... Baker signs clean energy, opioid, environmental bond bills ...... Dems call on Baker to face voters by scheduling his own "town hall" event ...... HPC report highlights "staggering" growth of urgent care centers, retail health clinics ...... Big names in former Sen. Rosenberg's district rallying around write-in candidate Comerford ...... IBEW Local 103 endorses Zakim for secretary of state ...... Emerita pay bump of $35,000 limits former Senate President Chandler's pay cut to $10,000 ...... The state's first resort casino, MGM Springfield, is set to open Aug. 24 ...... Senate Ways and Means chair vacant as Spilka leaves vice chair Sen. Lovely to carry out duties ...... Homes placed under sales agreements in July were up 14 percent over July 2017 ...... AG, state officials issue public safety notice concerning 3D printing of weapons ...... Galvin's "People's Pledge" challenge, Zakim's debate challenge color secretary's race ...... RGA-backed superpac spends heavily on pre-primary pro-Baker TV ad ...... Human Rights Campaign stays out of 10-person Merrimack Valley Democratic Congressional primary ...
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JEWISH LEADERS OUTLINE CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM PRIORITIES

Nearly 50 Jewish faith leaders are calling on top Beacon Hill officials to end mandatory minimum sentencing for drug crimes, restrict the use of solitary confinement and reduce the use of cash bail in Massachusetts.

Forty-two rabbis and six cantors sent a letter this month to Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, urging a series of criminal justice reforms and voicing support for specific bills.


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