‘VaxMillions’ registration, House session and more
Registration for the state’s ‘VaxMillions’ lottery opens up to the public, with fully vaccinated residents 18 and older eligible to win one of five $1 million cash prizes or $300,000 scholarship grants for residents between 12-17 years of age.
11 a.m. | The House holds an informal session.
11 a.m. | Senate meets to act on a Chapter 90 bill financing local road and bridge construction.
11 a.m. | Raise Up Massachusetts, workers, advocates, business leaders, and legislators plan to gather Outside 1 Ashburton Place in Boston to celebrate the July 1 effective date for the last portion of the state’s recently passed paid family and medical leave law, front steps of State House.
An opening: Chang-Diaz seat up for grabs
After 14 years, the 2nd Suffolk Senate seat is up for grabs as Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz prepares to step down to pursue a bid for governor, reports GHB News’ Mike Deehan. The district is at the center of Boston’s Black community and has a “historical place and role” in the Legislature.
More from Deehan: “The Massachusetts Senate has not included a Black member since former Dorchester Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry resigned in 2018 to take an executive job in the construction industry. Rep. Nika Elugardo, a Black woman who currently represents Jamaica Plain in the House, told GBH News she is ‘thinking about’ running to succeed Chang-Díaz.”
Recurring rejections: House overrides Baker veto in Holyoke bill
Keeping with the theme of the past several weeks, the House pushed aside what Gov. Charlie Baker says are clear warning signs. House Democrats voted to override the governor’s objection to legal language requiring union labor for the construction of a new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, reports SHNS’s Matt Murphy.
Baker argued that requiring union labor would increase the overall cost and excludes minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses. House Democrats disagree, saying the administration did not provide clear evidence or examples.
Busted: Feds arrest two more Mass. men for roles in Jan. 6 uprising
They’re not done. Nearly six months after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, federal officials have arrested and charged two more Bay State residents, bringing the total to 10. Noah Bacon of Somerville was arrested after video captured by a reporter was matched to a photo in an RMV database by U.S. Postal Service investigators, Adam Gaffin of Universal Hub reports.
Also taken into custody was Chase Kevin Allen, a 25-year-old who lived in Seekonk at the time, and who was tracked down by the online group Sedition Hunters using photos posted by the FBI, Stephen Peterson of the Sun Chronicle reports.
When will the State House open to the public?
Maybe in the fall. At least that’s the goal the Legislature set out in a Wednesday afternoon statement from House Speaker Ronald Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka, as MassterList’s own Chris Van Buskirk writes at SHNS. The Democratic leaders say they are in “the process of developing a comprehensive and nuanced reopening plan with the goal of returning employees and the public safely to the State House in the fall.”
The two leaders also said they are “simultaneously planning a phased timeline” for reopening the building to the public. But the Wednesday statement did not include a timeline for when the plan or the phased timeline would be released.
No deal: Nurses propose counteroffer to hospital
Massachusetts Nurses Association handed St. Vincent Hospital a counteroffer after the hospital put a deal on the table Sunday morning, the third since the strike started at the end of April, reports Telegram & Gazette’s Cyrus Moulton.
More from Moulton: “MNA leadership responded by panning the [Sunday] proposal as ‘not a serious proposal,’ and, in announcing their counter, called the hospital’s offer ‘the worst proposal made by the hospital since the strike began.’”
It was really, really hot yesterday
The sizzling heat reminds this MassterList writer of growing up in Texas, except that the humidity in Massachusetts makes the high temperatures unbearable. But good news is on the way, reports Clarence Fanto at the Berkshire Eagle, as cooler air from Southern Canada is expected to cool things down starting Thursday.
And for the first time in decade, Boston hit 100 degrees, reports John R. Ellement, Emily Sweeney and Martin Finucane of the Boston Globe. More from the Globe trio: “The record was broken Wednesday afternoon as residents hunkered down during the third day of a fierce heat wave. The 100-degree record smashed the previous record for the day, 95 degrees, which was set in 1945.”
Lynn mayoral candidate drops out, cites racial profiling
Onetime Lynn mayoral hopeful Keith Lee said he’s ended his campaign after encountering “racial profiling” while pounding the pavement to get the word out about his candidacy. Allysha Dunnigan of the Lynn Item has the details.
Why wait? Jasiel Correia will tie the knot a month before sentencing
Waiting is not really an option. Convicted former Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia will marry his fiancee exactly one month before he is due to be sentenced — and most likely sent to federal prison — for his role in a sweeping extortion scheme connected to pot licenses. Jo C. Goode reports any honeymooning will have to be done locally since a judge has ordered Correia not to travel outside Mass. or Rhode Island.
They’re everywhere: More communities wrestle with growing rat problems
The rats are moving to the suburbs, too. North Attleboro Health Agent Sheri Miller-Bedau is warning residents to take down their bird feeders to starve a growing population of rats in the community, including a massive colony of as many as 200 ‘sewer rats’ under one condo complex, David Linton of the Sun-Chronicle reports.
Meanwhile, Beverly residents are calling on their leaders to do more to deal with rats, calling their growing numbers a “public health issue,” Jennie Oemig of Wicked Local reports.
Return to Normalcy Series: Governor’s Council Edition
We should just make this a standing section of MassterList: all the things that represent a return to post-pandemic life. In today’s update, the Governor’s Council returned to their State House chamber located within Gov. Charlie Baker’s office, reports SHNS’s Sam Doran. During their session, they interviewed Timothy Dooling, a nominee for the Industrial Accidents Board.
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