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Senate Deliberations on Policing Reform Bill Stall » State House News Service A far-reaching proposal to enhance oversight of police officers and ban the use of certain types of force hit a bump on Thursday when Senate Republicans blocked a vote on the reform bill, delaying act…

What the Trump Tax Records Rulings Mean for His Other Lawsuits » law.com The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday sidestepping the disclosure of President Donald Trump’s tax records to Congress doesn’t bode well for lawmakers’ chances of getting the documents ahead…

OPINION: Tammy Duckworth: Tucker Carlson Doesn’t Know What Patriotism Is » New York Times Mr. Carlson disingenuously claimed that because I expressed an openness to “a national dialogue” about our founders’ complex legacies, people like me “actually hate America.” One night later…

State Report Sheds Light on Troubled Hospital Finances » State House News Service All 21 hospital health systems included in a new state analysis reported negative operating margins for the quarter ending March 31, a period that includes the early weeks of the COVID-19 emergency in…

Qualified immunity a sticking point in Senate’s police reform bill » Boston Herald State senators postponed a much-anticipated vote on a sweeping police reform package Thursday after pushback from police unions over the bill’s bid to end qualified immunity and allow officers to be…

OPINION: Maintain effective oversight of the MBTA » Boston Business Journal (T)he legislature needs to provide the FMCB with some immediate modifications, allowing it to remain independent and accountable, and with the ability to continue to look at privatization, where appro…

With latest SJC pick, Baker faces history — and calls to meet the moment » Boston Globe Over eight years, former Governor Deval Patrick effectively reshaped the state’s judiciary and its very top rung, appointing five new Supreme Judicial Court justices, many of them groundbreaking pic…

In the Race for Joe Kennedy’s Successor, an Anti-Kennedy Emerges » The American Prospect Ihssane Leckey, a Moroccan immigrant, faces a coterie of Ivy-educated résumé-stuffers in a crowded House primary.…

"Unfortunately, rather than focusing on thoughtfully and substantively improving police standards and training, the Senate hastily introduced unvetted legislation without a public hearing or open testimony," Calderone and Nelson said in a statement. "(The bill) seems more focused on making a political statement than on making sound, well reasoned and forward-thinking public policy."

Lawrence Calderone and John Nelson, Co-chair's the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Policy Group

Criticizing Senate leadership for pushing forward the police reform bill.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

President Trump tells Howie Carr: I’m ready to roar in NH! » Boston Herald The president is coming to Portsmouth on Saturday night and he’s loaded for bear. “It’s a rally,” he was saying on my radio show Thursday. “Frankly, we should have won New Hampshire last tim…

Some in Portsmouth fear Trump rally will bring the ‘Superspreader in Chief' » Boston Globe Lucy Bloomfield was engaging in a particular kind of panic shopping on Thursday afternoon, preparing not for a natural disaster or an illness but instead for President Trump’s campaign rally here on…

Opinion: It’s not quite time for Democrats to party » Boston Globe In the last week, Democrats have been walking around with more bounce in their step as most polling data suggest Donald Trump is in big trouble.…

To US Rep. Richard Neal, President Donald Trump’s ‘petulance’ reinforces Supreme Court victory in tax case » The Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Neal said Thursday that he, and by extension the American people, are one large step closer to seeing President Donald Trump’s closely guarded tax records following rulings by the …

Sen. Warren: Trump was a failure before coronavirus crisis » CNN Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) thinks that Donald Trump was a failed president even before the coronavirus crisis hit the US, and that his failures will play a big part in the 2020 presidential election…

Opinion: Don’t expect Joe Biden to pick an underdog running mate » Boston Herald Every few days, one or another news organization reports on the state of Joe Biden’s vice-presidential search, touting the latest inside information on who is up and who is down.…

Joe Biden proposes $700 billion ‘Buy American’ campaign » Boston Globe Launching an economic pitch expected to anchor his fall presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is proposing using the federal government’s regulatory and spending power to bolster U.S…

