Boston: State House Weekly Recap

Two months into the new legislative session and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo finally assigned members to committees. (Steven Senne/AP)

Two months into the new legislative session and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo finally assigned members to committees. (Steven Senne/AP)

Lawmakers anxiously awaiting committee assignments were given relief this week, after House Speaker Robert DeLeo handed out his last assignments two months into the new legislative session.

Key leadership positions were doled out including Jamaica Plain Democrat, Jeffrey Sanchez, who will take over as the House Chair on the Health Care Financing Committee, as the governor tries to rein in Medicaid costs.

Lowell representative Thomas Golden was picked to head the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee.

And Quincy representative Ron Mariano will remain as the majority house leader.

Meanwhile the MBTA got back up and running this week, but the massive delays and cancellations still linger, leading to a few leadership shakeups.

The head of Keolis, the company that operates the commuter rail, stepped down just a day after Frank DePaola, acting highway administrator, was tapped as the interim director of the MBTA to fill in for Beverly Scott, who decided to leave earlier this month.

DePaola will take over on March 4, while Scott transitions out in April.

On Thursday the Senate Bonding Committee discussed how to address the crippling transportation system and more importantly how to fund such changes.

The mayor of New Bedford announced he wants his city to hold the sailing events if the Summer games come to Boston in 2024.

Governor Charlie Baker has let go of four members of the state’s Health Connector board including controversial MIT professor Jonathan Gruber.

Baker has not yet named any replacements.

The Governor, who spent the weekend in D.C. trying to reel in federal disaster funding to pay for this month’s historic snowstorms, says federal officials as well as the President seemed supportive.

Baker says the state has spent more than $80 million on snow removal so far this year.


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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.