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House, Senate OK delay in marijuana law

House, Senate OK delay in marijuana law

Bill rushed through in scarcely attended mid-holiday session

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE AND SENATE on Wednesday passed a bill (S 2524) that would delay the licensing of retail marijuana outlets by six months, which could push the regulated sale of pot well into 2018. Possession, use, and marijuana home-growing provisions of the law took effect Dec. 15 and those aspects of(...)

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T preparing to privatize call center

T preparing to privatize call center

Agency has received unsolicited offers from firms

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA PLANS to go out to the market for private bidders to run its call center operations, which will likely be privatized, according to a member of the T’s control board. Earlier this fall the T received an unsolicited proposal from Ameridial, an Ohio company, that claimed it could run(...)

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AG aide wins 5-3 vote for judgeship

AG aide wins 5-3 vote for judgeship

Opponents question experience, help on assault weapon ban

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE First Assistant Attorney General Christopher Barry-Smith received confirmation Wednesday for a Superior Court judgeship despite strong opposition from gun rights advocates. The Gun Owners Action League protested Barry-Smith’s judicial nomination because of his role in the office of Attorney General Maura Healey, who this summer announced an enforcement action against copycat(...)

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After charter defeat, Baker looks to close achievement gap

After charter defeat, Baker looks to close achievement gap

Governor mulls options to level performance between black and white students

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE REJECTED BY THE voters in his bid for an expansion of charter school access, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday he will explore other means of reducing the gap between the achievement levels of white students and students of color. Speaking to reporters a day after Question 2 went down, with 37.8(...)

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Baker seeks changes in pot law

Baker seeks changes in pot law

State Treasurer Goldberg says no rush to implement regs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS just said yes to legalizing marijuana Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker, an outspoken opponent of the referendum, said he wants a more efficient process of permitting retail pot shops than the extensive procedures the state engaged in to implement medical marijuana. “By the time we took office we hadn’t(...)

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Baker confirms probe of environmental police

Baker confirms probe of environmental police

Investigation launched after TV report shows officers at home during work hours

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Energy and Environmental Affairs is investigating allegations of environmental police officers spending portions of the work day at home and receiving overtime for patrolling parks and pools, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. A five-month undercover investigation by WCVB-TV (Channel 5) showed footage of environmental police with their(...)

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DeLeo open to changing pot law

DeLeo open to changing pot law

If ballot question passes, his concerns are tax rate, edibles, OUIs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO is poised in 2017 to make changes to a marijuana legalization proposal should voters adopt it in two weeks. “I will not hesitate from day one to make changes to it,” DeLeo told WCVB’s On the Record in an interview that aired Sunday. Under DeLeo, the House(...)

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Bump will seek third term

Bump will seek third term

Auditor dismisses idea she'll leave to run late husband's businesses

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AUDITOR SUZANNE BUMP plans to run for re-election and will play no role in the day-to-day operations of her late husband’s businesses, according to a statement she released Tuesday. The Boston Globe reported Monday that Bump had taken over two for-profit Quincy-based businesses, Modern Assistance Programs and Map Test, from Paul(...)

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MassDOT looks to trash records

MassDOT looks to trash records

Agency has retained "massive" driver tolling records dating back to 1998

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IF YOU USED an old Fastlane transponder on the Massachusetts Turnpike 18 years ago, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation likely has a record of that trip. MassDOT on Wednesday sought approval of a new records retention schedule as it plans to convert to all-electronic tolling Oct. 28, and plans to request(...)

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SJC upholds parent rights of same-sex partner

SJC upholds parent rights of same-sex partner

Applies even if unmarried, no biological connection to children

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE PARENTING RIGHTS of a mother in a same-sex relationship extend even when the couple is unmarried and the mother has no biological connection to the children, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. In a decision written by Justice Barbara Lenk, the Supreme Judicial Court overturned a Middlesex County family court’s(...)

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