Business

Tom Brady’s TB12 scores PPP loan expert calls ‘best’ on market » Boston Herald Tom Brady’s TB12 fitness center in Foxboro and some businesses tied to the pot industry jumped at Payroll Protection Program cash one expert said are the “best” loans on the market.…

What’s open, what’s closed as Massachusetts museums plot their return » Boston Globe With Massachusetts entering Phase 3 of its coronavirus reopening plan, many of the state’s museums have shared their plans for reopening. Others have opted to remain shuttered a while longer, includ…

PPP forgiveness process may leave big mess behind » Boston Business Journal So, after much deliberation, the federal government decided to release the names of small businesses that received more than $150,000 from the massive $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program.…

Wells Fargo readying thousands of job cuts to start in 2020 » Boston Globe Wells Fargo & Co. is preparing to cut thousands of jobs starting later this year, potentially setting a bleak precedent for an industry that’s been resisting mass layoffs as the coronavirus pandemic…

Emails indicate Provincetown arts center director aware of Jeffrey Epstein cover-up » Cape Cod Times When Richard MacMillan was hired as co-executive director of the Fine Arts Work Center in spring 2019, his main focus was to raise money for the prestigious arts institute.…

New Restrictions Concern Owners of Reopening Wedding Venues » NBC Boston Wedding bells are ringing again in Massachusetts as Phase 3 allows larger events to resume, but not everyone in the business is happy to say "I Do" to some of the new rules.…

Whale watches restart with limited capacity » Newburyport News The city’s sole whale watching company will head out to sea with its first socially distanced tour groups of the year Wednesday after being closed for much of the season due to COVID-19.…

WBURwburFor Seafaring Workers, The Pandemic Could Mean Even More Time Away From Home » WBUR Before the coronavirus pandemic, Rev. Steve Cushing used to visit with cargo ship workers on their container ships in Boston Harbor.…

Senate Restaurant Aid Bill Limited to To-Go Cocktails » State House News Service Both branches of the Legislature have now signed off on allowing Massachusetts restaurants to sell to-go cocktails.…

Outdoor dining in the sky? Two businesses hope to bring it to Boston » Boston Business Journal Picture this: You and 21 of your closest friends sitting at a table, suspended 180 feet in the air, overlooking the Encore casino or Fenway Park, savoring eggs hollandaise and sipping on rosé.…

Cannabis

Cannabis Control Commission working on solution for $25 million of vaping products » Worcester Telegram They are collectively worth $25 million, and they’ve been gathering dust since September. And something needs to be done about it.…

Three Massachusetts marijuana companies fined for use of pesticides, control violations » The Republican Three marijuana companies in Massachusetts are facing fines for various violations, including the use of pesticides by two businesses and issues of control that would violate a state cap by the third …

Marijuana companies hid illegal pesticide use » Commonwealth Magazine Regulators levy hefty fines on Garden Remedies and Healthy Pharms…

Civil Rights

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Massachusetts Champions of Equality » Human Rights Campaign In 2019, Reps. Katherine Clark, Bill Keating, Stephen Lynch, Jim McGovern, Seth Moulton, Richard Neal, Ayanna Pressley and Lori Trahan co-sponsored and voted for the Equality Act -- crucial federal le…

Education

Johns Hopkins launches tracker for school reopening plans amid coronavirus, Massachusetts lacking in 4 categories » Boston Herald The Massachusetts plan for reopening schools fails to address four of the 12 criteria laid out by a Johns Hopkins tracker to help open up classrooms safely this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.…

WBUR launches virtual CitySpace Summer Camp » Boston Globe WBUR’s new six-week virtual series, CitySpace Summer Camp, is here to fill kids’ unoccupied hours this summer. As the pandemic stretches on, the camp will provide families and children ages 5 to 1…

Boston schools map reopening, with 6 feet of social distancing built in » Boston Globe Facing an intense two-month sprint before the scheduled first day of school on Sept. 10 — and mounting demand for details on their reopening plans — Boston school officials say they will release t…

