Posted inHealth Care

Lawmakers send police reform, abortion measures to governor

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LEGISLATURE sent bills dealing with police reform and abortion back to Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday and began work on compromise health care legislation that requires insurers to permanently reimburse for behavioral telehealth at the rates they’d pay for the same care in-person. The House joined the Senate in passing […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Baker amends police reform bill

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER plans to return to the Legislature landmark legislation that would impose new accountability standards on police, proposing a handful of amendments Thursday that he hopes Democrats will compromise with him over, but making clear he’s not afraid to veto the legislation if lawmakers resist those changes. Baker, a […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Compromise police reform bill reported out

AFTER FOUR MONTHS of closed-door negotiations, six members of the House and Senate reported out compromise police reform legislation on Monday that establishes a certification system for officers and punts the contentious issue of immunity to a special legislative commission. The bill released by a House-Senate conference committee would create a civilian-led Peace Officer Standards […]