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11:00am Senate Session, Full Formal Session

12:00pm House Session, Full Formal Session

6:00pm Concord Meet & Greet with Congressional Candidate Lori Trahan

6:00pm Grilling with Congressional Candidate Rick Green

6:30pm Milton Reception for Lt. Gov. Candidate Quentin Palfrey with Rep. Bill Driscoll

Last day for formal sessions of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle

Birthdays: Senator Donald Humason, Jr.

Must-Reads

House rejects Baker's welfare reform proposal » State House News Service The House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to tag additional welfare reforms onto a repeal of the state's cap on welfare benefits for children born to families already receiving public assistanc…

Clean energy bill negotiators file compromise bill » State House News Service Just like two years ago, the Legislature is poised to consider a substantial piece of clean energy legislation on the final day of formal sessions.…

Here’s Why Political Pundits Are Now Talking About Bigfoot Erotica » Observer (F)ans of Bigfoot might be forgiven for having a few moments of panic this morning when they saw that nearly 50,000 tweets had been sent about nature’s gentle forest ape since last night. Thank…

Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich » New York Times The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-he…

A generational shift in politics finally arrives in Mass. » Boston Globe FEEL THE TREMORS? Attorney General Maura Healey’s endorsement of Ayanna Pressley over US Representative Michael Capuano is another sign that the old-guard white male establishment that has cont…

How Alan Friedman, Italy’s Professional American, Put Paul Manafort in Jail » New York Times (F)or all his fame and influence in Italy, few had heard of Mr. Friedman in the United States until he helped land President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, in jail.…

After ignominious Beacon Hill exit, Stan Rosenberg to lead panel at legislative summit » Boston Globe

Prisoners In Bristol County Launch Hunger Strike In Solidarity With ICE Detainees, Refusing Prepared Meals » WGBH Prisoners In Bristol County Launch Hunger Strike In Solidarity With ICE Detainees, Refusing Prepared Meals …

Deadline pressure coming to bear on Beacon Hill » State House News Service Five hundred and seventy-four days after kicking off the 2017-2018 session, the Massachusetts House and Senate head into Tuesday, July 31 with only a few hours to tie up the many loose ends on bills t…

"We are essentially taking a group of people -- students, seniors, middle-income families -- and treating them as if they are the Hilton corporation,"

Senator Ryan Fattman

On the short term rentals legislation that was just passed in the House and Senate.

News By Category
Business

Airbnb hosts criticize plan for short-term rental database » Boston Globe Lawmakers Monday sent Governor Charlie Baker a bill that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to post the street addresses of all short-term rentals on a public database.…

Senator cited 'fundamental agreement' on non-compete reform » Gloucester Times Is there a secret deal between the House and Senate to loosen the confines of non-agreements between employers and employees? Judiciary Committee Chairman Will Brownsberger suggested that possibility …

Cambridge tells Bird to remove scooters pending permits » Boston Business Journal In a meeting Monday morning, Cambridge officials asked the company Bird to remove dozens of electric scooters from the city's streets, but it's not clear whether or when the startup will comply.…

Baker mulling tax exemption amendment to Airbnb bill » News 22 WWLP.com Gov. Charlie Baker is considering returning the bill sent to him Monday by the Legislature taxing and regulating short-term housing rentals with an amendment to exempt from taxation owners that rent o…

Massachusetts lawmakers pass Airbnb taxes and regulations » The Republican The Massachusetts House and Senate have both voted for a bill that would tax and regulate short-term room rentals like Airbnb.…

GE reportedly looking to sell parts of software business » Boston Business Journal General Electric Co. is seeking to sell at least portions of its GE Digital subsidiary, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, marking a further departure from former CEO Jeff Immelt’s vision…

Education

How Betsy DeVos Is Reshaping Federal Education Policy » WBUR Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has made headlines recently for plans to further shake up policies regarding for-profit higher education.…

Elite colleges come to Harvard’s defense in affirmative action case » Boston Globe Many of the nation’s most selective universities came to Harvard’s defense on Monday against a lawsuit that attacks its use of race in admissions, underscoring the potential that the cas…

Environment

Lawmakers nix proposal to ban single-use plastic bags » Boston Herald Massachusetts lawmakers have decided against a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by retail stores.…

With climate change front and center, Massachusetts Legislature sends $2.4 billion environmental bond bill to governor's desk » The Republican A $2.4 billion environmental bond bill that could fund projects from Cape Cod to the Berkshires has been approved by the Massachusetts Legislature and now heads to the desk of Gov. Charlie Baker.…

