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9:30am Executive Office of Health & Human Services Public Hearing, 100 Hancock Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Quincy

12:00pm Ask the Commissioner with Boston Police Commissioner William Gross on 89.7 Boston Public Radio, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

1:00pm Mass. Division of Medical Assistance Public Hearing, 100 Hancock Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Quincy

Bill filing deadline

Birthdays: Rep. Peter Capano

Must-Reads

Women in Massachusetts march forward » Boston Globe On Saturday, March Forward Massachusetts, the same local nonprofit that organized the Boston march in 2017, is mobilizing again on the Boston Common. Yet, as we prepare to welcome our sisters this wee…

MASSGOP ELECTS FORMER REP. LYONS AS PARTY CHAIR » State House News Service Fresh of his re-election defeat in November, conservative Andover Republican Jim Lyons will be the next chair of the Massachusetts Republican Party, succeeding Quincy City Councilor Kirsten Hughes who…

"GODDAMN WALL" KNOCKED AT SHUTDOWN RALLY » State House News Service State lawmakers and union heads joined furloughed federal workers Thursday outside the State House, where ralliers called for an end to the longest government shutdown in American history and aired th…

‘We Call Ourselves the Badasses’:Meet the New Women of Congress » Politico Massachusetts The history-making class of new women on Capitol Hill is here, and its members have a lot to say. …

DeLeo defends handling of ‘inappropriate conduct’ claims » Boston Globe Speaking briefly to reporters at the State House, DeLeo said he “acted accordingly” and within House rules amid allegations that Representative Paul McMurtry, then a member of his leadership team,…

'#Sexy': The most eye-popping @WomenForCohen tweets paid for by Michael Cohen » USA Today Politics in 2019, in a nutshell: A new Wall Street Journal report found Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time fixer, lawyer and all-around right-hand man, hired – and then stiffed – a t…

Baker’s sports betting proposal goes outside traditional gambling industry » Boston Globe Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday proposed legalizing sports gambling in the state, presenting a plan that would allow fans to bet on games at casinos or on their smartphones.…

Weather never stops. But the paychecks for these forecasters have » Boston Globe The employees of the National Weather Service are no strangers to stress. They work round-the-clock, seven days a week, and know the slightest shift in their forecasts can dramatically affect air trav…

“You can’t have the superiors and the friends of the people who are both the victim and the accused party making these decisions,” Sabadosa said. “You need someone who has no bias, no prior relationships.”

Representative Lindsay Sabadosa

On her bill requiring an independent committee to investigate sexual harassment after the Rep. McMurtry allegations.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Elizabeth Warren headed to Puerto Rico next week » Boston Globe Elizabeth Warren is headed to Puerto Rico next week for an event in San Juan. She’ll lead a “community conversation” at the Alejandro Tapia y Rivera Theater Tuesday evening, according to an e-ma…

Murphy, legislative leaders reach deal on $15 minimum wage bill » Politico Massachusetts Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey’s top legislative leaders reached an agreement Thursday on a bill that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for most workers by 2024, the g…

Business

A beer taproom is coming to Boston Public Market » Boston Globe On Wednesday, Casey Hogan, senior operations manager of new vendor relations for the downtown marketplace, tweeted a “Request For Proposals” seeking a craft brew vendor to set up a taproom onsite,…

Mass. lawmakers take another swing at patent trolls » Boston Globe Can Eric Lesser finally become the Troll Slayer of Beacon Hill? The state senator came close to earning this honor last summer by guiding a bill to the finish line that would crack down on “patent t…

Cape Cod Culinary Incubator to Receive $10K in Urban Agenda Program Grants » Cape Cod Today Today, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced $500,000 to nine projects through the Urban Agenda Grant Program. The program emphasizes community-driven responses to local obstacles, and promotes e…

AG joins multi-state settlement over data breach » Berkshire Eagle State Attorney General Maura Healey recently joined a $1.5 million multi-state settlement by 44 attorneys general to resolve an investigation alleging that The Neiman Marcus Group LLC violated consume…

Ahead of Bristol Myers purchase, Celgene partners with Boston cancer startup » Boston Business Journal Atlas Venture-backed Kyn Therapeutics hopes to create drugs that reverse the effects of a metabolite called kynurenine, which cancer cells use to suppress the immune system and ward off attacks.…

Your city street may soon turn into a grocery aisle » Boston Globe Quincy-based supermarket chain Stop & Shop said it will send remote-controlled mobile grocery stores rolling through the streets of Greater Boston this spring.…

