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Today on Beacon Hill

10:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Committee Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Education, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Committee Hearing

Must-Reads
MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts will be the first state to stop buying plastic, governor says » Boston Herald

On tony Martha’s Vineyard, a center of Black political power grows » Boston Globe

Cambridge Health Alliance to require masks again starting Monday » Boston Business Journal

Up in smoke: Cannabis Commission to meet without suspended chairwoman » Boston Herald

In Worcester, political vandalism marks tense election season » Boston Globe

Reckoning looms over ‘home equity theft’ » Commonwealth Magazine

Boston apartment construction's steady decline » Axios

Migrant Teens Worked in Risky Jobs in New Bedford Seafood Processing Plants » PBS

Lucas: DiZoglio testing Beacon Hill with audit push » Boston Herald

THE OTHER 49

NJ: Sex education, gas stoves, dead whales targeted by Republicans in fight for N.J. Legislature. Democrats » NJ.com

NJ: How a Lawsuit in N.J. Could Bring Aid in Dying to Millions » New York Times

PA: Philly police made progress in discipline reforms, says report » Axios

MI: Republicans squeeze Democrats on labor as UAW strike explodes in Michigan » Politico

IL: After complaints about Pritzker’s Prisoner Review Board, advocates say it’s become too strict » Chicago Tribune

IL: Courts will be ready when Illinois ends cash bail Monday, Chicago-area officials say » Chicago Sun Times

IN: Indiana A.G. Sues Hospital System Over Privacy Of Ohio Girl Who Traveled For Abortion » HUFFPOST

MN: Minneapolis police staffing levels reach historic lows amid struggle for recruitment, retention » Star Tribune

GA: Balance of power at stake as judge sets pre-Thanksgiving timeline for Georgia redistricting ruling » Georgia Recorder

FL: America’s most iconic coral reef is dying. Only one thing will save it. » Vox

MS: Mississippi Courts Won’t Say How They Provide Lawyers for Poor Clients » ProPublica

TX: Ken Paxton acquitted in Texas impeachment trial » The Hill

NATIONAL

In bid to stop Trump, one group is making different pitch to independents and Democrats: Vote GOP » Boston Globe

Trump, who nominated antiabortion judges, calls six-week bans ‘terrible’ » Washington Post

Right-wing populist Javier Milei gains support in Argentina by blasting ‘political caste’ » AP News

Analysis: Senate tilting red, House blue for 2024 » Axios

Lawmakers are spending way more to keep themselves safe. Is it enough? » Washington Post

8 in 10 back federal law blocking domestic abusers from buying guns: poll » The Hill

‘A Terrible Mistake’: Trump Criticizes DeSantis on Abortion Ban » New York Times

A fresh wave of hard-right populism is stalking Europe » The Economist

Ron DeSantis: I support Sen. Tuberville's hold on military promotions over abortion policy » Des Moines Register

France and Germany Clash in Feud Over Europe’s Industrial Crown » Bloomberg

“I will sign an executive order that bans the purchase of single use plastics by state agencies in Massachusetts,” Healey said. “We know that plastic waste, plastic production are among the leading threats to our oceans, our climate and environmental justice. In government we have an obligation, we also have an opportunity to not only stop contributing to this damage but to chart a better path forward,”

Governor Maura Healey

Healey used her brief time at the podium in New York to announce she will issue two executive orders in the coming days, one of which would call on the Commonwealth’s procurement officers to stop buying so-called disposable plastics.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Editorial: Dems shut out Hunter Biden to bolster president » Boston Herald

GOP hopeful sues to keep Trump off 2024 Mass. ballot » The Eagle Tribune

Armed man impersonating officer arrested at Kennedy event » Boston Herald

Graham: Piercing the political bubble of liberal media » Boston Herald

Business

One Congress, Boston’s newest skyscraper, makes its debut » Boston Globe

Sweet news for cranberry growers as India slashes tariffs on the Mass.-grown fruit » Boston Globe

Cannabis & Psychedelics

Battenfeld: Shannon O’Brien’s surprise suspension creates more turmoil in $3 billion pot industry » Boston Herald

Democracy

Former Boston police officer indicted for role in U.S. Capitol insurrection » WBUR

Former Boston police officer indicted on Jan. 6 charges » Boston Globe

Education

Opinion: Today’s UMass students deserve the same opportunities I had » Commonwealth Magazine

Plagued with delays, BPS bathroom renovations are creating friction with the state and disruptions for students » Boston Globe

Environment

Biden to target industrial pollution in a second term, if he gets one » Boston Globe

