... Branches resolve gender pay equity bill differences without a conference committee ...... Senate passes towing legislation (S 2452) during Thursday's informal session ...... Outdoor lighting bill (S 2453) breezes through Senate ...... Small bridges bill added to Senate agenda for Saturday session ...... Bill requiring AEDs in schools passes Senate ...... Baker acknowledges his sick leave reform, police assault proposals will have to wait til next year ...... School improvement plan legislation (H 391) shipped to Gov. Baker's desk ...... After rejecting Baker plan, lawmakers return restrictions on MBTA fare hikes to guv's desk ...... House, Senate agree to Baker amendment to REAL ID proposal ...... Human trafficking, family and medical leave, and OUI bills added to Senate's Saturday agenda ...... Rosenberg says he wants early voting and arts funding restored to fiscal 2017 budget ...... UMass raises student charges 5.8 percent on heels of 5 percent increase in last academic year ...
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LATEST SOME SANDERS DELEGATES WALK OUT AFTER CLINTON IS NOMINATED

After state party officials cheerfully reported their delegates to the Democratic National Convention, insurgent delegates who had backed Bernie Sanders staged a walkout and about 100 or more occupied a press tent for a little more than an hour. Read More

BAKER LETTER ADDS TO DEBATE OVER HEALEY'S WEAPONS CRACKDOWN

Gov. Charlie Baker urged Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday to clarify her stepped up enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban, warning that "ambiguities" in her legal notice for gun dealers could lead to an unintentional ban on many guns long considered legal in Massachusetts. Baker, in a letter to Healey, said he supports the state's assault weapons ban as well as the Second Amendment rights of its citizens. Read More


SURVEY FINDS NEW ENGLANDERS WORRIED ABOUT ENERGY PRICES

Less than half of New Englanders think their state's governor and Legislature are doing enough to address the high cost of energy in the region, a new survey released Tuesday found. Read More


LAWMAKERS RECOGNIZE BLACK STATE TROOPERS COALITION

Members of the National Black State Troopers Coalition were welcomed at the State House Tuesday, where they were honored with a House citation. Read More


CONTRACT ACCORD REACHED FOR 250 HOMECARE WORKERS

About 250 health care workers at Medical Resources Home Health Corp. have reached a tentative agreement with company executives to boost wages, provide new training options and make additional benefits available to workers, the workers' union announced Tuesday. Read More


SAUGUS INCINERATOR'S REQUEST FOR MORE LANDFILL SPACE SPARKS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTESTS

Environmental advocates and Saugus residents on Tuesday presented state officials with a petition and letters opposing a landfill capacity expansion for the trash incinerator, pledging to fight instead for the facility's closure. Read More


BAKERS VACATIONING IN GLOUCESTER THIS WEEK

Gov. Charlie Baker and his family are taking a staycation this week, decamping from their seaside Swampscott home and spending a few days in Gloucester, his office said. Read More


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BAKER SIGNS REAL ID LAW WITH FIRST LICENSES EXPECTED NEXT FALL

Massachusetts expects to begin issuing driver's licenses compliant with the federal Real ID law in the fall of 2017, after Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday signed legislation that will move the state into line with the federal identification standards. Read More


BAKER SAYS HE HASN'T FORGOTTEN ABOUT HEALTH CARE PRICES PLEDGE

Gov. Charlie Baker last week renewed his pledge to make health care pricing more transparent, an issue the former insurance executive campaigned on in 2014 but has yet to follow through with. Read More


WESTERN MASS DRIVERS WILL SEE SOME RELIEF WITH NEW TOLL GANTRIES

Drivers in the Worcester and Springfield areas will gain some relief from Massachusetts Turnpike tolls under an all-electronic system being tested and set to go live in October. Read More


LYNCH: "IT WILL ALL WORK OUT IN THE END"

Congressman Stephen Lynch is the only member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation not scheduled to address Bay State Democrats' in Philadelphia this week, but that's not because he wasn't asked. Read More


GROUPS ASK FEDS TO INTERVENE AFTER LATE-NIGHT T CANCELLATION

A complaint filed Tuesday calls on federal transportation officials to require implementation of an alternative to the late-night service scrapped by the MBTA earlier this year, alleging that the cancellation violated anti-discrimination measures. Read More


NEW DATA ANALYSIS POINTS TO ILLEGALLY OBTAINED OPIOIDS AS "DRIVING FORCE" BEHIND EPIDEMIC

Authorized by a law signed last year to collect information from health care agencies, law enforcement departments, the court system and other state agencies, the Department of Public Health is working to demystify the data and identify previously unseen trends in the state's opioid crisis. Read More


HEALEY AT DNC SAYS GUN LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKING

