10/15/21 5:10 PM
House and Senate Democrats are more than halfway through the fall stretch of formal sessions and most of their agenda items are still under wraps, an approach that will lead to either a compressed period of significant activity or further delays on important issues.
10/15/21 11:31 AM
The last three months rank as the top three for state gaming revenues since legal betting began more than six years ago, cumulatively generating nearly 10 percent of all of the gaming tax revenue collected to date.
10/15/21 11:29 AM
Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday signed a new state law that focuses on students' access to school meals, with provisions around free breakfast and lunch as well as unpaid meal debt.
10/15/21 8:56 AM
Elected officials in Lawrence have called an emergency meeting for Monday evening to address violence in their schools and they want state Education Commissioner Jeff Riley to join them.
10/14/21 5:39 PM
With just days until the deadline for executive branch employees to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19, a federal judge on Thursday took "under advisement" the request made by correction officers to block Gov. Charlie Baker's mandate from taking effect on Monday.
10/14/21 5:22 PM
The Senate shipped a $303 million spending bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk Thursday afternoon to close the books on fiscal 2021, which ended June 30, and address unpaid bills. The state comptroller must finalize the books on the fiscal year that ends each June 30 and file the state's annual Statutory Basis Financial Report by each Oct. 31.
10/14/21 5:13 PM
Three of the state's 14 county sheriffs are former state representatives, and Rep. Timothy Whelan hopes to add his name to that list next year.
10/14/21 4:55 PM
Marijuana regulators spoke this week with the mayor of Lawrence and are working with the city as it compiles the data necessary to make the case that the Merrimack Valley city should be included on the list of municipalities that the Cannabis Control Commission considers to have been disproportionately affected by marijuana prohibition.
10/14/21 4:51 PM
All middle and high schools in Massachusetts would be required to teach students about the history of genocide under a bill that cleared the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Thursday.
10/14/21 4:13 PM
With the Legislature and local governments beginning to make decisions on how to spend billions of dollars in federal relief funding, two economic experts on Thursday urged policymakers to be mindful of equity as they chart a path forward for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
10/14/21 3:57 PM
The Legislature sent Gov. Charlie Baker a $303 million supplemental budget (H 4200) Thursday that closes out the books on fiscal year 2021.
10/14/21 3:52 PM
There is strong demand among marijuana users for products with high concentrations of THC, the main psychoactive compound that provides many of the drug's cognitive effects, but Cannabis Control Commission researchers said there is not enough scientific evidence of the risks of high-potency products to recommend setting a limit.
10/14/21 1:38 PM
Massachusetts is a step closer to becoming the land of the swift-footed lizard after the House passed legislation (H 3190) on Thursday naming the Podokesaurus holyokensis as the official state dinosaur.
10/13/21 5:51 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker announced sweeping legislation Wednesday to reshape the way Massachusetts procures offshore wind power, proposing to use $750 million in federal stimulus funds to establish a clean energy investment fund and jettisoning the requirement that each project carries a lower price than the one that came before it.
10/13/21 4:58 PM
10/13/21 4:30 PM
Massachusetts has long had one of the lowest seatbelt use rates in the nation, and those figures dropped "dramatically" during the pandemic, a AAA official told lawmakers Wednesday.
10/13/21 4:09 PM
Sitting on roughly $5 billion in unbudgeted tax revenue from last year, the House on Wednesday passed a $303 million budget to cover old expenses, but delayed choices on how to spend the bulk of the surplus until later this fall as the Legislature also considers how to use billions of dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds.
10/15/21 5:20 PM
Almost like a business, the Legislature every 10 years goes through a corporate reorganization and the employees, in this case 200 legislators, are forced to wonder what their fate holds.
10/15/21 5:14 PM
Voting rights advocates knocked the Senate redistricting proposal as "overcautious." A state representative with eyes on a seat in the other chamber slammed the potential split of Haverhill as "robbing Peter to pay Paul." And in the most visible sign yet that internal dissent is rumbling, a member of the Senate called for her colleagues to just hit pause and reconsider its map.
10/14/21 1:35 PM
Worcester officials and a coalition of voters who filed a federal lawsuit alleging the city's School Committee structure illegally dilutes the electoral power of communities of color have reached an agreement that would make November's municipal election the final time the current entirely at-large system is used.
10/14/21 12:36 PM
Warning against a punitive approach, transportation advocates on Thursday urged lawmakers not to advance legislation imposing stricter punishments on pedestrians who do not use crosswalks.
10/14/21 12:24 PM
[Story Developing] With the Legislature and local governments beginning to make decisions on how to spend billions of dollars in federal relief funding, two economic experts on Thursday urged policymakers to be mindful of equity as they chart a path forward for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
10/14/21 12:18 PM
The Massachusetts Health Connector took a "bad stumble" as it transitioned to a new call center vendor this week but has since diagnosed and addressed the problem that created access hurdles for members, the agency's director said Thursday.
10/14/21 9:20 AM
Attorney General Maura Healey is calling this week upon federal regulators to take a longer-range view of transmission planning to account for the planned deployment of offshore wind and other renewable energy sources.
10/14/21 9:11 AM
Voters in the eastern part of Natick, meet your potential new state senator: Senate President Karen Spilka. And voters in segments of Franklin, prepare to say farewell to being represented by the chamber's top Democrat.
10/14/21 8:56 AM
A state senator with his eyes on higher office has opted against a state auditor's run and instead endorsed one of his colleagues who is already in the race to succeed Auditor Suzanne Bump.
10/13/21 3:36 PM
The state's acting public health commissioner said Wednesday she sees a "very good trend" in COVID-19 metrics in Massachusetts, which have lately featured declining hospitalization and case numbers. As of Tuesday afternoon, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Massachusetts since February 2020 stood at 772,932, or nearly 100,000 more than the population of Boston.
10/13/21 2:40 PM
After over two years in the Boston Municipal Court, Judge Catherine Hyo-Kyung Ham could be jumping to the Superior Court.
10/13/21 2:19 PM
Voting reform advocates have shifted their focus to the House and lobbying leadership there to support same-day voter registration as part of a broader package of reforms they're hoping to pass this fall.
10/13/21 1:49 PM
The Legislature moved a step closer to closing out the books on fiscal year 2021 after the House shipped a $303 million closeout budget bill (H 4200) to the Senate Wednesday afternoon.
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