Boston: State House Weekly Recap

A couple walks on the beach below a damaged seawall the day after a winter storm, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Marshfield, Mass. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

A couple walks on the beach below a damaged seawall the day after a winter storm, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Marshfield, Mass. The storm punched out a 40-to-50-foot section of a seawall. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

This week was a quiet one on Beacon Hill after a record-breaking snowstorm blew through the state dumping up to 36 inches of snow in some parts of the region.

Worcester received the most in the city’s history with 34.5 inches;  meanwhile 24 inches fell in Boston, making it the city’s sixth largest snowstorm in nearly 80 years.

But besides heavy snowfall, this storm also brought hurricane winds that led to massive power outages especially on the Cape and Islands, Marshfield and Plymouth.

The South Shore was the hardest hit with major flooding in Quincy, Scituate and Hull as well as significant damage to Marshfield’s sea wall on Bay Avenue.

Public transportation shut down entirely and Governor Charlie Baker issued a state of emergency, closing all roads statewide.

A storm, that Baker estimates could cost up to $30 million, comes as the state is grappling with a nearly $765 million budget deficit.

But Baker has vowed to start addressing the budget gap sometime early next week.

Term limits that ban the House Speaker from serving more than eight years in a row have been removed after a push from current House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

Under the original rule, DeLeo would have been forced to step down in 2017.

A judge has rejected the state’s deal with Partners Healthcare allowing them to acquire three new hospitals including South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, saying it wasn’t in the public’s best interest.

This comes after new Attorney General Maura Healey threatened to sue Partners if the deal was approved.

Opening statements began Thursday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez after it was delayed due to the weather.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the 2013 fatal shooting of semi-professional football player Odin Llyod.

The trial is expected to last six to ten weeks.


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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.