Boston: State House Weekly Preview

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, left, reacts during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, after meeting with now Senate President  Stanley Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, left, reacts during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, after meeting with now Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo. (Elise Amendola/AP)

To kick off Governor Charlie Baker’s first full week in office,  he is scheduled to meet with top Beacon Hill legislators, House Speaker Robert Deleo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, Monday afternoon at the State House to discuss his initial plan of action for the Commonwealth.

Last week during Baker’s inauguration address he highlighted closing a nearly half a billion dollar budget gap, addressing a statewide opiate crisis as well as providing better access to quality education as his main focus.

With the new legislative session underway, lawmakers will be racing to file their bills before Friday’s biennial deadline.

Last session,  three-quarters of all bills were filed before the biennial deadline.

Former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien, who was convicted last summer of running a rigged hiring scheme, no longer has to report for his year and a half prison sentence today after a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that O’Brien could delay his sentence during the appeal process.

O’Brien, along with his former deputy,  were convicted of racketeering and mail fraud for giving jobs to underqualified candidates who were politically connected.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will deliver his first “State of the City” address Tuesday night after serving just over a year in office.

Walsh took over as Mayor after the late Thomas Menino decided to step down after serving 20 years on the job.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump will be holding a Municipal Finance Oversight Board meeting Wednesday involving a request from Fall River for $3.94 million in qualified bonds to pay for building remodeling, flood control and additional police cruisers.

The group No Boston Olympics, who oppose Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, will be holding their first official meeting Wednesday night in the wake of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to pick Boston over three over U-S cities for the country’s official bid.

Paris, Rome and Berlin are among those also in the running. A decision is expected to be made by 2017.

Jury selection for two major murder cases will continue this week in Massachusetts, which called around 1,200 potential jurors each to fill a 12 person panel as well as six alternates.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the death penalty if convicted.

And former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who’s undergoing his first of two murder cases, faces a life sentence without parole if found guilty of the 2013 fatal shooting of semi-professional football player Odin Llyod.


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About Paige Sutherland

Paige Sutherland was a State House reporter for WATD, and left WATD full-time in March, 2015. She will continue to update WATD time-to-time on relevant New Hampshire news.