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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

Mass. adds drug courts amid opioid epidemic

Sunday, August 3, 2014

QUINCY — In a small courtroom in Quincy District Court, Judge Mary Beth Heffernan doles out instructions and advice the way a parent would: sometimes gently, sometimes firmly, but always with an encouraging tone. Heffernan presides over a specialty court where defendants with substance abuse problems are closely … 0

Patrick reviewing several major bills

Friday, August 1, 2014

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick said Friday that he’s pleased lawmakers were able to finish work on several major pieces of legislation, but wants time to review them before deciding which to sign into law. “We’re going to … 0

Compromise solar ‘net metering’ bill OK’d

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Legislature’s late-night closing session kept the sun from shining on a sweeping bill that would have changed incentives for solar-powered electric generation in Massachusetts. A last-minute compromise in the House Ways and Means Committee moved forward controversial “Net Metering and Solar Power” legislation — but not far. … 0

State and Region Briefs

Friday, August 1, 2014

Girl at Market Basket protest struck by car SEABROOK, N.H. — Police say 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while attending a Market Basket protest in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Police said the accident happened at about 6 … 0

State/Region Briefs

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Patrick signs new abortion clinic bill BOSTON — Police now have increased authority to break up crowds gathering around Massachusetts abortion clinic entrances under a bill the governor signed on Wednesday. Gov. Deval Patrick’s signing comes a little … 0

Kinder Morgan announces agreements with gas buyers

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. parent Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced Wednesday it has reached agreement with “key local natural gas distribution companies” throughout New England to transport approximately 500,000 dekatherms per day for the Wright, N.Y.-to-Dracut portion of its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. Included are The Berkshire … 0

Massachusetts lawmakers OK PAC disclosure bill

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have accepted a bill designed to tighten reporting requirements for independent political expenditures, including those made by political action committees known as super PACs. Under the bill, corporations, labor unions and political committees would be required to file a campaign finance report within seven … 0

Lost at sea for a night

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. … 0

Tribes support changing feds’ recognition process

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MASHPEE — American Indians attending a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government’s plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition. But the tribal representatives, from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere, urged … 0

Abortion clinic bill sent to Gov. Patrick’s desk

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BOSTON — A bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts is awaiting Gov. Deval Patrick’s signature. The Massachusetts House and Senate on Tuesday gave final passage to the legislation that would let police disperse one or more individuals who are substantially impeding access to a … 0