UMass volunteers to help study coronavirus exposure on campus, statewide » The Republican A team of University of Massachusetts at Amherst researchers has begun a study to explore the rate of COVID-19 exposure on campus and throughout Massachusetts.…

99 members of Congress demand withdrawal of restrictions on international students » NBC News "ICE's proposed policy demonstrates a callous disregard for the harm this policy inflicts on international students," the letter from lawmakers said.…

ARHS principal Gene Jones to resign for North Carolina job » Gazette Net An appointment to a principal position at a North Carolina high school is prompting Amherst Regional High School Principal Gene Jones to resign after one year in the district.…

Trump threatens funding cuts if schools don’t reopen » Commonwealth Magazine It seemed like there were at least the beginnings of a path forward. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its initial coronavirus guidelines for how schools could reopen…

Thousands Of College Professors Sign Letter Condemning ICE Policy » NEPM New England professors are among about 30,000 academics from around the U.S. to sign an open letter condemning a new federal policy regarding international college students. The Trump administration i…

Harvard, MIT set for emergency court hearing against ICE plan to bar international students » Cambridge Day Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are seeking an emergency court order requiring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to allow international students to remain in th…

BU to take part in lawsuit against ICE » The Daily Free Press Boston University announced Thursday it is joining an amicus curiae brief in support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration and Cu…

Federal

Trump ran out the clock on his tax returns. House Democrats let him. » The Supreme Court has ruled on whether or not Congress can get its hands on President Trump's tax returns. The decision in the case, Trump vs. Mazars, is a classic political punt — holding that in t…

Animal rights advocates sue federal government over treatment of research primates » Boston Globe In the wake of regulators formally rejecting a petition to improve the conditions of non-human primates used in federally funded research studies, a group of local animal rights advocates has sued the…

NOAA officials feared firings after Trump’s hurricane claims, inspector general says » Boston Globe The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration felt that his job and the jobs of others would be in jeopardy if the agency did not rebuke forecasters who contradicted President Donald…

Gaming

1st of 3 Massachusetts casinos reopens to gamblers » WHDH Plainridge Park Casino reopened on Wednesday, the first of Massachusetts’ three casinos to start accepting wagers again under the third phase of Gov. Charlie Baker’s coronavirus economic recovery …

MGM Springfield Ready To Reopen With COVID-19 Safety Measures In Place » NEPM The MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, says it’s ready to re-open and will strictly enforce the wearing of masks.…

Health Care

Massachusetts hospitals collectively saw more than $2 billion in losses as coronavirus spread, data shows » The Republican Massachusetts hospital collectively saw more than $2 billion in net losses in early 2020 as the coronavirus spread to the United States and shook stock markets, according to data compiled by the state…

Cambridge biotech startup will get $150m in deal with Sanofi » Boston Globe Kymera Therapeutics will receive $150 million upfront from the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi in a deal to collaborate on potential treatments for inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthr…

Big pharma companies earmark $1b to develop antibiotics for drug-resistant bacteria » Boston Globe Some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies are launching a $1 billion fund aimed at developing new antibiotics, a field many of them had abandoned in recent years.…

Relay Therapeutics is looking to raise $250m in its IPO next week » Boston Globe The Cambridge biotech is working to develop treatments for solid tumors.…

PPP helped 1,800 Mass. health care companies. Here's who received the largest loans. » Boston Business Journal Physician and dental offices, community health centers, specialty health facilities and long-term-care facilities received some of the biggest PPP loans in Massachusetts, money several organizations s…

Worst-case scenarios predicted Mass. hospitals would be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients. Here’s why that didn’t happen » Boston Globe Hospitals proved nimble in increasing the number of intensive care patients they could treat, swiftly tripling the number of ICU beds statewide.…

Housing

Boston Housing Authority nonessential eviction moratorium extended to the end of the year » Boston Globe Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Housing Authority is extending its moratorium on nonessential evictions through the end of the year, officials announced Friday.…

Judiciary

Rollins, other Massachusetts district attorneys trade barbs over young murderer sentencing rules » Boston Herald Massachusetts district attorneys are trading sharp barbs after the state’s highest court tossed an attempt by several outside DAs to intervene in a Suffolk County sentencing dispute over whether the…

