Massachusetts ETHICS TASK FORCE (H 4627) 

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to the governor a bill that would create a 13-member Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government including the attorney general, the chief legal counsels to the governor, House and Senate, each branch’s chair of the Committee on Ethics and the Committees on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and three other people with expertise on issues relating to ethics, public integrity or campaign finance.  Continue reading Massachusetts ETHICS TASK FORCE (H 4627) 

Somerville’s Controversial Subject of Sanctuary Cities Back In The News

By Bob Katzen 

   The controversial subject of sanctuary cities is back in the news following the election of Donald Trump. “We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths,” Trump said in an August speech on immigration. “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.” Continue reading Somerville’s Controversial Subject of Sanctuary Cities Back In The News

Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 46 November 14-18, 2016

By Bob Katzen 
   

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.
   The controversial subject of sanctuary cities is back in the news following the election of Donald Trump. “We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths,” Trump said in an August speech on immigration. “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.” Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 46 November 14-18, 2016

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, November 19, the 324th day of 2016 with 42 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:4 and sunset is @ 4:19. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are 0Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1794 – Britain’s King George III signed the Jay Treaty. It resolved the issues left over from the Revolutionary War.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

STATEMENT BY SENATOR JEHLEN ON RELEASE OF FORMER SPEAKER DIMASI

 

BOSTON – I am happy that former speaker Sal DiMasi is being released from federal prison. He will be with his family, and have the possibility of decent health care. Keeping terminally ill and incapacitated people locked up doesn’t serve public safety, costs enormous amounts of money, and is inhumane. Had he been sentenced to state prison, this never would have been an option because Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states without a medical release law. Hopefully we can change that soon.