America has a unique obsession with ice, and it all started in Boston » WGBH

Could Supreme Court’s admissions decision affect Mass. climate law? » Commonwealth Magazine

Opinion: Climate group’s Gardner visit was about advocacy, not destruction » Boston Globe

Biden approves Massachusetts emergency declaration for flooding response » Boston Herald

Health Care

Brigham and Women’s doctor works to broaden global access to neurosurgery » Boston Globe

Baystate Health reinstates mask requirement as COVID rises » MassLive

Opinion: People with Down syndrome deserve access to Alzheimer’s treatment » Boston Globe

Housing

Taunton mayor fines migrant hotel $1,000 per day for overcapacity amid shelter crisis » WPRI.com

Immigration

'We started getting just planes of people': Logan Airport team scrambles to help newly arrived migrants » WBUR

Questions raised about migrant housing at ICC, downtown vitality » Lowell Sun

Local Government

Flynn: ‘Voters want stability in city government:’ » Boston Herald

New Southampton Senior Center director hits ground running » Gazette Net

Worcester City Councilor Etel Haxhiaj’s home hit with baseball, signs toppled » MassLive

Resident assemblies could be added to charter, adding form of direct democracy in Cambridge » Cambridge Day

Uxbridge selectman who criticized superintendent told to stay away from school buildings » Worcester Telegram

Politics

Editorial: Voters pull out a win for Boston with council ousters » Boston Herald

Howie Carr: An en masse goodbye to Boston’s biggest hacks of today and yesterday » Boston Herald

'Very toxic environment in this campaign': Police investigating vandalism at Haxhiaj’s home » Worcester Telegram

Former Attleboro City Councilor, congressional candidate running for seat on Republican state committee » The Sun Chronicle

A Supreme Court redistricting ruling gave hope to Black voters. They’re still waiting for new maps. » Boston Globe

Public Health

Mass. sees uptick in births during pandemic » Gloucester Times

Editorial: Massachusetts’ 351 health departments means inefficiency — and unfairness » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Boston City Council looks to get better read on number of firearms illegally trafficked into city » Boston Herald

Cambridge City Council asked to oppose ‘Cop City’ in Atlanta, 1 thousand miles away » Boston Herald

Governor Makes Appointments to the POST Commission » iBerkshires

Taxation

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Impasse on tax relief packages » Lowell Sun

Transportation

In the dark: RMV records restricted with immigrant driver’s license law » Boston Herald

Feds again scold T for worker safety lapses » Lowell Sun

One lane of I-93 southbound reopens, others remain closed after tractor-trailer crash in Wilmington » Boston Globe

Green Line Extension's Union Square Line shutting down for bridge repairs » NBC Boston

MBTA was slow to repair or replace standpipe systems used to put out fires » Boston Globe

Editorial: When building bike lanes isn’t enough » Boston Globe

Utilities

The State of Solar: In the second of four forums at UMass, experts discuss challenges of siting solar facilities » Gazette Net

It makes no sense to eliminate the competitive electricity market » Commonwealth Magazine

The Week Ahead

Monday - 9/18

10:00am Joint Committee on Higher Education, Committee Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Education, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business, Committee Hearing

Tuesday - 9/19

10:30am Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Department of Energy Resources Public Hearing, Via Zoom

1:00pm Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development, Committee Hearing

1:00pm Joint Committee on Election Laws, Committee Hearing

2:00pm Joint Committee on Veterans & Federal Affairs, Committee Hearing

Wednesday - 9/20

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Health, Committee Hearing

9:30am Agriculture in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century, Virtual Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Committee Hearing

12:00pm Governor's Council Assembly, Governor's Council Chamber, Room 360, State House

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

1:00pm Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight, Committee Hearing

Thursday - 9/21

9:00am Joint Committee on Public Health, Committee Hearing

10:00am Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Committee Hearing

11:00am Senate Session, Informal Session

11:00am House Session, Informal Session

1:00pm Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression, B-2 and Virtual

2:30pm Race Equity & Business: The State of Diversity hosted by the Boston Business Journal, The Ritz-Carlton, 10 Avery Street, Boston

4:30pm Metropolitan Area Planning Council 60th Anniversary Celebration, The Foundry, 101 Rogers Street, Cambridge

Friday - 9/22

1:00pm Office of the Attorney General Public Hearing, One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Boston and via conference call

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for Department of Environmental Protection Regulatory Changes, Submission via mail or email

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for Executive Office of Health & Human Services Regulatory Changes, Submission via mail or email

5:00pm Close of Comment Period for Division of Medical Assistance Proposed Regulatory Changes, Submission via mail or email


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