Michael P. Norton

State House News Service

Stories by Michael P. Norton

Healey: Baker plays it safe

Healey: Baker plays it safe

AG slams governor for failing to articulate vision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHILE MANY DEMOCRATS hoped she would challenge Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey is going for four more years in her current job. On Friday night, her party mates rallied around her bid to stay put at One Ashburton Place, but also responded with zeal as she took a few(...)

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Judge upholds assault weapons ban

Judge upholds assault weapons ban

Also says Healey's crackdown on copycat guns was legal

STATE HOUSE NEWS A federal judge ruled the state’s 1998 assault weapons ban did not violate the Second Amendment and also upheld Attorney General Maura Healey’s 2016 decision to notify gun owners that “copycat” assault weapons were also subject to the ban. In his  47-page order, US District Court Judge William Young said the AR-15 “and its(...)

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State Police cite overtime discrepancies

State Police cite overtime discrepancies

Col. Gilpin schedules 19 hearings, refers audit results to attorney general

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A REVIEW INITIALLY LAUNCHED to look at overtime payments made to a handful of State Police members has uncovered possibly more malfeasance, as audit results have been turned over to the attorney general and 19 members of the force are facing hearings to address discrepancies between patrols they said they worked(...)

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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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Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Baker in shift on distracted driving bill

Now supports ban on using handheld devices behind the wheel

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A RISE IN FATAL ACCIDENTS caused by distracted driving and advances in technology prompted Gov. Charlie Baker to throw his support on Tuesday behind a ban on using handheld devices while driving, giving a boost to an initiative debated for years by policy leaders and increasing pressure on the House to(...)

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Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity

Baker refuses to disavow new pipeline capacity

Says all options for meeting energy needs should remain on table

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DEFENDING HIS ADMINISTRATION’S COMMITMENT to developing clean energy sources, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday responded to activists who are aggressively pressing him to take steps to halt new fossil fuel infrastructure, saying all options should remain on the table and that he doesn’t “take a backseat to anybody” on renewable energy.(...)

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Warren rips Baker ‘flip-flop’

Warren rips Baker ‘flip-flop’

Says mandatory minimum drug sentence violates earlier pledge

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S new bill targeting drug dealers make him a flip-flopper, according to gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren, who appears to be taking a stance against the governor’s proposal to hit deaWlers of lethal drugs with mandatory minimum prison sentences. On Wednesday, the governor proposed legislation (S 2158) defining the illegal(...)

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Sanchez named House Ways & Means chairman

Sanchez named House Ways & Means chairman

Jamaica Plain rep. tapped by DeLeo for top budget post

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON DEMOCRAT REP. JEFFREY SANCHEZ will succeed outgoing Rep. Brian Dempsey as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, a pivotal fiscal affairs and policymaking post in state government. The state representative from Jamaica Plain currently helms the Health Care Financing Committee and previously co-chaired the Legislature’s Joint Committee on(...)

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Lawmakers rush overdue budget to Baker

Lawmakers rush overdue budget to Baker

House satisfied with spending bill; Senate calls it “painful”

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LARGELY DISCARDING SPENDING plans they approved in the spring, the House and Senate on Friday sent Gov. Charlie Baker a $40.2 billion state budget that holds state spending flat, includes higher employer health care assessments, and, according to some Democrats, underscores the need for higher taxes and new revenues. The bill(...)

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Where the food deserts are

Where the food deserts are

Gateway Cities tend to have less access to grocery stores

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CHELSEA, SPRINGFIELD, AND TAUNTON top a new list of cities with the highest percentage of low-income residents lacking access to grocery stores, a problem with nutrition ramifications that is most acute in rural areas and so-called Gateway Cities, according to new data. In low-income areas where there is limited grocery store(...)

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