Climate Change Has Been a Losing Battle for Governments. Could a New Lawsuit Turn the Tide? » Governing Rhode Island is using new tactics to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for disaster-related infrastructure damage. …

Sustainability vs stink: Massachusetts farmers object to new compost law » The Metro West Daily News Farmers across the state want Gov. Charlie Baker to veto a portion of environmental legislation that imposes tougher regulations on large-scale agricultural composting.…

Federal

Lawmakers demand answers on ‘Quiet Skies’ surveillance program after Globe report » Boston Globe Amid a barrage of criticism from lawmakers, top Transportation Security Administration officials agreed Monday to brief Congress this week on a secret domestic surveillance program in which federal ai…

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling Talks Marijuana, Immigration And Attorney General Jeff Sessions » WGBH He's the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Massachusetts, and the closest representative to the Trump administration in one of the country's most liberal states. Andrew Lelling was the…

Gaming

Lancaster horse-racing track plans out of the gate » Lowell Sun Questions and a lot of concerns came from local residents Monday night when they got the chance to address the developers looking to build a thoroughbred horse-racing track on Route 70.…

Housing

Satisfaction And Concern Over Mass. Bill To Tax Short-Term Rentals, Create Registry » WBUR Housing advocates are thrilled over a Massachusetts bill that would create a first-of-its-kind statewide public registry for short-term housing rentals. …

Human Services

Baker's welfare reform proposal rejected by House » The Salem News The House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to tag additional welfare reforms onto a repeal of the state's cap on welfare benefits for children born to families already receiving public assistanc…

House rejects Baker’s welfare reform proposal » Patriot Ledger The House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to tag additional welfare reforms onto a repeal of the state’s cap on welfare benefits for children born to families already receiving pu…

'Food ought to be a fundamental right': US Rep. Jim McGovern highlights importance of summer meal programs amid proposed SNAP cuts » The Republican For many children, summer vacation means fun-filled days at the playground or the local pool. But for some, the warmer months are also filled uncertainty about where their next meal will come from.…

Senate approves Dana's Law to protect disabled » Wicked Local Braintree The proposed legislation would create a state Disability Abuse Registry which lists the names of caregivers who have been charged or convicted of assaulting or mentally abusing a developmentally or in…

Massachusetts House rejects Gov. Charlie Baker's attempt to change welfare eligibility » The Republican The Massachusetts House soundly rejected an attempt by Gov. Charlie Baker to tie lifting the welfare "family cap" to changing other rules that would limit welfare eligibility. …

Judiciary

Cape DA: Office made mistake in drunken driving case » Boston Globe Nearly two months before he led police on a chase that ended in a fatal head-on collision, Mickey A. Rivera was accused of driving drunk in Hyannis. But even though he already faced charges related to…

Residents push for removal of Judge Timothy Feeley from the bench in Massachusetts » The Republican Mothers of police officers and overdose victims lent their voice Monday to a push to remove a Salem Superior Court judge from the bench, joining a group of Republican lawmakers who say they want to fo…

Labor

Necco workers ponder their next step after Revere company abruptly closes » Lynn Daily News Item Less than a week after more than 230 Necco employees abruptly lost their jobs, more than 50 were connected with companies trying to recruit the displaced workers.…

Laid-off Necco workers find themselves in high demand » Boston Globe Businesses are opening their doors for laid-off Necco workers, and there seems to be plenty of sugar to go around.…

Legislative

Brockton state Rep. DuBois fires off 'fake news' comment at Enterprise » The Enterprise A Democratic state representative decried The Enterprise as “fake news” for referring to a city employee by his official title. Michelle DuBois, who represents Brockton, said the newspaper…

Charlie Baker pushes housing reform and opioid abuse bills as formal sessions wind down » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker, knowing that time is running out on key pieces of his re-election year agenda, made the rounds Monday afternoon to appeal in person to Democratic leadership not to squander an oppo…

The End Of Legislative Session Marks The Start Of A New Senate Presidency: Beacon Hill In 5 » New England Public Radio With very little time left before Massachusetts lawmakers finish this two-year legislative session, last week marked the start of Senator Karen Spilka’s Senate Presidency. Her predessor, Sentor…

It's The Final Day Of Lawmakers' Session. Here's What's On The To-Do List » WBUR On Beacon Hill Tuesday, it's the final day of the legislative session. Lawmakers are trying to put the finishing touches on bills before heading back to their districts to campaign for re-election. …

Local Government

Montague gets over $700K in Community Development Block Grant funds » The Recorder An award of $737,395 in Community Development Block Grant funds was given to the town for the reconstruction of Rutter’s Park, four human service programs and ongoing housing rehabilitation pro…

