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GOP CHAIR KNOCKS DEMS' "END-OF-SESSION CHAOS" » State House News Service Republican Gov. Charlie Baker continues to play nice with Democrats who are controlling the legislative agenda, and the fate of the governor's priorities, during the final day of formal sessions. The …

BEER DISTRIBUTION BILL SUDDENLY POPS UP IN HOUSE » State House News Service Certain craft brewers would have new freedom to change how their suds are sold under a bill that moved out of a powerful House committee on the last day of formal sessions. …

COMPROMISE CLEAN ENERGY BILL COMPARED TO "BASE HIT" » State House News Service A compromise clean energy bill nearly unanimously cleared both branches of the Legislature on Tuesday, though several senators lamented that what they adopted was not as comprehensive as the legislati…

HEALTH CARE, EDUCATION BILL TALKS FALTER AT FINISH LINE » State House News Service The House and Senate stumbled across the finish line Tuesday night as talks over health care and education funding reforms collapsed in failure, but lawmakers still managed to send Gov. Charlie Baker …

Legislators reach deal on opioids, but not on health care by end of session » Boston Globe As its formal session barreled toward a close early Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed broad changes to how the state targets the opioid epidemic, but it failed to reach deals on major le…

It was a dark day for the solar power industry in Mass. » Boston Globe Solar developers and their environmentalist allies had hoped the Legislature would finally raise the caps on reimbursements to solar panel owners. …

The State May Have Just Accidentally Banned Horse Racing » WGBH Live horse racing and simulcast events scheduled to take place this week in Plainridge and East Boston might have to be postponed — because Beacon Hill lawmakers may have inadvertently allowed …

Most Massachusetts hospitals turned a profit in the last fiscal year » Most Massachusetts hospitals — 49 out of 62 — were profitable last year, according to a new analysis from the state Center for Health Information and Analysis. …

Here’s Why We Should Expect More Swing States in 2020 » Observer “You could have a dozen states—not five or six—but a dozen states that are of significant importance and highly competitive from both sides,” Democratic pollster Paul Maslin …

QAnon Conspiracy Theorists Make Very Noticeable Appearance at Trump’s Florida Rally » MEDIAite The QAnon conspiracy theory alleges that there is a global, multi-pronged Illuminati-esque force conspiring against the president and all things good and decent in the world, and Trump is standing ste…

Democratic takeover could bring first black speaker » POLITICO The prospect of a black speaker, which seemed like a long shot just months ago, has started to bubble up more in private conversations in recent weeks, particularly among Democrats in the influential,…

The Daily 202: Koch network warns of ‘McCarthyism 2.0’ in conservative efforts to harass professors » The Washington Post (S)pecifically faulted Turning Point USA, a pro-Trump student group, that has created a “Professor Watchlist” website to identify liberal faculty members.…

Lawmakers leave a lot on the table » Commonwealth Magazine Senators complain about House brinkmanship, lobbyist influence …

"Lawmakers could have knocked it out of the park. Instead, they only got a base hit.

Ben Hellerstein, State Director for Environment Massachusetts

On the compromise clean energy bill that passed before the session deadline.

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Business

Verizon tops Amazon with Boston’s largest office lease of 2018 so far » Boston Business Journal At 440,000 square feet, Verizon Communications Inc.’s office lease at The Hub on Causeway in Boston is the city’s largest lease deal so far this year.…

Legislature doubles cost of economic development bill before passing it » The Republican The Massachusetts Legislature doubled the cost of an economic development bill before passing it early Wednesday morning. …

Boston Public Market will establish a presence at Logan Airport » Boston Globe After three years overseeing the city’s first year-round, locally sourced food hall at 100 Hanover St. across from City Hall, the operators of the Boston Public Market planned to announce Wedne…

Verizon will move into tower to be built over North Station » Boston Globe Verizon’s long-rumored major expansion in Boston is apparently official, though the telecom giant isn’t yet revealing details of its plans.…

