... At Bentley forum, state health commissioner Bharel to discuss vaping's impact on teen brains ...... Former Essex Tech superintendent pays $23,000 penalty for violating conflict of interest law ...... Students stage sit-in to protest unaffordable higher education costs ...... Galvin wants five days of early voting ahead of the March presidential primary ...... Keating: U.S. House votes 275 to 146 for bill recognizing the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe ...... Study questions metric behind legislative plans to bolster community hospitals ...... Public safety undersecretary Queally nominated for District Court ...... Criminal defense attorney Michael Doolin nominated for Superior Court ...... Riley's timeline puts New Bedford charter school deal up against Beacon Hill deadline ...... AG Healey sues Trump again, claims admin undermining bargaining power of personal care attendants ...... Reconstituted council charged with updating state's economic development plan by end of 2019 ...... Baker to attend briefing Tuesday where activists will press for reforms, in addition to education revenues ...... State opens new round of MassWorks grants ...... OCPF: Middlesex clerk of courts Sullivan makes personal payment to resolve campaign finance issues ...
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LATEST COMPRESSOR STATION PERMIT BASED ON INCOMPLETE AIR TESTS, STATE ADMITS

Last year, the Department of Environmental Protection sent air samples from the site of a proposed natural gas compressor station to a private laboratory and asked scientists to test for the presence of 64 different potential toxins. What they initially got back — and what was used to perform a health impact assessment that led to a green light for the controversial project — was based on tests that only looked for 40 different toxins. Read More

LISS-RIORDAN HOPES TO RIDE OUTSIDER WAVE TO SENATE

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has faced just a handful of primary challenges in his more than four decades in Congress, but the Malden Democrat was served notice Monday that his 2020 re-election bid will not go uncontested. Read More


DeLEO SAYS HE'S CLOSELY MONITORING CASINO SALE TALKS

Amid reports that Wynn Resorts is talking about selling its $2.6 billion casino development in Everett to MGM Resorts, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday said the Legislature planned for such a scenario in the 2011 expanded gaming law. Read More


LATINX RESEARCH EFFORTS BUFFETED BY $1 MILLION GIFT

The University of Massachusetts-Boston will use a $1 million gift to boost the research focused on Latinx communities. Read More


STATE KNOCKED FOR REMOVING HOV LANE DURING TOBIN WORK

The state's decision to open an Interstate 93 carpool lane to all vehicles amid Tobin Bridge construction "violates federal and state law," an attorney warned Monday. Read More


COTTON: WARREN "A BETTER PROFESSOR THAN SHE IS A SENATOR"

A U.S. senator from Arkansas who has been a close ally of President Donald Trump criticized U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, and the last person from Massachusetts to receive that nomination during a local radio interview Monday. Read More


HATE CRIMES FUEL PUSH FOR STATE SECURITY FUNDS

Amid a national trend of rising anti-Semitic assaults and near-record numbers of anti-Semitic incidents in Massachusetts, leaders in the Jewish faith find themselves trying to balance the traditional open and welcoming nature of synagogues and Jewish community centers with the safety and security of their congregants. Read More


GALVIN

GALVIN TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS ON ELECTION SECURITY

Secretary of State William Galvin plans to testify on election security before a Congressional panel this week. Read More


HOUSE SESSION – MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019

The House kicked off its work week Monday morning with an informal session that focused on bills of local importance, specifically for Plymouth, Wilmington, Norwood and Dalton. Read More


OPPONENTS CITE THOUSANDS OF CHANGES TO WEYMOUTH AIR QUALITY DATA

An updated set of air quality data the Department of Environmental Protection released Friday includes thousands of changes from the version used to help examine the health impacts of a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth, including carcinogens and other toxins above the state's standard limit, according to doctors who oppose the project. Read More


GROUPS URGE THREE-MONTH DELAY IN NEW PAID LEAVE TAXES

State government should approve a three-month delay in payroll taxes needed to fund the new paid family and medical leave program, according to a coalition of business, labor and social justice groups. Read More


CORPORATE DONATION LAW SAFE AFTER SCOTUS TAKES A PASS

The United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a challenge to Massachusetts' ban on corporate donations to political candidates, a move opponents of the prohibition characterized as a "missed opportunity." Read More


DEP THREATENED WITH SANCTIONS, ORDERED TO PRODUCE EMAILS

The Department of Environmental Protection faces possible sanctions and has been ordered by a hearing officer to provide all email messages sent and received last week in connection with air quality data that was suddenly introduced in the case of a controversial natural gas project in Weymouth. Read More


