State House News Service
The provision was included in a Senate bill aimed at preventing substance abuse and curbing the scourge of heroin and other opiates, which the Department of Public Health blamed for 1,256 accidental deaths last year in Massachusetts.
A proposal to implement substance abuse screening for seventh and 10th grade students failed in the state Senate debate Thursday.
Gov. Baker urged lawmakers to support his bills to expand the development of solar and hydroelectric power in Massachusetts.
By 2040, Massachusetts will need about half a million additional residential units, mostly in urban areas, analysts told lawmakers Tuesday.
The hospital has agreed to pay the United States $2.3 million to resolve allegations that lax controls enabled MGH employees to divert controlled substances such as oxycodone for personal use.
The bill is expected to require schools to screen students for signs of addiction, encourage alternatives to opioids for pain management, and allow patients to limit their own access to the addictive drugs.
The cost estimate of the long-promised trolley extension rose from roughly $2 billion last December to nearly $3 billion this spring — throwing the project into flux.
Citing the patchwork of cab regulations from city to city, a House lawmaker who will play a significant role in shaping a bill to regulate ride-hailing companies said “Modernizing the taxi industry would be something we’re investigating.”
Travis McCready, an attorney with experience working with tech companies and grant-making, will become the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center’s second ever CEO.
Those enrolled in unsubsidized health insurance through the Health Connector will see hikes of up to 9.3 percent, while those subsidized plans will see modest decreases.
Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated his stance on Thursday that Massachusetts would be open to a discussion about accepting refugees from Syria.
The 2014 nurse staffing law will apply to burn units and intensive care for newborns along with intensive care units for adults.
It was the fourth and final public listening session before Gov. Charlie Baker’s opioid abuse task force prepares to issues recommendations to the governor in May.
Vicki Coates, a former vice president of dental management at DentaQuest, starts on Monday as chief operating officer. Patricia Wada, who has worked on state information technology projects, will take the job of special assistant to the governor for project delivery.
Gov. Charlie Baker named insurance executive Mark Gaunya and business consultant Rina Vertes to serve on the Massachusetts Connector Authority Board.
The bulk of the savings — about 65 percent — come from what officials are describing as “cash management,” a budgeting technique partly inherited from the Patrick administration that will push off $456 million in payments to the next fiscal year.
Groups representing people dependent on state health insurance programs are resisting Gov. Charlie Baker’s push for authority to make major changes in the MassHealth program.
Local elected officials have criticized Steward for the speed with which the for-profit company has moved to close the hospital after it claimed in November that it suffered financial losses and a decreasing number of patients at the Quincy hospital.
The order devotes .5 percent of the cost of construction and renovation projects on state-owned property in Boston and “gateway cities” to the preservation or creation of public art, up to $250,000.
The Patrick administration early Friday evening announced a five-year health care deal with the federal government worth $41.4 billion, which will succeed a three-year $26.75 billion waiver agreement that expired June 30.
As nurses raised alarms that they are untrained and ill equipped to handle cases of Ebola virus, Massachusetts hospital officials said Thursday that the health crisis emerging from West Africa demands a unique response.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Wednesday that defendants seeking to withdraw guilty pleas because their cases were handled by disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan must indicate they would have insisted on a trial if they knew about her malfeasance.
According to Attorney General Martha Coakley, Annie Dookhan may have had professional pride in mind when she allegedly misidentified drug lab evidence.
Department of Public Health Commissioner John Auerbach offered his resignation over the weekend and Gov. Deval Patrick accepted it on Monday.
State police discovered a chemist failed to follow protocols in drug testing, potentially exposing thousands of drug convictions to legal challenges.