Seizing upon a wedge issue some believe could throw Republicans off balance, Attorney General Maura Healey said Tuesday her announcement last week that she would enforce a ban on copycat assault weapons has already borne fruit. Read More

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Attorney General Maura Healey joined Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, public opinion researcher Anna Greenberg and Capt. Mark Kelly, an astronaut and the husband to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, for a discussion of the politics and policy of gun laws at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


LOWELL REP SEES LONG ODDS FOR NON-PROFIT PROPERTY TAX PROPOSAL

The Lowell Democrat behind a House proposal to force non-profits to pay local property taxes does not believe the idea will survive negotiations on Beacon Hill this week, but he's already gearing up for a more fulsome debate next session when he plans to fine tune the plan to limit its impact. "Do I anticipate it going through the conference committee? Probably no. I'm a realist," Rep. David Nangle told the News Service in a recent interview. Read More


BAKER TARGETS UNION DISCLOSURES WITH DIRECT MAIL BILL AMENDMENT

A bill aimed at increasing transparency in political ads is back before the Legislature, after Gov. Charlie Baker proposed an amendment that would address concerns raised by Republicans who argued that the requirements were uneven. Echoing a law already in place for TV, print and radio ads, the bill (H 543) would require political mailers and billboards to include a list of the top five donors to the organization that paid for them. Read More


GUV ENVISIONING OFFSHORE WIND, "NOT NANTUCKET SOUND"

As House and Senate lawmakers try to reach agreement on a major energy bill before Sunday, Gov. Charlie Baker seems to think at least one aspect of the legislation will work out in the House's favor. Read More


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FROM HARVARD TO CONGRESS, KENNEDY SEES WARREN AS HIS "MENTOR"

Congressman Joe Kennedy's star turn introducing U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren during prime time at the Democratic National Convention on Monday could hardly have been farther from his first encounter with the Cambridge Democrat in his first law school class two decades ago. Read More


SINGLE FAMILY HOMES REACH HIGHEST MEDIAN PRICE EVER IN JUNE

The median sale price of single family home in Massachusetts reached its highest level ever in June, climbing to $380,000 as inventory declined in the face of strong demand, according to Bay State realtors. Read More


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AT DNC, WARREN KEEPS UP ATTACKS ON TRUMP

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sought to unify divided Democrats Monday night through a shared enemy in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. A bankruptcy expert before she became a spokeswoman for the liberal political agenda, Warren lit into Trump for his record of not paying his bills as a businessman and alienating ethnic groups as a presidential candidate. Read More

First Lady Michelle Obama was one of many top Demo

First Lady Michelle Obama was one of many top Democrats who headlined the first night of the Democratic National Convention [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


Monday, July 25, 2016

VIDEO | CONFERENCE GLUT COULD LEAVE LITTLE TIME TO REVIEW MAJOR BILLS

With five major bills potentially on tap to come before the Legislature this weekend, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said lawmakers should have sufficient time to review the final bills before they are asked to vote on them. Five bills that Beacon Hill leaders have tapped as priorities before formal sessions end for the year on Sunday remain before six-member conference committees that are privately reconciling the House and Senate versions. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker was intrigued Monday when Speak

Gov. Charlie Baker was intrigued Monday when Speaker Bob DeLeo said the House would be voting on more overrides of Baker's budget vetoes. Baker leaned in and said "You have overrides to do?" "Just a couple more," DeLeo replied. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


SPEAKER NOT GIVING UP ON ETHICS REVIEW EVEN IF SENATE STAYS AWAY

Despite being stalled since February, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday his plan to convene a task force to review the state's ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws is "not dead as far as I'm concerned." Read More


BAKER SEES PAY EQUITY BILL SIGNING NEXT WEEK

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that he plans to sign gender pay equity legislation that the House and Senate finalized over the weekend, but may wait until after formal sessions end on Sunday to hold a signing ceremony. Read More


INTENT OF AMENDMENT WAS TO HOLD T FARE HIKES TO 5 PERCENT, CLARK SAYS

Congresswoman Katherine Clark told the News Service on Monday an amendment she sponsored three years ago was intended to cap MBTA fare increases at 5 percent every two years, not 10 percent as the law reads. Read More


UNITY BUG AFFLICTING BOTH MAJOR PARTIES, AS LATEST SANDERS SPEECH SHOWS

Boos, shouting and applause greeted Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as he sought to steer his ardent supporters at the Democratic National Convention toward his former opponent, Hillary Clinton. Read More