District attorneys clash over young killers seeking parole based on brain research » Boston Globe Nyasani Watt was 10 days shy of his 18th birthday when he fatally shot another teenager and wounded his friend on a Dorchester street in 2011, with a gun that had been handed to him by Sheldon Mattis,…

Labor

Newton’s school nurses call for pay equity with teachers » Boston Globe The union representing Newton’s school nurses is calling on the city to resume talks on a new contract, more than a year after their previous agreement ended, the organization’s president said.…

Massachusetts unemployment insurance claims dip for second straight week » Boston Herald Massachusetts saw a dip in the number of people filing an initial claim for unemployment insurance for the second consecutive week, according to state figures.…

Massachusetts unemployment claims fall again » The Republican There were 26,755 new unemployment claims filed in Massachusetts in the week ending July 4, according to numbers released Thursday by the federal government.…

SBA says COVID-19 loans saved 8,500 jobs in Brockton » The Enterprise More than 180 city businesses have received emergency loans so far through the federal government’s coronavirus relief efforts, helping retain an estimated 8,500 local jobs, according to new data re…

Legislative

Massachusetts Senate’s police reform bill held up due to concerns that it didn’t undergo public hearing » The Republican The Massachusetts Senate’s wide-ranging police reform bill is held up over criticisms that legislators didn’t get enough time to review the bill and that the proposal hasn’t been put to a public…

Local Government

New Bedford’s cultural industry marks reopening; mayor hopes it will boost business » WPRI.com The reopening of the cultural industry in New Bedford is welcome news to many as the city tries to address a significant increase in its unemployment rate.…

Downtown Edgartown under B.O.H. mask order » Martha's Vineyard Times Residents and visitors to downtown Edgartown will be required to wear a mask or face-covering between the hours of 8 am and 1 am, according to a new regulation approved by the board of health. The new…

Chicago Unveils Plan for Its Post-Pandemic Recovery » Governing Mayor Lori Lightfoot is looking past the immediate health and economic challenges to map out programs for the city's future. She has ambitious ideas about attracting wealth while also addressing racia…

Hadley names new town administrator » Gazette Net A longtime town administrator in Bourne who has been working on a part-time and interim basis in the same role in Vernon, Vermont, has been named Hadley's next town administrator…

Hanson explores hearing options » Whitman-Hanson Express Town officials are looking into options for going ahead with public hearings delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Town Counsel Kate Feodoroff said she has received several calls from the Zoning Board …

Springfield Officials React To Scathing Report On Excessive Force » NEPM Springfield, Massachusetts, city and police officials have responded to a scathing government report that charges the narcotics bureau with a pattern of excessive force with no accountability.…

Pepperell Health Board member resigns » Lowell Sun Six months after first calling foul against a mobile home company and his own colleagues, Grover Pillsbury announced he’s resigning from the Board of Health.…

'Disturbing And Disappointing': Mayor Sarno On DOJ Report, Alleged Brutality By Springfield Police » WGBH Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Thursday said the findings of a federal investigation into alleged police brutality in his city were “disturbing and disappointing,” and promised to cooperate…

Weymouth town offices to reopen Monday » Patriot Ledger After a closure of nearly four months, Weymouth Town Hall and several other town buildings will open to the public again starting on Monday.…

Politics

Supreme Court Gives Progressive Challenger Ammunition Against Rep. Richard Neal » HUFFPOST The court’s conservatives have done more than the powerful Massachusetts Democrat to bring Trump’s tax returns to light, according to Alex Morse.…

Charbonnier suspends candidacy for 12th Suffolk House seat » Dorchester Reporter Cam Charbonnier, one of four candidates on the ballot for the September 1 election for state representative in the 12 Suffolk district, suspended his campaign today, citing the dynamics of the pandemi…

‘This is not my moment’: White candidate drops out of state rep race » Boston Herald The lone white candidate in the race for the Massachusetts 12th Suffolk House seat — a district made up of 70% Black residents — is dropping out in the wake of the national civil rights movement t…