The Mass. hotel industry continues to make room » Boston Business Journal The 50 hotels on this year’s list of the largest hotels in Massachusetts, ranked by the number of guest rooms at each hotel, comprise a total of 20,757 rooms.…

State Street to lay off 1,500 in turn toward automation » Boston Business Journal Besides the layoffs, the new cost-saving program will include cuts to spending on professional services firms and other vendors, as well as “optimization” of State Street’s real estate footprint…

Rep. Randy Hunt to File Truth in Advertising Internet Access Bill » Cape Cod Today I’ll be filing a bill tomorrow called “An Act to promote truth in advertising relative to internet access plans.”…

Cannabis

Pot board pressed to investigate Framingham testing site » Boston Herald The state pot board is being pressed to “immediately investigate” what Framingham’s mayor is calling a violation of state regulations after police found hundreds of vials of both marijuana resid…

R.I. governor to propose marijuana legalization as neighboring states launch programs: ‘Like it or not, it’s here’ » Boston Globe After resisting marijuana legalization for several years, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is ready to bring adult-use cannabis to the Ocean State, fueled by the legalization efforts and growing in…

Education

A second chance on the other side of the world » Boston Globe He had brains, worked hard, and earned a rare full-ride scholarship. But Michael Blackwood, like many Boston valedictorians, had to learn a new definition of “success.”…

Boston schools review policy banishing overage students » Boston Globe Boston school officials, facing a growing backlash over efforts to kick over-age students out of school, are now expressing a willingness to revise their policy so some or all of the students can fini…

Experimental colleges once were the future. Now, what is their future? » Boston Globe When Hampshire College opened its doors in 1970, it was part of a wave of new schools founded as experiments in alternative education. Some let students set their own course of study and didn’t requ…

Proposed bill filed by Sen. Comerford aims to address higher ed funding gap » Gazette Net A bill seeking to address a more than $500 million annual gap in funding for public colleges and universities, filed Wednesday by lead sponsor Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, is part of a package ai…

LGBTQ Lit: Two decades ago, an ARHS teacher pioneered a life-changing class. Today, it’s as relevant as ever » Gazette Net In the early 2000s as a student at Amherst Regional High School, Rachel Lesser knew some gay students there, but not many.…

Belchertown vice principal taking job in South Hadley » Gazette Net Bruce Hastings, Belchertown High School’s assistant principal, dean of students and athletic director, will end his tenure at the school this week to become an assistant principal in South Hadley.…

ALICE training ongoing in Falmouth schools » Wicked Local Falmouth When Falmouth Police Sergeant Ryan Hergt graduated from Falmouth High School in 2005, he had never gone through a lockdown drill.…

Environment

AG Healey Endorses Version of ‘Green New Deal’ — 100 Percent ‘Renewable’ Energy » New Boston Post Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey committed herself on Wednesday to an ambitious new clean energy goal and promised to fight gun violence, reduce barriers to mental health treatment, and sup…

Protesters rally at state forest » The Recorder Protecting rare salamanders, sequestering carbon and respecting the natural order of forests — there were more than a few reasons a group showed up at Wendell State Forest to protest planned logging…

Gaming

Charlie Baker all in on sports betting in Massachusetts » Boston Herald Gov. Charlie Baker wants Massachusetts to pull up a seat at the sports betting table this year, and has drafted his own legislation to make that happen.…

Legal sports betting may be coming to Massachusetts » The Daily News of Newburyport States are rushing to legalize wagers on professional sports following last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and Massachusetts could be getting a piece of the action.…

Baker to file bill authorizing pro sports betting » Commonwealth Magazine Proposal would also tax daily fantasy sports contests…

Health Care

Rent Or Insulin? The Rising Cost Of Diabetes Meds Forces Patients Into Difficult Choices » WGBH Myranda Pierce of Jamaica Plain is in the unenviable position of having to choose between buying the medication she needs to live or paying her bills.…

Lawmakers push repeal of health care fees » Gloucester Times Republican lawmakers are pushing for a repeal of fees charges to companies that aren't providing health insurance to a majority of their workers.…

Human Services

Bill aims to help bullied, PTSD victims » Lowell Sun A local legislator and a close friend of a family whose daughter took her own life after getting relentlessly bullied in Lowell schools are working together on a bill that they say could help those fa…

Western Mass. Lawmakers Ask Gov. Baker To Help In Wake Of Federal Shutdown » New England Public Radio Two state lawmakers from western Massachusetts, Jo Comerford and Mindy Domb, sent Governor Charlie Baker a letter asking him to provide emergency funding for food banks if the federal shutdown goes on…

