... Baker suggests structure to shed light on purpose of legal fees paid by Legislature ...... Mass Home Care says Senate health care bill proposes largest funding cut in program's 43-year history ...... After saying he planned to stay on, Attleboro mayor-elect Rep. Heroux plans to resign his House seat ...... Baker says current English language learning law working well for thousands in Massachusetts ...... Contraception bill was good opportunity for Mass. to "send a message" to others, Baker says ...... Sen. Chandler to Gov. Baker at contraception bill signing: "Thank you so much for supporting our work" ...... Women "we will never know about" will make family planning choice thanks to new law, Rep. Haddad says ...... Veteran Rep. Kaufman, 70, of Lexington, will not seek re-election in 2018 ...... Home care bill heads back to Baker with workers still concerned about their own privacy considerations ...... MTF releases look at health care trust funds ...
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LATEST BAKER SIGNS HOME CARE REGISTRY, NIXES NEW TRAUMA COMMISSION

Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed one bill creating a registry of home care workers and vetoed another that would have created a commission to explore ways to use a public health trauma registry to address inequalities in access to health care. Read More

HEALEY "DISAPPOINTED" BAKER OPIOID BILL DOESN'T DO MORE IN SCHOOLS

The lack of funding for school-based drug education in Gov. Charlie Baker's latest opioid abuse treatment and prevention bill has left Attorney General Maura Healey "disappointed" that the administration did not put more money on the table. Read More


ADVANCES - WEEK OF NOV. 26, 2017

Lawmakers are starting to see the fruits of the labor they exhibited before formal sessions expired for the year on Nov. 15. Democrats tied up loose ends on two priorities - more flexibility for English language learners and access to free birth control - and found in Charlie Baker a receptive Republican governor as he signed both bills into law. Baker, who has found the Legislature not always as receptive to his many offerings, this week has an opportunity to push for one of his measures that the majority party might get behind - a major new public investment in the life sciences sector that's up for a public hearing on Thursday in Worcester. And the House is using its holiday season lull to ramp up the heft of its exploration of sexual harassment. Read More


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WITHOUT A LOWELL CANDIDATE, TRAHAN BIDS FOR NEXT CLOSEST THINGS

Seven of the last 10 members of Congress to represent a district anchored in Massachusetts' fourth largest city – Lowell – have hailed from there. And not since incumbent Chet Atkins, of Concord, lost the 1992 primary has the district sent a non-Lowellian to Washington. But as U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas prepares to retire next year, not one of the 14 Democrats and Republicans who have filed papers to seek the seat call the city home. Read More


PHAM TO TAKE PART IN GLOBAL BIZ SUMMIT IN INDIA THIS MONTH

When first daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump travels to India later this month for a global business summit, Massachusetts will have a representative along for the trip. Read More


WEEKLY ROUNDUP – BIRDS OF A FEATHER?

An estimated 51 million Americans were projected to travel more than 50 miles to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. A fair number of those hit the Massachusetts highways newly confident, if they didn't know before, that if they could escape the traffic for just a few miles those reduced speed limits posted in work zones along the route were merely "suggestions" and nothing that could legally stop them from getting to their turkey faster. Read More

Lower speed limits in highway work zones are just

Lower speed limits in highway work zones are just suggestions -- for now, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said at a press conference Tuesday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017

KINGSTON, DEBATE MODERATOR COME TO TRAN'S DEFENSE

The back-and-forth between Democrats and Republicans over Dean Tran's state Senate candidacy continued Wednesday with U.S. Senate John Kingston weighing in, saying Tran deserves an apology from the Democratic Party. Read More


SENATE SESSION – WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2017

Negotiations to reconcile the conflicting House and Senate criminal justice reform bills won't get going until after Thanksgiving. The Senate on Wednesday concluded its final session of the week without the appointment of a conference committee to hash out a compromise criminal justice bill. Wrapping up business before Thursday's holiday, the Senate on Wednesday sent two sick leave bank bills to the governor's desk and referred drunk driving and road safety bills (S 2217 and S 2218) Gov. Charlie Baker filed to the committees on Judiciary and Transportation. The Senate plans to meet again on Monday morning. Read More


HOUSE SESSION - WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2017

The House gaveled out for Thanksgiving Wednesday without appointing conferees to negotiate a final criminal justice reform bill. Staff are still working to assemble the amended version of the bill the House passed last week, according to the clerk's office. The actual bill must return to the Senate before senators can initiate the conference committee process the branches use to settle differences in major bills. Reps plowed through local bills on Wednesday, giving initial approval to bills affecting failed septic systems and the Lake Quinsigamond Commission. Chaplain Father Rick Walsh prayed on the eve of Thanksgiving that "[we may] always be hospitable to those outside our tribe as the Wompanoag sustained the pilgrims of Plimoth Colony." Rep. Paul Heroux, who told Speaker Robert DeLeo last week in an email that he would resign his seat, had not submitted his resignation to the clerk as of Wednesday's session. At least one candidate has already declared for Heroux's Attleboro seat, but no election schedule can be set until he submits a resignation letter and the seat is declared vacant. Read More


