... Former Rep. John Delaney to address Politics & Eggs event in Bedford, N.H. Feb. 12 ...... Baker appoints Pyramid Hotels Group executive Warren Fields to Massport Board of Directors ...... DeLeo to choose Ways and Means chair in "next month or so," he says on Jan. 8 ...... DeLeo not a yes or no yet on new revenues, but says "you all know I'm not a fan of any broad-based taxes." ...... Flame retardant bill at center of a conflagration of early 2019 lobbying ...... Baker opts for limited remarks when asked about insurance discrimination bill ...... On education foundation budget issues, Baker hopes "that stuff will get resolved" on state's budget timeline ...... "There's general recognition that this issue should be dealt with" - Gov. Baker on ed funding challenges ...... After lawmakers left ed funding until late in session, Baker says "shortness on the timing" was an impediment ...... Baker: "I would argue the last four years have been bold" ...... Baker will file education bill as standalone legislation ...... Mayor Walsh to deliver State of the City address on Jan. 15 ...... DeLeo overwhelmingly re-elected to continue serving as House speaker, with 119 Democrats voting for him ...... Eight vote "present" in speaker's election - Elugardo, Gouveia, Hecht, Holmes, Kearney, Robinson, John Rogers, Scaccia ...... Spilka reelected as Senate president, her first full term in that post ...
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LATEST BAKER TO CELEBRATE NEW LAW FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday will hold a ceremony to mark a new law passed in December by the Legislature protecting the confidentiality of first responders who seek help in coping with the aftermath of critical incidents. Read More

BONCORE

SENATOR SIZES UP LEGISLATIVE REACTION TO JANUS RULING

Expect another attempt by lawmakers this session to respond to the Supreme Court decision that struck down the ability of public sector unions to charge fees to non-members. Read More


VIDEO | VETERAN GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY JUDD-STEIN TO CHAIR GAMING COMMISSION

With complex decisions over the future of the nearly completed casino in Everett and the possibility of casino gaming in southeastern Massachusetts looming, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday appointed someone the lieutenant governor described as one of the administration's "go-to people for complicated things" to chair the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Read More

New Gaming Commission Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein

New Gaming Commission Chairwoman Cathy Judd-Stein has worked as a legal advisor to the last five governors. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


BAKER MAKES DANGEROUSNESS BILL HIS FIRST FILING OF SECOND TERM

[Story Developing] Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that judges must be able to consider someone's full criminal record when deciding whether to release them on bail, reupping a court reform proposal that the governor believes could save lives. Read More


GAMING REVENUES BOUNCE BACK IN SPRINGFIELD, PLAINVILLE

After a down month in November, gaming revenues at the state's two casinos rebounded in December, delivering nearly $12.3 million to the state in taxes. Read More


MILLBURY SOLAR INSTALLER PLANS PROJECT ON NEW HAMPSHIRE FARM

A solar installation company based in central Massachusetts plans to build a five-megawatt solar farm in New Hampshire, and has a pipeline of projects totaling up to 40 megawatts. Read More


BAKER

GUV SET TO ANNOUNCE GAMING COMMISSION CHAIR

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito plan a Tuesday afternoon press conference to announce the new chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. Read More


BAKER TOUTS NEW DANGEROUSNESS BILL, GETS BACKING FROM BPD CHIEF

Gov. Charlie Baker, drawing a sense of urgency from a fatal car crash this summer in Cotuit and a new Supreme Judicial Court ruling, made a case Tuesday for why judges must be able to consider someone's full criminal record when deciding whether to release them before trial or hold them as a danger to society. Read More


NEW BEDFORD SCHOOL DEAL STIRS UP DEBATE OVER CHARTERS

State and city officials are touting a "creative agreement" to expand a New Bedford charter school, but the state's top teachers union says the proposed deal is "unacceptable" and will drain funds away from traditional public schools in that city. Read More

The proposed expansion of the Alma del Mar Charter

The proposed expansion of the Alma del Mar Charter School reflects "outside the box thinking," according to Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell (right) said the expansion agreement "contemplates a fairer way to do charter schools." [Photos: SHNS/File] | Hi-Res


REPORT ON SPEEDING EXPLORES DEATH RATES, ATTITUDES

Speed remains a factor in nearly one third of all traffic deaths in the U.S., with Massachusetts ranking 23rd among the states in speed-related deaths, according to a new report. Read More


GALVIN

GALVIN "DELIGHTED" BY COURT RULING ON CENSUS QUESTION

A federal judge in New York has blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, a move that left Secretary of State William Galvin "delighted." Read More


NEW LAW PROMOTES PERSONAL FINANCE EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

