... 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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DeLEO TAPS BRAINTREE'S CUSACK TO VET MARIJUANA PROPOSALS [+ VIDEO]

By Matt Murphy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, FEB. 16, 2017....House Speaker Robert DeLeo's pick to work on legislation altering the marijuana legalization ballot law is fourth-term Braintree Rep. Mark Cusack, pairing the House Democrat with Sen. Patricia Jehlen as the tandem that will lead one of the most controversial and time sensitive efforts of the new session.

DeLeo also tapped Brighton Rep. Michael Moran to fill the highest ranked opening in his senior leadership team, and installed Rep. Claire Cronin as the new chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, which will lead this session's push to reform the criminal justice system.


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