... DeLeo hopes accord on short-term rental regulation, taxation will be ready for vote this week ...... Agreement on bill raising tobacco purchase age may emerge for vote this week, DeLeo says ...... Baker: state budget delay is affecting issues that "really matter" to people - opioid, housing bills ...... "This is a terrible tragedy" - Gov. Baker on shooting death of Weymouth woman, police officer ...... Baker reiterates support for death penalty for killing police officers ...... Governor confident that municipal police training investments will make it into budget ...... After rep warns of fraud, House rejects commission to study solar industry advertising, sales ...... Talks on late state budget limp deeper into July, House GOP leader calls it "unbelievable" ...... Senate passes bill creating commission to study the prevalence of lead in school drinking water ...... Procedural approach adds complexity to potential House-Senate compromise on clean energy proposals ...... Former EPA chief Gina McCarthy adds voice to supporters of Senate energy bill ...... Spilka says policy differences are not holding up the budget, won't say what is ...... "It's getting later and later. It's imperative that we do a budget, and we do a budget immediately" - Speaker DeLeo ...... House unwillingness to adopt Safe Communities Act has "crossed the line for a lot of people," Elugardo says ...... Automatic voter registration bill easily clears Senate, could reach Gov. Baker's desk soon ...... Nurse staffing proposal will appear as Question 1 on the November ballot ...... Question 3 in November will call for repeal of 2016 transgender accommodations law ...... Judiciary Committee agrees to July 17 deadline to report on Baker's child predators bill ...
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SENATE LEADERSHIP BATTLE QUICKLY SPILLS INTO THE OPEN

By Michael P. Norton and Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, DEC. 6, 2017.....Their chamber seemingly adrift, state senators were in constant contact with each other in the days leading up to Monday night's dramatic vote to elect Harriette Chandler as acting president, and the chatter is unlikely to diminish in the weeks ahead.

Three senators - Sens. Eileen Donoghue, Linda Dorcena Forry and Karen Spilka - have now publicly acknowledged their desire to seek the presidency if a "vacancy" occurs, and a fourth - Sen. Sal DiDomenico - all but confirmed his interest in the post in an interview Tuesday night. The self-acknowledgement of those senators' ambitions marks a rare spilling out into the public of a process typically reserved for back-channel jockeying.

Sens. Sal DiDomenico, Eileen Donoghue, and Linda Dorcena Forry stood next to the podium Monday night while incoming Acting President Harriette Chandler talked to press. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]


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