A Connecticut lawmaker is once again pushing legislation he says will prevent controversial transfers of state land to municipalities, businesses or individuals.

It’s an elevator pitch Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has made a lot. Climate change is real. It’s man-made. And it’s here. But, he thinks the state could do better.

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.

The legal retail of marijuana in Massachusetts begins July 1. That’s prompted Connecticut lawmakers to once again consider legislation to allow the sale of marijuana in the state. Similar legislation failed last year.

Right now, every student at a public college in Connecticut, including those who are undocumented must pay a portion of their tuition towards a financial aid fund. But undocumented students are not allowed to apply for the aid they help to fund.

Massachusetts state Rep. Diana DiZoglio in a campaign handout image.
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On Beacon Hill, the Massachusetts House of Representatives has adopted new rules dealing with sexual harassment and how employees can safely report it.

Robert DeLeo, speaker of the House, has insisted leadership takes any allegations of sexual harassment in the House seriously.

The Connecticut legislature’s Public Safety Committee will hear testimony Thursday morning about a bill to allow more casinos in the state.

The Connecticut House of Representatives has approved Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s nominee to be Connecticut’s next chief justice by a one-vote margin. State Supreme Court Associate Justice Andrew McDonald’s nomination now goes to the State Senate.

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The Massachusetts Senate will debate a bill that would limit access to social media accounts by schools and employers.

In 2014, then-Governor Deval Patrick meets with students at William N. DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Since President John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts politicians have a poor record when running for the White House. But can two-term Governor Deval Patrick reverse the trend? Patrick recently told radio station KCUR a 2020 presidential bid was on his "radar screen."