DEMS REACH FOR RHETORIC TO MATCH THEIR OPPOSITION TO TRUMP

Old hands at partisan debates, Democrats quadrennially paint the Republican presidential nominee in the worst possible terms. Now facing in Donald Trump a Republican candidate truly unique in his vision to upend longstanding norms of political discourse and America's standing around the world, Democrats' charged rhetoric of the past may cloud their urgency in 2016. Read More

State Democratic Party Chairman and Sen. Thomas Mc

State Democratic Party Chairman and Sen. Thomas McGee of Lynn addressed Massachusetts delegates on Monday morning at a delegation breakfast. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


TEACHING HOSPITAL CONFERENCE OPPOSES MARIJUANA QUESTION

A hospital group that includes the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the VA Boston Healthcare System announced its opposition to marijuana legalization on Monday. Read More


SENATORS TARGETING GROWING THREAT OF PATENT "TROLLS"

[Story Developing] Two Massachusetts senators are gearing up to fight trolls, but not the kinds of trolls that live under fairy-tale bridges or in online comment sections. Read More


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ROSENBERG WILL JOIN LEADERSHIP MEETING BY PHONE MONDAY

Beacon Hill leaders will gather for their final huddle before the end of formal sessions on Monday, but one key lawmaker will not be physically present. Read More


SANDERS TO ADDRESS HIS DELEGATES PRIOR TO PHILLY CONVENTION LAUNCH

Though their candidate has already endorsed the presumed nominee, the dream lives on among delegates for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign ahead of a noon summit in Philadelphia on Monday. The roughly 1,900 delegates supporting Sanders will have a chance to hear directly from the candidate shortly after noon on Monday, according the Lesley Phillips, the lead whip for Sanders in Massachusetts. Read More


BAKER [File Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

BAKER IMPLEMENTS HIRING FREEZE AS LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES BUDGET VETOES

A hiring freeze takes effect across the executive branch Monday, part of the Baker administration's plans to hit a $100 million "efficiency savings" target in the new state budget. Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore outlined the hiring controls in a July 15 memo, and said the freeze would continue through her secretariat's "spending plan process." Read More


WASSERMAN SCHULTZ FACES HARSH RECEPTION AT CONVENTION

Four years after the Democratic National Convention marked a highlight of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's career, the 2016 gathering has already proved to be a low point, with the Florida congresswoman stepping down as party chairwoman, getting booed in front of her home-state delegation and being pushed off the convention stage entirely. Read More


WALSH TOUTS RECOVERY, SECOND CHANCES ON NATIONAL STAGE

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's big speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia began like so many introductions in church basements. "My name is Marty Walsh, and I'm an alcoholic," said the mayor, who has been in recovery for 21 years. Read More

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took the stage at the Dem

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took the stage at the Democratic National Convention around 7:15 p.m. on Monday. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


Some gun rights activists feel AG Maura Healey has overstepped with her crackdown on assault weapons. [Photo: Mike P. Norton/SHNS]

DOZENS OF LAWMAKERS CLAIM HEALEY GUN DIRECTIVE IS "WHOLE NEW LAW"

Angered by her announcement last week that her office will step up its enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban, a bipartisan group of 58 lawmakers sent Attorney General Maura Healey a letter over the weekend opposing "in the strongest possible terms" her decision and the way she announced it. Read More


VIDEO | BACKING OFF RENTAL TAX, GUV STILL WANTS LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Gov. Charlie Baker, admitting Monday that he spoke too soon last week when he endorsed a Senate plan to tax short-term housing rentals, showed himself to be conflicted over how to maintain the anti-tax image he tries to project and still be the fair-minded business advocate who wants to even competition across industries. Read More

BAKER [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

BAKER [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


AFTER GALVIN CRITICISM, BAKER BACKTRACKS ON BID TO AID CONDO DEVELOPER

Developers of new condo units on the edge of the State House grounds on Beacon Hill may have to make do without permission from the state to take over a sliver of land to which Gov. Charlie Baker had proposed to sell the rights. Read More

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Administration backs off plan to sell piece of state property to condo developer at 25 Beacon Street, which abuts State House lawn. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


BILL TARGETING MASS. PATENT TROLLS STALLS AS SESSION WINDS DOWN

Two Massachusetts senators are gearing up to fight trolls, but not the kinds of trolls that live under fairy-tale bridges or in online comment sections. Read More


LAWMAKERS SEND REAL ID BILL TO BAKER, AGREE TO HIS LICENSE AMENDMENT

Legislation bringing Massachusetts into compliance with the federal Real ID law made its way to the governor's desk on Saturday after heated discussions over whether people who are not lawfully present in the country should be eligible for driver's licenses. Read More