No lapse in win-win app for farmers, low income families » South Coast Today Local farmers and farmers markets can breathe a sigh of relief for now as the potential disruption in processing SNAP and HIP payments has been averted until the end of February.…

Bird Has Now Been Ordered Out Of Somerville And Cambridge, But The Scooters Remain » WBUR Somerville has told Bird Rides, Inc. to suspend its service in the city, joining neighboring Cambridge in cracking down on the rentable electric scooters that appeared on public streets without permit…

“Forgotten Farms” examines class divisions in New England agriculture » The Bay State Banner The local food system in Massachusetts, which includes city farmers markets, food co-ops and other consumer supported agriculture (CSA) programs, has increased access to fresh and healthy food in urba…

Mass. Farm bureau opposes compost regulations » Worcester Telegram Farmers across the state want Gov. Charlie Baker to veto a portion of environmental legislation that imposes tougher regulations on large-scale agricultural composting. …

Lawmakers Forgot 'Emergency Law,' Perhaps Costing 100s Of Jobs » Salem Patch

Senate GOP caucus urging Baker to amend Airbnb bill » Gloucester Times

Civil Rights

Senate approves Dana's Law to protect disabled » Wicked Local Weymouth 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…

Education

Cape Cod Community College to pick up rare Mount Ida program » Boston Business Journal The teach-out approval could provide an educational lifeline for former funeral services students at Mount Ida, which abruptly shut down following the spring semester.…

House unanimously passes State Rep. Lori Ehrlich’s bill on college sexual violence » Lynn Daily News Item A bill championed by state Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), which requires all Massachusetts colleges and universities to perform biennial sexual misconduct climate surveys, was passed unanimously by…

Kane supports legislation to expand civics education » Wicked Local Shrewsbury State Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, is supporting legislation to expand civics education in Massachusetts’ public schools. Senate Bill 2631, an act to promote and enhance civic engagement, pa…

Healey accuses defunct Brookline arts college of fraud » Boston Business Journal The New England Institute of Art grossly misrepresented how successful its graduates were in finding full-time work in their majors, according to a new lawsuit.…

Talks to add hundreds of millions of dollars to education funding formula fall apart in last night of legislative session » Mass Live Attempts to add hundreds of millions of dollars to Massachusetts' education funding formula fell apart Tuesday on the last night of the legislative session. …

Environment

Natick Earmarks Included In Final Environmental Bond Bill » Lynnfield Patch MetroWest earmarks, including Natick, were included in the final version of the Environmental Bond Bill, surviving Governor Charlie Baker's vetoes of the FY2019 budget, announced Representative David …

Blish Point Funding Survives State Budget Process » Cape Cod Online At least $50,000 in funding for flood prevention efforts for Barnstable’s Blish Point neighborhood has survived the Massachusetts budget process.…

'Woodlands partnership' wins passage in Legislature » Berkshire Eagle Part of a bill now on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk could unlock the economic potential of Massachusetts forests in ways not seen for a century. …

Health Care

Peer support bill for law enforcement moves ahead in Mass. house » Fox 25 News The House voted Tuesday to close what Rep. Harold Naughton called a "fluke" in health privacy laws that does not protect the confidentiality of law enforcement or other first responders when they seek…

Housing

Groundbreaking for Harborwalk at Cordage with Gov. Charlie Baker » Wicked Local Plymouth A groundbreaking ceremony for a 300-unit apartment complex in North Plymouth Aug. 21 will inaugurate a new era for this Plymouth village, which began its life as a rope manufacturing capital.…

Baker considering exemption to Airbnb bill » Worcester Business Journal 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…

Lawmakers override vetoes, OK rental bill » Gazette Net The Massachusetts Legislature gave final approval Monday to a bill that would tax and regulate short-term rentals, including those offered by Airbnb and other online platforms.…

Massachusetts Bill Calls for Taxing Airbnb, Other Short-Term Rentals » NECN Massachusetts lawmakers have reached a deal on taxing short-term rentals such as those offered through Airbnb.…

