Massachusetts Legislature

Chandler backs more funding for RTAs

Chandler backs more funding for RTAs

But Baker says state has been 'pretty supportive'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS SUPPORTERS OF THE PUBLIC bus system in her hometown worry about a “death spiral” in services, Senate President Harriette Chandler said Monday the Senate’s budget will attempt to address the funding crunch for regional transit authorities. Chandler, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday heard a presentation(...)

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Connecting the lobbying dots

Connecting the lobbying dots

ML Strategies still on top; clean energy lucrative

THE LEGISLATURE DIDN’T DO a whole lot last year, but the state’s top lobbying firms kept rolling along. ML Strategies, the lobbying arm of the Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo law firm, and O’Neill and Associates retained their top-of-the-heap status, although fees at both firms were off slightly from 2016. ML Strategies came(...)

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Another uncontested special election

Another uncontested special election

Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LYNN DEMOCRAT BRENDAN CRIGHTON joined the Senate on Wednesday after cruising uncontested in a special election on Tuesday. Just 2,854 votes made Crighton the newest senator, according to the official tally. As of the most recent statistics from about a year ago, the district had 110,093 voters, meaning Crighton won the formal support(...)

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Carvalho drops bid for Senate to make DA run

Carvalho drops bid for Senate to make DA run

Decision makes Rep. Collins frontrunner for Forry’s seat

What follows is Rep. Evandro Carvalho’s statement on running for Suffolk County district attorney. EARLIER THIS MONTH, I launched my campaign for State Senate, eager to serve the people of Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, and Hyde Park. When my friend Linda Dorcena Forry resigned as State Senator for the 1st Suffolk District, I felt compelled(...)

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Pot chair says no pressure on regs

Pot chair says no pressure on regs

Warnings from top officials will not slow commission timeline

THE CHAIRMAN OF the state board charged with regulating legal pot said he and his colleagues are feeling no added pressure in light of comments from top elected officials calling for the panel to slow down on issuing regulations for a broad array of marijuana businesses. The Cannabis Control Commission is wrapping up its public(...)

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Chandler no longer “acting”

Chandler no longer “acting”

Senate Dems look to put Rosenberg in the rear view mirror

SENATE DEMOCRATS AGREED to remove the “acting” title from Senate President Harriette Chandler for the remainder of the year before holding an election for a new president, deciding the storm clouds hovering over Sen. Stan Rosenberg were overwhelming the chamber’s business and precluding any comeback by the former president at least this year and maybe(...)

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GIC chief takes the fall

GIC chief takes the fall

Senators focus on process, less on substance of cost-cutting plan

THE HEAD OF THE STATE’S Group Insurance Commission took the fall on Wednesday for a bungled rollout of a plan to cut health care costs for more than 400,000 state and municipal workers, but the plan itself seemed to emerge relatively unscathed from a Senate oversight hearing. Several Democratic senators angrily denounced the way the(...)

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What was the Group Insurance Commission trying to do?

What was the Group Insurance Commission trying to do?

Lost amid the shouting, health care proposal has some interesting angles

THE GROUP INSURANCE COMMISSION has taken enormous heat for voting to restructure its network of health plans, but almost no one, including the commission itself, has explained the reasoning behind the decision to reduce the number of carriers from 17 to six. As a result, the debate has focused more on process than on substance.(...)

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In defense of recess

In defense of recess

Legislature should mandate 20 minutes of play each day

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG, could you spend six or seven hours in a classroom without going outside? Could you sit still for hours at a time, without a chance to run around and get your energy out? Today, that scenario is far too common for kids in our elementary schools. If you’re not a teacher,(...)

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Forry leaving Senate for Suffolk Construction

Forry leaving Senate for Suffolk Construction

Departure comes weeks after she expressed interest in Senate presidency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE SEN LINDA FORRY, a Haitian American and the first woman of color to represent a district that includes South Boston, Mattapan and Dorchester, will resign from the Senate on Friday to take a position with Suffolk Construction just weeks after suggesting she was interested in contending for the Senate presidency.(...)

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