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ADJOURNED 'til Monday at 11 a.m. (No Calendar)

Acosta Pitches Lawmakers on Career Tech Initiative

A Baker administration effort aimed at training 20,000 new workers over four years would begin with an initial class of just over 1,500 people and scale up gradually, the state's labor and workforce development secretary said Monday.


Order Institutes New Standards at Boston Zoning Board

The Walsh administration on Monday made changes to the standards that govern the city's Zoning Board of Appeals, with Mayor Martin Walsh saying the new requirements are stricter than those outlined in state ethics laws.


Goldberg: Put More $$$ Into Record Rainy Day Fund

Treasurer Deborah Goldberg urged state budget writers to stay the course when it comes to long-term saving and continue to commit sizeable and predictable deposits to the Stabilization Fund as a way to help boost the state's credit rating.


Personnel File - Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

... Greater Lynn Senior Services has a new CEO ... The Pioneer Institute has a pair of new board members ... The new group Revolutionary Spaces has brought on its first director of development ... And a former House Ways and Means staffer is the new undersecretary of housing and economic development ... Please enjoy the Personnel File ...


Rider, Revenue Ripples Seen From Low-Income MBTA Fare

[Story Developing] An income-based MBTA fare option could attract tens of thousands of new rapid transit and bus riders and could prompt hundreds of thousands more trips on the RIDE paratransit service, according to an ongoing T study.


Presidential Election Underway with Early Voting Week

Completed Massachusetts presidential primary ballots began streaming in Monday morning when the state officially began its first-ever period of early voting in a primary contest.


Advances - Week of Feb. 23

The early voting phase of the Massachusetts presidential primary begins next week, with an 8 p.m. debate in Charleston, South Carolina, Tuesday looming large for some potential voters.


Galvin Finalizes Broker-Dealer Conduct Regulations

Resisting calls to delay his plan, new regulations affecting broker-dealers in Massachusetts will take effect March 6, after Secretary of State William Galvin filed them on Friday.


Polls Shows Tight Prez Primary, US Senate Contests

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are locked in a close race for the top spot in next month's Massachusetts presidential primary, while likely Bay State Democratic voters are also nearly evenly split on incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and his challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, according to new poll results.


Who’s On The Move? Check The Personnel File

The man who holds the New England Patriots' record for sacks recorded by a rookie has a new job with a real estate firm ... a former Rep. Bradley staffer is heading up state government affairs for the brewer of Budweiser ... the Animal Rescue League has a new CEO ... Please enjoy the Personnel File.


Glimpse at the Week Ahead

... Early voting begins ahead of the March 3 presidential primary ... Democrats return to the debate stage, this time in South Carolina ... The Senate takes up a bill to allow traffic law enforcement via technology; House members are awaiting word on plans ... State Police reform and climate change bills surface for public hearings ... Budget hearings resume in Roxbury (Monday) and Duxbury (Friday) ... See the Weekly Advances later today for details and a full breakdown.


Markey’s 2013 GOP Rival Backing Kennedy in Senate Race

It may come as little surprise that as one of the last two people to occupy the same ballot as U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Gabriel Gomez is not the Democrat's biggest fan.


Speaker Pelosi to Address Smith Grads in May

The women who graduate from Smith College this spring will hear from the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the school's commencement in May.


More Aggressive Tax Collections From Unlicensed Pot Sellers Recommended

The attorney general and cannabis regulators don't think that Massachusetts needs new criminal penalties for violations of the state's marijuana laws, but the offices recommended three ways the Legislature could clarify the law and crack down on the illicit market.


Red Light Cameras Could Get Green Light from Senate

Drivers might think twice about gunning it through an intersection when the light has just turned red if a bill the Massachusetts Senate plans to debate next week becomes law.