New short-term rentals tax also creates water protection fund for Cape Cod » The Barnstable Patriot The Massachusetts Legislature July 30 passed a bill on short-term rentals which expands the scope of the state’s room occupancy excise tax and local option excise tax regarding such rentals.…

Bill taxing short-term rentals passes » Cape Cod Times The Legislature has passed a bill allowing the state to start taxing short-term rental units in 2019. The bill also would generate money for water cleanup programs on the Cape and Islands, representin…

Legislature protects Cape and Island water » Martha's Vineyard Times The Massachusetts Legislature approved a bill Monday that would tax short-term rentals and, in the process, would create a fund aimed at protecting water off the Cape and Islands. …

Human Services

$4M restored to senior care as House overrides Gov’s veto » The Recorder The state House of Representatives voted Monday to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of $4 million for rate increases in the senior care programs. The Senate was also taking up the overrides b…

Baker's welfare reforms get rejected on Beacon Hill » Salem News Democratic lawmakers have soundly rejected Gov. Charlie Baker's plan to tie welfare reforms to the repeal of a rule that denies benefits for children born into families already getting public assistan…

Immigration

Malia, Like Fellow JP Rep. Sánchez, Couldn’t Force Public Vote on Immigration Protections » Jamaica Plain News Jamaica Plain state representatives Jeffrey Sánchez and Liz Malia both supported immigration provisions as a rider in the state budget. But neither demanded a public roll call from their colleagues…

Judiciary

Anger grows over fatal Cotuit crash that killed new dad » Boston Globe When the driver who caused last weekend’s fatal crash on Cape Cod was pulled over in Barnstable on June 3, he reeked of alcohol and didn’t bother trying to deny that he had had too much …

Lawmakers renew effort to impeach judge » Newburyport News Republican lawmakers are making a last-ditch effort to impeach Salem Superior Court Judge Timothy Feeley over his controversial decision two months ago to let a convicted heroin dealer off with probat…

SJC ruling, not Fall River judge, to blame for lowering Mickey Rivera's bail, lawyers say » The Herald News

Governor Baker Nominates Dennis Attorney to Superior Court » Cape Cod Today

Labor

Senate gives unions more power despite Janus decision in late-night vote » The Republican During the final hours of the legislative session, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill that would give unions power to provide benefits only to their members, in a response to a recent Supreme Cour…

Laid off NECCO workers file class action lawsuit » Boston Herald Employees of a Massachusetts candy plant who recently lost their jobs are suing the Connecticut-based company that laid them off.…

A Gap In Noncompete Legislation Still Leaves Fast Food Workers Exposed » WBUR

Legislative

A Roundup Of What Passed — And What Didn't — On The Last Night Of The Legislative Session » WBUR Early Wednesday morning, the state Legislature finished up its 2017-2018 session. In the busy final hours, compromises emerged on many issues, but two key measures failed to come up at all. …

Local Government

Lupoli Downtown Tower Project Now Depends on $1.1 Million in City Borrowing » WHAV Movement on Salvatore Lupoli’s $30 million “The Heights” project in downtown Haverhill has halted, but could move ahead if city councilors agree to cover a $1 million shortfall.…

Commonwealth awards Sutton with Green Communities grant » The Millbury Sutton Chronicle The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded $14,798,596 in Green Communities competitive grants to 80 municipalities across Massachusetts to fund clean energy projects. Among the communities was …

PSA DOA: Mayor Walsh's Islamophobia campaign won plenty of press, but had little impact » Dig Boston In July of 2017, the office of Boston’s outspoken mayor, Marty Walsh, announced that on the suggestion of an ordinary Bostonian, the city would be putting up posters instructing residents on ho…

Methuen mayor intends to pay police compromise salaries » Eagle Tribune When paychecks go out this week, Mayor James Jajuga says police superior officers should be receiving pay in line with the compromise salaries they agreed to with his office, despite a lack of approva…

Westport case helps push animal protection bill through Statehouse » The Herald News Rodrigues confirmed that the 2016 American Legion Highway tenant farm abuse case was the motivation behind this new language. …