Immigration

In Massachusetts, Eduardo Samaniego was a celebrated immigration rights activist; in Georgia, he’s an inmate » Boston Globe If you want to understand how completely arbitrary and capricious our broken immigration system is, consider the case of Eduardo Samaniego.…

Insurance

GIC plans listening sessions on plan changes » State House News Service A year after proposed health insurance changes for state employees and retirees prompted "concern, confusion and havoc," the Group Insurance Commission previewed a 2020 plan design that steers clear o…

Legislative

DeLeo defends handling of ‘inappropriate conduct’ claims » Boston Globe House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo defended his handling of claims of“inappropriate conduct” against a state lawmaker Thursday as the Legislature, less than a year removed from a prolonged ethics probe…

State Rep. Paul McMurtry denies sexual misconduct allegations » WHDH The Massachusetts House of Representatives is investigating an allegation of inappropriate conduct involving a state representative.…

House opens investigation into allegation against Dedham state rep » The Salem News The Massachusetts House is investigating a "plausible" allegation of inappropriate conduct involving at least one representative, stemming from an alleged incident at the orientation session for new m…

After groping alleged at lawmaker orientation, Sabadosa files anti-harassment bill » Gazette Net An alleged incident in which an incoming female legislator was groped during an event on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus last month is prompting state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa to file legi…

Local Government

Lakeville residents voice flood concerns to Middleboro selectman » South Coast Today With the high water levels and pervasiveness of invasive weeds and other obstructions damming the flow at critical areas in the Assawompset Ponds Complex, Long Pond, and the Nemasket River, Lakeville …

Westport Cultural Council grants totaling $4,869 announced » The Herald News Rep. Paul Schmid, Sen. Michael Rodrigues and Carollyn Duby, chairwoman of the Westport Cultural Council, have announced the award of 10 grants totaling $4,869 for cultural programs in Westport.…

Many vacancies exist on Salisbury boards » The Daily News of Newburyport The town has almost a dozen vacant seats on various boards and commissions, and officials are looking for some help.…

School, sewer, housing trends seen as lifting Fall River » The Herald News The city of Fall River was cleared by a state board Thursday to ride on the state’s more favorable interest rates as it borrows $129 million, mostly to pay for a new high school and sewer infrastruc…

‘Wintertime, that’s what we do’: Area DPWs are ready for the big storm » Gazette Net Hampshire County is expected to be one of the areas most impacted by the snow and ice predicted for this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.…

Housing project, trail endorsed for Amherst CDBG funds » Gazette Net Continuing to construct a multi-use path on East Hadley Road and covering the predevelopment costs for the town's first single-room occupancy project for extremely low-income people are being recommen…

Walsh announces $28 million Boston Common renovation plan » Boston Globe Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation department, and Friends of the Public Garden announced a $28 million master plan to renovate the Boston Common.…

Opinion

Women in Massachusetts march forward » Boston Globe Two years ago, many Americans found themselves called to react to a moral crisis in our country, brought on by the 2016 election. A swell of grass-roots energy was sweeping the nation — indeed, the …

Union chief: Grid workers did not break » Commonwealth Magazine UNIONS MATTER. That’s the lesson of National Grid’s six-month lockout of 1,250 United Steelworkers.…

Our roads are barely suitable for bikes, let alone bike lanes » Boston Globe Re Jeff Jacoby’s “Is the bike-lane fever breaking?” (Opinion, Jan. 9): I have a different angle on why bike lanes are not ready for prime time.…

Jack Bogle: A painful thorn in Boston’s side » Boston Globe Jack Bogle was an investment industry legend. In Boston, he was also a legendary pain in the butt.…

Why Trump lies, and why you should care » Boston Globe The fact that President Trump lies multiple times a day has become inescapably obvious to all but his most blinkered supporters. In that group of hard loyalists, his inveterate lying doesn’t merit d…

Editorial: Mass. government still scorns public records laws » Boston Business Journal It’s an alarming fact that Massachusetts is the only state in the nation where all three of the state’s highest government branches — the governor’s office, the legislature and the Supreme Jud…

Letter: Press Baker to release Clarksburg school funds » Berkshire Eagle In late 2017, the town of Clarksburg voted not to move forward with an MSBA renovation project for its school. The town's finance people warned that the required 40-year loan would be too much for the…

Viewpoint: Keep our doors open for international students » Boston Business Journal As thousands of students return for a start of a new semester across Massachusetts, there’s promising new data showing that the United States is once again among the most desirable countries for int…

Worcesteria: Irony is hard » Worcester Mag When you think of iconic reality TV duos, who comes to mind? Snooki and Pauly D? Flava Flav and New York? Stassi and Jax? Well, I think us Worcester folk should consider adding a new, more local team …

