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Today on Beacon Hill

11:00am "Ask the AG" with Attorney General Andrea Campbell on GBH's Boston Public Radio, 89.7 FM or gbhnews.org

11:00am House Session, Formal Session

1:00pm Joint Committee on Municipalities & Regional Government, Committee Hearing

1:30pm Governor's Council Assembly, Governor's Council Chamber, Room 360, State House

3:30pm Public Meeting Notice at the Request of the Lead Conferees, Room 343

Must-Reads
MASSACHUSETTS

State lawmakers consider 'nuclear option' of receivership for Cannabis Control Commission » WGBH

MBTA contactless payment will become reality in August, costing nearly $1 billion » Boston Herald

Public defenders demand 'comprehensive reforms' at state police after Fitchburg ruling » Worcester Telegram

Wu supports Boston Police following controversial officer demotion, contradicting BPD narrative » WGBH

Barnstable at the center of offshore wind debate » Commonwealth Beacon

Even when it opens, South Coast Rail may never be completely 'finished.' Here's why. » The Herald News

"It's All Strategy" In Late-Session Lobbying Season » State House News Service

The Mass. Senate passed aggressive environmental policy to curb plastic use. Will the House act in time? » Boston Globe

Lawmakers urged to close 'loopholes' in child predator laws » The Eagle Tribune

NATIONAL

Why progressives are backing Biden » Washington Post

Joe Biden Is Putting His Legacy on the Line: “Everything Will Be Seen as His Fault” » Vanity Fair

Democrats lose ground in 6 states with election forecaster’s postdebate shift » The Hill

Gov. Whitmer shuts down 2024 presidential talk but doesn’t hide her ambitions in timely book launch » AP News

Is This Really How It All Ends? » The Lever

In blow to Biden, Democratic Sen. Bennet says Trump could win ‘by a landslide’ » Washington Post

The Gospel of Matthew Trewhella: How a Militant Anti-Abortion Activist Is Influencing Republican Politics » ProPublica

She’s Keeping Biden on Track as Democrats Try to Derail Him » New York Times

Biden support slips in deep blue New York: ‘We’re a battleground state now’ » Politico

Ex-Obama aides are among Biden’s loudest postdebate Democratic critics » The Hill

A ‘preposterous’ defense, prosecutor in Bob Menendez trial concludes » Washington Post

"Meta has come a long way since the days in which Mark Zuckerberg refused to take action against Holocaust deniers posting on his platforms. The social media company said Tuesday that it will extend some of its hate speech policies to the word "Zionist," given that it can be used in an antisemitic manner. "We have determined that the existing policy guidance does not sufficiently address the ways people are using the term ‘Zionist’ online and offline," Meta said. "Going forward, we will remove content attacking ‘Zionists’ when it is not explicitly about the political movement, but instead uses antisemitic stereotypes, or threatens other types of harm through intimidation, or violence directed against Jews or Israelis under the guise of attacking Zionists." It's just the latest example of online platforms moving to address hate speech spurred by the Israel-Hamas war."

CNN's Brian Fung

Meta will now remove posts containing the term “Zionist” when used in conjunction with antisemitic tropes or dehumanizing rhetoric, the company said Tuesday, in an expansion of its current hate speech policies.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Opinion: If Biden steps aside, who should step up? » Boston Globe

In steamy Washington, a Democratic rebellion against Biden fails to reach the boiling point » Boston Globe

Lowry: The coup against President Biden » Boston Herald

Business

Lawmakers should give worker-owned cooperatives a boost » Commonwealth Beacon

Letter: Urge lawmakers to get 'circus bill' rolling » Berkshire Eagle

A tale of two Bobs: Furniture store assuages customer fears about closure » MassLive

Massachusetts House Passes Economic Development Bond Bill » Brookline Patch

State Senate to take key vote on proposed site for new Revs stadium » The Sun Chronicle

Cannabis & Psychedelics

Lawmakers Wade Into CCC "Trainwreck," Mull Possible Action » State House News Service

CCC Readies Charter As Lawmakers Weigh 'Unique' Action » State House News Service

