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Lawmakers wade into CCC ‘trainwreck,’ mull possible action
07-10-2024 4:28 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Lawmakers from both parties signaled Tuesday they share a government watchdog’s concerns about upheaval at the Cannabis Control Commission, but Democrats who wield decision-making power stopped short of indicating what kind of response they might...

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Healey wants $1 billion each for life sciences, climate tech
03-04-2024 5:00 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

Filling in some blanks on her economic development plans, Gov. Maura Healey said Thursday she wants to reauthorize the life sciences initiative at $1 billion for the next decade, and launch a separate $1 billion, 10-year climate tech initiative that...


Decision time nearing on state’s to-go cocktails policy
02-29-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Gov. Maura Healey’s push to overhaul local procurement procedures, rethink post-employment benefits and make permanent some pandemic-era policies won over many city and town leaders, but points of friction in her bill could create some tricky...


Healey plans to close MCI-Concord
01-25-2024 2:30 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

The Healey administration plans to close the state’s medium security prison in Concord by this summer.According to an Executive Office of Public Safety and Security spokesperson, the incarcerated population at the prison stands at about 300 men, or...


Judge: Goldberg may pursue disciplinary meeting with suspended CCC chair O’Brien
12-27-2023 3:45 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Treasurer Deborah Goldberg can go ahead with the meeting that could lead to the firing of suspended Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien and also cautioned the parties that “political...


Healey reflects on first year as governor
12-25-2023 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE and CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Her first year in office is winding down, and Gov. Maura Healey is enthusiastic to point out where she thinks she has succeeded: signing into law a billion-dollar tax relief package, overseeing a hiring blitz at the MBTA, and creating a...


Lawmakers hear testimony on push to prohibit size discrimination
12-12-2023 4:03 PM

By STELLA TANNENBAUM

BOSTON — Massachusetts would become the second state in the nation to ban discrimination based on body size under a proposal aired at a recent hearing of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.During a seven-hour hearing in which over 230 people...


State eyes removal of Thousand Acre Reservoir Dam in Athol
11-30-2023 9:49 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — The state is planning to remove a deteriorating and more-than-century-old dam in the Millers Wildlife Management Area that was originally built to create a drinking water reservoir for the town but now serves no useful purpose.The state...


Big issues clear signatures bar as state ballot measures 
11-27-2023 6:44 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Leaders of at least a half-dozen initiative petition campaigns working toward the November 2024 ballot said Wednesday they had collected at least enough signatures to meet an end-of-the-day deadline and to put their policy ideas in front of the...


Goldberg suspends Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien
09-15-2023 4:37 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien was suspended from her position Thursday by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who chose her for the job a year ago, as upheaval continues to collide with the CCC’s hefty regulatory and policy...


Healey: Farm Resiliency Fund may stick around
09-07-2023 10:31 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

More than 200 farms across western and central Massachusetts started receiving checks last week from the Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund launched by the Healey administration and United Way of Central Massachusetts after devastating flooding in...


Healey claims public records exemption on abortion pill order
07-09-2023 5:00 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — A federal judge hadn’t even ruled yet on suspending approval of the abortion pill mifepristone in April when Gov. Maura Healey orchestrated a major reserve shipment of the drug through the state’s flagship university. But despite pledges of...


Massachusetts lawmakers hear pleas for location shield law
06-30-2023 7:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Anyone with a cellphone in their pocket can likely be tracked — to the grocery store or the gym, to work or school, to religious services or health care appointments. With prolific data available on Bay Staters’ day-to-day lives, a bill seeks...


Regional schools still waiting for state to keep promise
04-13-2023 4:36 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Though regional school districts could receive more money to pay for student transportation than they’ve gotten in years through Gov. Maura Healey’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees is still...


Healey order aims to protect abortion pill access
04-11-2023 5:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — After a federal judge in Texas suspended FDA approval of abortion pill mifepristone, Gov. Maura Healey issued an executive order on Monday that is meant to clarify that a state law passed last year to protect abortion access from out-of-state...


Lawmakers echo concerns they hear about PFAS
03-28-2023 5:06 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — From fish being reeled in by anglers in Taunton to the drinking water at an elementary school in New Salem, so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS are everywhere, the questions and comments from lawmakers from various corners of...


Ban bill aims to slow spread of PFAS damage
03-06-2023 9:34 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — What’s the first step in dealing with an overflowing bathtub?That’s the question MASSPIRG legislative director Deirdre Cummings asks to make her pitch for a sweeping new bill aimed at wrangling the presence of PFAS chemicals in food...


Healey lends voice to ghost gun ban effort
03-03-2023 4:43 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey, who made gun laws a central part of her eight years as attorney general, said Thursday that so-called ghost guns should be banned and that she would support legislation to do that in Massachusetts.Untraceable ghost guns can...

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