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UMass Lowell Joining National Anti-Harassment Effort

UMass Lowell will work with colleges and universities around the country as part of a national collaborative aiming to rid campuses of sexual harassment, officials announced Tuesday.

Feds Provide $25 Mil to Stand Up DPH Genomics Center

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been picked by federal officials to be established as a regional leader to foster and improve innovation and technical ability that could help society better respond to infectious disease outbreaks like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Migrant Stay Coming to End at Joint Base Cape Cod

The 35 Venezuelan migrants who are still being housed by the state at Joint Base Cape Cod are expected to leave this week and the base will wind down its temporary shelter operation by the weekend, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security said a day after Gov. Charlie Baker declined to say whether the state had an end date for its hospitality.

Spot in Fossil Fuel Ban Pilot Project Opening Up

West Tisbury officials have asked to formally withdraw from a new pilot program allowing a group of cities and towns to restrict fossil fuel infrastructure in the building sector, tipping over a domino that could lead to groundbreaking new regulations in Boston or another municipality.

Mass. Still Seeking “Long-Term” Option to House Migrants

Most of the roughly 50 Venezuelan migrants who were flown to Martha's Vineyard last month at the behest of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are still being lodged at Joint Base Cape Cod, though Massachusetts is working to come up with better and less temporary solutions, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday.

Baker, Services Providers Share Mutual Admiration As Exit Nears

With only about three months left in his term, Gov. Charlie Baker made his final annual address Monday to the Providers' Council and took stock of how the industry has changed since he took office nearly eight years ago.

Gas Prices Tumble 30 Cents Below National Average

Gas prices in Massachusetts continued their slow decline after peaking at record-high amounts earlier this year, AAA Northeast reported Monday.

New Law Aims to Correct Legislative “Oversight” in Clean Energy Grant Program

Massachusetts cities and towns that have been boxed out of clean energy grant dollars by an accidental legislative loophole may finally get the chance to join the environmental initiative under a new law that earned Gov. Charlie Baker's signature.

Senate Session Summary - Monday, Oct. 3

The Senate passed four local bills Monday, all of which emerged from the Ways and Means Committee with new texts. Those measures affect the designation of city landmarks by the Boston Landmarks Commission, the transliteration of names into Chinese characters on bilingual ballots in Malden, the Paul Revere Heritage Site in Canton, and a 25 mph speed limit at the intersection of Route 28 and Chickatawbut Road in Milton.

House Session Summary - Monday, Oct. 3

In a quick and efficient session Monday morning, the House breezed through seven local bills, advancing measures affecting Norton, Deerfield, Haverhill, Templeton, Watertown, Goshen and Saugus.

Advances - Week of Oct. 2, 2022

Lawmakers and candidates for higher office alike will lurch into the final full month before the election when the calendar flips on Saturday, and unfinished business on Beacon Hill could factor into how voters feel when they head to the polls.

Eco Dev, Close-Out Action Pushed Into October

Lawmakers broke for another long weekend Thursday, their final time meeting in September, with no movement on a stalled economic development bill nor on a spending bill the state comptroller hoped would be complete by the end of the month.

Mixed MCAS Results Reveal Lingering Pandemic Impact, State Officials Say

The learning loss that came about as a result of the pandemic and its shift towards remote schooling for more than two years is still showing up in standardized test results, state education officials said Thursday as they released the latest batch of MCAS scores.

Wu Wants Boston to Lead on MBTA, Infrastructure Funding

While outlining her agenda for a "revitalized" Boston to hundreds of business leaders Thursday morning, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said "enough is enough" on Boston's failing transportation infrastructure and crowded roads.

Orange Line Diner Not in the Cards as T Scraps Old Trains

Were you hoping that enjoying a cup of coffee and perhaps a slice of pie inside a former Orange Line train might exorcise all those memories of inexplicable delays, unidentifiable odors and fellow riders who don't take off their backpacks?

Senate Session Summary - Thursday, Sept. 29

The Senate admitted a new Sen. Edward Kennedy bill Thursday that would direct the state to convey two properties to the UMass Building Authority. The Senate also approved bills dealing with Saugus Town Meeting and allowing West Stockbridge to keep Chief Steve Traver at the helm of their fire department until mid-2023, and sent Gov. Charlie Baker a liquor license authorization for a grocery store in Milford.

House Session Summary - Thursday, Sept. 29

Select boards and alcohol licenses were the main areas of focus for the House on Thursday, which wrapped up its week with another quick and lightly attended informal session. The House advanced legislation dealing with alcohol sales in Milford, Belmont and Avon, and with boards in Lanesborough and Goshen. Under another bill that the House approved Thursday, July 8 would be designated Massachusetts Emancipation Day in honor of Quock Walker, a former slave who successfully sued to earn his freedom under the state's new constitution.

