House:
ADJOURNED 'til Monday at 11 a.m. (Informal)
Senate:
ADJOURNED 'til Monday at 11 a.m. (No Calendar)

Marijuana Vape Sales Can Resume, CCC Declares

State marijuana regulators on Thursday eased their ban on vaping product sales, allowing certain types of products to return to store shelves one day after state public health officials backed off a ban on nicotine vape sales.


Mass. Democrats Put Forward 15 Presidential Candidates

The Massachusetts Democratic Party submitted the names of 15 candidates for inclusion on the March president primary ballot, including two who call Massachusetts home.


Big Jackpot Emerges From Where There Was None

Just a couple of weeks after Lottery officials said a lack of big jackpots was cutting into profits, the Mega Millions pot for this coming Friday's drawing has grown to be the largest so far this fiscal year.


Collier’s Hired to Assist with Sale of Hynes

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority picked Colliers International to represent it as it attempts to sell the Hynes Convention Center in Boston's Back Bay as part of a plan to expand the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.


Delegation Weighs In on State Solar Rules Rewrite

While the Baker administration has an expansion of a solar energy development program under review, the state's Congressional delegation is pressing policymakers to be mindful of its impact on shared community solar projects and the industry's growth generally.


Who’s On the Move? Look Inside the Personnel File

... A retired Housing Court judge is joining the State Ethics Commission ... a former State House reporter is returning to journalism after spending time working inside government ... an Economic Mobility Pathways official has joined the Board of Early Education and Care ... MassEcon elected three new board members this week ... and Wellforce has a new CEO coming on board in January ... Please enjoy the Personnel File ...


Health Connector Clears Path for Deductible Increases

Some health plans would be allowed to set higher deductibles for consumers and health care sharing arrangements established by religious organizations will face new reporting requirements under regulations approved by a state board on Thursday.


Grid Operator Targeted in Healey’s New Clean Energy Push

Attorney General Maura Healey is stepping up her advocacy for clean energy, launching a website where she hopes ratepayers will sign a petition encouraging the region's electric grid operator to set rules that support clean energy resources.


Comptroller “Pleased” as Closeout Budget Hits Baker’s Desk

After a day of discord between his office and the House, Comptroller Andrew Maylor thanked negotiators in the Legislature for keeping him in the loop as a deal to close the books on last fiscal year emerged Wednesday.


House, Senate Take Sessions Into the Night

Just before Senate suspended rules to allow a night session, Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues was asked if he had a deal with the House on the overdue fiscal 2019 supplemental budget bill. He said, "I hope. We're working it."


Report Shows Room for Improvement on Biz Subsidy Transparency

An annual report detailing tax breaks and an online portal that sheds light on some economic development subsidies prevented Massachusetts from receiving a "D" or "F" grade in a new transparency report.


BLS: Inflation Index Up 2.1 Percent Over Year in Boston Area

The government's inflation index rose 2.1 percent in the Boston area over the last year, a rate that matched the national increase in inflation over that period.


Meehan Plans to Challenge Veteran Rep. Honan

Rep. Kevin Honan, a Boston Democrat who co-chairs the Housing Committee, is on track to face his first primary opponent in a decade.


Tarr: Budget Solution There if Negotiators Will Reach for It

The House and Senate are holding their sessions open Wednesday, apparently to see whether they can salvage a deal on a fiscal 2019 surplus spending bill in time to avoid the comptroller's plan to sweep the surplus into the state savings account.


Eversource Eyes Carbon Neutrality in 11 Years

Eversource Energy, the largest energy delivery company in New England, has announced plans to make its corporate emissions carbon neutral by 2030, asserting it would become the first investor-owned utility in the nation to achieve that status.


Sweep Threat Looms Over Budget Bill Negotiators

[Coverage Developing] After delaying major spending decisions until the informal session segment of the two-year session, the Legislature and the state comptroller find themselves in an unusual position on Wednesday.


Poll: Voters Back Compact to Reduce Transpo Emissions

Voters in seven of the states participating in a nascent program to reduce transportation emissions, including Massachusetts, largely support the effort, according to a new poll.


