• mass. state house July 28, 2022 11:56 pm

    Spilka: Senate Sees No Path For Employee Union

    Legislative staff have waited around four months to learn whether Senate President Karen Spilka would recognize their unionization effort with IBEW Local 2222, and on Thursday Spilka seemed to shut the door on that possibility — with an invitation for staff to attend a briefing from Senate lawyers on Friday. Senators were cloistered in a lengthy private caucus Thursday afternoon…

  • tax relief July 11, 2022 10:27 am

    Democratic Lawmakers Expand $500M Mass. Tax Relief Plans

    Democratic leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed to a broad framework for up to $500 million in additional tax relief that would see credits for low-income earners, parents, renters and seniors expanded, and the “archaic elements” of the state’s estate tax reformed. The deal comes on the heels of last week’s announcement from House Speaker Ron...

  • Infrastructure June 23, 2022 11:49 pm

    Mass. House Drives Infrastructure Bill Up To $11 Billion

    The Massachusetts House took a major step Thursday toward injecting billions of dollars into work on the state’s transportation and environmental infrastructure, sending to the Senate a rewritten borrowing bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars to fix glaring safety issues at the MBTA and explore a rail expansion in western Massachusetts. The House voted 155-0 in favor...

  • gun reform June 14, 2022 7:00 pm

    Gov. Baker Keeping Tabs on Governors' Push for Mass Shooting Response

    A bipartisan group of governors is coming together to develop recommendations for stopping mass shootings and keeping schools safe. Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday indicated interest in the effort. On Friday, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, the chair and vice chair of the National Governors Association, wrote to President Biden to inform him of plans…

  • Registry of Motor vehicles June 14, 2022 10:58 am

    Dems Celebrate Mass. Driver's License Law as Opposition Organizes

    Opponents of a new law that will allow immigrants without legal status to seek driver’s licenses took a preliminary step Monday toward asking voters to scrap the measure, while Democrats celebrated their success in pushing the bill and overcoming Gov. Charlie Baker’s opposition. A campaign filed paperwork Monday with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance to create a...

  • Registry of Motor vehicles June 10, 2022 5:12 pm

    Analysis: Mass. Driver's Licenses Bill Is Law. But for How Long?

    If opponents of the new law pursue a referendum — and are successful at gathering signatures — the timing could line up almost perfectly to put the question before voters at the Nov. 8 election.

  • Registry of Motor vehicles June 8, 2022 8:57 pm

    Mass. Driver's License Bill: House Votes to Override Baker's Veto

    A bill that would allow immigrants in the country illegally to obtain state driver’s licenses in Massachusetts was approved by the Massachusetts House on Wednesday over the veto of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker.

  • Massachusetts May 2, 2022 8:50 am

    Mass. Senate to Debate Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants This Week

    The Senate this week plans to pass a bill that would give immigrants without legal status a pathway to apply for and obtain Massachusetts driver’s licenses, and supporters say they believe they have enough votes for it to survive a possible veto from Gov. Charlie Baker. The Senate teed up the bill for debate on Thursday, May 5, with amendments…

  • Massachusetts February 15, 2022 7:28 am

    Massachusetts State House to Reopen Next Week

    The Massachusetts State House will reopen to the public next week, legislative leaders announced Monday. The State House will reopen Monday through Friday on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Masks will be required, as well as proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test from no more than one day before entry. “With public health data constantly evolving, we will review these…

  • holidays December 24, 2021 9:56 am

    Political Harmony: Singing Mass. Politicians Share Their Naughty and Nice Lists

    Who’s on the naughty and nice lists of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the state’s U.S. senators and other top politicians this holiday season? They offered a glimpse of that as they sang carols with Alison King for NBC10 Boston’s annual “Political Harmony” video — though some were more forthcoming than others. It is politics, after all! On the nice...

