... Hundreds to gather outside Baker's office to urge him to veto conversion therapy ban bill ...... Big crowds expected Thursday and Friday at State House to support increased education funding ...... Warren visiting New Hampshire Saturday and Sunday ...... Liability issues and "enabling addiction" color debate over supervised injection sites, Diehl says ...... Mandated reporter, foster parenting, child marriage bills up for March 26 public hearing ...... DNC scheduled for Milwaukee on July 13-16, 2020, right in middle of last month of formals ...... McMurtry cleared after investigation, appointed without objection as Tourism Committee chairman ...... Conversion therapy ban, cap on kids lift bills now in Senate's court ...... Six years after last transpo $$$ debate, DeLeo says "everything" is on the table ...... Foster care, drug pricing, nursing homes flagged as challenges by HHS Secretary Sudders ...... Education Committee prioritizes education financing bills, sets March 22 public hearing ...... MBTA train riders will see fare hikes July 1, the same date that paid leave payroll taxes begin ...... Democratic Party releases 2020 DNC delegate section plan, vote planned at April 6 meeting ...
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LATEST LEGISLATION EYED TO FORCE GENDER PARITY ON BOARDS

Legislators and advocates called Tuesday for gender parity on public boards and commissions, and Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad said legislators have a "strong obligation" to improve the situation. Read More

"We have a very strong obligation here, because it doesn't work unless it's deliberate," Rep. Patricia Haddad said Tuesday at a State House briefing calling for gender parity on public boards and commissions. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res

TRUMP ADMIN'S TITLE X CHANGE RIPPED AS "DISASTROUS"

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, medical experts and pro-choice advocates slammed the Trump administration's proposed changes to the Title X program on Tuesday, arguing that withholding federal funds from centers that provide or refer abortion services "would turn back the clock" on women's rights and reproductive health. Read More

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, flanked by Planned Parenthood

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, flanked by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts medical director Danielle Roncari (right), spoke Tuesday in opposition to the Trump administration's new rule that would withhold federal Title X funding from health clinics that provide or refer abortion services. [Photo: Chris Lisinski/SHNS] | Hi-Res


METCO STUDENTS MISSING OUT ON AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

Rep. David Linsky, the House chair of the METCO Caucus, did not want there to be any doubt about what METCO students, parents, administrators and supporters want out of the next state budget. Read More


PEYSER

PEYSER: SAFETY $$$ AIM TO STRENGTHEN "SCHOOL CULTURES"

The $30 million in school safety money Gov. Charlie Baker included in his budget proposal includes funds dedicated to physical upgrades like locks and cameras as well as other measures "designed to strengthen the school cultures in which students are spending their time," Education Secretary James Peyser told lawmakers. Read More


OPIOID PRESCRIBING LEVELS DOWN 25 PERCENT, WHITE HOUSE SAYS

[Story Developing] A year after President Donald Trump visited New Hampshire to detail his administration's strategy to combat the national opioid misuse epidemic, the White House said it is seeing signs of progress. Read More


UNION LEADERS, POLS ATTENDING LABOR CONVENTION IN PLYMOUTH

Two state lawmakers, a U.S. senator and a Baker administration Cabinet secretary are among the many featured speakers at the 100th annual convention of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council this week. Read More


MEDICAID FRAUD DIVISION RECOVERED $45 MIL IN FISCAL 2018

Attorney General Maura Healey's Medicaid Fraud Division recovered more than $45 million for the MassHealth program in fiscal year 2018 and secured the convictions of three people on charges connected to Medicaid fraud schemes. Read More


OPIOID PRESCRIBING LEVELS DOWN 25 PERCENT, WHITE HOUSE SAYS

The White House said Tuesday it sees signs of progress in the battle against opioid addiction -- a decline in prescriptions, a slower growth rate for overdose deaths and large seizures of illicit drugs -- one year after President Donald Trump visited New Hampshire to detail his administration's strategy to combat the national opioid misuse epidemic. Read More


MTA RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOL PROPERTY TRANSFER

The Massachusetts Teachers Association is raising legal concerns around a deal between New Bedford officials and the Alma del Mar Charter School. Read More


MARKEY TO RE-ROUTE DONATION FROM ROBERT KRAFT

Three weeks after Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution in a Florida sting, U.S. Sen. Ed Markey said he would forward campaign contributions he received from the New England Patriots' owner to an organization that supports survivors of human trafficking. Read More

Robert Kraft, who was charged following a probe in

Robert Kraft, who was charged following a probe into an alleged human-trafficking operation, donated $3,600 to U.S. Sen. Edward Markey's 2013 campaign, according to FEC records. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS/File 2018] | Hi-Res


