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The Lowell Sun

Boston, MA, United States

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House Dems roll out reproductive rights bill

State representatives could vote as soon as Wednesday on a reproductive care access measure responding to last week's seismic U.S. Supreme Court decision as well as legislation reforming the health insurance practice known as step therapy. → Read More

Greater Boston hospitality industry rebounding quicker than some expected

Tourism in the greater Boston area is rebounding more quickly than some experts anticipated in the dark early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and industry leaders think a focus on in-person work and government aid could help accelerate that trend. → Read More

Baker talks impacts of long-term hybrid work model

Many employees have returned to an in-person daily grind more than two years after the pandemic reshaped public life, but even if a fraction of the workforce continues to embrace hybrid or remote models, the economic impacts will be "pretty significant," Gov. Charlie Baker told business leaders Thursday. → Read More

House vote leaves licensing bill on verge of becoming law

Immigration reform and road safety advocates have spent years unsuccessfully pushing Beacon Hill to expand driver's license access to undocumented immigrants and, despite the objection of Gov. Charlie Baker, the policy could become law by the end of Thursday. → Read More

House passes harassment bill to address revenge porn

The House voted unanimously Thursday to crack down on the distribution of sexually explicit materials without a subject's consent and to create a new "middle ground" option for law enforcement to take when dealing with teenagers who exchange explicit pictures and videos of themselves or their peers. → Read More

State Senate passes budget rider to protect abortion providers

Reproductive and gender-affirming health care providers in Massachusetts would gain new protections against legal action brought in other states, as would out-of-state residents who travel here to seek services including abortion, under a budget amendment the Senate adopted Wednesday. → Read More

UMass tuition rising this fall after two-year freeze

Tuition across all University of Massachusetts campuses will increase this fall for the first time in three years, ending a pandemic-era freeze as the higher education system's leaders grapple with dark financial clouds on the horizon. → Read More

Opioid settlement to provide $525 million for treatment, prevention

Massachusetts cities and towns will split more than $210 million in money paid by opioid manufacturers and distributors, while state government will get another $310 million to invest in ongoing efforts to rein in the addiction and overdose epidemic, officials announced Tuesday. → Read More

Report: Nonwhite residents hit harder by post-moratorium evictions

In the first year after elected officials allowed a statewide moratorium on evictions to lapse, tenants in neighborhoods where a majority of residents are nonwhite were nearly twice as likely to face eviction than renters in mostly white areas, according to a new report. → Read More

Window to seek enhanced rental assistance closing as fed funds dry up

The Baker administration will stop accepting new applications for federally funded emergency rental assistance next month, closing the door on a diminishing stream of money that advocates say has provided a "lifeline" to tens of thousands of families under financial strain during the pandemic. → Read More

Traffic’s back, but patterns have changed – Lowell Sun

The morning slog on Interstate 95 toward Boston from points north and south of the city is six-plus minutes faster today than it was before COVID-19 rewired commuting. A morning rush hour trip on a… → Read More

DPH reports ‘significant overcount’ of Mass. COVID-19 deaths

When state public health officials publish Monday's report about the latest COVID-19 impacts on Massachusetts, the cumulative death toll through two years of the pandemic will suddenly stand about 15% lower. → Read More

Report: Bulk of unemployment benefit overpayments went to lower income workers

More than half of the Massachusetts workers who collectively received $2.3 billion in overpaid unemployment benefits during the pandemic stand on the lowest rung of the income ladder, according to … → Read More

Transparency measures disappear In conference darkness – Lowell Sun

BOSTON — The biennial bill-reporting deadline came and went last week, but an 11-month legislative disagreement means the public may never know how their representatives and senators voted in… → Read More

Committee keeps lock on popular licensing bill

BOSTON — Almost two years ago to the day, the Transportation Committee voted along party lines to endorse legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts to access drive… → Read More

Divided Commission mulls correction system changes

In addition to its calls for standardized reporting, a panel of legislators, law enforcement officials and justice system advocates is poised to debate whether Massachusetts should trim available p… → Read More

Flu activity high for first time since April 2020

Amid an aggressive surge in COVID-19 infections, Massachusetts is also grappling with the early months of what is shaping up to be an active season for the flu. Influenza-like illness activity reac… → Read More

Senate leader hopes to revive facial recognition debate

Limits on law enforcement use of facial recognition software enacted last year “did not go far enough” to rein in the technology, a top Senate Democrat told her colleagues on Tuesday. S… → Read More

Legislators roll out redistricting proposal

Fall River, the state’s 10th most populous city, would no longer be divided between two congressional districts under a draft map lawmakers released Monday that fell short of winning over vot… → Read More

Galvin predicts ‘excitement gap’ may depress voter turnout – Lowell Sun

.History is on the ballot in Boston on Tuesday with voters set to choose a woman as mayor, but the state’s top elections official expects that turnout will lag behind previous contests amid w… → Read More