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

Beacon Hill In 5

From New England Public Media

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

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Massachusetts lawmakers look at abortion, gun laws before end of legislative session

Following two much-anticipated Supreme Court rulings last week, Massachusetts lawmakers will be looking closely at state concealed carry, and abortion laws, in these last weeks before the end of the Legislative session.

Massachusetts lawmakers look at abortion, gun laws before end of legislative session

Massachusetts House Speaker calls request for east-west rail authority 'very premature'

House Speaker Ron Mariano wants more answers before he moves forward with funding for expanded passenger rail service between Pittsfield and Boston, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts House Speaker calls request for east-west rail authority 'very premature'

Massachusetts lawmakers still working on compromise for budget year that begins July 1

With less than three weeks before the new fiscal year begins, negotiators are continuing talks on a compromise budget using elements of the different spending plans passed by the state House and Senate.

Massachusetts lawmakers still working on compromise for budget year that begins July 1

Massachusetts convention attendees have selected Democrats to appear on primary ballot

Candidates needed to win the backing of at least 15% of delegates at the Democratic convention in Worcester to keep their campaigns alive over the summer, when they will be able to make their case to voters statewide.

Massachusetts convention attendees have selected Democrats to appear on primary ballot

With Baker's veto, immigrant driver's license bill back in Legislature's hands

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has vetoed a bill that would allow immigrants without legal status to get driver's licenses. But the legislature gets the final word.

With Baker's veto, immigrant driver's license bill back in Legislature's hands

Ballot now set in the Republican primary for governor of Massachusetts

Republican delegates on Saturday qualified both of their candidates for Massachusetts governor for the September primary ballot. Reporter Matt Murphy of the State House News Service discusses what's ahead this week at the Statehouse in Boston.

Ballot now set in the Republican primary for governor of Massachusetts

Court approval, state funding needed before Holyoke Soldiers' Home families get COVID settlement

Governor Charlie Baker said he wants to provide closure for families of those veterans. At least 76 veterans died amid the outbreak there in 2020.

Court approval, state funding needed before Holyoke Soldiers' Home families get COVID settlement

Massachusetts House, Senate work to resolve differences in immigrant driver's license bills

Technical details between Massachusetts House and Senate versions of the immigrant driver's license legislation must be worked out by lawmakers.

Massachusetts House, Senate work to resolve differences in immigrant driver's license bills

Massachusetts lawmakers to consider immigrant driver's license, sports betting legislation

Lawmakers will consider giving immigrants without legal status a pathway to get a state driver's license, and further consider sports gambling this week at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Massachusetts lawmakers to consider immigrant driver's license, sports betting legislation

Sitting on pile of cash, Massachusetts lawmakers focus on budgeting

This week, the Massachusetts House kicks off deliberations Monday on its $49.6 billion spending plan for FY23. The Senate, which meets in formal session Thursday, could move towards a long-awaited vote on sports betting after a bill emerged Friday from the Ways and Means Committee. Matt Murphy of the State House News Service talks about the week ahead.