Massachusetts Legislature

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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Do all state offices need to be in Boston?

Do all state offices need to be in Boston?

Moving to Worcester would save money, spur development

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS is one of the largest commercial office tenants in the state, leasing just under 5 million square feet of space for employees throughout its various agencies and departments. Nearly 1.7 million square feet, approximately 35 percent of the state’s rental space, is in Boston, the region’s most expensive office market. Worcester,(...)

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Eat, play, live

Eat, play, live

Fund afterschool programs for healthy lifestyles

OVER THE NEXT several weeks, funding for afterschool care will be among hundreds of line items considered as the Massachusetts Legislature hammers out the FY 2019 state budget. With the House recently completing debate on the budget, all eyes turn toward the Senate as it starts its own budget review and debate process. This is(...)

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Rosenberg resigns from Senate

Rosenberg resigns from Senate

Amid mounting pressure he submits one sentence note to clerk's office

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG, who spent more than 27 years in the state Senate and became the first openly gay president of the body, bowed to pressure from his colleagues to resign on Thursday and will leave the Legislature at the end of the week. Rosenberg’s one-sentence resignation letter came(...)

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Report: Rosenberg failed to protect Senate from his spouse

Report: Rosenberg failed to protect Senate from his spouse

Committee finds no rules violations, recommends barring former Senate president from leadership positions

THE SENATE ETHICS COMMITTEE concluded on Wednesday that Sen. Stanley Rosenberg did not violate any of the chamber’s rules but nevertheless demonstrated a “significant failure of judgment and leadership” when he failed “to protect the Senate from his husband, whom he knew was disruptive, volatile, and abusive.” The committee recommended that Rosenberg be barred from(...)

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Taxpayers clean up Big Pharma’s mess

Taxpayers clean up Big Pharma’s mess

States must take action to force manufacturers to pay for disposal of unused drugs

LAST YEAR, the United States saw a 13 percent increase in drug overdose deaths, from an estimated 60,147 lives lost in 2016, to an estimated 67,944 in 2017. For perspective, that is enough to completely fill Gillette Stadium, with an overflow of 2,066 individuals. Here in Massachusetts, we experienced a slight decrease in opioid related(...)

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Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial

Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial

Says accusers can no longer remain anonymous

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MAN AT THE CENTER of a scandal that has rocked the Massachusetts Senate appeared in Suffolk Superior Court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery, open and gross lewdness and dissemination of an illicit nude photograph. During a court appearance just around the corner from the State(...)

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Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

SJC 'reluctantly' scraps law barring civilians from using weapons

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE POSSESSION OF stun guns and tasers is protected by the Second Amendment, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded on Tuesday, “reluctantly” scrapping the state law banning civilians from possessing those weapons. The decision written by Chief Justice Ralph Gants was a reversal from an earlier SJC ruling upholding the conviction of(...)

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Unlikely partners protect contraceptive coverage

Unlikely partners protect contraceptive coverage

Compromise key for health insurers, reproductive freedom advocates

A YEAR AGO IN MASSACHUSETTS, reproductive freedom advocates and health insurance plans sat down for an unlikely meeting: to find a way to protect access to birth control in the Commonwealth. Our groups have historically been at odds about access to certain coverages and the insurance mandates to pay for therm. The health plans knew(...)

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Human service workers woefully underpaid

Human service workers woefully underpaid

Help the helpers with student loan repayment program

PUBLIC SERVICE PAY has been in the news.  From reports that the former UMass basketball coach was paid over $1 million to an audit that discovered some State Police troopers were paid for overtime and detail shifts not actually worked, the public has a right to question these expenditures. While taxpayers contemplate the fiscal burden(...)

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