BAKER CHANGES HIS MIND, WON'T SUPPORT SENATE'S TAX ON SHORT-TERM RENTALS

Throwing a curveball at legislative negotiators trying to finalize a major economic development package before the end of the week, Gov. Charlie Baker has recanted his support for a Senate-backed proposal to tax short-term apartment and home rentals and use the additional revenue to help pay for a further expansion of the earned income tax credit. Read More


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HEALEY: GUN DEALERS HAVE "GOTTEN THE MESSAGE"

Attorney General Maura Healey has "not yet" cited anyone as part of a stepped up enforcement of the state's assault weapons ban, targeting "copycat" firearms, she said on Monday. Gun rights activists and Republican lawmakers rallied on Beacon Hill Saturday, resisting the attorney general's plans for a crackdown on copycat weapons. Read More

Gun rights advocates gathered outside the State Ho

Gun rights advocates gathered outside the State House on Saturday to protest AG Healey's crackdown on "copycat" assault weapons. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


Sunday, July 24, 2016

MASS. DEMS SPIN ON DNC'S ROCKY START, BRAZILE SEES MORE EMAILS COMING

Before boarding an evening cruise on the Delaware River, Massachusetts Democrats praised their party chairwoman's decision to step aside, hoping the move would calm the faction of the party loyal to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Read More

Senator Edward Markey and former Treasurer Steven

Senator Edward Markey and former Treasurer Steven Grossman remarked on the resignation of Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz a day before the Democratic National Convention gets underway. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


WARREN EYES ROLE AS CLINTON CONVENTION GETS UNDERWAY

The Bay State's senior senator won't be on the presidential ballot this year, but on the Saturday before the Democratic National Convention she appeared with President Barack Obama for his weekly radio address. Obama and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren praised one another's strength and toughness in taking on the financial industry. Read More


Saturday, July 23, 2016

SATURDAY SESSION SEES APPROX. $100 MIL BACK IN BUDGET

The Massachusetts Legislature restored nearly $100 million to the state budget during a rare Saturday session, over the objections of Gov. Charlie Baker. Read More


HOUSE VOTES TO RESTORE $53,000 TO GOVERNOR'S OFFICE BUDGET, SENATE SUSTAINS VETO

The Massachusetts House voted Saturday to override the governor's veto and restore more than $53,000 to Gov. Charlie Baker's office account over, but the Senate narrowly upheld the governor's veto. Read More


FINAL VOTES SEND PAY EQUITY BILL TO GOV. BAKER

When Gov. Charlie Baker returns to the State House on Monday, he will have on his desk legislation to ensure that men and women are paid the same for comparable work, one of six major bills he wanted lawmakers to send him before formal sessions end July 31. The House and Senate on Saturday afternoon both unanimously enacted the compromise bill, after the branches settled disagreements over details on Thursday. Read More


HOUSE PASSES LEARNER'S PERMIT DECAL BILL

The House on Saturday passed a bill requiring the Registry of Motor Vehicles to provide special decals for vehicles driven by people with a learner's permit. Read More


PATS TACKLE JOINS GUN RIGHTS GROUP OPPOSING AG CRACKDOWN

As the duck boat rolled up Beacon Street on Saturday morning people filled the sidewalks on both sides. The crowd cheered for former Patriots left tackle Matt Light, but the gathering wasn't designed to celebrate another Pats Super Bowl win. Read More

Gun rights advocates assembled in front of the Sta

Gun rights advocates assembled in front of the State House on Saturday to protest after Attorney General Maura Healey said her office will crackdown on "copycat" assault weapons. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


SENATE DELAY, DeLEO DOUBTS LEAVE PAID FAMILY LEAVE BILL ON ICE

A bill establishing paid family and medical leave hit a potentially costly speed bump Saturday, but the issue remains alive and will reemerge before the Senate next weekend. Read More


DEMPSEY: HOUSE LOOKING TO RESTORE MORE THAN $100 MIL TO BUDGET

[Story Developing] Over the objections of Gov. Charlie Baker, who says veto overrides will push the state budget out of balance, the Massachusetts House plans to take up a "fairly good portion" of the governor's spending reductions, according to House Speaker Robert DeLeo. Read More


IN CRUNCH TIME, MASS. SENATE TESTING SYSTEM THAT WILL EXPEDITE VOTING

The Massachusetts Senate on Saturday is expected to adopt an order allowing it to immediately begin testing a trial version of an electronic voting system, a shift away from having a clerk call each member's name and recording their vote. Read More


BAKER ADMIN STANDS BY CLAIM THAT T UNION CALLS "PURE FICTION"

A union representing employees in the MBTA's money room made a strong rebuttal Friday to Gov. Charlie Baker's claim that "someone cut sunroofs into two of the armored vehicles used by the T to transport money." Read More


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