Beacon Hill

The Codcast: Rosenberg laments broken system

He offers plenty of wonky background on the details of Joint Rule 10 and bill-reporting deadlines, but when you cut through the Beacon Hill weeds, Senate President Stan Rosenberg‘s message is clear: The system for reviewing and considering legislation is badly broken, and he’s not happy about it. Rosenberg pointed to the fact that three(...)

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Beacon Hill’s snail pace of action

Beacon Hill’s snail pace of action

Few substantive laws have been approved so far this year

Procrastinating is a way of life on Beacon Hill. Almost 10 months into the first year of a two-year legislative session, there has been a lot of talk but very little action. According to legislative records, a total of 104 bills have made their way through the Legislature so far this year and been signed(...)

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Senate ups ante in battle with House

Senate ups ante in battle with House

Votes to develop plans to end joint committee structure

IN A SHARP escalation of the infighting gripping Beacon Hill, the Senate took a major step Wednesday toward remaking the legislative process by ending the longstanding system of joint committees of the two branches and establishing separate Senate committees to consider bills. The Senate voted 39-0 to instruct the Senate Rules Committee to develop plans(...)

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Beacon Hill showdown looming

Beacon Hill showdown looming

Without House agreement on rules, Rosenberg says Senate will act on its own

AN INCREASINGLY ACRIMONIOUS battle between the House and Senate over legislative rules is heading toward a breaking point, as Senate President Stan Rosenberg said on Tuesday afternoon that the Senate is prepared to act unilaterally on Wednesday afternoon to solve the impasse if a conference committee of House and Senate members has not reached an(...)

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