Who’s On the Move? Look Inside the Personnel File

... The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has four new members ... Gov. Baker's D.C. office director has joined a government relations company ... Josh Wolfsun is leaving the State House for the private sector ... Middlesex DA Ryan has a new press secretary ... the Brain Aneurysm Foundation's new president has local ties ... the Humane Society of the United States has a new Massachusetts state director, and more ... Please enjoy the Personnel File ...


Clark, Trahan, Healey to Campaign for Warren in N.H.

Congresswomen Katherine Clark and Lori Trahan and Attorney General Maura Healey are headed to New Hampshire this weekend to help the Warren campaign organize doorknockers from Derry to Manchester.


A Look at Tax Measure Dividing House, Senate Dems

Legislative leaders have been mum about what is keeping them from agreeing on a bill to close the books on the fiscal year that ended almost six months ago, but Beacon Hill think tanks have weighed in on both sides of a tax provision thought to be at the center of the stalemate.


Rep. Louis Kafka of Stoughton. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS/2017]

Stoughton Rep. Kafka Will Not Run for Re-election

Rep. Louis Kafka, a Stoughton Democrat who has served in the House since 1991, announced to his constituents Thursday that he does not plan to run for re-election next year.


Ex-Gov. Bill Weld joined his former aide Charlie Baker on the stage of the 2014 Republican state convention, after Baker was endorsed as the party's nominee for governor. [Photo: SHNS/File/2014]

MassGOP Snubs Weld on Mass. Ballot Access

For almost seven years, Bill Weld carried the flag for Massachusetts Republicans in the governor's office, starting a 16-year reign of GOP chief executives on Beacon Hill that lasted until 2007.


House, Senate Pass $541 Mil Spending Bill

House and Senate leaders broke a weeks-long impasse over a more than $1 billion surplus spending bill on Wednesday night, cutting a deal that dropped a controversial corporate tax change that would have financially benefited Massachusetts businesses and set aside $32 million for repairs on the MBTA, which is less than the $50 million sought by Gov. Charlie Baker.


Senate Session Summary - Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

A shorthanded Senate met past midnight and rubber-stamped a $541 million fiscal 2019 spending bill that would close the books on the fiscal year if signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.


House Session Summary - Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019

In an informal session that lasted more than half a day, the House was finally able to enact a budget bill to close the books on fiscal 2019.


With two minutes until a 3 p.m. deadline when Comptroller Andrew Maylor was going to rake the fiscal 2019 surplus into the rainy day fund, his spokesman Michael Sangalang emerged from the office suite to say the $1 billion transfer was being postponed. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

House Challenges Comptroller on Surplus Transfer

With the House and Senate working late into the night to try to reach a deal on a $1 billion surplus spending bill, the top lawyer for the House sent a letter to Comptroller Andrew Maylor's office challenging his legal authority to transfer the surplus to the state's "rainy day" fund if an agreement gets further delayed.


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State Rules Enable Vape Product Sales to Resume

State public health officials acknowledged that they still do not know what is causing lung injuries and illnesses among some people who vape, and reiterated that the products should not be used. But the Public Health Council nonetheless rescinded a ban on sales of all vaping products and approved new regulations Wednesday that will make vaping products again available in stores.


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Humason Plans Senate Departure On Jan. 6

Sen. Donald Humason will resign from the Senate on Jan. 6, his office told the News Service on Wednesday, as he prepares to take over as mayor of Westfield .


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Baker Urges Dems to Compromise on Budget

Gov. Charlie Baker issued an eleventh hour public appeal Wednesday, urging House and Senate Democrats to agree on a major spending bill.


Boston Health and Human Services Chief Marty Martinez (left) said proposed questioning of patients would "identify red flags." [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Docs Would Question Patients About Guns Under Bill

Training medical providers to ask patients about firearm ownership and storage will save lives and promote better safety practices, the city of Boston's health and human services chief told lawmakers Tuesday.


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