  • Massachusetts State House December 20, 2021 8:03 pm

    Mass. Senate President Reveals She Had a Stroke, Says She's Running for Reelection

    Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka revealed Monday that she experienced what she said her doctors described as a mild stroke in mid-November, but is feeling much better now. Spilka spoke one-on-one with NBC10 Boston political reporter Alison King on Monday to share details about what actually happened to her on Nov. 15. She was away from the Massachusetts State House…

  • Massachusetts December 20, 2021 6:18 pm

    State Senate President Karen Spilka Reveals She Had a Mild Stroke Last Month

    State Senate President Karen Spilka was back on the rostrum, her first time inside the Massachusetts State House in almost five weeks. She sat down with NBC10 Boston political reporter Alison King to reveal for the first time what actually happened last month that kept her home.

  • Massachusetts December 18, 2021 10:53 am

    Mass. Egg, Pork Production Concerns Linger With No Deal Reached

    Massachusetts lawmakers gaveled out for the weekend without a deal to update the law governing treatment of hens and pigs that produce eggs and pork, and Attorney General Maura Healey is poised to enforce the new law in just more than two weeks if legislative compromise remains out of reach. A six-member conference committee still has not reached an agreement…

  • federal aid December 2, 2021 12:24 pm

    Mass. Bill to Spend $4 Billion in Federal Relief Moves Forward, Could Be Law This Week

    A roughly $4 billion spending bill advanced in the Massachusetts House on Thursday without fanfare and could reach Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk when lawmakers in both branches reconvene on Friday. After a conference committee on Wednesday night filed a 163-page compromise bill to spend American Rescue Plan Act and surplus state tax revenue funding, the House accepted its report on…

  • paid leave September 27, 2021 3:13 pm

    Lawmakers Extending Mass. Paid COVID Leave Program Through Winter

    The Massachusetts House and Senate on Monday passed legislation extending the state’s COVID-19 emergency paid leave program, which is currently scheduled to expire on Thursday. Under the bill (H 4127), which also speaks to a public education campaign to promote the program’s availability, the program would be extended until April 1, 2022. Lawmakers sent the bill to Gov. Charlie Baker…

  • coronavirus August 6, 2021 11:43 am

    Senate President Calls for School Mask Mandate

    The pressure on the Baker administration to require masks in classrooms this fall gained a strong voice Friday when Senate President Karen Spilka formally called on the governor to require universal masking in schools. “Public health experts and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that universal masking in schools is an effective way to keep our vulnerable children and residents…

  • Massachusetts June 25, 2021 5:40 pm

    Top Democratic Lawmaker Nixes Baker's Sales-Tax-Free Plan

    The top Democrat in the Massachusetts Senate on Friday dismissed a proposal by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to expand the state’s annual two-day sales tax holiday to a two-month event this year — dealing a possible fatal blow to the plan. Consumers in Massachusetts are already eager to hit the stores as the state emerges from more than a year…

  • Massachusetts June 24, 2021 10:16 pm

    Lights Dim on Baker's 2-Month Tax Holiday Plan for Mass.

    Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday continued to pitch his new idea for a two-month sales tax holiday in Massachusetts this summer even after the $900 million tax relief proposal landed with a bit of a thud on Beacon Hill where many Democrats panned the short-term tax break and supporters voiced skepticism about its chances. Baker filed legislation proposing to use…

  • Juneteenth June 10, 2021 2:37 pm

    Massachusetts, Employers Prepare for First Juneteenth State Holiday

    While this won’t be the first year Massachusetts has recognized Juneteenth as an important day in history for Black Americans, it will be the first year June 19 gets celebrated as an official state holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States.

  • Charlie Baker March 2, 2021 11:44 pm

    Top Mass. Dem: ‘Aggressive' Vaccine Program for Teachers Needed This Month

    With Massachusetts expecting to see its supply of COVID-19 vaccine increase over the coming weeks, Senate President Karen Spilka on Tuesday said Gov. Charlie Baker must let teachers get vaccinated this month and should set aside a percentage of doses for teachers and school staff. Spilka’s call on the Baker administration to prioritize teacher vaccination comes a week after...

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