Katie Lannan

State House News Service

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DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

Call comes as House to take up opioid, education budget legislation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE STATE’S ANNUAL BUDGET now nine days late, House Speaker Robert DeLeo floated the idea Monday of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund the government in an effort to reach a compromise. Massachusetts is the last state in the country(...)

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Baker says feds reviewing son’s groping charge

Baker says feds reviewing son’s groping charge

Governor 'expects' A.J. Baker will cooperate in probe

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE US ATTORNEY’S OFFICE is reviewing allegations that Gov. Charlie Baker’s son A.J. groped a woman on a plane last week, and state authorities are not involved, the governor said Monday morning. Speaking briefly to reporters in his office lobby, Baker did not discuss details of the allegations, which he said(...)

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Senate passes ‘extreme risk’ gun bill

Senate passes ‘extreme risk’ gun bill

Measure approved on voice vote; nears final passage

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOTH BRANCHES OF THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE have now signed off on bills that would create a new judicial process designed to temporarily take guns away from dangerous individuals. The bill (H 4539), which the Senate approved on a voice vote Thursday, would allow family or household members to petition the courts(...)

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Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Cite critical comments by faculty council; new interim chief named

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE THREE FINALISTS to become the next University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor each withdrew from consideration over the weekend, citing “extreme disappointment” with actions by the school’s faculty council, according to UMass President Marty Meehan. On Monday — the same day trustees were originally scheduled to vote on a chancellor —(...)

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Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Meehan: Many more college closures coming

Mount Ida official said school faced 'perfect storm of failures'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LESSONS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL acquisition of Mount Ida College by the University of Massachusetts could be used to shape similar deals in the future, according to UMass President Marty Meehan, who told state senators on Wednesday they should expect to see more colleges close. “There are going to be other closures,(...)

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Hefner indicted on felony charges

Hefner indicted on felony charges

Conley: Inappropriate, criminal behavior by Rosenberg's husband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A GRAND JURY on Thursday indicted Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, on felony charges connected with five sexual assaults, criminal lewdness, and the distribution of nude photos without consent. Hefner, 30, faces five counts of indecent assault and battery, one count of open and gross lewdness(...)

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DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

Now says 15 of the 33 were part of a reduction in force

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO used two different figures this week in describing the number of non-disclosure agreements signed by departing House employees during his tenure, and an explanation for that discrepancy has now emerged. DeLeo’s office said Thursday that “approximately 33” people who were terminated or left in a manner other(...)

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Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

DeLeo disputes notion that DiZoglio was pressured into signing an NDA

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DAY AFTER two state representatives blasted the Massachusetts House’s use of nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements with some departing employees, Speaker Robert DeLeo on Friday defended the practice as a “part of doing business.” During debate Thursday on a legislative rules package intended to better equip the House to respond to(...)

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Chandler expresses confidence in Rosenberg probe

Chandler expresses confidence in Rosenberg probe

Says witnesses who come forward voluntarily will have confidentiality

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ACTING SENATE PRESIDENT HARRIETTE CHANDLER expressed confidence Monday in the integrity of an ongoing sexual harassment investigation in the Senate, in the wake of reports that confidentiality concerns may keep some victims from coming forward. The Senate Ethics Committee in December brought on a legal team from the firm Hogan Lovells(...)

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Chandler elected acting Senate president

Chandler elected acting Senate president

Investigation ordered into allegations of sexual misconduct, Senate interference by Rosenberg husband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE SENATE INITIATED an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler installed as the new acting Senate president pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment and Senate interference by Rosenberg’s(...)

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