Lawmakers shred embattled cannabis commission in oversight hearing » WBUR

Weed out Cannabis Commission problems with legislation, IG tells lawmakers » Boston Herald

Legislators wary of ‘nuclear option’ with cannabis commission » Commonwealth Beacon

Alternatives sought as reparations funding from cannabis tax dwindles in Amherst » Gazette Net

Mass. lawmakers mull receivership for cannabis agency » Axios

Windsor Select Board agrees to put a cannabis business ban before the voters » Berkshire Eagle

Weed out Cannabis Commission problems with legislation, Massachusetts IG tells lawmakers » Union Bulletin

Crimes

25 Investigates: Renewed push on Beacon Hill to pass sex abuse prevention bills in limbo for decades » Boston 25 News

Education

BCC Receives $85K Skills Capital Grant » iBerkshires

Free-college program sparks NSCC » Lynn Daily News Item

Interim leader Alan Garber is running Harvard without expiration date: ‘Pretty clear that there’s no search’ » Boston Globe

Maguire: Want to help teens? Encourage reading » Boston Herald

Editorial: To keep colleges from closing, trim fat & lower tuition » Boston Herald

Demographic changes fuel enrollment fears at UMass » Gazette Net

Officials to discuss impact of new state homeless shelter in Norfolk on schools » The Sun Chronicle

Environment

Comerford shares details of Quabbin water legislation at Orange forum » The Recorder

DiDomenico Votes to Take Bold Action to Supercharge Clean Energy Adoption Statewide » Everett Independent

Federal

'Can't get it done.' Republican candidates blame Democrats for not replacing Cape bridges » Cape Cod Times

Health Care

‘I don’t know the end state’: Tufts is weathering a financial turnaround. What’s next? » Boston Globe

Long term care bill considered in Massachusetts Senate » MSN

Three ways to stave off hospital closures, like North Adams Regional Hospital's in 2014, according to Medicare for All advocate » Berkshire Eagle

Housing

The Wright Building redevelopment is on track to welcome tenants next year thanks to $4 million from the state » Berkshire Eagle

Editorial: Lowell benefits from incremental housing production funding » Lowell Sun

‘Everything is urgent’: Local rental agents talk jobs, housing market ahead of Sept. 1 lease turnovers » Boston Globe

OPINION: New Bedford is not Newport! Gentrification will increase cost of intervention for homeless » New Bedford Guide

Immigration

Local tension eases as former Norfolk prison nears 2 weeks of hosting migrant families » WGBH

For Boston’s migrant families and homeless people, no more sleeping at Logan Airport » Boston Globe

Judiciary

In Karen Read trial, defense motion could raise new legal questions » Boston Globe

Labor

Second round of grant funding will triple career skills training opportunities in Lynn » Lynn Daily News Item

Legislative

Senate preps for economic developent debate, including Everett soccer stadium »

Local Government

Howie Carr: Big bucks pensions Boston’s (costly) legacy » Boston Herald

Newbury official asks Markey to suspend Pink House auction » Newburyport News

Belchertown unveils more user-friendly website » Gazette Net

Cool relief out of commission: No joy at Amherst spray park » Gazette Net

Wu declares heat advisory in Boston through Friday » WBUR

United Way Honors Sen. Edwards as Legislative Champion Advancing thriving, Equitable Communities » East Boston Times-Free Press

Politics

Where the Mass. delegation and other state politicians stand on Biden's candidacy » WGBH

Campaigns behind five ballot initiatives in Massachusetts filed a second round of signatures for a spot on the November ballot » Ballotpedia

Joe Biden has some Bay State headaches. Why they matter | John L. Micek » MassLive

New Boston poll is pitting Josh Kraft against Mayor Michelle Wu in 2025 election » Boston Herald

Public Health

Supporters of bill banning youth supplements, diet pills in Mass. bring awareness to the issue »

Editorial: New mothers should not be penalized for taking prescription medications » Boston Globe

Group advocates for age limit for weight loss supplements, hope to prevent childhood eating disorders » Spectrum News

Public Safety

Demotion of Boston Police official named to POST Commission spurs outcry » MassLive

Why can’t the Boston Police Department explain Eddy Chrispin’s demotion? » Boston Globe

