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Senate Session Summary - Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

With a session planned for Thursday to take up several bills, including one related to the use of red-light traffic cameras, the senators on hand for Monday's session spent most of their time posing for photos with newly retired State Police Major Pasquale Russolillo, who was honored by Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr for his service. The Senate also passed a bill to let Holliston turn a beer and wine store into a full liquor store, and gave new life to bills that would make child care an allowable campaign expense and let cities and towns register 16 and 17 year olds to vote. Both those bills had come out of committee with an adverse report, but were recommitted for possible further consideration. The Senate's formal session on Thursday is planned for 11 a.m. - Matt Murphy

Goldberg: Allow Lottery Purchases by Debit, Apps

Allowing people to buy scratch tickets and draw game numbers with debit cards or other cashless options is the first of a series of "baby steps" in modernizing the Massachusetts Lottery, with full online access still the ultimate goal.

Auditor Seeks $$$ to Address Rapid Staff Turnover

Auditor Suzanne Bump asked legislative budget-writers for an extra $600,000 next year, partially to help cope with the "much more rapid turnover" her office is experiencing.

Advances - Week of Feb. 23

The early voting phase of the Massachusetts presidential primary begins next week, with an 8 p.m. debate in Charleston, South Carolina, Tuesday looming large for some potential voters.

Galvin Finalizes Broker-Dealer Conduct Regulations

Resisting calls to delay his plan, new regulations affecting broker-dealers in Massachusetts will take effect March 6, after Secretary of State William Galvin filed them on Friday.

Polls Shows Tight Prez Primary, US Senate Contests

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are locked in a close race for the top spot in next month's Massachusetts presidential primary, while likely Bay State Democratic voters are also nearly evenly split on incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and his challenger, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, according to new poll results.

Who’s On The Move? Check The Personnel File

The man who holds the New England Patriots' record for sacks recorded by a rookie has a new job with a real estate firm ... a former Rep. Bradley staffer is heading up state government affairs for the brewer of Budweiser ... the Animal Rescue League has a new CEO ... Please enjoy the Personnel File.

Glimpse at the Week Ahead

... Early voting begins ahead of the March 3 presidential primary ... Democrats return to the debate stage, this time in South Carolina ... The Senate takes up a bill to allow traffic law enforcement via technology; House members are awaiting word on plans ... State Police reform and climate change bills surface for public hearings ... Budget hearings resume in Roxbury (Monday) and Duxbury (Friday) ... See the Weekly Advances later today for details and a full breakdown.

Markey’s 2013 GOP Rival Backing Kennedy in Senate Race

It may come as little surprise that as one of the last two people to occupy the same ballot as U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Gabriel Gomez is not the Democrat's biggest fan.

Speaker Pelosi to Address Smith Grads in May

The women who graduate from Smith College this spring will hear from the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the school's commencement in May.

More Aggressive Tax Collections From Unlicensed Pot Sellers Recommended

The attorney general and cannabis regulators don't think that Massachusetts needs new criminal penalties for violations of the state's marijuana laws, but the offices recommended three ways the Legislature could clarify the law and crack down on the illicit market.

Red Light Cameras Could Get Green Light from Senate

Drivers might think twice about gunning it through an intersection when the light has just turned red if a bill the Massachusetts Senate plans to debate next week becomes law.

Affordability of Coronavirus Vaccine a Concern for Congress

Forty-six members of Congress, including three from Massachusetts, on Thursday asked President Donald Trump to make sure that any coronavirus vaccine researched and developed with taxpayer funding be "accessible, available and affordable."

State Guidance Highlights School Improvement Plan Priorities

State education officials are "especially interested" in pre-kindergarten expansion, early college and workforce diversity initiatives as they gear up to review the first set of local achievement gap-closing plans required under a new law.

Senate Session Summary - Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

The Senate teed up a trio of bills for debate next Thursday -- dealing with automated traffic enforcement, updating terminology around people with disabilities and providing IDs to homeless youth -- and gave senators until Monday afternoon to file amendments to the three bills.