Wu Eyes Stronger Role Fixing Transportation Woes

[Story Developing] While outlining her agenda for a "revitalized" Boston to hundreds of business leaders Thursday morning, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said "enough is enough" on Boston's failing transportation infrastructure and crowded roads.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito sat down Wednesday with Rappaport Institute visiting fellow Danielle Cerny to take stock of the last eight years of state-local government relations. [Screenshot]

Cities and Towns About To Get New State Partner

In an event that at times felt like it was capping off the Baker-Polito years, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Wednesday sat down with a researcher from the Harvard Kennedy School's Rappaport Institute to take stock of the last eight years of state-local government relations.

Who’s On The Move?

...A well-traveled veteran municipal official is taking on a bit of work at the state level and will be working with a fairly tight deadline to produce results ... One of the state's leading child abuse prevention agencies is under new leadership and the new executive comes into the job with a deep background in social work ... A campaign to make sure all students have access to higher education is tapping a recent grad to lead its efforts ... And the new police chief in Bedford won't have a much longer commute when he starts the job ... Please enjoy the Personnel File ...

Major Sports Betting Discussion Eyed for Thursday MGC Meeting

Gaming regulators appear poised to shed significant light Thursday on the process they will use to select the sports betting outfits that will be allowed to operate in Massachusetts and the timeline for getting both in-person and online betting up and running.

Delegation Asking that Heating Aid Be Delivered Sooner This Year

Massachusetts is in line to receive nearly $37 million more in heating aid for families in need under a new federal spending bill, and with energy prices forecast to soar this winter, the state's Congressional delegation wants the Biden administration to get the money out the door quickly.

Senate Clerk William Welch talked with Sen. Tom McGee during a joint session in 2017. [Sam Doran/SHNS/File]

Senate Mourns Loss of Former Clerk William Welch

Former Senate Clerk William Welch, who spent nearly half a century in various roles at the State House under nine Senate presidents, died unexpectedly on Saturday two weeks before his 73rd birthday.

Democrat Sen. Lydia Edwards (left) and Republican nominee for attorney general Jay McMahon (right) are on opposite sides of Question 4, which will ask voters in November whether they want to keep or repeal a new state law that would allow Massachusetts residents who are old enough to apply for a state driver's license, regardless of their immigration status in the country. Edwards endorsed a 'yes' vote to keep the law and McMahon argued for a 'no' vote to repeal it. [Screenshot]

Immigrant License Law Takes Center Stage in WBZ Debate

Is Massachusetts' new law to allow immigrants living here without legal status in the country to apply for state driver's licenses a matter of public safety or a statement of lax immigration policy? It depends who you ask.

CCC Chair: Past Ties to Pot Company Are 'No Conflict'

Cannabis Control Commission Chair Shannon O'Brien found her eggs a little hard to swallow last week when she found herself splashed across the front page of the Boston Herald for her former ties to the industry she's now in charge of regulating.

With just over a month until Election Day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl was back on the hill Wednesday talking about home heating expenses and other Bay State living costs. Aides had started setting up the presser near the Firefighters' Memorial in Ashburton Park before they were kicked outside the gate onto the Bowdoin Street sidewalk. Campaign events are generally prohibited from State House grounds.  [Sam Doran/SHNS]

Weekly Roundup - Pieces of a Week

Picked-up pieces while bracing for the "soft-ish landing" that the new president and CEO of the Boston Fed thinks is a possibility as nagging inflation nears (or has just passed) its peak:

Uncaptioned image for story:MBTA Could Be Waiting Even Longer for Brand New Cars

MBTA Could Be Waiting Even Longer for Brand New Cars

The outlook for the already-delayed transition to entirely new Orange and Red Line fleets continues to grow worse. After previously delaying the project's targeted end date by at least a year, Chinese firm CRRC now expects it will need several more months to finish manufacturing subway cars for the MBTA's Red and Orange Lines as a result of nagging pandemic-related supply and labor issues.

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Jeannie Hebert presents Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maura Healey with a basket of Blackstone Valley-branded goods Thursday after Healey addressed the chamber. Healey predicted that her 79-year-old mother will swipe the basket from her. [Colin A. Young/SHNS]

Small-Town Bona Fides, Affordability Headline Healey Campaign Stop

Bringing her gubernatorial campaign to a part of Massachusetts that is often overshadowed by the Greater Boston area, Democrat Maura Healey said she's not all that different from the people of the Blackstone Valley, and pitched herself Thursday as a governor who will understand and advocate for the people and priorities of smaller towns.

Report Calls For More Action On Mental Health Care Access

Massachusetts faces an "unprecedented call to action" to invest in its behavioral health workforce amid twin trends of increased demand for mental health services and reduced stigma surrounding their use, according to a new report.

Councilor Joseph Ferreira (left) administers the oaths of office to newly-seated Brockton District Court Clerk Magistrate Eric Donovan just minutes after his confirmation vote, while Councilor Terry Kennedy (center) looks on. [Sam Doran/SHNS]

Court Nominee Sworn In Moments After Hearing

The Governor's Council was only scheduled to vote on three of Gov. Charlie Baker's court nominees Wednesday, but in an unusually accelerated timeline wound up stamping its approval on five of them -- including a pair who were just interviewed Wednesday morning.

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