Andy Metzger

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House, Senate poised to go separate ways on criminal justice bills

House, Senate poised to go separate ways on criminal justice bills

Branches would need to reach agreement afterwards to move reforms forward

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE AND SENATE appear poised to go their separate ways on the major issue of criminal justice reform, perhaps meeting in the middle at some point in the future after what one senator predicted will be a “fairly lengthy evolutionary process.” The Judiciary Committee on Thursday opened voting on two(...)

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SJC blocks local detentions for ICE

SJC blocks local detentions for ICE

Court says local authorities cannot hold immigrants solely because of border violation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE LAW DOES NOT permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement. In the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn, the court concluded that “nothing in the statutes(...)

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House revamps voter-approved pot law

House revamps voter-approved pot law

Ups tax rate, addiction funding and steers jobs to minority community

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER SEVERAL YEARS of ceding marijuana policy-making to a voting public eager to adopt a more permissive approach to the once completely illegal drug, House lawmakers on Wednesday took the reins of the sticky issue, passing a bill to overhaul how the state will regulate the retail market of the intoxicant.(...)

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T says pension problem worsening

T says pension problem worsening

Union chief says early retirements boosting retirement costs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA PENSION FUND’S problems have been festering for years, but T officials this year did not include $9 million in funds needed to pay retirees and now say they’ll have to find room in their budget for that payment. MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve told T officials about the funding(...)

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Logan signs parking deal with CLF

Logan signs parking deal with CLF

Promises to reduce emissions in return for 5,000 spaces

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE AGENCY THAT MANAGES LOGAN AIRPORT agreed Thursday to invest in reducing emissions from cars and planes as part of its plan to create 5,000 new parking spaces at the East Boston air hub. If the parking plan is permitted, Logan would install ample electric vehicle charging stations throughout its facilities,(...)

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SJC hears case on holding immigrant detainees

SJC hears case on holding immigrant detainees

Chief Justice Gants asks source of state authority to detain people

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS have the “inherent” authority to arrest and hold immigrants scheduled for deportation, a Department of Justice attorney argued in court on Tuesday. The Supreme Judicial Court has called into question a tool federal immigration authorities use to gain custody of immigrants in the country illegally: requests for(...)

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Baker pushes 2-track S. Coast rail approach

Baker pushes 2-track S. Coast rail approach

Pacheco fears Middleborough approach may doom Stoughton line

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The Baker administration has agreed on a course for the first phase of long-promised commuter rail service to the South Coast, working under an approach that contemplates diesel service along an existing Middleborough/Lakeville rail line while engineering, design and permitting work continues on a possible electric service route through Stoughton. Transportation(...)

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T offers up other paratransit options

T offers up other paratransit options

Disabled users demand withdrawal of proposed service cut

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LAST WEEK MBTA OFFICIALS presented some tough medicine the agency could take to zero-out its $42 million structural deficit for the coming fiscal year, including slashing weekend commuter rail trips and special service for disabled passengers. On Monday, MBTA officials offered up some options that might make the paratransit service reductions(...)

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Rosenberg likens Trump travel ban to Nazi Germany

Rosenberg likens Trump travel ban to Nazi Germany

Senate president says Dems will caucus to discuss the order

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DRAWING LINKS TO Nazi Germany, the president of the Massachusetts Senate condemned the Trump administration’s move to bar entry into the country of nationals from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Senate President Stan Rosenberg, who is Jewish, said the issuance of President Donald Trump’s executive order on(...)

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Baker plans to let Keolis contract expire

Baker plans to let Keolis contract expire

At end of 8 year period, a new selection process would start

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHILE IT’S UNCLEAR who will be in charge of state transportation policy in six years, Baker administration officials said Thursday their plan would be to allow the MBTA’s contract with Keolis Commuter Services to expire once the eight-year contract term ends in June 2022. Officials said they would hope to go(...)

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