POSSIBLE 2018 BALLOT QUESTIONS CONFIRMED

By Bob Katzen

Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s office announced that sponsors of seven ballot questions have met the signature and all other requirements to take the next step to get on the 2018 ballot. These proposals now go to the Legislature and, if not approved by May 2, 2018, proponents must gather another 10,792 signatures by July 4, 2018, in order for the question to appear on the November 2018 ballot.

The seven questions include:

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DECAL FOR DRIVERS ON LEARNER’S PERMIT

By Bob Katzen

The House Ways and Means Committee has recommended passage of a bill that would require two copies of a highly-reflective decal or other symbol to be clearly visible to law enforcement officers on the window of any vehicle being operated by a driver with a learner’s permit or a junior operator’s license. The size, fee and other details would be determined by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. A violation of the requirement would result in a fine up to $50.

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RAISE ALCOHOL TAXES AND FINES DISCUSSED ON BEACON HILL

By Bob Katzen

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg’s Alcohol Task Force that she formed in February issued its report with 37 recommendations, including raising the excise tax on beer, wine and liquor; increasing the fines for violations of laws relating to alcohol; spending an additional $3.1 million per year for hiring 30 new investigators and 15 staff members for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC); and making some operational changes to the ABCC.

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Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 52 December 25-29, 2017

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House and Senate last week.

This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on how often local representatives voted with their party leadership.

The votes of the 2017 membership of 34 Republicans were compared with those of GOP House Minority Leader Bradley Jones (R-North Reading). The votes of the 2017 membership of 125 Democrats were compared to House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop). Beacon Hill Roll Call uses 289 votes from the 2017 House session as the basis for this report. This includes all roll calls that were not quorum calls or votes on local issues. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 52 December 25-29, 2017

City Pairs Youth with Seniors, Persons with Disabilities for Assistance with Snow Shoveling Sign up now for winter 2017-18

The City of Somerville is looking for Somerville teens to pair with residents in need of shoveling assistance during upcoming snow storms. Additionally, Somerville senior citizens and residents with disabilities may contact us to be added to the list. Continue reading City Pairs Youth with Seniors, Persons with Disabilities for Assistance with Snow Shoveling Sign up now for winter 2017-18