DELEGATION REACTS TO LACK OF LIHEAP FUNDING IN TRUMP BUDGET

As Beacon Hill lawmakers advance a $30 million state appropriation provide heating assistance for low-income individuals, the New England Congressional delegation is drawing attention to the Trump administration's plan to zero out the heating and cooling aid program. Read More


SANCHEZ

SANCHEZ: "YOU CAN'T BE FUNNY LIKE THAT ANYMORE"

Taking pokes at the St. Patrick's Day breakfast in South Boston has become as much of a tradition as, well, the breakfast itself. Read More


PRESSLEY

PRESSLEY CANCELS EVENTS AFTER KNEE INJURY

U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley has canceled her district events for Tuesday and Wednesday after injuring her knee tripping on the stairs in her home Monday. Read More


Monday, March 18, 2019

IN-STATE UMASS TUITION FREEZE HINGES ON BUDGET TALKS

The University of Massachusetts could freeze tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students next year, a UMass official said Monday, if lawmakers agree to a $26 million funding increase. Otherwise, a fifth consecutive year of tuition hikes could be on the horizon. Read More


VOC-TECH INVESTMENTS PAIR NEEDS OF STUDENTS, INDUSTRY

Lawmakers, a former top Baker administration and city manager, and a one-time lieutenant governor joined advocates Monday to call for an increase in funding for vocational-technical education and passage of a bill to expand access to those programs. Read More


DNC 2020 WILL BREAK UP BUSY MONTH ON BEACON HILL

Citizen activists, campaign enthusiasts and government affairs professionals: mark your calendars. Read More


ED COMMISSIONER: DIVERSITY IN TEACHING WORKFORCE A "BIG GOAL"

Forty percent of students in public K-12 schools in Massachusetts are children of color, but only 6 percent of teachers in those same schools are people of color, Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeff Riley told lawmakers Monday. Read More

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley and Early Educat

Education Commissioner Jeff Riley and Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber testified Monday at a Joint Ways and Means hearing in Fall River on the Baker administration's fiscal 2020 budget proposal. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS] | Hi-Res


EPA Acting Regional Administrator Deb Szaro

FEDS: QUINCY DISCHARGED E. COLI, POLLUTANTS ONTO CITY BEACHES

The city of Quincy violated the Clean Water Act by illegally discharging pollutants, including E. coli, onto its beaches and tidal areas from 2009 through 2018, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the federal government that exposes the city to significant fines and aims to permanently cease unpermitted discharges. Read More


BAKER FILING INNOVATION ZONE BILL TO BOOST SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito plan to file legislation Monday that would allow school districts to create new zones to encourage innovation or address underperformance by struggling schools. Read More


ANSWERS NEEDED ON FAA RESPONSE TO 737 MAX, KENNEDY SAYS

Congress is likely to begin probing the relationship between the Federal Aviation Administration and airplane manufacturer Boeing as well as the agency's decision to wait until last Wednesday to ground Boeing's 737 Max aircraft, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III said. Read More


MASS. GAS PRICES JUMPED 5 CENTS A GALLON IN PAST WEEK

State lawmakers are giving the gas tax and other ideas a second look after House Speaker Robert DeLeo last week invited ideas to boost transportation revenues. As they do, the price at the pumps is on the rise. Read More

The average gas price in Massachusetts is up to $2

The average gas price in Massachusetts is up to $2.44 per gallon. [Photo: SHNS/File]


POLITO PITCHES NEW BILL TO HELP STRUGGLING SCHOOLS

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito plan to file legislation Monday that would allow school districts across Massachusetts to create new zones to encourage innovation or address underperformance by struggling schools. Read More

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (left) announced the adminis

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (left) announced the administration's bill at the Fall River campus of Bristol Community College. BCC President Laura Douglas (right) discussed the importance of investing in public education. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS] | Hi-Res


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

The Senate plans a formal session Wednesday but did not tee up any bills for consideration during its meeting on Monday. Senior Senate communications aides were not immediately available to shed light on the Senate's plans. Read More


CLARK, PRESSLEY, McGOVERN TO PUSH IMMIGRATION BILL AT CITY HALL

Three members of Congress will gather at Boston City Hall Plaza with "dreamers" and Temporary Protected Status holders to advocate for legislation that would offer a path to permanent residency for immigrants. Read More


HOUSE SESSION – MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

The House began its week with a prayer to the "God of light and darkness," but the fate of the divergent House and Senate versions of a supplemental budgets remains a gray area. Read More


MBTA RESUMES BLUE LINE SERVICE AFTER EAST BOSTON FIRE

Following a weekend spent bailing water out of its tracks and repairing damaged equipment, the MBTA resumed service on the Blue Line on Monday morning. Read More


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