Guest column: ‘There are as many reasons to march as there are women marching’ » Gazette Net This Saturday at noon, women and their allies will walk together from Northampton's Sheldon Field to City Hall to celebrate our victories and recommit to the work still left to do promoting equity and…

Bravo to local legislators pushing for increased school funding » The Recorder The region’s legislators have our backs when it comes to state funding for public schools, whether for small, cash-strapped rural towns or public higher education, which of course is a major economi…

Politics

Former Beacon Hill lawmaker Jim Lyons elected Mass. GOP chairman » Boston Globe Jim Lyons, a former state representative from Andover, was elected chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party Thursday night.…

Public Health

Top lawmakers turn out for sexual health lobby day » State House News Service Activists, legislators and Massachusetts residents met in the State House Thursday for sexual health lobby day, pressing for the passage in the new session of bills addressing sexual health education …

Opioid marketing contributed to overdose epidemic, Boston Medical Center report says » Boston Business Journal In the midst of a variety of lawsuits accusing pharmaceutical companies of contributing to the opioid epidemic, the Grayken Center for Addiction has confirmed the connection between opioid marketing a…

Taxation

Mass. lawmakers officially revive ‘millionaires tax’ proposal » Boston Business Journal The Supreme Judicial Court struck down the original version of the proposal last year, but two lawmakers believe they have a procedural path that's on stronger legal footing.…

Baker seeks transfer tax hike to protect properties » State House News Service Gov. Charlie Baker plans to proposed an estimated $137 million annual increase in the excise tax paid on real estate transfers, a proposal he said Friday morning will generate $1 billion over the next…

Transportation

Town eyes ValleyBike Share expansion » Gazette Net Hadley officials are supporting a possible expansion of ValleyBike Share to town, although they want assurances that costs associated with adding new stations are not borne by local taxpayers.…

Utilities

Rep. Will Crocker Among Lawmakers Seeking to Shore Up Heating Assistance » Cape Cod Today Rep. Will Crocker Among Lawmakers Seeking to Shore Up Heating Assistance…

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The Week In Review

Most read bills of the week:

SB2137 - An Act relative to strengthening public safety through interlock devices

HB228 - An Act relative to clarifying homeowners right to perform electrical work

HB743 - An Act to reduce packaging waste

HB771 - An Act reducing plastic bag pollution

HB3765 - An Act of leadership by the state of Massachusetts to reduce single use plastics

SB519 - An Act for a competitive economy through safer alternatives to toxic chemicals

HB2881 - An Act promoting the proper disposal of miniatures

HB745 - An Act reducing paper and packaging waste in the Commonwealth

SB1102 - An Act relative to the scheduling of employees

SB908 - An Act to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth from drunk drivers

House Actions This Week: 3245

Senate Actions This Week: 1862

Press Releases

Massachusetts Weekly Unemployment Claimant Data 06-10-21 » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension » Massachusetts Retirees

Tremont Strategies Group Welcomes New Additions To Government Affairs Team » Tremont Strategies Group

$4.6 Million Rapid Reemployment Grant Program Launches in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

MassDOT, MAPFRE Insurance Reminder: Summer Road Safety » MassDOT

Upcoming Wellington Circle Study Virtual Public Meeting » MassDOT

MassDEP Assesses Penalty to Sira Naturals for Environmental Violations at its Milford Manufacturing Facility » MA Department of Environmental Protection

What a Week It’s Been » Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance

Led by Sen. Lewis, Fair Share Amendment Advances to the Ballot » Office of MA State Senator Jason Lewis

MMA urges House to protect local control of municipal reprecincting process » Massachusetts Municipal Association

New Measures to Boost Home Ownership, Wages, and Economic Equity in Boston » City of Boston

Boston Police Department Police Reform Policy Update » City of Boston

On the Anniversary of 1982 Nuclear Weapons Freeze Rally in Central Park, Senator Markey and Rep. McGovern Reintroduce Expansive Legislation to Halt Dangerous 21ST Century Global Nuclear Arms Race » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Reintroduces Legislation to Protect Dr. Anthony Fauci, Research Institute Heads From Politically Motivated Termination » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

AG Healey Sues Orthodontist for Illegally Charging MassHealth Patients for Missed or Cancelled Appointments » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Drawing Democracy Coalition Urges MA Senate to Pass Reprecincting Bill to Ensure Equitable Redistricting Process: » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Drought Conditions Improve in Some Commonwealth Regions, Worsen in Others » Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency


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