Markey representative speaks to Democratic City Committee » Newburyport News A representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Ed Markey will address members of the Newburyport Democratic City Committee during the group’s monthly meeting Tuesday.…

A Biden win could shake up Massachusetts politics » Lowell Sun Look for US Sen. Elizabeth Warren to join the Joe Biden administration should the former vice president beat President Donald Trump in November.…

Brady’s signature appeal case on top court’s docket Friday afternoon » Sentinel & Enterprise The state’s highest court will hear arguments Friday over whether Republican Congressional candidate Helen Brady should have her name printed on the Nov. 3 ballot or remain ineligible as a separate …

Public Health

Calls grow for coronavirus mask mandate ahead of Trump’s New Hampshire rally » Boston Herald Pressure is mounting on New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu to issue a mask mandate ahead of President Trump’s rally in Portsmouth on Saturday, as locals fearing a surge in coronavirus cases brace for a…

In praise of New England’s Republican governors » Boston Globe The leader of their party is a dope, but Phil Scott, Chris Sununu, and Charlie Baker have shown it's wise to be conservative when it comes to public health.…

Opinion: Parents, the president knows what’s best for your kids » Boston Globe All you parents throughout the land, you must obey Uncle Sam’s command! He needs you. Well, not really you. Your children.…

West Nile virus detected in Massachusetts mosquito for the first time this year » Boston Herald The state’s public health lab confirmed the virus in two mosquito samples collected from Belmont on July 7, the Department of Public Health announced Thursday.…

Survey: Only 57% would get COVID-19 vaccine, if available » The Metro West Daily News While companies and governments around the world race to develop a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19, a survey designed by a group at Tufts University found that just 57% of Americans said t…

The state chose eight communities for free coronavirus tests. Framingham's Sam Wong it should have looked instead at neighborhoods » The Metro West Daily News Wong said the state’s decision to look at municipalities as a whole, rather than Census tracts, leaves out historically disadvantaged neighborhoods that happen to be within cities and towns that als…

About 1 in 8 Mass. residents have now been tested for COVID-19 » Taunton Gazette About 13 percent of the state's population has now been tested for COVID-19, according to the tally in the Department of Public Health's Thursday report. That report also showed upticks in two key met…

How 2 Hard-Hit New England Cities Slowed Coronavirus Infections » WBUR Chelsea City Manager Tom Ambrosino scanned the chart he uses to track the daily coronavirus case updates for this small, densely populated community.…

CRISPR Comes To COVID: A Pandemic Pivot And The Push For A Simple Coronavirus Test » WBUR About five years ago, when the gene-editing tool CRISPR was just starting to sweep labs around the world, a famously brilliant scientist encouraged two of his grad students to just play around and tin…

Zero deaths at underground supervised injection site helps Massachusetts effort to open facilities: Advocates » Boston Herald Zero people dying at an underground supervised injection site in the U.S. is “compelling” data that should boost the local push for these sites to open in Massachusetts, advocates tell the Herald.…

Doctor Fights for Bystander CPR Bill » NECN A Massachusetts doctor is aiming to change how 911 calls are handled for sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Joseph Sabato, the medical director for Worcester 911 Telecommunications, says hundreds of lives cou…

As Mass. Reopens, Data Shows People of Color Face Greater Risk From COVID-19 » NBC Boston In late March, Ron Marlowe was still commuting to work on public transportation, and like most others, he wasn't wearing a mask.…

Baker: Tech Industry Capital Has Made "Big Difference" » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday urged members of the high-tech field to continue using their resources to combat COVID-19.…

Mass. reports 177 new confirmed coronavirus cases, 25 new deaths » Boston Globe The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts among confirmed cases climbed by 25 to 8,053, the state reported Thursday. The number of confirmed cases climbed by 177, bringing the tota…

It’s hot and humid. What happens to people who can’t afford air conditioning? » Boston Globe Usually when the temperature climbs precipitously in Massachusetts, residents who don’t have air conditioning at home have a range of options to stay cool ― they might go to a public pool, spend t…

