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Mass. mental health chief: State must speak out for services

BY MATT MURPHY STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The Baker administration's mental health chief told lawmakers Thursday that the "bully pulpit," as much as any change in state law, will be needed to improve parity for mental health services in the...

Family of cop injured in Marathon shootout to get death benefit

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The family of a Boston cop who died a year after sustaining head injuries in the Watertown shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers will receive a one-time $150,000 death benefit from...

Bill would lengthen exemption period for grand jurors

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan wants to provide some relief for the Massachusetts citizens appointed for a role integral to the process of bringing felony charges.

Search for life sciences chief back to square one

BY ANDY METZGER STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

A year after the head of the state's biotech funding agency announced she would step down, officials tasked with choosing her successor have hit the reset button on the search.

Galvin considering ballot question on public records

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

If lawmakers don't attempt to reform the state's public records law by this August, Secretary of State William Galvin said he is willing to press ahead with a ballot initiative.

SJC asked to weigh in on House-Senate tax dispute

Andy Metzger STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The Massachusetts House on Friday asked the state's highest court to weigh in on whether the Senate abided by the constitution in proposing to freeze the income tax rate and add a tobacco tax through...

ACA exemption can help small businesses in Mass.

Gov. Charlie Baker is taking the right course of action in seeking an exemption from the Affordable Care Act, an exemption that can help the state's small businesses.

Ameresco to boost energy efficiency of Framingham buildings

Town officials in Framingham didn’t have to look far to select a company to help make municipal buildings more energy efficient.

Senate's after-midnight vote supports budget, MBTA reforms

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The Senate shortly after midnight Friday morning unanimously passed a $38.1 billion budget plan for the fiscal year that begins in July after Democrats and Republicans...

Senate passes plan to help more seniors afford home care

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Home care industry officials are celebrating passage of a Senate budget amendment on Wednesday that they say will make assistance more accessible and enable more seniors to avoid nursing home care.

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