Lawmakers target animal cruelty after Westport farm case » South Coast Today In the two years since authorities raided a tenant farm in town, local officials and residents have spent many hours brainstorming ways to prevent another case of horrific animal neglect and abuse.…

Cheshire Receives Housing Grant » iBerkshires

Marijuana

Possible locations for pot shops in Natick » The Metro West Daily News Several possible locations for recreational marijuana businesses are on the table but the final decision will be up to Town Meeting.…

Fitchburg may reap $2.1M in 1st year from pot companies » Sentinel & Enterprise Several cannabis companies are moving forward with plans to open or expand in the city. But what does that mean for municipal coffers?…

State senators pressing case of woman fired for pot use » Eagle Tribune Two state lawmakers are supporting a Methuen woman's quest for change after she was fired for smoking marijuana during her off-hours.…

Opinion

Cautious Charlie orders up his favorite remedy: a study » Boston Globe Cautious Charlie is baaaaack. Oh, how I did not miss you. Last week, our governor got spooked by a bipartisan proposal to tinker with toll rates and sent it back to the Legislature.…

Ben Downing: End Of Session » WAMC I had planned on preparing a summary of the soon to be finished Massachusetts legislative session. However, as I researched the various pending pieces of legislation being debated, I couldn't help but…

John Kelly is Trump’s Maytag repairman — unwanted and unnecessary » Boston Globe BACK IN THE DAY, appliance-maker Maytag ran a series of popular commercials that claimed its washers and dryers were so dependable, the company’s fleet of repairmen no longer had anything to do…

LETTER: Gov. Baker's relentless focus on reducing support for struggling families is baffling » Wicked Local Cambridge I am deeply disappointed to see that Gov. Charlie Baker has chosen to amend language that would lift the family welfare cap in the Fiscal 2019 budget — but I am also not surprised.…

Shore up cybersecurity before it’s too late » Boston Globe CYBERATTACKS HAVE BECOME a top threat to the United States. Nation-states are frequently targeting and launching attacks against our top corporations, stealing sensitive data, and — politics as…

Undetectable plastic guns have arrived. Congress needs to act » Boston Globe On Wednesday, a Texas company called Defense Distributed planned to publish blueprints for plastic guns, until last-minute lawsuits aimed at stopping them succeeded late Tuesday. With those plans, whi…

Suffolk DA’s race raises a long-overdue question: What do voters want? » Boston Globe What do Suffolk County voters want in a district attorney? That isn’t a question they ponder often, given that the office changes hands roughly once a decade or so. But with the retirement of l…

Our Opinion: 3-D guns open new avenue for mayhem » Berkshire Eagle Evidently, America has a shortage of guns, which is why a company is fighting to be allowed to post downloadable plans and software that would enable anyone with access to a 3D printer to make their o…

EDITORIAL: Neighborhood taxation? Please, stop it now! » Lowell Sun Why create a new tier of "community government" with tax-levying authority if a municipal government already exists to do the same thing?…

Peter Lucas: Anti-Trump campaign is good for Warren, bad for Bay State » Lowell Sun U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be the "defacto" leader of what passes for the Democratic Party these days, but that does not mean much when it comes to bringing jobs to Massachusetts.…

Lawmakers should embrace clean energy » Commonwealth Magazine Say no to gas pipelines financed by electric ratepayers …

Dave Murphy: Explains withdrawal from Senate race » Gazette Net

Politics

Teamsters Endorse Rollins for DA » Beacon Hill Times “Rachael Rollins is the most qualified candidate in this race,” said Teamsters Local 25 President Sean M. O’Brien. “Rachael has experience as a federal and state prosecutor an…

Massachusetts Really Loves Charlie Baker » Lynnfield Patch Once again, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in the United States, according to a new quarterly poll released by Morning Consult. The Q2 poll said 69 percent of voters app…

