State House News Service

Gov. Baker's son investigated for allegedly groping woman on plane

The U.S. Attorney's office is reviewing allegations that Gov. Charlie Baker's son A.J. groped a woman on a plane last week, and state authorities are not involved, the governor said Monday. Speaking briefly to reporters in his office lobby, Baker did not discuss details of the allegations...

Monday, June 25, 2018, 5:04 PM

Savings ideas could make major dent in health care spending

Massachusetts could save more than $1 billion in health care costs over five years if policymakers and health care leaders can cut hospital readmission rates 20 percent by 2020, according to data presented at a Health Policy Commission meeting Wednesday. Hospital readmission rates increased in...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:41 PM

Mayor Walsh hits pause on short-term rental regulations

As state representatives prepare to vote to regulate and tax short-term rentals, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is withdrawing his own plan to govern the industry in the city, citing a need for more time to refine it. In a letter to the Boston City Council Wednesday, Walsh said he plans to refile a...

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 11:45 AM

Licensing looms as next step toward legal marijuana

With less than a month until it is required by law to begin accepting applications for legal marijuana businesses, the Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the process and timeline it will use to review and process licenses. "We are on track and we are capable of accepting...

Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:41 PM

Mass Act gun control legislation aims to 'make America safe' again

With Congress and the White House still struggling to agree on a response to the latest mass school shooting, Sen. Edward Markey on Monday presented a new proposal that would offer states incentives to adopt laws modeled off those in Massachusetts, where police have the power to approve or revoke...

Monday, March 12, 2018, 2:36 PM

MBTA travel not an option for Mass. governor

Commuters on the MBTA should not expect to see Gov. Charlie Baker among the straphangers anytime soon. Responding to a frustrated MBTA rider who called in during a radio appearance Thursday afternoon, Baker said he is focused on improving the reliability of the MBTA system but views it as his job...

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:39 PM

Climate change bill expected from Baker in wake of winter storms

As Massachusetts continued to clean up Thursday from its second nor'easter in a week, Gov. Charlie Baker said he plans to file legislation next week addressing climate change. Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito surveyed storm damage on the North and South shores last weekend, and Baker said it...

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:20 PM

Should Massachusetts' gun laws set an example for the nation?

Federal policymakers eyeing gun law reforms in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting should look towards Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said last week. Asked about President Donald Trump's suggestion of equipping certain trained teachers with concealed guns, Baker and Boston...

Friday, February 23, 2018, 2:48 PM

MBTA GM plans to learn about transit system first hand

Commuting on the Green Line on Tuesday morning, Luis Ramírez got a taste of what MBTA passengers experience regularly. He was heading to work on his first day as the T's general manager when he noticed the fare machines weren't working in one of the stations. "So that really...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 4:31 PM

Major work on Tobin Bridge set for next three years

Commuters who live in the Route 1 corridor should prepare for delays getting out of Boston over the next three years as the Department of Transportation prepares to embark on a restoration of the Tobin Bridge deck that will stretch into 2020. The MassDOT Board of Directors on Monday approved a $41...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 9:46 AM

Cannabis Commission chair outlines goals, initial steps

As he sets out to stand up a legal marijuana industry here, Cannabis Control Commission Chairman Steven Hoffman said Wednesday he intends for retail marijuana sales to begin by July 2018, but did not guarantee that the nascent commission would meet that timeline. Hoffman, a retired business...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 3:52 PM

State begins erecting marijuana regulatory structure

The panel that will study and make recommendations on regulating marijuana in Massachusetts — the first piece of a growing regulatory structure — is on track to be finalized by the end of the week when the governor names the final five members. Treasurer Deborah Goldberg and Attorney...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 12:05 PM

Baker files legislation asking for August sales tax holiday

Gov. Charlie Baker is filing legislation Wednesday declaring a sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. "The sales tax holiday gives consumers a much needed break and supports business across the Commonwealth for our hardworking retailers," Baker said in a statement....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 11:46 AM

Baker files bill to allow local police to honor some ICE detainer requests

A push from the Baker administration to respond to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling and reinstate a policy allowing state and local police to cooperate, on a limited basis, with federal immigration detainer requests met stiff resistance from civil liberties activists who questioned the...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 2:32 PM

Former MBTA parking vendor skimmed millions of dollars, AG said

Employees at the MBTA's former parking vendor "skimmed millions of dollars in cash" from the agency's parking facilities, Attorney General Maura Healey said Monday, announcing a settlement with LAZ Parking. LAZ Parking Limited LLC agreed to pay $5.6 million to settle two legal...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 9:19 AM

Mass. hospitals feeling surge in heroin-related visits, data shows

Heroin-related hospital visits in Massachusetts grew by 256 percent from 2011 to 2015, with the sharpest increase among patients between the ages of 25 and 34, according to data set to be released Wednesday. New research by the state's Health Policy Commission found a 56 percent increase in...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:28 AM

Reps will file bill to counter top court's immigration ruling

After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum behind legalizing those types of detentions. In a ruling hailed by civil liberties advocates...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 9:18 AM

State officials cannot detain immigrants for ICE, Mass. top court rules

State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement. In the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn, the court...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 11:56 AM

Legal marijuana bill finally reaches Gov. Baker's desk

The Legislature sent its rewrite of the voter-approved legal marijuana bill, with a higher tax rate and less power for voters, to the governor on Thursday, 255 days after about 1.8 million voters put the law on the books. House and Senate negotiators had planned to get a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker...

Friday, July 21, 2017, 9:15 AM

Bill aimed at protecting pregnant workers reaches gov's desk

After passing slightly different versions of the legislation earlier this year, the House and Senate reached a compromise this week on a bill mandating protections for pregnant workers and sent the legislation to the governor's desk Thursday. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act offers pregnant...

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 3:46 PM