... Sen. Spilka's leadership team: Creem, Brownsberger, Chandler, Lovely, Barrett, DiDomenico, Rush, Cyr ...... Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport tapped by Spilka to chair Ways and Means Committee ...... Lewis takes over for Chang-Diaz as Education Committee chair, with issue at top of early 2019 agenda ...... Sen. Friedman takes leadership of Health Care Financing as lawmakers revisit major health care bill ...... Lynn Democrat Sen. Brendan Crighton to chair Housing Committee as lawmakers explore production bill options ...... Chang-Diaz takes over Marijuana Policy Committee chair from Sen. Jehlen ...... First-term Sens. Comerford to chair Public Health, Rausch Municipalities, and Kennedy Tourism Committee ...... Sen. Eric Lesser takes over Ethics Committee, which Rodrigues chaired last session ...... Brownsberger to chair Redistricting Committee as state prepares for decennial census ...... Baker visiting family in Florida for rest of week ...... Report: cost of traffic congestion, in hours and $$$, higher in Boston than any other city ...... Gas prices fall to 18-month low as MBTA considers hitting riders with another round of fare hikes ...... Business confidence in Massachusetts slips to lowest level since October 2016 ...... Baker ending February with trip to NGA winter meetings, address to Boston Chamber of Commerce ...... Mass. Lottery poised to open new headquarters in Dorchester on Feb. 19 ...... Boston-area tunnels, highway systems need $1.6 billion in work ...... Warren officially launches presidential bid and Moulton says he's thinking about getting in the race ...... ...
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POLITO ATTACHES URGENCY TO EXPLICIT IMAGE LEGISLATION [+AUDIO]

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 6, 2019....Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said she'll "put my shoulder behind" a bill she announced Wednesday to rewrite the state's laws around sharing sexually explicit images, saying the state must respond to technological changes and protect its youth.


Updating state laws regarding distribution of explicit images would "better protect people from using technology as a weapon," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Wednesday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

The bill, which Gov. Charlie Baker is filing for the second time, addresses the forms of image-sharing sometimes known as sexting and revenge porn. It would both allow anyone under the age of 18 to be diverted from the criminal justice system, at a prosecutor's discretion, and create a new penalty for adults distributing explicit images for revenge or embarrassment purposes.


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