Summer Learning Plan Advances in $100 Mil Competition

A proposal to enhance summer learning and job opportunities for young people in Boston and other "Gateway Cities" around Massachusetts has advanced in the $100 million MacArthur Foundation competition, which seeks to fund innovative solutions to social problems around the world.

House Session Summary - Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Watertown would be granted 15 additional liquor licenses and Reading would be able to create a property-tax exemption program for some senior citizens under bills the House passed Tuesday.

GreenWorks Bill’s Long Senate Siesta Coming to End

The House is newly in receipt of an ambitious Senate-passed carbon pricing bill and now a House-approved bill addressing the impacts of climate change is stirring to life in the Senate.

Petrolati Announces Retirement Plans After 34 Years

Ludlow Democrat Thomas Petrolati, who once held the third-highest position in the Massachusetts House, will not seek re-election to an 18th term on Beacon Hill, his office confirmed Wednesday.

House Session Summary - Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

The House on Monday advanced bills dealing with preventing concussions and head injuries; school disciplinary hearings; pup trailers; expired licenses; penalties for right-of-way violations at intersections; funeral processions and fines; expansion of bicycle lanes; penalties for passing a stopped school bus, and licensed funeral home vehicles.

DeLeo “Trying to Put Some Things Together”

[Session Summary Developing] The House plans to take up bills on its lengthy session calendar during Wednesday's formal session, but adjourned on Monday without plans to tackle any signature legislation in two days.

Early Voting In Presidential Contest Begins

[Story Developing] Ballots in the Massachusetts presidential primary began streaming in Monday morning as the state's first-ever period of early voting in a presidential contest began.

Rep. Dave Nangle of Lowell was stone-faced on Tuesday as he walked from Moakley Federal Courthouse to an idling car after pleading not guilty to numerous campaign finance-related charges, including wire fraud and bank fraud. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Weekly Roundup - A Nangled Web

The long arm of the law, belonging these days to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, reached into the State House this week for an 11-term incumbent, dropping a lit firecracker into a building that had been ready to take it easy for a few days.

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Baker Popular, But Not Brady Popular, With Dem Voters

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, once touted as the most popular governor in America, remains a well-liked figure with voters outside his own party. But he's no Tom Brady.

Jefferson Padilla, 16, of Boston, attended Thursday's rally with MissionSAFE to advocate for more youth jobs. [Photo: Chris Van Buskirk/SHNS]

Youth Groups Rally For Jobs Funding, Environmental Justice

Youth activists are never in short supply on top of Beacon Hill. From advocating on climate change to gun reform, young adults and teens have filled the State House time and time again to meet with and lobby legislators.

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Balser Senses “Openness” This Year To ICE Enforcement Bill

One of the lead sponsors of a bill to limit the ability of local police to participate in federal immigration enforcement is "optimistic" about its chances after a Beacon Hill committee gave itself more time to weigh the controversial topic.

Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack held up her cell phone during a press conference Thursday about implementation of the new safe driving law. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

State Police Stepping Up Patrols As Distracted Driving Law Takes Effect

The State Police plan to deploy "dozens of additional patrols" to Massachusetts roadways starting Sunday, increasing the presence of law enforcement as a new distracted driving law kicks into effect.

NOAA Rule Addresses Sea Scallop Concerns

Federal regulators are accepting feedback over the next two weeks on proposed Atlantic Sea Scallop management measures for the 2020 fishing year that begins April 1 and runs through March 31, 2021.

Right Whale Protection at Heart of New Vineyard Wind Partnership

Hoping to have a hand in the development of monitoring technologies that will protect marine life like endangered Right whales, offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is partnering with Somerville's Greentown Labs to launch a new program to support cleantech entrepreneurs.

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Iwo Jima Vet: “I Just Showed Up, Did My Job, and Got Lucky”

The feet that climbed Mount Suribachi move slower now. But they marched proudly into Memorial Hall on Wednesday to observe the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, greeted by crisp salutes and words of praise from grateful elected officials, philanthropists, and fellow Marines who consider these men to be their "spiritual forefathers."

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