... Mass. opioid deaths hit new high in 2016 ...... Baker files $200 million Chapter 90 road bill, says he wants it passed in 45 days ...... Legalization supporter Sen. Pat Jehlen of Somerville to co-chair Committee on Marijuana ...... "A lot of folks eyes are on that," DeLeo says, referring to new Committee on Marijuana ...... Sen. Lewis to co-chair Labor Committee that will weigh $15 an hour minimum wage, non-compete bills ...... Carbon pricing backer Sen. Michael Barrett of Lexington named co-chair of Energy Committee ...... Forry, Lovely promoted to leadership posts that carry big boost in stipends ...... Worcester Sen. Chandler named Redistricting Committee chair as 2020 Census approaches ...... Baker's school aid increase is smallest since 1993, Newburyport mayor says ...... Source: House budget will not include increase in broad-based taxes ...... Locals urge Baker to file $300 mil local road repair bill, Polito says admin committed to $200 mil ...... Lepore chief of staff Ianno: "We've held the line on taxes" ...... Local government efficiency-regionalization grant winners will be announced by end of February, Polito says ...... Hull signing marked 262nd Community Compact, Lt. Gov. Polito says ...... Worcester to see 75 affordable units under bond deal executed by MassDevelopment ...... On voter fraud charge, Baker says "I don't know much about what goes on in New Hampshire" ...... Baker says he does not support same-day voter registration ...... Early voting was a "huge success," Baker says ...... ...
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BAKER TAPS BRAKES ON NEW CELL PHONE RESTRICTIONS ON DRIVERS

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 16, 2017....While acknowledging that he is not up to speed on the laws restricting cell phone use by drivers, Gov. Charlie Baker indicated Thursday he favors allowing people to continue chatting on hand-held phones while behind the wheel.

"I don't want to get out of the business of making it possible for people to talk to other people when they're driving. Because I think the texting thing is a big problem. I'm not sure I believe that the talking thing is," Baker said during his "Ask the Governor" segment on WGBH Thursday.


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