Baker signs bill to transfer courthouse to SRA » The Salem News It's official. The old Salem Superior Court on Federal Street, as well as the county commissioners building next door, will be turned over to the Salem Redevelopment Authority for $1.…

Salem considers Airbnb rules in time for tourist season » The Salem News City leaders are on the brink of enacting regulations for Airbnb and other short-term rentals, just a month or two before the start of the peak tourism season.…

Greenfield’s Mayor Martin says he intends to finish his term » Gazette Net Mayor William Martin said he will not resign and plans to finish his term in spite of a City Council resolution last week calling for him to resign.…

Mayor Correia leaves country to surprise of City Council » The Herald News For the second time in three months, Mayor Jasiel Correia II has left the country without giving notice to the City Council leadership who, under city charter provisions, would take over temporarily a…

Methuen council approves $4 million borrowing petition » Eagle Tribune In a last-minute vote Monday, the City Council approved a home rule petition asking the state to borrow funds to correct a nearly $3.8 million school budget deficit.…

Attleboro mayor clears air on smoking ban » The Sun Chronicle In an effort to clear the air on his proposed “kid in a car seat” smoking ban, Mayor Paul Heroux responded to questions raised in a Sun Chronicle editorial Monday.…

3 Boston Public Library workers on leave amid probe » Boston Herald Three Boston Public Library facilities managers are on unpaid leave as BPL investigates their actions — but the library, only a few years removed from major controversy, is remaining a closed b…

Marijuana

Marijuana facilities in Holyoke and Amherst unaffected by CEO change: officials » The Republican Nothing will change in the operations of medical marijuana facilities in Holyoke and Amherst as their parent company changes CEO's, officials said Monday.…

Opinion

Columnists Philip Korman and Margaret Christie: Advice about agriculture for candidates » Gazette Net Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) salutes your talents, skills, and willingness to represent the community. Filling the shoes of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and Representatives Peter Koco…

A federal program that makes every American passenger a would-be terrorist » Boston Globe A Boston Globe investigative report on Sunday broke the news of a secretive initiative that closely tracks ordinary US citizens traveling by air. The monitoring missions are part of “Quiet Skies…

This is what it’s like to love a police officer » Boston Globe “HAS ANYONE CALLED YOU about Jon? It’s all over the news.” My father’s voice trembled over the uncertain cell phone connection.…

A generational shift in politics finally arrives in Mass. » Boston Globe FEEL THE TREMORS? Attorney General Maura Healey’s endorsement of Ayanna Pressley over US Representative Michael Capuano is another sign that the old-guard white male establishment that has cont…

Bike paths have deteriorated » Martha's Vineyard Times As a bike rider here for more than 45 years, and as a driver too, I am sympathetic to Nancy Hoffman’s letter in the July 26 Times, imploring bikers to stay on the bike paths rather than ride on…

Selling out won’t buy Mike Capuano the election » Boston Herald Mike Capuano, your good friend and longtime political ally Maura Healey wants you to know that, for her, it’s only politics.…

Democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez can help Ayanna Pressley shore up base » Boston Herald The socialist congressional candidate from New York who has rocketed to national stardom will likely be traveling to Massachusetts to campaign for congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley, a top aide t…

Aidan G. Chappuis: Says Humason’s claim based on wrong premise » Gazette Net I write in response to a writer’s letter about the opposition by state Sen. Donald Humason Jr. to a transgender rights bill (“Disappointed in Sen. Humason,” July 7). …

Politics

Political Notes: Tedeschi pledges to observe term limits » Cape Cod Times Peter Tedeschi, a Marshfield Republican hoping to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass., in November, has signed a pledge to only serve three terms — or six years — if elec…

Candidates for Middlesex 14th district speak at forum » Wicked Local Chelmsford All touting similar progressive agendas, three Democratic candidates for Massachusetts’ 14th Middlesex District tried to differentiate themselves from the pack and curry the favor of potential …

US Rep. Richard Neal says he's open to debating Tahirah Amatul-Wadud ahead of Democratic primary » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, D-Springfield, said Monday that he looks forward to the possibility of debating Democratic opponent Tahirah Amatul-Wadud ahead of Massachusetts' Sept. 4 primary. …

Congressman Neal Defends Use Of PAC Money » New England Public Radio Springfield Congressman Richard Neal defended the practice of accepting money from political action committees, or PAC's, following criticism from his Democratic primary opponent.…

