SENATE PROTECTS SCHOOL CUSTODIANS

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Baker a bill designed to protect the rights of custodians, cafeteria and other non-teaching employees of school districts by exempting them from the Education Reform Act or 1993. That act gave school principals strong control over the hiring and assignment of teachers and other education professionals as part of the effort to improve test scores and overall student performance.

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SENATE TO INCREASE DEEDS EXCISE TAX FROM $20 to $50

By Bob Katzen

Senate 38-0, approved an amendment raising the state deeds excise tax from $20 to $50. The deeds excise tax is paid by the seller of the property and funds the state’s Community Preservation Act Trust Fund that “matches” the money raised by local cities and towns which are allowed to impose a surtax on real estate sales to fund projects like affordable housing, preservation of historical resources and open space.

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IMMIGRATION STATUS AMENDMENT APPROVED

By Bob Katzen

The Senate 25-13, approved an amendment that would prohibit police and other law enforcement from asking people about their immigration status. Other provisions end the practice that deputizes state and local law enforcement as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents; bans state resources from being used to create a registry based on ethnicity, religion, country of origin and other criteria; and requires that immigrants be notified of their due-process rights.

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MENTAL HEALTH BILL AMENDMENT REJECTED

By Bob Katzen

House 42-111, rejected an amendment that would require the court, within 24 hours of the issuance of an ERPO, to assign a mental health counselor to evaluate the individual, assess counseling needs and establish a counseling outline and program. It also requires the Department of Mental Health, if considered necessary, to establish a mental health counseling program for the individual and report back to the court.

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COURTS TO RED FLAG ON GUNS

By Bob Katzen

House 139-14, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow family or household members to petition the courts to issue an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) that would suspend a person’s license to carry a firearm and order him or her to surrender his or her firearms and ammunition if he or she is believed to be a danger to themselves or others.

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HOUSE APPROVES HIKE CAR RENTAL TAX BY $2 TO FUND POLICE TRAINING

By Bob Katzen

House 149-4, Senate 37-0, approved an amendment imposing a $2 tax on car rentals to fund municipal police training.

Amendment supporters said the small fee would raise up to $10 million annually for this fund established by the criminal justice law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last month.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, May 26, the 146th day of 2018 with 219 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:12 and sunset is @ 8:08. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

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Memorial Day Weekend 4-Tours-of-Duty Homeless Veteran Gets Disrespected In Sanctuary City of Somerville

By William Tauro

He served four tours of duty as well as was wounded in combat protecting our great nation and now he claims that the City of Somerville has turned it’s back on him now that he’s homeless and has nowhere to stay.

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Somerville Rotary Club Inducts New Member David Worzala

Photo Left : Somerville Rotary New Member David Worzala and Somerville Rotary Past-President Paul Kaufman.

On May 15, 2018 Somerville Rotary Club inducted David Worzala as a new member at their Tuesday May 15, 2018 meeting at the Holiday Inn Boston/Bunker Hill in Somerville, Ma. David Worzala and his family moved to the area from Madison Wisconsin where he was active in the DownTown Madison Rotary Club for the past 15 years.

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SOMERVILLE HOUSE DELEGATION VOTES FOR GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION

 

Somerville Representatives Christine Barber, Mike Connolly and Denise Provost joined their House colleagues this week in voting to pass H.4517, An Act relative to firearms, known as the “red flag” bill to allow family members, health care providers and law enforcement to petition the court for an Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) that would suspend an individual’s license to carry or firearm identification card if they are deemed at risk of harming themselves or others.

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Somerville-City Awards $8.2M in CPA Funds to Open Space and Historic Resources & 100 Homes Project, Now Accepting New Applications

Follows $1.2M in funding for affordable housing

SOMERVILLE – This month, the Somerville Board of Aldermen approved and allocated more than $8.3 million in Community Preservation Act funding to ten open space and historic preservation projects and the 100 Homes Initiative, upon the recommendation of the Somerville Community Preservation Committee (CPC). The Aldermen previously approved the CPC’s recommendation to provide $1,200,402 to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in March.

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