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|It wasn’t all about promotions yesterday at the State House|
Beacon Hill was all abuzz yesterday about House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s surprise appointment of Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez as the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But there was also a key demotion yesterday: Rep, Russell E. Holmes, who recently criticized DeLeo’s leadership, got bounced from his leadership post. Retaliation? Holmes thinks so. DeLeo denies it. The Herald’s Dan Atkinson, the Globe’s Claire Parker and SHNS’s Mike Norton and Matt Murphy at the Valley Dispatch (Patriot Ledger) have the details.
|Rep. Chan becomes House's first Asian-American chairman (we think)|
The House leadership re-shuffle caused by Rep. Brian Dempsey’s pending departure may have entailed a demotion for Rep. Russell Holmes, but it led to a promotion for Rep. Tackey Chan, who will take over as co-chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. He’s now the House’s first Asian-American to chair a committee. Or does that distinction belong to Rep. Paul Schmid? SHNS’s Andy Metzger at the Patriot Ledger explains.Patriot Ledger
|Kennedy sides with union against Baker’s T privatization efforts|
MBTA workers – along with U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III – rallied yesterday against privatization of T jobs being pushed by the transit agency’s governing board controlled by the Baker administration, as reported by Banjamin Paulin at the Patriot Ledger. Politically, we’re not sure what to make of this move by Kennedy.Wicked Local
|SJC: Employers can’t fire workers who test positive for pot used for medical purposes|
The law is the law – and the Supreme Judicial Court yesterday said state law clearly states that employers can’t discriminate against workers who test positive for THC if it’s proven they’re using marijuana for medical purposes. Universal Hub’s Adam Gaffin has more, including a rather lively debate in the comments section.Universal Hub
|After remaining silent on gas compressor, Baker says the state ‘need not and will not’ remain silent|
Amid mounting political opposition to a proposed natural gas compressor station along the banks of the Fore River in North Weymouth, Gov. Charlie Baker, who has previously said there wasn’t much state officials could do about the planned facility, is now saying the state “need not and will not remain silent” on the project, according to a letter he wrote to Mayor Robert Hedlund last week, reports the Patriot Ledger. SHNS’s Michael Norton at the BBJ has more on the administration’s request for a formal public health assessment and a more thorough airing of public safety concerns.Patriot Ledger
|Legislative hearings in overdrive today|
We’ve put today’s busy schedule of legislative hearings at the State House in this one post for easier reading and reference. Here goes:
-- The Education Committee will hear a number of bills concerning health, including Sen. Cynthia Creem’s proposal requiring school districts to implement an allergy management and prevention plan, 10 a.m., Room 428.
-- The Financial Services Committee will hear several bills on health insurance mandates, 10:30 a.m., Room A-1.
-- Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies holds a hearing on bills dealing with innovation, tourism and other key sectors, 10:30 a.m., Room A-2.
-- Joint Committee on Revenue reviews about three dozen bills largely concerning sales and excise taxes, 11 a.m., Hearing Room B-2.
-- Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery holds a hearing on eight bills, including a bill that deals with the classification of ‘the street drug known as Molly,’ 11 a.m., Room B-1.
-- The Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery holds a public hearing on public safety, 11 a.m., Room B-1.
-- The Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will solicit testimony on legislation aimed at prohibiting discrimination in state contracts, 11 a.m., Gardner Auditorium.
-- Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development hears testimony on 15 unemployment insurance bills, including Gov. Baker’s bill to modernize the state's administration of unemployment insurance, 1 p.m., Room B-2.
-- Joint Committee on the Judiciary hears testimony on dozens of bills under the broad category of ‘crimes legislation,’ including bills to allow Massachusetts consumers to purchase and use gun suppressors under certain circumstances, 1 p.m., Hearing Room A-1.
-- The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee revisits the issue of regulating the secondary metals trade, 1 p.m., Room B-1
To view more events or post an event listing on Beacon Hill Town Square, please visit events.massterlist.com.