BAKER SIGNS PARKING ABUSE BILL, STILL REVIEWING HOME CARE REGISTRY

The Democrat-controlled Legislature last week shipped 20 bills to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk, and all but two are now law. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed a bill incr

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed a bill increasing penalties for handicapped parking abuse. [Photo: Sam Doran/File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


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BAKER AGREES TO ENGLISH LEARNING LAW OVERHAUL

Massachusetts schools will now have more options for how they educate students learning the English language, under a bill Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law Wednesday. Read More


DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES OVERSIGHT HEARING PLANNED

Lawmakers in 2018 plan to hold an oversight hearing concerning the Department of Developmental Services. Read More


MAGNATE'S FRAUD LEAVES NEW BEDFORD FISHING PERMITS ON ICE

South Coast officials and seafood industry interests were stunned by Monday's federal decision to shut down a sector with ties to disgraced fishing magnate Carlos Rafael, a decision they say will cut into the livelihoods of fishermen during the holiday season and beyond. Read More


Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017

BAKER DECLARATION ALTERS DYNAMICS ON DISTRACTED DRIVING BILL

A rise in fatal accidents caused by distracted driving and advances in technology prompted Gov. Charlie Baker to throw his support on Tuesday behind a ban on using handheld devices while driving, giving a boost to an initiative debated for years by policy leaders and increasing pressure on the House to act on the matter. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he supports a ban

Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he supports a ban on hand-held phone use while driving, a shift from his position in February. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


HEALEY: TRUMP'S HAITI TPS DECISION "RECKLESS, ILLEGAL"

The main course at Tuesday's annual Thanksgiving luncheon to honor immigrants was cooked up by the Trump administration, which has elected to end Haitians' seven-year-old temporary protected status in the U.S. in July 2019. While guests cleared their plates of stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, speaker after speaker in the Great Hall dug into the federal policy that was announced the night before. Read More

The decision on temporary protected status for Hai

The decision on temporary protected status for Haitians is "neither a defeat nor a victory, but rather a call to action," wrote Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


BAKER STANDS BY TRAN, AND DRAWS ATTACK FROM KERRIGAN

Congressional candidate Steve Kerrigan accused Gov. Charlie Baker Tuesday of a "shameful display of putting party over principles" after the governor doubled down on his support for state Senate candidate Dean Tran despite disagreements over a transgender protection law and funding for Planned Parenthood. Read More


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PHOTO ID NOW REQUIRED TO ENTER MAJOR STATE OFFICE BUILDING

Visitors to any of the state agencies in the McCormack Building across Bowdoin Street from the State House now have to show a photo ID to enter, part of a new policy that took effect Monday. Read More


TWO-GENERATIONAL APPROACH TO STATE SERVICES EXPLORED

Anna Grimes had just graduated high school in Illinois when she found out she was pregnant. She opted to go to community college instead of the school she'd originally chosen, where she'd have no housing options or supports as a parent. Read More

Isis Patterson, a mother and public policy student

Isis Patterson, a mother and public policy student in Endicott College's Keys to Degrees program for student parents, testified with fellow participants Sarah Galison and Anna Grimes. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS] | Hi-Res


DNC CHIEF BOLTS STATE HOUSE AFTER EVENT

While Republicans are gearing up to try to overthrow Sen. Elizabeth Warren and maintain their hold on the governor's office in Massachusetts, the national head of the Democrats visited Beacon Hill on Tuesday but was in no mood to talk. Read More


BROADBAND, SOLDIERS HOME $$$ SIGNED INTO LAW

Communities still disconnected from broadband communications will get help and the state will use $199 million to replace the long-term care facility at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Charlie Baker. Read More


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MAYOR WARREN DROPS REP. JONES FROM HIS CAMPAIGN EMAIL LIST

House Minority Leader Brad Jones didn't like an email he received at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Setti Warren, a Democrat running for governor. Read More


BAKER DECLARATION ALTERS DYNAMICS ON DISTRACTED DRIVING BILL

[Story Developing] The Senate passed a bill in late June banning people from using handheld devices while driving and Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday turned up pressure on the House to act by declaring his support for the idea, months after questioning it. Read More


CCC SEES "SEMINAL WEEK" AHEAD FOR MARIJUANA POLICY DEBATE

Genuine debate on marijuana policy and how the legal pot industry should look in Massachusetts is likely coming from the Cannabis Control Commission during the middle two weeks of December, which are shaping up to be the CCC's busiest yet as the agency tries to file the first draft of its regulations by Dec. 29. Read More


HEALTH ADVOCATES CELEBRATE COURT-ORDERED TOBACCO COMPANY ADS

Readers of 40 major newspapers across the country will open their papers Sunday to full-page ads, purchased by tobacco companies, advising that smoking kills an average of 1,200 Americans a day, that nicotine changes the brain, and that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Read More


CAMPAIGNS CONFIDENT OF SIGNATURES FOR SALES TAX CUT, MINIMUM WAGE, PAID LEAVE

Proponents of a major sales tax cut and supporters of a $15 minimum wage and a paid family and medical leave proposal say they've gathered more than enough signatures to advance their proposals, setting up issues showdowns in the Legislature in early 2018. Read More


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