A new law Gov. Charlie Baker signed last week aims to give Massachusetts students the tools they need to navigate their financial futures, including milestones like buying a home and planning for retirement. Read More


TRAHAN

TRAHAN APPOINTED TO ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

Following in the footsteps of her predecessor, freshman U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan announced Tuesday that she will serve on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, which has broad oversight of the country's defense. Read More


Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

DRONE AGE SPURS PUSH FOR GROUND RULES BILL

Lawmakers will take another stab at establishing ground rules for the use of drones in Massachusetts skies this session with Rep. William Straus filing a new bill that would put limits on law enforcement's use of drones and extend privacy protections for homeowners. Read More


FATTMAN PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT MINORITY LEADER

Republican Leader Sen. Bruce Tarr has promoted Sen. Ryan Fattman of Webster, who was caucus whip last term, as one of two assistant leaders. Read More


NO SNAGS SO FAR, 320 WORKING ON GREEN LINE EXTENSION

The leader of the MBTA's Green Line Extension project told T overseers Monday that the trolley service extension is about 60 percent designed and said he has not seen signs of possible snags on the horizon. John Dalton, the Green Line Extension project manager, also said that construction work is beginning to pick up ahead of the planned December 2021 grand opening. Read More


BAKER NAMES HOTEL EXEC TO MASSPORT BOARD

Warren Fields, the chief investment officer of Pyramid Advisors, is joining the Massachusetts Port Authority Board. Read More


HOUSE SESSION - MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2019

A half dozen state representatives met for nearly two hours Monday to pass two bills enabling state employees to donate sick, personal or vacation time to ill coworkers. The House conducted little other business during a session marked by light chit-chat and long recesses. Read More


GEORGIA COMPANY TO ACQUIRE MASS. MARIJUANA OPERATIONS

New England Treatment Access, the company that operates a retail marijuana store in Northampton, a medical dispensary in Brookline and a cultivation facility in Franklin, has agreed to a deal to be acquired by a Georgia company. Read More


PRESIDENT, WARREN TWEET ABOUT "POCAHONTAS" AND "#TRUMPSHUTDOWN"

For the first time since she announced herself as a presidential hopeful, President Donald Trump unleashed a volley of tweets deriding U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday night and again referred to Warren as "Pocahontas." Read More


BAIL TRENDS UNDER SCRUTINY AS NEW PANEL EYES REFORMS

More than a year after the state's high court ruled judges setting bail must consider a defendant's ability to pay, state officials are embarking on an examination of the bail system in Massachusetts that will consider measures including potential impacts of eliminating cash bail. A massive April 2018 criminal justice reform law made a series of changes around bail, in keeping with a high court decision in the 2017 case Brangan v. Commonwealth. Read More


VIDEO | APPALLED BAKER SAYS SHUTDOWN SHOULDN'T BE HARD TO SOLVE

With President Trump and Republicans bearing the brunt of the blame for the federal government shutdown, Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, said Monday that neither his party nor Congressional Democrats should be proud of what's happening. "My pox is on all the houses down there," the governor told reporters. Read More


VIDEO | GAS PROJECT MET REQUIREMENTS, LEFT BAKER WITH "NO CHOICE," GUV SAYS

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he "basically had no choice" but to approve air quality permits for a natural gas compressor station in Weymouth given the federal rules governing the project and results of a state-authorized review. Read More


ROLLOUT OF NEW ORANGE LINE CARS DELAYED UNTIL SPRING

The MBTA announced Orange Line delays Monday – not delays in subway service, but delays in beginning to get a fleet of 152 new Orange Line cars into passenger service on the T. Read More


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2019

The first enacted legislation of the 191st General Court - bills creating sick leave banks for two state employees - were shipped to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk on Monday. Before adjourning until Thursday, the Senate held a moment of silence for a 59-year-old former firefighter who died of cancer last summer. Read More


GAS AVERAGING $2.44, BUT SURVEY CITES 86-CENT RANGE

The average price of gas in Massachusetts dropped five cents in the last week, AAA reported Monday, even as the national average price for gas inched up for the first time in months. Read More


EDUCATION GROUP HIRES FORMER REP, MAYOR AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As lawmakers gear up for the next attempt at passing education funding reform legislation, the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education has brought on a former state representative, mayor and school committee member as its new executive director. Read More


BIZ CONFIDENCE DIMS AMIDST MARKET VOLATILITY, GOV'T SHUTDOWN

Confidence levels among Massachusetts employers hit a two-year low in December, driven by national factors like the federal government shutdown and the largest one-month stock market decline since the Great Depression. Closer to home, employers have their eyes on the cost of health care and fees imposed by the state. Read More


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