Boston: State House Weekly Preview

A line of cars sit buried in snow banks in Somerville, Mass., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The latest snowstorm left the Boston area with another two feet of snow and forced the MBTA to suspend all rail service for the day. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

A line of cars sit buried in snow banks in Somerville, Mass., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The latest snowstorm left the Boston area with another two feet of snow and forced the MBTA to suspend all rail service for the day. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

The new legislative session has been off to a slow start after more than six major snowstorms hit the region so far this year – dumping more than seven feet of snow across the Commonwealth, breaking snowfall records in cities such as Boston and Worcester.

Many lawmakers have been too busy digging out and Governor Charlie Baker too swamped with storm response and preparation press conferences to really get to work.

And this week is expected to be a another slow one, while students are on February vacation and more snow is in the forecast later Tuesday.

Despite more than five weeks since House Democrats have been sworn in, many have yet to be assigned to committees, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo has not let on that appointments will be made anytime soon.

Baker will be making his first trip to the nation’s capital as governor on Friday to attend the National Governors Association’s winter meeting.

Baker, who is one of the seven new Republican governors elected last November, says he hopes to talk to fellow New England governors this weekend about energy policy as well as opioid addiction.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday to talk about the fate of horse racing in Massachusetts after the 80-year-old racing track at Suffolk Downs closed last October.

Former State Attorney General Martha Coakley will be leading a study group at Harvard’s Institute of Politics about the current status of civil rights, economic justice and advances in life sciences.

Coakley joined Harvard as a fellow after losing a bid for governor to Charlie Baker in one of the state’s closest gubernatorial races on record.


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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.