins coalition opposing EPA over greenhouse gas emission limits for cars, trucks » Legal Newsline

Gaming

Massachusetts Gaming Commission determines Steve Wynn no longer controls or influences Wynn Resorts » MassLive Casino mogul Steve Wynn no longer has control of Wynn Resorts, according to state regulators at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.…

Suitability review continues, but panel rules on Wynn's status » State House News Service Former casino magnate Steve Wynn is effectively divorced from the gambling empire he led and unless circumstances change in the next few weeks, he will be removed from the Massachusetts Gaming Commiss…

Gaming Commission: Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts divorced » Commonwealth Magazine Steve Wynn no ‘ordinary citizen,’ but relationship terminated …

Health Care

Self-Induced Abortions Shouldn't Be A Crime, Mass. Medical Society Says » WBUR At its latest meeting, the Massachusetts Medical Society took a new stand: Women who attempt to end a pregnancy on their own should not be considered criminals.…

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim weighing potential merger » Healthcare Dive

Housing

SJC to consider whether Massachusetts policy on hotels and homeless shelters accommodates disabilities » MassLive Gov. Charlie Baker's administration has frequently touted its success in moving homeless families out of hotels and motels and into more suitable places to live.…

Boston had a plan to tackle evictions. The state just killed it under its tough home rule process » Boston Globe The housing advocates began to descend on the State House early Wednesday afternoon for one last push for the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act — a city-backed measure they say could help prevent te…

Welfare motels for homeless families? Mass. high court to weigh in » Boston Globe

Human Services

Welfare cash withdrawn at strip clubs, cruise ship, casinos » My Fox Boston A 25 Investigates review found millions in state welfare cash spent outside of Massachusetts – including taxpayer-funded withdrawals at strip clubs, resort hotels, casinos and even a cruise shi…

IGI fresh food program is a senior favorite » Martha's Vineyard Times Island seniors using food assistance programs have been delighted over the past year with an Island Grown Initiative (IGI) program providing them with fresh produce at affordable prices on a weekly ba…

Immigration

Massachusetts congressmen blast federal decision ending protection for Hondurans as 'cruel,' 'un-American' » MassLive Days after President Donald Trump's administration decided to end a protective program for Honduran refugees, two of Massachusetts' U.S. congressmen slammed the move as "cruel."…

Immigrants frustrated with Beacon Hill, not just DC » Sentinel & Enterprise After a decision by the Trump administration last week to end protected status for Honduran refugees, immigrant activists put Democrats on Beacon Hill on notice Monday that they want more than just li…

Immigrants frustrated with state lawmakers, not just those on Capitol Hill » WCVB After a decision by the Trump administration last week to end protected status for Honduran refugees, immigrant activists put Democrats on Beacon Hill on notice Monday that they want more than just li…

Judiciary

Juvenile court investigators stymied by low pay » Boston Globe Christina M. Gagne has been a juvenile court investigator since 2004, a highly sensitive position that requires her to interview parents, teachers, social workers, and traumatized children who have be…

Massachusetts SJC considers fining attorney general's office for misconduct in Sonja Farak drug lab case » The Republican

Labor

New Bedford man charged with labor trafficking » South Coast Today

Offshore wind developer, unions partner on workforce training initiative » Boston Business Journal Bay State Wind, one of three developers hoping to build giant wind turbines in the ocean off the coast of southern Massachusetts, announced on Monday it has partnered with a group of local unions and …

Legislative

Senator Crighton Named Co-Chair Of ASOST Coordinating Council » Somerville Patch Senate President Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester) announced the appointment of Senator Brendan P. Crighton (D-Lynn) as the Senate Chair of the After-School and Out-of-School Time Coordinating Counc…

Stanley Rosenberg’s downfall hurts his region’s political clout » Boston Globe Stan Rosenberg has left the building, and Western Massachusetts businesses have lost an important seat at the table.…

Political Notes: Whelan honored by correctional officers » Cape Cod Times State Rep. Timothy Whelan, R-Brewster, has been named Representative of the Year by the Massachusetts Correctional Officers Federated Union.…

Rosenberg resigns amid ethics scandal » Lowell Sun Former Senate President Stan Rosenberg of Amherst resigned from the Senate last week following the release of a report by the Ethics Committee that found Rosenberg violated the Senate's IT policy by s…

Mayor's bid to reopen competition for Rosenberg seat fizzles » Lowell Sun The mayor of Northampton is backing off his request to alter the election calendar to enable more candidates to jump in the race to succeed former Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst. …

No extension for candidates running for Rosenberg's vacant Senate seat » News 22 WWLP.com State Senate president Harriette Chandler will not be giving candidates any extra time to place their name on the ballot for the seat vacated by Stanley Rosenberg.…

Local Government

Rep. Peisch Holds Office Hours In Weston » Somerville Patch State Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch is holding office hours in Weston on Monday, May 14, from 10:15-11:15 a.m. at the Weston Town Hall.…

Bourne voters OK senior care overlay district » Cape Cod Times Bourne voters tackled the entire 25-article annual town meeting warrant and a two-article special warrant Monday night, passing all but one of the articles with little discussion.…

Opinion

Mashpee Wampanoag deserve a pathway to a reservation » Boston Globe IF FEDERAL LAW prevents the Mashpee Wampanoag from securing an Indian reservation in Massachusetts, then there’s something wrong with federal law.…

