Massachusetts Legislature

What’s the standard for Rosenberg?

We have, it seems, crossed the Rubicon in Massachusetts politics regarding sexual harassment with the latest allegations against the husband of Senate President Stan Rosenberg. The bombshell story Thursday from Boston Globe columnist – and one-time State House reporter – Yvonne Abraham gave salacious details of Bryon Hefner grabbing, groping, and kissing advocates and lobbyists(...)

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Pot board finds a home

Pot board finds a home

New office to share floor – and more – with state Gaming Commission

SALT AND PEPPER. Hammer and nail. Bacon and eggs. Crimson and clover. Yin and yang. Pot and gambling. All things that apparently go together in many people’s minds. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission has finally landed some temporary office space and it is in the same building – actually, on the same floor – as(...)

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Insurers’ ‘fail-first’ drug approach increases pain

Insurers’ ‘fail-first’ drug approach increases pain

Legislative bills would smooth patients' appeal path for prescribed medication coverage

WHEN YOU LIVE with debilitating pain it becomes a matter of degrees: How bad is it today? Can I get up and walk? Can I get through a day of work? Some days are better than others. Some days it’s simply just hard to get dressed. I’ve been living with pain for roughly 16 years(...)

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Rosenberg: We’re not done with pot

Rosenberg: We’re not done with pot

Senate president says Legislature could make more changes to marijuana law

SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG said the recreational marijuana law will continue to evolve and he foresees the Legislature making several changes a year. “We created a joint standing committee because we know additional questions are going to come back to us over time and we know that because that’s what happened in Colorado,” Rosenberg said(...)

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Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

Actions must back words if we want to be a climate leader

SINCE THE TRUMP administration stands alone as the only national government in the world rejecting the Paris Climate Agreement, states across the U.S. are standing up, saying “We Are still in” when it comes to climate action. Massachusetts is among them, but we need to back words with action. Under the Global Warming Solutions Act,(...)

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A Rikers view of criminal justice reform

A Rikers view of criminal justice reform

Race, economics, and politics played key roles in incarceration policies

I LEFT MY HOMETOWN of Boston three years ago to find myself inside Rikers Island. What I witnessed inside that most infamous jail complex would become my education on the system of incarceration and the staining effects it has on people caught between crime and justice. In 2014, I was appointed a deputy commissioner at(...)

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Tougher distracted driving law badly needed

Tougher distracted driving law badly needed

Bill, stalled in House, would also help education effort

DESPITE AN INCREASED AWARENESS of the dangers of distracted driving, we are more tethered to our phones than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine people are killed every hour and more than 1,000 are injured as a result of distracted drivers. This epidemic shows no signs of slowing. According to(...)

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Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Says holding on to State House job could help Dems hold seat

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTLEBORO’S MAYOR-ELECT, Democrat Rep. Paul Heroux, plans to serve out the remaining 14 months of his term in the House even after taking over at City Hall, in part to give his party a better chance at holding the House seat. After hearing about his plans, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on(...)

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Lawmakers must make hospital rates fairer

Lawmakers must make hospital rates fairer

Left unresolved, price disparities will undermine affordable health care

HEALTH EQUITY MOTIVATED Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation, near-universal healthcare coverage in 2006.  Now, it should be a guiding principle as we tackle rising healthcare costs so necessary to keep the healing and caring power of healthcare within reach for everyone. By the same token, we, as physicians and clergy, believe in working together to remove all barriers to the(...)

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