Koh receives IBEW endorsement » Eagle Tribune Congressional candidate Dan Koh was endorsed Monday by IBEW Local 103, his 23rd union endorsement in the campaign to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.…

Meet the Candidates: Democrats Sean Costello and Patrick Kearney » Wicked Local Scituate My name is Sean Costello, I am a lifelong resident of Marshfield and I’m proud to be running for State Representative to serve the community that I grew up in. I graduated from Marshfield High …

Three Democrats aim to unseat Senator Richard Ross » Wicked Local Needham The Sept. 4 primary for the state Senate race is fast approaching, and three Democrats are vying for the chance to challenge incumbent Republican Richard Ross of Wrentham for the Norfolk, Bristol and …

District Attorney Candidates to Appear at Williamstown Forum » iBerkshires The three candidates for Berkshire district attorney will take questions from the audience on Tuesday night during a forum sponsored by the Williamstown League of Women Voters. …

Framingham Woman Says Baker Needs To Be Re-Elected As Massachusetts Governor In Television Commercial » Framingham Source

Public Health

Tobacco bill is win for Lewis » Wicked Local Melrose Senator Jason Lewis (D-Fifth Middlesex) looks on with pride as Governor Charlie Baker signs into law the tobacco legislation that the senator has long championed as chair of the Committee on Public He…

Lawmakers Send Opioid Bill To Baker's Desk » WBUR The Massachusetts Legislature late Tuesday sent Gov. Charlie Baker legislation expanding access to medication-assisted addiction treatment, studying the use of supervised injection sites, and phasing …

Public Safety

Tempering The Cost Of Aging, Dying In Prison With The Demands Of Justice » NPR A Massachusetts state prison is expanding the graveyard where it buries inmates who die in custody, one consequence of the state's huge increase in aging prisoners. And as more inmates age and die beh…

Massachusetts Legislature passes bill guaranteeing confidentiality for police crisis counseling » The Republican The Massachusetts Legislature has passed a bill guaranteeing confidentiality when a police officer or firefighter talks to a peer counselor.…

$75K for radios for city police in state budget » Gloucester Times The state Senate has overridden Gov. Charlie Baker's budget veto of a $75,000 package to secure new communications equipment for the Gloucester Police Department.…

State Police turn to O’Toole for management advice » Boston Irish Reporter As it tries to steady its ship amid myriad controversies, the Massachusetts State Police announced late last month that it is bringing former secretary of public safety and Boston Police commissioner …

Massachusetts Sheriffs to Expand Medication Assisted Treatment in Corrections » Framingham Source

State Government

'Beagle' bill would give research animals second chance » Eagle Tribune A Senate bill could give cats and dogs who have spent their days as subjects in research institutions or product testing facilities a chance at a new life. Sponsored by Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R…

Facing One Troubling Russia Revelation After Another, Election Officials Work to Prevent a 'Digital Watergate' » Governing States are stepping up their election security but face many challenges: a president still skeptical of Russian interference, a lack of money, and reliance on private vendors for voting equipment and …

Soon, You Could Be Registered to Vote Automatically » Boston Magazine A bill to do so has landed on Charlie Baker's desk. …

Taxation

Seniors could get a tax break on homes » The Sun Chronicle Local communities would be allowed to give senior citizens a break on their property taxes under a bill passed by the Legislature in the closing moments of its session.…

Utilities

City Of Lowell Joins Massachusetts’ Solarize Mass Plus Program » Solar Industry Massachusetts’ Baker-Polito administration has announced the selection of the City of Lowell to participate in the 2018 Solarize Mass Plus program, which promotes the adoption of solar technolo…

Pacheco hungry for next bite at clean energy bill » Taunton Gazette Fresh off the filing of compromise clean energy legislation, one of its architects is looking ahead to the next bill and calling for more to be done. …

Energy legislation makes it out of conference » Commonwealth Magazine Sierra Club official complains bill represents only 'baby steps' …

Breaking down the new clean energy bill » Commonwealth Magazine Eversource, AIM call it a ‘measured approach;’ one rep calls it ‘terrible’ …

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