11/18/19 3:31 PM
The House plans to meet in a formal session on Tuesday to vote on compromise distracted driving legislation (H 4203) that a House-Senate conference committee filed Monday afternoon, with another formal session scheduled for Wednesday to vote on a school breakfast bill (H 591).
11/18/19 3:00 PM
The Massachusetts Senate is now scheduled to vote on not one, but two consumer product bans on Wednesday in its final formal session of the year. The chamber teed up legislation Monday that would forbid retail businesses from providing customers with single-use plastic bags, placing it on an agenda that already includes a House-approved bill banning flavored tobacco products and imposing a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes.
11/18/19 1:34 PM
The entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation signed a letter urging the Trump administration to reconsider a proposed regulation that the lawmakers said would result in Massachusetts losing about 9 percent, or about $100 million, in annual nutrition funding.
11/18/19 1:30 PM
With the official start of winter just over a month away, Gov. Charlie Baker voiced confidence in the MBTA's ability to serve riders through another season of freezing temperatures, snowstorms and icy conditions.
11/18/19 1:25 PM
The six lawmakers tasked with ironing out the differences between different House and Senate bills addressing children's health and wellness plan to "make an announcement about their progress" Monday afternoon.
11/18/19 12:37 PM
The Senate on Monday teed up for a vote Wednesday a bill banning retail establishments from providing single-use plastic bag. Wednesday's planned formal session will be the final formal session of the year.
11/18/19 7:00 AM
The MBTA Retirement Fund is getting more comfortable with investing assets through the larger state pension fund.
11/15/19 8:36 PM
House and Senate negotiators announced Friday they reached an agreement to resolve distracted driving legislation that has been stalled for months, but they declined to share details of the compromise.
11/15/19 1:46 PM
A law enforcement sweep on Friday morning led to the arrests of 32 people and the removal of 79 guns, including assault weapons, in the Greater Lawrence area, according to federal prosecutors.
11/15/19 11:08 AM
Gov. Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker plan to spend the weekend in sunny Las Vegas.
11/15/19 12:01 AM
Massachusetts voters support raising new revenue to make transportation investments, but a new poll shows they are divided over some of the key methods that lawmakers are weighing to generate funding.
11/14/19 8:51 PM
After passing a prescription drug pricing and transparency bill on a 40-0 vote, the Senate acted on an Ethics Committee report filed Thursday evening and removed Brockton Sen. Michael Brady as chair of the Public Service Committee.
11/14/19 7:42 PM
The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday unanimously agreed to impose new oversight on the pharmaceutical industry and cap consumer costs for insulin.
11/14/19 4:10 PM
A year after the death of former state Sen. Fred Berry, North Shore lawmakers are helping to build out the Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics and Civic Engagement at Salem State University.
11/14/19 3:19 PM
Having watched another week go by without finalizing budget work left over from fiscal year 2019, the House and Senate now stand to forfeit more than $1 million in interest that the state could have earned had lawmakers completed their work on time.
11/14/19 2:49 PM
One quarter of the nursing homes in Massachusetts are at risk of closing, according to an industry trade group.
11/14/19 11:52 AM
Now just three work days remain for the House before its winter recess, and the list of things many are hoping to see completed before the break did not get any shorter on Thursday.
11/14/19 11:23 AM
Employees in municipal and state government in Massachusetts who have earned undergraduate degree may pursue a cannabis-related graduate certificate for free under a program announced this week by Clark University.
11/14/19 10:57 AM
He challenged him for the governorship here in 2010 and succeeded him in the corner office in 2015, but Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday he won't be weighing in on Deval Patrick's presidential run, at least not yet. "Look -- People who want to run for president, they get a pass out of the gate as far as I'm concerned," Baker said Thursday morning in the office that Patrick occupied for eight years. "That's just the way it works."
11/14/19 9:18 AM
Gov. Charlie Baker could have a bill banning the sale of flavored vaping and tobacco products and levying a tax on e-cigarettes on his desk by the time the Legislature leaves for its holiday recess next week.
11/14/19 8:00 AM
Massachusetts retailers are predicting a 3 percent gain in sales during the upcoming holiday period.
11/18/19 1:18 PM
[Story Developing] Lawmakers ended their months-long impasse over distracted driving legislation Monday, advancing a compromise bill that will require hands-free use of all electronic devices behind the wheel but that does not require raw traffic stop data to be published.
11/18/19 9:18 AM
Susan Fargo, a Lincoln Democrat who served eight terms in the Massachusetts Senate, died last week after a period of declining health. She was 77.
11/18/19 6:45 AM
State higher education officials need to develop a screening process to identify colleges at risk of closure and a training program for boards of trustees, under legislation Gov. Charlie Baker signed Thursday.
11/15/19 5:16 PM
Deval Patrick thinks there's a reason to believe.
11/15/19 1:38 PM
Mosquito-borne illness season is over in Massachusetts now that all parts of the state have experienced a hard frost.
11/14/19 9:32 PM
The Senate stripped Brockton Sen. Michael Brady of his $15,000-a-year post as Senate chairman of the Committee on Public Service on Thursday night as punishment for his conduct during his March 2018 drunk driving arrest, which was deemed to be a violation of the chamber's rules.
11/14/19 4:07 PM
With just days remaining until the Legislature recesses until 2020, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Thursday he's decided to push back his timeline for a hotly anticipated debate over new revenue for transportation until next year.
11/14/19 4:04 PM
After pressing his colleagues for weeks to take up a climate bill before breaking for their next recess -- and suggesting he'd use a procedural measure to bring one to the floor if he needed to -- Sen. Marc Pacheco on Thursday said he'd secured a commitment from Senate President Karen Spilka that a vote would happen in January.
11/14/19 1:03 PM
ROE Act opponents visited the Judiciary Committee Thursday to deliver signatures from people opposed to the bill, which was the subject of a long public hearing in June.
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