WEEK AHEAD

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker returns to Beacon Hill from a vacation Monday, and lawmakers begin a countdown to the last day of their formal sessions in 2017. 

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Beacon Hill was jolted late last week by a column in The Boston Globe. It cited a dozen anonymous lobbyists, aides, activists and lawmakers who described sexual harassment in the State House. 

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This week on Beacon Hill, lawmakers hear from western Massachusetts residents who say the region needs to be connected to Boston and Worcester by high-speed rail. 

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Before the end of the month, leaders in the Massachusetts Senate are hoping to pass sweeping changes to the state's criminal justice laws. 

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After the mass shooting in Las Vegas last week, some lawmakers began to push to restrict a modification device for rifles called a bump stock. It allows semi-automatic weapons to act like automatic ones. 

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A week after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced he was courting the massive Amazon headquarters to come to his state, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will be addressing issues that could affect the giant retailer.

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Massachusetts politicians are getting involved in the sweepstakes surrounding Amazon's hunt for a second headquarters. That long-term goal comes as the state receives some good short-term news on tax collections.

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Community organizations, labor groups and business leaders gather to testify at the Massachusetts Statehouse Tuesday for a legislative hearing on a number of bills that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  

In a photo from April 2017, the Massachusetts Statehouse.
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Massachusetts lawmakers return to Beacon Hill this week following their summer recess.

Governor Charlie Baker is pushing them to restrict who is eligible for the state's Medicaid program -- MassHealth. But the Democratic-controlled legislature has a few other priorities on their list.

As we do most Mondays, we turn to Matt Murphy from the State House News Service, who offered some history on this back-and-forth.

Susannah Whipps, during a meeting with the Springfield Republican editorial board.
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This is a big week for Massachusetts' new marijuana industry. The makeup of the five-member Cannabis Control Commission will be finalized.

Governor Charlie Baker announced his pick last week -- state Senator Jennifer Flanagan. She's a Democrat and opponent of legalized pot.

As we do most Mondays, we checked in with State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy for the details.

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