Massachusetts Legislature

Advocates hail challenge to Baker on public records

Advocates hail challenge to Baker on public records

Governor insists court decision exempts his office from law

TWO ADVOCATES for greater government transparency are applauding the state supervisor of public records for questioning Gov. Charlie Baker’s assertion that his office is not subject to the Public Records Law. Rebecca Murray, the public records supervisor, recently balked at Baker’s refusal to cough up records and referred the matter to Attorney General Maura Healey(...)

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Pot panel looks to let ex-cons in

Pot panel looks to let ex-cons in

Lawmakers open to allowing nonviolent drug offenders sell and grow legal marijuana

THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE shaping the state’s new marijuana law wrapped up its final session of hearings Monday with an impassioned plea from a convicted drug felon to change the laws to allow him to grow and distribute marijuana to legal sellers. “What I did was a mistake,” said Sean Berte of Boston, who said he(...)

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DCR is an agency without a vision

DCR is an agency without a vision

Budget cuts are deliberate disinvestment in state’s parks

KUDOS TO THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION for stepping in to help the Department of Conservation andRecreation (DCR) focus on its core expertise – parks and parkways stewardship – by taking management of two state piers off DCR’s crowded plate. But changing day-to-day management responsibilities doesn’t solve the long-term problems our park system faces. That system continues(...)

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Lawmakers must remove autonomous vehicle roadblocks

Lawmakers must remove autonomous vehicle roadblocks

Self-driving cars will ease congestion and promote economic growth

WHAT IF YOU COULD REMOVE error as a cause of motor vehicle crashes? The reality is we are getting closer to that point every day. Cars are getting smarter, and smarter means safer. Advanced braking systems can detect a potential collision and help a car stop before it happens, and features such as adaptive cruise(...)

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House budget OKs Medicaid levy

House budget OKs Medicaid levy

Dempsey defers to Baker on business assessment

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE on Monday unanimously advanced a $40.3 billion spending blueprint for next year that would greenlight the Baker administration’s plan to levy an assessment on employers to help pay for MassHealth, but only after a public hearing process aimed at giving the business an opportunity to air their(...)

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Finneran loses pension appeal

Finneran loses pension appeal

SJC says lies tied to role as speaker

THE STATE’S HIGHEST COURT has rejected an appeal by former House speaker Thomas Finneran to reinstate his pension, saying the one-time legislative leader’s lies during testimony in a federal lawsuit were related to his position and taking his retirement money away did not constitute an “excessive fine.” The Supreme Judicial Court overturned a 2015 ruling(...)

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Rosenberg: ‘We are no longer rolling in dough’

Rosenberg: ‘We are no longer rolling in dough’

Senate President cites regressive, ineffective tax structure

What follows is the prepared text of a speech delivered Wednesday morning to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.  AS WE GATHER HERE TODAY, we have much to celebrate as a business community, as a city, as a Commonwealth. U.S. News and World Report ranks us as the best overall state. CNBC ranks us first(...)

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Attack on DiMasi was irresponsible

Attack on DiMasi was irresponsible

Former speaker did not block progressive values

THERE ARE SOME THINGS I KNOW with certainty.  One of them is that former House speaker Sal DiMasi was a consistent and principled progressive.  Whether he was fighting for health care reform enabling all citizens to have access to health care, or fighting for marriage equality, or fighting against global warming by passing the Global(...)

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Baby, you can’t drive my car

General Motors wants to own the driverless car market. So much so they have pushed legislators in at least six states, including Massachusetts, to file bills that would only allow the zombie cars to be made and owned by auto companies who have experience building the vehicles in the US. That would exclude from the market(...)

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The Codcast: Goldberg wants to keep her sight on pot

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg says when she talks to counterparts around the country, there is one aspect of her job that stops them in their tracks: Her office’s regulation of the state’s liquor industry. Goldberg now has another mood-altering substance to oversee with the passage of the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Under the(...)

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