Affordability of Coronavirus Vaccine a Concern for Congress

Forty-six members of Congress, including three from Massachusetts, on Thursday asked President Donald Trump to make sure that any coronavirus vaccine researched and developed with taxpayer funding be "accessible, available and affordable."


State Guidance Highlights School Improvement Plan Priorities

State education officials are "especially interested" in pre-kindergarten expansion, early college and workforce diversity initiatives as they gear up to review the first set of local achievement gap-closing plans required under a new law.


Senate Session Summary - Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

The Senate teed up a trio of bills for debate next Thursday -- dealing with automated traffic enforcement, updating terminology around people with disabilities and providing IDs to homeless youth -- and gave senators until Monday afternoon to file amendments to the three bills.


Summer Learning Plan Advances in $100 Mil Competition

A proposal to enhance summer learning and job opportunities for young people in Boston and other "Gateway Cities" around Massachusetts has advanced in the $100 million MacArthur Foundation competition, which seeks to fund innovative solutions to social problems around the world.


Senate Session Summary - Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

With a session planned for Thursday to take up several bills, including one related to the use of red-light traffic cameras, the senators on hand for Monday's session spent most of their time posing for photos with newly retired State Police Major Pasquale Russolillo, who was honored by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr for his service.


Goldberg: Allow Lottery Purchases by Debit, Apps

Allowing people to buy scratch tickets and draw game numbers with debit cards or other cashless options is the first of a series of "baby steps" in modernizing the Massachusetts Lottery, with full online access still the ultimate goal.


Auditor Seeks $$$ to Address Rapid Staff Turnover

Auditor Suzanne Bump asked legislative budget-writers for an extra $600,000 next year, partially to help cope with the "much more rapid turnover" her office is experiencing.


House Session Summary - Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

The House on Monday advanced bills dealing with preventing concussions and head injuries; school disciplinary hearings; pup trailers; expired licenses; penalties for right-of-way violations at intersections; funeral processions and fines; expansion of bicycle lanes; penalties for passing a stopped school bus, and licensed funeral home vehicles.


DeLeo “Trying to Put Some Things Together”

[Session Summary Developing] The House plans to take up bills on its lengthy session calendar during Wednesday's formal session, but adjourned on Monday without plans to tackle any signature legislation in two days.


Rep. Dave Nangle of Lowell was stone-faced on Tuesday as he walked from Moakley Federal Courthouse to an idling car after pleading not guilty to numerous campaign finance-related charges, including wire fraud and bank fraud. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Weekly Roundup - A Nangled Web

The long arm of the law, belonging these days to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, reached into the State House this week for an 11-term incumbent, dropping a lit firecracker into a building that had been ready to take it easy for a few days.


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Baker Popular, But Not Brady Popular, With Dem Voters

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, once touted as the most popular governor in America, remains a well-liked figure with voters outside his own party. But he's no Tom Brady.


Jefferson Padilla, 16, of Boston, attended Thursday's rally with MissionSAFE to advocate for more youth jobs. [Photo: Chris Van Buskirk/SHNS]

Youth Groups Rally For Jobs Funding, Environmental Justice

Youth activists are never in short supply on top of Beacon Hill. From advocating on climate change to gun reform, young adults and teens have filled the State House time and time again to meet with and lobby legislators.


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Balser Senses “Openness” This Year To ICE Enforcement Bill

One of the lead sponsors of a bill to limit the ability of local police to participate in federal immigration enforcement is "optimistic" about its chances after a Beacon Hill committee gave itself more time to weigh the controversial topic.


Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack held up her cell phone during a press conference Thursday about implementation of the new safe driving law. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

State Police Stepping Up Patrols As Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect

The State Police plan to deploy "dozens of additional patrols" to Massachusetts roadways starting Sunday, increasing the presence of law enforcement as a new distracted driving law kicks into effect.


House Session Summary - Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Watertown would be granted 15 additional liquor licenses and Reading would be able to create a property-tax exemption program for some senior citizens under bills the House passed Tuesday.


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