Michael P. Norton

State House News Service

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DPU puts Natl. Grid on notice after incident

DPU puts Natl. Grid on notice after incident

Orders moratorium on non-emergency work after pressurization issue

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER FIELDING DOZENS of safety complaints filed in recent weeks by locked-out National Grid workers, state officials on Monday announced that a natural gas pressurization incident in Woburn had spurred them to impose a moratorium on all non-emergency and non-compliance work across the utility’s service territory. In a statement, an Executive(...)

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Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Slow pot rollout costing state tax revenue

Advocates say short staff, bureaucracy creating problems for legal sales

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING MASSACHUSETTS HAS missed out on $16 million in marijuana taxes, officials behind the 2016 legal marijuana ballot question on Monday pointed to staffing levels and bureaucracy at the Cannabis Control Commission as potential reasons for the slow rollout of retail sales in Massachusetts. “The Cannabis Control Commission needs to pick(...)

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Health commission seeks ‘guardrails’ on merger

Health commission seeks ‘guardrails’ on merger

Panel asks AG to review Beth Israel-Lahey Health deal

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AN APPREHENSIVE HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION voted unanimously Thursday to refer the Beth Israel-Lahey Health mega-merger to Attorney General Maura Healey and Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel for further review, with commission members hoping enforceable “guardrails” can be put in place to mitigate their concerns that the deal will threaten access to(...)

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Health Policy Commission to analyze nurse question

Health Policy Commission to analyze nurse question

With voters confused, agency will assess costs, benefits of ballot measure

UNDER PRESSURE TO EXAMINE a nurse staffing ballot question, the state Health Policy Commission on Monday announced that it plans to present findings on cost impacts of mandated staffing ratios on hospitals and non-hospital settings that employ registered nurses as well as “the Commonwealth as a whole.” A commission official disclosed Monday that the panel(...)

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Trahan wins recount by 145 votes

Trahan wins recount by 145 votes

Koh concedes, urges Democratic unity behind his rival

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THIRTEEN DAYS after an election that left her with a small advantage over Dan Koh, Lori Trahan of Westford emerged as the decisive winner Monday in the Third Congressional District Democratic primary, with Koh conceding as recount totals failed to alter the initial outcome. “My deep roots in the district will(...)

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Baker declares emergency, enlists Eversource

Baker declares emergency, enlists Eversource

Moulton blames 'human mistake' for gas fires, explosions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency in the wake of a series of gas fires and explosions in the Merrimack Valley, handing over control of the response to Eversource in place of the local utility that Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said had been “hiding from the(...)

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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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