Colin A. Young

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Baker: Dangerousness hearings a priority

Baker: Dangerousness hearings a priority

Governor: Problem is not with judges but the law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE EXPECTED TO TALK about cancer research and philanthropy, Gov. Charlie Baker instead found himself Tuesday morning trying to earn support from a sports talk radio show for forthcoming legislation dealing with criminal dangerousness. Baker joined Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane in studio on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” on Tuesday morning as part of(...)

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Baker signs most of economic development bill

Baker signs most of economic development bill

Vetoed sections on patent trolling and last-mile broadband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed most of a $1.15 billion economic development package on Friday afternoon, approving restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements and greenlighting a sales tax holiday for this weekend, but vetoing protections against bad-faith assertions of patent infringement. The product of a late-session compromise between the House and(...)

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Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Officials say driving drunk and driving on pot the same

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS on Wednesday launched a public awareness campaign to urge drivers to find alternate transportation if they have been drinking or using marijuana. An average of 125 drunk or high drivers die on Massachusetts roads each year, said Jennifer Queally, the undersecretary for public safety and security. A(...)

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Energy legislation makes it out of conference

Energy legislation makes it out of conference

Sierra Club official complains bill represents only 'baby steps'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE .Just like two years ago, the Legislature is poised to consider a substantial piece of clean energy legislation on the final day of formal sessions. The conference committee that since July 17 has been working to reconcile a Senate bill and four House bills related to clean energy filed its report(...)

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Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ bill

Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ bill

Measure includes new payroll tax for family, medical leave

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of Massachusetts, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state’s finances and economy. Legislators scrambled to assemble the so-called grand bargain bill after interest(...)

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DeLeo: House to respond to court’s union ruling

DeLeo: House to respond to court’s union ruling

Decision bars assessments on nonunion members

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS LAWMAKERS MULL THE IMPACTS of a US Supreme Court ruling seen as a devastating blow to public sector labor unions, the Massachusetts House is hoping labor leaders will suggest ways the Legislature can respond and soften the blow. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Janus v. American Federation of(...)

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Zakim upsets Galvin; Gonzalez cruises

Zakim upsets Galvin; Gonzalez cruises

Mass. Democrats back Palfrey for lieutenant governor

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON CITY COUNCILOR Josh Zakim, making his first run at higher office, earned the upset endorsement of the Democratic Party convention Saturday in Worcester, dealing a significant blow to Secretary of State William Galvin and showing that his campaign could be a legitimate threat to the state’s longest-serving constitutional officer. Zakim,(...)

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Business groups seek to pare back ER visits

Business groups seek to pare back ER visits

Through diversions, organizations aim for $100m in savings

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THEIR SIGHTS SET on about $100 million in savings, 20 business organizations on Wednesday formally announced the creation of a coalition that aims to reduce the number of avoidable emergency room visits by 20 percent over two years. The Massachusetts Employer-Led Coalition to Reduce Health Care Costs plans to work(...)

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Making book on Beacon Hill

Making book on Beacon Hill

Supreme Court ruling on sports betting ban opens door for state to cash in

MONDAY’S RULING FROM the U.S. Supreme Court that states are free to legalize sports betting opened the door to the possibility of a further expansion of gaming in Massachusetts, a topic Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to talk about with legislative leaders Monday afternoon. The decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which the(...)

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Major justice reform bill clears Legislature

Major justice reform bill clears Legislature

Signals shift in focus from punishment toward rehabilitation and substance use treatment

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH ONLY A WHIFF of opposition, the Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday passed a broad package of criminal justice system reforms that have languished for years, signaling a likely shift in focus away from punishment and toward rehabilitation and substance use treatment in an effort to reduce recidivism. The legislation (S 2371), which(...)

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