Welcome to America, where morality is judged along partisan lines » Boston Globe THE BUCK STOPPED with Harry Truman. With Donald Trump, the muck does. But Trump is no Truman, of course, and he tries to duck it.…

The myth behind Robert Kennedy » Boston Globe FIFTY YEARS AGO this week, Robert Kennedy won the Democratic presidential primary in Indiana — and a political myth, both about the man, but also the way Democrats win national elections, was b…

Letter: Pushing for conversion to 100% clean energy by 2050 » Worcester Telegram I have always been passionate about the planet. The beautiful, natural spaces we are lucky enough to see every day in Massachusetts are threatened by our use of fossil fuels and carbon, and we should …

Politics

As Ryan O'Donnell mounts write-in campaign for Stan Rosenberg's Senate seat, others consider similar moves » MassLive Northampton City Council President Ryan O'Donnell had been running for state representative from the 1st Hampshire District -- until Sen. Stan Rosenberg resigned.…

Republican challenges Speliotis for House seat » The Salem News Mark Mezzina, 24, a Danvers Town Meeting member, says his nomination papers have been certified in a bid to unseat Spelioits in the 13th Essex District, which includes all of Danvers and parts of West…

Mass. State Senate Race Gets Write-In Candidate » New England Public Radio Northampton City Council President Ryan O'Donnell on Monday launched a write-in bid for the Massachusetts state Senate seat formerly held by Stan Rosenberg.…

O’Donnell, Connor launch write-in campaigns for state Senate » The Recorder Last week’s resignation of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg has already rearranged the political landscape in Hampshire County, and now it is reshaping the election for the 1st Hampshire District.…

Northampton City Council president Ryan O'Donnell launches bid for state Senate seat vacated by Stan Rosenberg » The Republican City Council President Ryan O'Donnell is running for state Senate.…

Comity club » Commonwealth Magazine WHAT IF THEY gave a war and nobody came? That call for peace was invoked during protests against the Vietnam War, but it could also describe the first campaign forum featuring Rep. Michael Capuano and…

Public Health

Tens of thousands likely to get tick-borne disease in Mass. this year » Boston Globe Few experiences are creepier than finding a tick attached to your body — except, perhaps, pondering the harmful germs the eight-legged critter may be injecting.…

Massachusetts lawmakers to consider raising age to purchase tobacco products to 21 » MassLive Nearly 70 percent of the state's population lives in communities that have adopted local policies raising their tobacco-buying age to 21, and a bill teed up for Wednesday's House session would extend …

Attorney General Maura Healey visits Middleborough High School to talk to students about opioid abuse, underage drinking and vaping » South Coast Today

Public Safety

Charlie Baker MIA on death penalty for cop killers » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker’s campaign-trail rhetoric to reinstate the death penalty for cop killers suddenly falls silent when he’s on Beacon Hill, where the Swampscott Republican hasn’t …

I-Team: Boston Taxpayers Shell Out Millions For Workers Paid To Stay Home While Under Investigation » CBS Boston In the early morning hours of February 11, 2015, John Earley allegedly got behind the wheel of his Nissan pickup truck after leaving the Corrib Pub in West Roxbury.…

Off-duty Massachusetts State Police trooper arrested for drunken driving » MassLive An off-duty Massachusetts State Police trooper was arrested for drunken driving Saturday night after troopers received reports of an erratic driver in Lynnfield. …

'Red flag' bill moves forward on the Hill » Gloucester Daily Times Amid intense lobbying by gun control advocates, support is growing among legislators to allow for the seizure of firearms from individuals who show unstable or dangerous behavior. …

State Government

Broken promise spurs Rosenberg downfall » Milford Daily News Pick an adjective and it was probably used last week to describe the all-the-above Ethics Committee report that ultimately toppled former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. For all of the alarming in…

How secure are Massachusetts voting systems? » The Sun Chronicle Massachusetts voters cast ballots on paper, but that doesn’t mean the system is immune to cyberattacks — voting technology is just one piece of a puzzle.…

States With the Top GDP Growth » Governing Federal data released Friday show that the gross domestic product climbed significantly across several states last year. …

Massachusetts AG Maura Healey backs New York AG Eric Schneiderman's decision to resign » The Republican

In proclamation, Baker keeps Easton's Greene in mind » Wicked Local Easton

Maura Healey Is "Deeply Troubled" by Allegations against Eric Schneiderman, Her Former Ally » Boston Magazine

Taxation

Sales tax cut not on the radars of legislative leaders » Boston Business Journal

Transportation

A $3.5 billion idea: Boost Green Line capacity with new, longer trolley cars » Boston Globe With new trains for the Red and Orange lines on the way, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is eyeing its next shiny new cars: a fleet of Green Line trolleys that could vastly increase cap…

Newton Mayor Asks MBTA To Update 3 Stations » Somerville Patch Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller took a trip to the MBTA offices in Boston Monday to advocate for renovations and accessibility updates at the Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville MBTA stations.…

Legislators secure funds for road repair » Wicked Local Wakefield Reps. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, and Donald Wong, R-Saugus, voted to allocate $666,777 for the repair and maintenance of roads and bridges in Wakefield. “These funds will prove vital as Wakefield …

T planning $3.5b Green Line train of future » Commonwealth Magazine THE MBTA IS STARTING to develop a Green Line train of the future that will be much longer and carry far more passengers than existing train sets.…

T notes: TransitMatters raises concerns on Newton proposal » Commonwealth Magazine Study on Mattapan Line options due in 30-60 days …

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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

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