Rufus Gifford is top blow-in of 3rd Congressional District race » Boston Herald There have been a lot of blow-in accusations tossed around in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in the Merrimack Valley’s 3rd Congressional District, but Rufus Gifford’s Nantuck…

LWV to host state Senate pre-primary forum » Wicked Local Wellesley The League of Women Voters of Needham and co-sponsored by the Leagues of Wellesley and Wayland will host an event for voters to meet the three Democratic candidates for state senator at 7 p.m. Aug. 13…

RACE FOR THE 23rd: Candidates share support for immigrants » Wicked Local Medford State rep. Sean Garballey and challenger Lori Lennon discuss their positions on the Safe Communities Act and on protecting immigrants in Massachusetts. …

No consensus on Capuano-Pressley showdown » Commonwealth Magazine

David J. Murphy drops out of state Senate race » Gazette Net

Public Health

Governor Baker signs Senator Jason Lewis's Tobacco 21 Bill » Lynnfield Patch Senator Jason Lewis looked on with pride as Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the tobacco legislation that the senator has long championed as Senate Chair of the Committee on Public Health. …

Worcester sues pharmaceutical makers and distributors over opioid epidemic » Worcester Telegram The city is suing opioid drug manufacturers and distributors in an attempt to hold them accountable for "substantial damages" it has suffered and will continue to sustain in dealing with the opioid ep…

Public Safety

AG Maura Healey joins fight to keep 3-D printed guns off streets » Boston Globe Attorney General Maura Healey Monday joined a multistate lawsuit against the Trump administration to block public access to downloadable blueprints for plastic, 3-D printed guns, calling the weapons a…

Governor Baker signs municipal police training fund bill into law » Shrewsbury Post Last Wednesday, July 25th 2018, Governor Charlie Baker signed the House Bill H.4516 entitled An Act relative to the municipal police training fund. This bill will allow the Municipal Police Training C…

Entire four-member Blandford Police Department resigns, blaming town for creating unsafe working conditions » The Republican The entire Blandford police department resigned Monday night saying cruisers barely run, bulletproof vests are expired and fit poorly, radios that don't work in many parts of town and the department i…

In State House Visit, New Boston Police Commissioner Gross Touts Inclusion, Collaboration » WBUR Boston Police Commissioner William Gross, the first black officer to hold the city's top position in the department, visited the House chamber on Monday, where he touted the benefits of community enga…

Rep crafting bill to address 3D-printed firearms » State House News Service

State Finance

Lawmakers work to override Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's budget vetoes » The Republican When Gov. Charlie Baker signed the state budget last week, he vetoed $48.9 million in spending. Now, lawmakers are busy overriding his vetoes.…

A look at one of the Legislature’s veto overrides » Commonwealth Magazine THE LEGISLATURE SWIFTLY OVERRODE many of the governor’s budget vetoes on Monday, including one whose elimination has become almost an annual rite of passage on Beacon Hill.…

State Government

Tarr bill would let some cats, dogs used in testing be adopted » Gloucester Times Cats and dogs which have been subjects in research institutions and product testing facilities could have a second shot at life under a bill passed by the Massachusetts Senate. The bill would require …

Legislature sends automatic voter registration bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk » The Republican The Legislature on Monday sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that would institute automatic voter registration in Massachusetts.…

Transportation

Distracted driving bill not expected to pass » WCVB

Utilities

Climate, project need at center of FERC pipeline policy review » Utility Dive Power and gas industry groups pushed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to preserve its approval policy for natural gas pipelines in comments filed last week, while environmentalists and …

Renewable energy could get a big boost from new bill » Boston Globe Electricity suppliers would be required to accelerate how much renewable energy they buy over a decadelong period under a compromise bill unveiled by Massachusetts lawmakers Monday, one of several mea…

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Yesterday's Late-Breaking News

Healey backs Pressley over Capuano in Democratic Congressional primary » Boston Globe

Ayanna Pressley Just Landed a Huge Endorsement: Maura Healey » Boston Magazine

Frustrated citizens try to rekindle Feeley bill of address » State House News Service

Veteran benefits bill that would replaces state's controversial Valor Act awaits Gov. Charlie Baker's signature » The Republican

Governor Signs Bill Raising Age for Tobacco Sales to 21 » iBerkshires

Bill To Automatically Register Voters Sails Through Mass. Senate » WBUR

17 percent tax on Airbnb stays? Massachusetts lawmakers consider rules for short-term rentals » The Republican

Senator cited "fundamental agreement" on non-compete reform » State House News Service

Bill to support Alzheimer's disease research and help for families waits for Gov. Charlie Baker's signature » The Republican

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