STUDENT ACTIVISTS PRESSURE SENATORS AHEAD OF BUDGET DEBATE

College students are back in the State House Monday for a third day of their sit-in calling for action on college costs. Read More

Sen. Eric Lesser walked past student protesters wi

Sen. Eric Lesser walked past student protesters with the Public Higher Education Network Of Massachusetts (PHENOM) who were staking out senators ahead of this week's budget debate and seeking pledges of support for their priority bills. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, MAY 20, 2019

The Senate on Monday gave initial approval to the annual Chapter 90 bill that provides $200 million in funding for improvements to municipal roads and bridges, setting up that legislation (H 69) for potential engrossment later in this week. Read More


LABOR ATTORNEY LAUNCHES RUN FOR U.S. SENATE

Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, a Democrat who had been considering a primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Ed Markey in 2020, is now officially in the race. Read More


HEALEY STEERS CLEAR OF PREZ FIELD, SAYING 2020 "TOO FAR AWAY"

While saying she has "no plans to run for U.S. Senate," Attorney General Maura Healey over the weekend deflected inquiries about running for another office or taking sides in the unfolding 2020 Democratic presidential primary race. Read More


ALABAMA ABORTION LAW A "HUGE WAKEUP CALL," HEALEY SAYS

Calling Alabama's new abortion ban law a "huge wakeup call," Attorney General Maura Healey over the weekend described it part of a larger push to over overturn Roe vs. Wade and the continuation of a 15-year effort in Republican-controlled state Legislatures to limit women's access to health care. Read More


Saturday, May 18, 2019

DeLEO ACCUSES UNION OF MOCKING EDUCATION CHAIRWOMAN

With tensions mounting between education advocates and Beacon Hill leaders over school funding, House Speaker Robert DeLeo is accusing the state's largest teachers union of resorting to "juvenile tactics" by appearing to mock House Education Committee Chairwoman Alice Peisch during a rally. Read More


Friday, May 17, 2019

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - DRIVER'S EDUCATION

Fund. Our. Future. Those three words are still echoing through the hallways of the State House after having been chanted Thursday by hundreds of teachers, parents and union activists as they marched through the capitol demanding additional funding for public education. Read More

Beacon Hill this week heard the frequent refrain o

Beacon Hill this week heard the frequent refrain of advocates' calls for action on public education funding. On Thursday, demonstrators with the Fund Our Future campaign chanted outside several State House offices before rallying on the Common. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


EVERETT CASINO SALE TALKS UNDERWAY, GAMING COMPANIES CONFIRM

Wynn Resorts has engaged in talks with MGM Resorts about the potential sale of its $2.6 billion Everett casino, which is scheduled to open next month. Read More


PILGRIM HOSTING SIMULATED SHUTDOWN AHEAD OF REAL THING ON MAY 31

Ahead of its planned shutdown on May 31, officials at Pilgrim Nuclear Station plan a similated shutdown on May 28. Read More


UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS UNDER 3 PERCENT, WORKFORCE ALSO DIPS

The state unemployment rate last month dropped below 3 percent for the first time since December 2000, falling one-tenth of a point to 2.9 percent. Read More


BAKERS SPENDING WEEKEND IN OHIO

Gov. Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren, plan to travel to Oxford, Ohio on Friday for their daughter's college graduation, according to the governor's office. Read More


ADVANCES - WEEK OF MAY 19, 2019

There's a temporary break next week in the wave of legislative hearings that have washed over Beacon Hill. That's because the Massachusetts Senate will debate its annual state spending bill, planning probably three or four marathon sessions, beginning on Tuesday, where they will dispense with the 1,142 amendments to the $42.7 billion budget released by the Senate Ways and Means Committee on May 7. It's the first budget for new Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues, who has had more than a week to look over the many changes his colleagues would like him to make to the spending bill. Read More


DEP INTRODUCES NEW AIR QUALITY DATA IN COMPRESSOR CASE

State environmental regulators on Friday introduced hundreds of pages of air quality testing data, surprising parties at a days-long appeals hearing on an air quality permit for a controversial natural gas compressor station project in Weymouth. Read More

Hearing officer Jane Rothchild spoke during the th

Hearing officer Jane Rothchild spoke during the third day of an appeal hearing challenging an air-quality permit the Department of Environmental Protection issued for a proposed natural gas compressor station in Weymouth. [Photo: Chris Lisinski/SHNS] | Hi-Res


PERSONNEL FILE - FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

... Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has a new team in charge of advancing his agenda on Beacon Hill ... the Associated Industries of Massachusetts board is getting makeover ... a conservative columnist is joining the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance board ... the Massachusetts Medical Society has a new president ... This news and more in the latest Personnel File. Enjoy. Read More


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