Beacon Hill In 5


Beacon Hill In 5 is a weekly check-in at the Statehouse from New England Public Radio. Get a quick look at the week ahead in politics and government in Massachusetts with Carrie Healy, NEPR’s Morning Edition Host, and Matt Murphy with the State House News Service.

A 2007 photograph of the Celtics, playing in Boston.
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Last week, prohibitions against sports gambling were removed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some states are already jumping in. 

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin's employees appear to have done some political work on state time. Facing criticism from his challengers, Galvin has launched an investigation.

In a file photo, Senate President Harriette Chandler reads a statement accepting the findings of the ethics investigation into Sen. Stanley Rosenberg.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Last week saw the resignation of Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg, following the release of an ethics report that chastised the Amherst Democrat for a "failure of leadership." This week, the Senate tries to move on. 

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The Massachusetts Senate passed their version of a midyear spending bill that included money for funding Regional Transit Authorities, money to reimburse school districts for educating special needs students, and more. 

Inside the Massachusetts Statehouse.
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Invigorated and recharged from a quiet week on Beacon Hill last week, Massachusetts lawmakers are returning for budget debates. 

Hats and signs that were left at the pop-up memorial for the Boston Marathon bombing are arranged on tables at the Boston City Archives.
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Last week ended before the Massachusetts Senate could move on the supplemental budget bill. One program suspended on Sunday, because the bill wasn't passed, is the Healthy Incentives Program, which needed more funding in order to continue to offer the bonus fruits and veggies to snap recipients through June 30. 

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka, center, speaking on March 22, 2018.
File photo / State House News Service

Monday is the 99th day of 2018. We're anticipating a transfer of leadership in the Massachusetts Senate on July 23, the 204th day of the year.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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Last week, Bryon Hefner -- Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg’s estranged husband -- was indicted by a state grand jury on felony charges connected with sexual assaults, criminal lewdness and the distribution of nude photos.

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka, center, speaking on March 22, 2018.
File photo / State House News Service


Last week, state Senator Karen Spilka announced that she had amassed enough support to become the next Massachusetts Senate President. 

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
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Late last week, in remarks made to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Bob DeLeo talked about the “Peter Kocot health care bill.” Kocot, who passed away last month, was chairman of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.