11 coronavirus vaccines to keep an eye on » Boston Globe Federal officials have repeatedly expressed optimism that at least one vaccine against the coronavirus will be proven effective and ready for market by early 2021. As of this week, pharmaceutical comp…

Data shows virus spread in nursing homes down sharply » Lowell Sun The positive COVID-19 test rate in long-term care facilities remains above the state average, but a public health official said Wednesday that the gap is closing.…

State’s COVID-19 Transmission Rate Slips Above Critical Threshold » Banker & Tradesman Massachusetts is now the only New England state with a COVID-19 transmission rate that indicates rapid spread of the coronavirus, according to a website that has been compiling state data and tracking…

Public Safety

Worcester police to start processing license to carry requests again » Worcester Telegram The Police Department on Monday will begin to process first-time license to carry applications, in line with the governor’s third phase of reopening businesses and organizations during the COVID-19 …

Massachusetts State Police hand out punishments for troopers in overtime scandal » Boston Herald State Police are handing out punishments for the remaining troopers embroiled in the infamous Troop E overtime scandal, announcing that one member has been fired and five more could get the boot while…

‘Newton is not a utopia.’ Task force to review policing » Boston Globe Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller launched a sweeping review of the city’s police force this week, as a newly appointed task force began work to develop recommendations that she said will impact the depa…

Springfield mayor: DOJ report knocking police narcotics unit ‘disturbing and disappointing’ » The Republican Mayor Domenic Sarno called a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Justice assessing the police department’s narcotics unit as out-of-control and excessively violent “disturbing and dis…

Senate deliberations on policing reform bill stall » Commonwealth Magazine Debate to resume Friday after Fattman blocks action on legislation…

Prison advocates push for family access » The Bay State Banner Justice advocates, prisoners and families of those incarcerated are speaking out about bills to expand visitation rights, offer free phone calls, improve the Parole Board and decarcerate prisons and h…

Fattman Again Postpones Police Bill Debate In Mass. Senate » WBUR For the second day in a row, Republican Sen. Ryan Fattman put a hold on a sweeping police reform bill Democratic leaders are working to pass, forcing the Senate into the weekend without having voted o…

Most State Police troopers implicated in overtime fraud scandal will keep their jobs » Boston Globe Massachusetts State Police Colonel Christopher S. Mason announced in January that the department would move to fire 22 troopers that had committed overtime fraud, and were found to have collected thou…

State Finance

Plymouth schools funding included in COVID Response Bill » Wicked Local Plymouth The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to approve an Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to authorize certain COVID-19 spending in anticipation of federal reimbursement, a bill whic…

State Government

Mass. commissioner for the deaf placed on leave amid ties to a controversial fraternity » Boston Globe The Baker administration on Thursday placed the state’s chief advocate for the deaf on administrative leave amid allegations he told staff members he wore robes resembling Ku Klux Klan garb and made…

Columnist John Paradis: Soldiers’ Home families: Where’s the governor? » Gazette Net “That one's on us,” said Gov. Charlie Baker during a June 24 press conference in pointing the blame for the deadly outbreak of COVID-19 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke.…

Soldiers’ Home Superintendent job posted on state website » News 22 WWLP.com Governor Charlie Baker’s administration had been moving to terminate Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh, and now his job has been posted on the state’s career website.…

Mass. Still on Maine Quarantine List, Despite ‘Collegial' Call Between Governors » NECN Regardless, there are thousands if not tens of thousands more people from Massachusetts using EZ-Pass in Maine right now, despite the restrictions.…

Keepers of our heritage need support, too » The Haverhill Gazette Slowly, Massachusetts is coming alive. Restaurants are now allowed to seat diners for indoor meals. Nail salons, tattoo parlors and athletic trainers can once again welcome customers, and offices can …

Kennedy Seeks Urgent Clarification on Vote-by-Mail Expenses » State House News Service U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is calling on federal elections commission officials to provide an urgent clarification as the state's top election official butts heads with voting rights advocacy groups…

