... Saturday deadline spurs OCPF to give candidates until Jan. 22 to file year-end reports ...... Sen. Warren urges more funding for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to fight harassment, discrimination ...... Third Congressional District candidate Beej Das reports $425,000 in donations during Q4 ...... Kevin Franck elevated by Setti Warren's guv campaign to deputy campaign manager ...... Doctors tell lawmakers they like guv's plan to make naloxone more widely available ...
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LATEST LAWMAKERS VET BAKER'S LATEST BILL TARGETING OPIOID ADDICTION

Gov. Charlie Baker, entering the final year of his first term, pitched the Democrat-controlled Legislature Tuesday on the idea of working with him over the coming months to improve the state's drug addiction treatment and prevention system in what could quickly become one of the biggest debates of 2018. Read More

"The most fundamental truth of this particular epidemic was poor oversight and lax oversight of a number of players, but you can't get a prescription without someone writing it," Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday. | Hi-Res

OFFICIALS CELEBRATE A RARITY: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON

A downtown Boston building dating back to the Grant administration will have a whole new use next year when it becomes home for people who have lacked a place of their own. Read More

Officials celebrated the start of construction at

Officials celebrated the start of construction at a Boylston Street building that will house the formerly homeless. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS] | Hi-Res


WALSH: "CLEARLY THERE'S SOME CHANGES HAPPENING AT GE"

Boston will "rise and fall with GE," Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday after news of major financial hit that could send the international manufacturing giant scrambling. Read More


REP: LAW NEEDED TO ADDRESS GENDER DISPARITY IN DISABILITY INSURANCE

Sponsors of a bill that has bipartisan support told lawmakers Tuesday that its passage would topple one of the last bastions of gender-based discrimination in the insurance industry. Read More

"We think it's discrimination.  We think it's bigo

"We think it's discrimination. We think it's bigotry," Rep. Ruth Balser said of the cost disparity between men's and women's disability insurance coverage. [Photo: File/SHNS]


SENATE SESSION – TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2018

Monday's session was a light one for the Senate, featuring action on mostly local bills important to people in Brookfield, Concord and Haverhill. The Senate also sent an employee safety bill back to the House with a further amendment, signaling the Senate's intention to push for its version of workplace safety legislation over the House's. The Senate is preparing for Thursday, when it plans to meet in a formal session to take up bills dealing with real estate appraisals, uniform financial aid information, and the enforcement of illegal hunting practices. Read More


GE TO MAKE $15 BIL IN CONTRIBUTIONS TO ADDRESS $6.2 BILLION Q4 CHARGE

General Electric will take an after-tax charge of $6.2 billion, a financial hit the company's CEO called "deeply disappointing," in connection with its insurance portfolio and reserves, the company announced Tuesday. Read More


L'ITALIEN

L'ITALIEN REPORTS $320K HAUL IN Q4

A third candidate in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress has now announced a six-figure fundraising total for the final quarter of 2017. Read More


HOFFMAN

FED THREAT MAY MEAN BIGGER $$$ RETURNS IN POT MARKET, CHAIR SAYS

The abrupt change in the federal government's approach to marijuana law enforcement means investors in the state-sanctioned Massachusetts pot market could see bigger returns on their investments, according to the state's chief regulator. Read More


PERSONNEL FILE - TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2018

... Democrat for governor Setti Warren is making some moves within his campaign ... Gov. Baker on Tuesday tapped a bank CEO to join the MassHousing Board ... METCO has a new CEO who "has it all" ... the president of the Lee Chamber of Commerce has been named president and CEO of VNA Care, a home health and hospice provider. Read More


BAKER PLANNING A "BIT MORE" $$$ FOR OPIOID EDUCATION

[Story Developing] Gov. Charlie Baker, appearing before a legislative committee on Tuesday to pitch his newest opioid abuse treatment and prevention bill, told lawmakers the budget he intends to file next week will go beyond his initial $2 million pitch to help schools screen students for signs of addiction and educate them on the dangers of opioids. Read More


EARLY LITERACY BILL PROMOTED AT HEARING

Growing up in El Salvador, Guadalupe Panameno had limited access to books, attended a school without a library and didn't think of reading as a necessity. Read More


HOUSE SESSION – TUESDAY, JAN. 16, 2018

Massachusetts Women's Defense Corps Day would be observed every April under a bill the House passed Tuesday, when bills dealing with continuing education for insurance providers and property exemptions in Boston also advanced. The House kept its session open for much of the day, ultimately deciding to eschew a planned Wednesday formal session with a snowstorm in the forecast and adjourn until an informal session on Thursday. A Democratic caucus scheduled for Wednesday is also cancelled. Read More


YEAR-END OCPF REPORT DEADLINE IS JAN. 22 THIS YEAR

Since the deadline to file end-of-year campaign finance reports falls on a Saturday this year, the Office of Campaign and Political Financing is giving candidates and lawmakers until Monday, Jan. 22 to make their filings. Read More


FORECAST SPURS HOUSE TO POSTPONE WEDNESDAY SESSION

The Massachusetts House has yet to tackle any major legislative business in 2018 and on Tuesday postponed its first scheduled formal session of the new year. Read More


RILEY

STATE ANNOUNCES THREE FINALISTS FOR EDUCATION COMMISSIONER'S POST

The superintendent and receiver of the Lawrence school system and educators from New York and Texas are the finalists to become the next education commissioner in Massachusetts, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Monday. Read More


SLOW DECEMBER, BUT PLAINRIDGE REVENUES UP 6.5 PERCENT IN 2017

Plainridge Park Casino ended 2017 with one of its weakest revenue months of the calendar year, having generated about $12.7 million in revenue last month, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced. Read More


MARKEY

MARKEY, SENATE DEMS PLAN TO FORCE NET NEUTRALITY VOTE

U.S. Senate Democrats are planning to force a vote this year on reversing the Federal Communications Commission's decision to repeal net neutrality rules and now need just one more of their Republican peers to join them for the legislation to pass the Senate, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey's office said. Read More


IRONWORKERS JOIN TEAMSTERS AMONG UNIONS BACKING TRAHAN

The union that Tony Loureiro belonged to during his career as a laborer and ironworker is backing his daughter, Lori Trahan, in the Third Congressional District campaign. Read More


MGM SAYS "TIRED" SPRINGFIELD OFFICE IS NOW "HIP, FLEXIBLE"

About 50 MGM Springfield executives have moved into new corporate offices at 95 State St., the company said Monday, but the address adjacent to what will soon be MGM Springfield's South End Market will be known as One MGM Way once the state's first resort casino opens its doors in September. Read More


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