Wu defends police commissioner’s demotion of deputy over seat on state accountability panel » Boston Globe

Union says state police ‘punishing’ Proctor’s family with no-pay suspension » Boston Herald

Karen Read murder trial fallout: Canton Police Officer Kevin Albert placed on paid leave » Boston Herald

‘Egregious’ Massachusetts State Police conduct leads to new trials for slew of drug cases, judge rules » Boston Herald

Union says unpaid suspension ‘shifts Trooper Proctor’s punishment to his young family’ » Boston.com

Reproductive Rights

House Dems propose data ‘shield’ around reproductive care » Lowell Sun

State Government

Educator sex abuse bill: ‘I hope it makes it to the finish line this session’ » The New Bedford Light

Taxation

Mayor talks tax shift with Boston delegation ahead of hearing » Boston Business Journal

Boston Delegation, Mayor Huddle To Talk Tax Shift » State House News Service

Transportation

Massachusetts receives nearly $60 million in “low-no” federal grants to electrify buses » Fall River Reporter

‘Worst public transportation’: Commuters frustrated after MBTA derailment halts Red Line service » Fox 25 News

No need for a CharlieCard to board T buses and subway come Aug. 1, agency says » Boston Globe

Driver’s license numbers are way up in Mass. — probably thanks to migrant drivers law » Boston.com

MBTA offers free Red Line service for Tuesday PM commute after earlier derailment » CBS News

Advocates Celebrate 1 Year Of Work And Family Mobility Act On Beacon Hill » WBZ News Radio

Immigrant driver’s license law credited with surge in new applications » Boston Globe

As Logan migrants are funneled to a former prison, changes at Terminal E » WBUR

MassDOT reverses course, includes $243m for I-90 Allston project in capital plan » Commonwealth Beacon

Brockton Area Transit buses to stay fare-free through end of 2024 » The Enterprise

Slow down: Boston is installing more than 2,000 speed humps on city streets » WBUR

Utilities

DPU Clears Backlog, Resets Muni Aggregation Program » State House News Service

Massachusetts, neighbors sign power transmission pact » MassLive

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Press Releases

Science Group Condemns Political Violence as Toxic to Democracy » Union of Concerned Scientists

Brigham and Women's Hospital Named a U.S. News Best Hospital; Obstetrics & Gynecology Department Ranks 1st in the Nation For 3rd Consecutive Year » Brigham and Women's Hospital

Pressley, Nunn, Underwood Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Maternal Healthcare » Office of Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control Working Group Statement on Certification of Wasteful Sentinel ICBM Program » Office of Sen. Ed Markey

Meet MassBudget's New President » MassBudget

MassDEP Fines Associated Building Wreckers, Inc. for Asbestos Violations in East Longmeadow » Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Nearly $7 Million in Cybersecurity Grants » MassCyberCenter

MCAD Publishes Guidelines on Harassment in the Workplace » Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

Fire Claims Older Adult’s Life in Revere » MA Department of Fire Services

Mild Drought Conditions Declared for Western Region of Massachusetts » MA Drought Management Task Force

Law Enforcement Issues Reminder on Dangers of Xylazine » Middlesex County District Attorney's Office

Senators Markey and Warren, Congressman Keating, Governor Healey Celebrate $1 Billion Grant for Cape Cod Bridge Replacement » Office of Sen. Ed Markey

Specially equipped natural killer cells show effectiveness against the most common form of ovarian cancer » Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DCR Celebrates Reopening of Eliot Tower and Pavilion at Blue Hills Reservation After Investing $1 Million for Repairs and Improved Accessibility » MA Department of Conservation & Recreation

ELM Statement on Senate Vote on Mass Leads Act » Environmental League of Mass.

MassDEP Fines Warner Bros., LLC for Asbestos Violations During Project at UMass Amherst » Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

A Day in Worcester with Abundant Housing Massachusetts » Abundant Housing Mass.

Right to Repair bill passes Massachusetts Senate for second consecutive session » MassPIRG

Whip Clark Statement on Shooting in Pennsylvania » Office of Congresswoman Katherine Clark

Saunders: ‘Political violence has no place in our nation’ » American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees


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