Opinion: Jobless-claims scam a mail-in ballot warning » Sentinel & Enterprise Will the state’s deluge of phony unemployment-benefit applications provide a window of what we might see with mail-in ballots for the upcoming primary and general elections?…

Baker responds to local lawsuit while touring Plymouth project » Wicked Local Plymouth While Gov. Charlie Baker was in town to talk about EEE, he did take time to address a lawsuit by a downtown business owner alleging the requirement to wear a face mask is unconstitutional.…

Transportation

State Reps Ask Gov. Baker To Fix Route 9 Flooding » Brookline Patch Framingham's state delegation on Wednesday sent a letter to the governor asking him to address flooding problems along Route 9, particularly near the Route 126 overpass. Both the east and westbound si…

Markey & Pressley discuss Freedom to Move Act in Mattapan » Dorchester Reporter Introducing recently-filed transportation legislation, Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley on Wednesday joined At-Large City Councillor Michelle Wu, transit justice advocates, and comm…

Utilities

Our View: Fixing a broken system » The Andover Townsman The final chapter of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is being punctuated by dollar signs. The utility, in the process of being sold to Eversource for $1.1 billion, continues to pay out fines and settlem…

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The Week In Review

New laws enacted this week:

SB2328 - An Act to preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey

HB4621 - An Act authorizing the retirement board of the city of Salem to retire Brian Benson, a police officer of the city of Salem

HB4820 - An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID-19

Most read bills of the week:

SB2800 - An Act to reform police standards and shift resources to build a more equitable, fair and just commonwealth that values Black lives and communities of color

SB2789 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to authorize certain COVID-19 spending in anticipation of federal reimbursement

HB4820 - An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID-19

HD5166 - An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery

SB2700 - An Act to provide liability protections for contractors, sub-contractors and unions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

HB4769 - An Act authorizing remote participation at representative town meetings due to the COVID-19 emergency

SB2799 - An Act making appropriations for the fiscal year 2020 to authorize certain COVID-19 spending in anticipation of federal reimbursement

SB2640 - An Act to provide liability protections for health care workers and facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

HB4700 - An Act relative to emergency paid sick time

SB2785 - An Act promoting housing stability and homelessness prevention through a right to counsel pilot program in Massachusetts in response to the COVID-emergency

House Actions This Week: 97

Senate Actions This Week: 139

Press Releases

MIRA virtual roundtable connects immigrant small businesses with Congressmen Kennedy and Moulton to discuss COVID-19 recovery needs » Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Take Action: Don't Let Conservatives Weaken the MA Senate's Policing Bill » Progressive Mass.

State public health officials announce season’s first West Nile virus-positive mosquito sample » Department of Public Health

The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Health Watch USA to Host Day-Long Webinar on COVID-19 and Its Effects on Frontline Workers from Across the Globe » Mass. Nurses Association

TechNet Comments on Administration’s DACA Moves » TechNet

Massachusetts Statewide Business Groups Commit to Addressing Systemic Racism and Discrimination » Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

SEIU 888 Sponsors Bill to Halt COVID-19 Evictions and Foreclosures » SEIU Local 888

CPS Report: MCAS is the Wrong Answer » Citizens for Public Schools

House Appropriations Committee Affirms and Protects Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Around the World » Planned Parenthood

COVID-19: Leo’s Letter: We All Must Take On Responsibility » The Arc of Mass.

GLX to Coordinate Series of Major Crane Lifts This Weekend at Lechmere Viaduct in East Cambridge » MBTA

Why Is It Harder for Some Communities to Access the Waterfront? » Conservation Law Foundation

Nixon Peabody advises in U.S. expansion of first-ever urine screening test for colon cancer » Nixon Peabody

Helen Brady, bounced by Democrats from 2020 ballot, takes state Ballot Law Commission to court » MassGOP

Urgent: Oppose HD.5166 Rent Cancellation before it gets passed into law » Mass. Landlords

A 12-month moratorium on paying rent will only encourage abuse » MassGOP


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