WEEK AHEAD

Massachusetts Rep. David Linsky urged his colleagues to advance his "extreme risk protective order" bill, which would create a process to temporarily reduce an individual's access to firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

While President Trump called for schools to be better secured, and expressed a need to address mental health issues, many in Massachusetts are calling for even stricter gun regulation. 

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

There's now some budgetary “certainty” at the federal level, and that could make the budget process a little easier at the state level.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg confirmed to reporters Thursday that he had separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is undergoing treatment after allegations of sexual assault.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Over the weekend, The Boston Globe reported that when he was Massachusetts Senate president, Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg gave his husband Bryon Hefner access to his email, calendars and contacts -- and Hefner frequently used them.

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg confirmed to reporters Thursday that he had separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is undergoing treatment after allegations of sexual assault.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Senate has accepted the resignation letter of Senator Linda Forry, who accepted a job in the private sector. Just weeks before, Forry had been angling to lead the chamber, as Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg stepped aside amid a sexual harassment investigation into his spouse. 

Finance planning.
Ken Teegardin / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/teegardin

While President Trump's federal tax changes have been associated with some companies paying out big bonuses, much of its impact on residents, communities and states is still unclear. State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy tells us whether lawmakers in Boston have a good grasp of the tax bill's implications.

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
Antonio Caban / State House News Service

By the end of this week, the federal government will either shut down, or pass another spending extension in order to keep government running. 

Cash.
Ed Ivanushkin / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/barsen

Tax collections in December left Massachusetts flush with an unbudgeted windfall of cash, and have exceeded estimates by $728 million. 

Sen. Adam Hinds exits the Massachusetts Senate office wing around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, after the branch finished a marathon criminal justice debate.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

As we near the end of 2017, we check in with Matt Murphy of State House News Service for an update on the major issues of the year for the Massachusetts legislature. 

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his office at the Statehouse.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

It's been quite a few weeks for the Massachusetts Senate. Last Friday, former state Senator Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to charges that he used his Senate office to collect up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks. That went down while the Senate was dealing with some internal confusion.

Outside a Massachusetts polling place.
Robin Lubbock / WBUR

Massachusetts lawmakers have their work cut out for them as they try to negotiate a final criminal justice bill.

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