Robert DeLeo

Sanchez in hot seat on immigration measure

Sanchez in hot seat on immigration measure

Challenger says he’s answering to Speaker, not Jamaica Plain constituents

WHEN STATE REP. Jeffrey Sanchez was tapped last July to be the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, it put a veteran liberal lawmaker from one of the most progressive-leaning districts in the state into one of the most powerful positions on Beacon Hill. While that was seen by many as good(...)

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Beacon Hill goes at a snail’s pace

Beacon Hill goes at a snail’s pace

They may all be Dems, but they’re not the same type of Dems

We have a well-paid, full-time, Democrat-controlled Legislature in Massachusetts and yet we’re the only state in the nation without a budget in place. We’re also slow-dancing toward retail marijuana sales just a couple months short of two years after voters approved legalization. The snail pace on Beacon Hill is a reflection of ideological differences. There(...)

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Beacon Hill goes at a snail’s pace

We have a well-paid, full-time, Democrat-controlled Legislature in Massachusetts and yet we’re the only state in the nation without a budget in place. We’re also slow-dancing toward retail marijuana sales just a couple months short of two years after voters approved legalization. The snail pace on Beacon Hill is a reflection of ideological differences. There(...)

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DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

Call comes as House to take up opioid, education budget legislation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE STATE’S ANNUAL BUDGET now nine days late, House Speaker Robert DeLeo floated the idea Monday of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund the government in an effort to reach a compromise. Massachusetts is the last state in the country(...)

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DeLeo: House to respond to court’s union ruling

DeLeo: House to respond to court’s union ruling

Decision bars assessments on nonunion members

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS LAWMAKERS MULL THE IMPACTS of a US Supreme Court ruling seen as a devastating blow to public sector labor unions, the Massachusetts House is hoping labor leaders will suggest ways the Legislature can respond and soften the blow. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Janus v. American Federation of(...)

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Voters give green light on “red flag” gun law

Voters give green light on “red flag” gun law

Much of the credit must go to students in the state

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced this week the House would take up the so-called “red flag” gun safety bill. The move ended months of speculation and growing pressure from outside the building. The proposed legislation would “allow a judge to temporarily seize guns from someone who might pose a danger to themselves and others.” Eight states(...)

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Criminal justice bill reaches finish line

Criminal justice bill reaches finish line

Baker signs comprehensive legislation, while signaling concern with parts of it

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed sweeping criminal justice legislation on Friday, capping several years of discussion on Beacon Hill and casting Massachusetts squarely in the national wave of rethinking tough-on-crime laws of the 1980s and 90s. Flanked at the State House by more than a dozen lawmakers from both parties, Baker said, “Viewed as a whole,(...)

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DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

DeLeo sheds more light on non-disclosures

Now says 15 of the 33 were part of a reduction in force

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO used two different figures this week in describing the number of non-disclosure agreements signed by departing House employees during his tenure, and an explanation for that discrepancy has now emerged. DeLeo’s office said Thursday that “approximately 33” people who were terminated or left in a manner other(...)

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Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

Speaker: Non-disclosure agreements ‘part of doing business’

DeLeo disputes notion that DiZoglio was pressured into signing an NDA

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DAY AFTER two state representatives blasted the Massachusetts House’s use of nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements with some departing employees, Speaker Robert DeLeo on Friday defended the practice as a “part of doing business.” During debate Thursday on a legislative rules package intended to better equip the House to respond to(...)

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