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Beacon Hill Roll Call

Thursday, August 21, 2014

By BOB KATZEN Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on four roll calls from prior legislative sessions. SUBSTANCE ABUSE (S 2142) House 149-0, Senate 40-0, approved and Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law legislation designed to remove barriers to treatment for individuals battling addiction. Provisions include removing prior-authorization requirements for outpatient substance abuse treatment and providing for coverage of up to 14 days in … 0

NE governors’ energy effort on hold

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BOSTON — A nearly year-long effort by New England’s governors to collectively address the region’s high energy costs is on hold now that some have voiced concerns about the initiative’s dual strategy of importing Canadian hydropower and investing in new natural gas pipelines. Energy officials from the six states have been developing a proposal that would impose federal tariffs on electric ratepayers to … 0

McGovern calls Mass. a leader in ‘buy local’ movement

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mass. a leader in ‘buy local’ movementAs part of a three-day “food and farm” tour of his district, U.S. Rep. James McGovern led a team of officials through stops at the Franklin County Community Development Corp.’s Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center in Greenfield and Four Star Farms in Northfield. Together with Edward Avalos, … 0

Report: Spending by New Englanders the strongest in the United States

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — New Englanders spent more on food, health care, gas to run their cars and electricity to heat and cool their homes in 2012 than most other Americans, according to statistics released Thursday by the federal government showing that spending has rebounded since the recession ended … 0

Mass. follows New England spending trend

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOSTON — New federal data show that per-person consumer spending in Massachusetts was the highest of any state in 2012 as the economy continued to rebound from the Great Recession that ended five years ago. Massachusetts’ consumer spending rose 12 percent to about $47,300 a person from 2009 … 0

Prepping for Prez

Thursday, August 7, 2014

OAK BLUFFS — President Barack Obama and his family are heading to the wealthy island resort of Martha’s Vineyard for a three-week vacation starting Saturday, a near-annual ritual that islanders say is a boon to local businesses even … 0

Coakley opens hotline for Market Basket employees

Thursday, August 7, 2014

BOSTON — With executives moving to eliminate hours for part-time employees as the ownership struggle over the Market Basket chain continues between workers and cousins from the Demoulas family, Attorney General Martha Coakley opened a dedicated hotline on Thursday for Market Basket employees. Coakley said her office has … 0

Addiction treatment bill mandating automatic insurance coverage signed by Gov. Patrick

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spurred by the ongoing heroin and opioid painkiller problem in the state, a wide-ranging emergency bill intended to increase access to addiction treatment by removing insurers from the early decision-making process, among other measures, cleared the Legislature Friday and was signed into law Wednesday. The bill, S.2142, passed … 0

Governor Patrick signs flurry of bills into law

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

BOSTON — Legislation designed to toughen Massachusetts’ response to the state’s ongoing substance abuse troubles was among four bills signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick on Wednesday. The new substance abuse law requires insurers to reimburse patients for addiction treatment from licensed counselors and removes prior-authorization requirements … 0

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ORANGE — North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking. The Republican candidate for the Second Franklin District House seat now held by Andrews has criticized the incumbent for … 3

Massachusetts lawmakers advance teen indoor tanning restrictions

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — The Massachusetts House on Tuesday advanced a bill restricting indoor tanning for teenagers. Under the bill (S 1904), individuals under 16 may not use a tanning device unless they have a written order by a physician. Teenagers 16 and 17 years old could use a tanning … 0

Feds nix Mass. immigrant shelter offer

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts won’t be hosting unaccompanied children crossing the nation’s southern border after all. Federal Health and Human Services officials informed Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday that due to an easing of the number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, the Obama administration is no longer … 0

Beacon Hill Roll Call, July 28 to Aug. 1

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on six roll calls and local senators on four roll calls from the week of July 28- August 1. GUNS (H 4376) House 122-30, Senate 37-3, approved and sent to Gov. Patrick a bill making changes in the … 0