The Week ahead in State Government

Wolf Condo Bill and water quality monitoring in Cape Cod Bay
State Government agenda through November 16

Twelve Days Left for
Beacon Hill this Year

With 12 days left until formal sessions end for 2013 and following a rush of activity this month, the pre-winter recess legislative agenda is coming into clearer focus. Lawmakers this week sent Gov. Deval Patrick a $1.4 billion five-year housing bond bill that includes $500 million to rehabilitate public housing, $305 million for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and $45 million for an Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund. The bill is based on one filed by Patrick and he could sign it next week. A tribal gaming compact critical to plans for a Taunton casino is two procedural votes from Patrick's desk after a favorable Senate vote on Thursday. House passage on Wednesday of a comprehensive welfare reform bill means that proposal is likely headed next week to a six-member House-Senate conference committee for resolution. Two other major bills, one imposing sweeping regulatory requirements on drug compounding companies and the other extending benefits to veterans, were assigned this week to conference committees.

Other priorities of legislative leaders, like raising the minimum wage and enacting new laws to reduce gun violence, are slipping off the 2013 agenda and will likely need to compete for attention with other bills in early 2014. Public Safety Committee Co-chairman Rep. Hank Naughton said this week the gun legislation won't be ready until 2014. The committee is finalizing criminal penalties in the bill, he said, and waiting for a report from an independent task force appointed by Speaker Robert DeLeo - information about the task force's dealings was unavailable from DeLeo's office this week. The problem facing sponsors of any bills not acted upon this year is the length of the 2014 session - formal sessions run only from January through July - and the fact that legislative leaders tend to spend the first half of each year focused on annual state budget deliberations over other legislation, not to mention the higher hurdle of taking difficult political votes during an election year. One issue likely to be addressed next year is domestic violence. The Senate this year approved legislation laying out new protections for victims and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, like many others outraged by this summer's murder of Jennifer Martel, has flagged domestic violence as an issue he wants to address legislatively. While most bills carry over into the second year of the two-year session, appropriation bills including any amendments or vetoes pertaining to those bills do not carry over.

Other highlights of the week ahead:

-- Domestic workers, those hired to work in people's households, will make a push Tuesday for bill of rights legislation they say is needed to provide protections to more than 67,000 nannies, direct care workers and house cleaners who are currently vulnerable to being overworked and exploited.

-- A hearing is planned Wednesday on legislation using hotel and rental car fees to pay for an expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, a project that supporters say is necessary to enable Boston to compete with other cities for larger conventions.

-- Former interim U.S. William Cowan and former Gov. William Weld, now colleagues at Mintz Levin in Boston, plan to analyze the Boston mayoral election results Tuesday morning at One Financial Center.

-- Federal prosecutors are gearing up for the sentencing of mob boss James Whitey Bulger on Wednesday and Thursday. In August, Bulger was convicted in connection with helping to arrange 11 murders and other gangland crimes committed in the 1970s and 1980s while he was an FBI informant.

Wolf Condo Fee Bill and water quality monitoring in Cape Cod Bay

MWRA BOARD ON PCCS MONITORING: The MWRA Board meets Wednesday. The agenda includes a chair's report on the election and appointment of MWRA officers, approval of an MOU with Cambridge for combined sewer overflow projects, appointment of a senior program manager for engineering and construction, an insurance contract with Delta Dental of Massachusetts, and contracts for harbor and outfall monitoring, annual maintenance of the Maximo system, supply and delivery of sodium hypochlorite to the Deer Island Treatment Plant and a cooperative research project with Provincetown Center For Coastal Studies to conduct water quality monitoring in Cape Cod Bay. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 100 First Ave., Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston)

HOUSING COMMITTEE ON WOLF CONDO BILL: The Committee on Housing will consider legislation concerning condominiums and coops. A Sen. Dan Wolf bill (S 621) would allow condo owners to collect attorney's fees from a condo association in lawsuits. The bill was reported favorably from the committee last session. Another bill (S 596) filed by Sens. Barry Finegold and Bruce Tarr would require co-ops to disclose their reasons for denying applicants. The state has about 2,500 co-ops, most of which are for low income or specialty housing. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Room B-2)

Here's the complete list of State meeting for the coming week:

SATURDAY, NOV. 9, 2013

BAKER AT ELECTION COUNTDOWN BREAKFAST: Plymouth County Republicans welcome GOP candidate for governor Charlie Baker to the Radisson Hotel Saturday morning for a "One Year Countdown to Election Day 2014" breakfast. It's a $25 per person event. (Saturday, 9 a.m. speaking program, Radisson Hotel, 180 Water Street, Plymouth)

AVELLONE IN TEWKSBURY: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone attends a Tewksbury Democratic Town Committee meeting. (Saturday, 10 a.m., Tewksbury Town Hall, 1009 Main St., Tewksbury)

AVELLONE IN BILLERICA: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone holds a coffee hour in Billerica. (Saturday, 12 p.m., Java's Brewin', 95 Boston Rd. North Billerica)

AVELLONE IN NATICK: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone holds a coffee hour in Natick. (Saturday, 2:30 p.m., Bakery on the Common, 9 South Main St., Natick)

SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2013

STEVENS, DUMCIUS ON WALSH WIN: WBZ reporter Carl Stevens and Dorchester Reporter News Editor Gintautas Dumcius are Jon Keller's guests on this week's episode of Keller at Large. The panel will discuss the recent mayoral election in Boston that saw Rep. Martin Walsh picked to succeed Thomas Menino in City Hall. Dumcius recently published an e-book on the preliminary mayoral election called "This Way to City Hall: The 2013 Campaign for Mayor of Boston." (Sunday, 8:30 a.m., WBZ-TV)

WALSH 'ON THE RECORD': Boston Mayor-elect Rep. Martin Walsh (D-Dorchester) appears on WCVB's 'On the Record' program to talk about his win last Tuesday and his transition to succeed long-time Mayor Thomas Menino. Walsh tells host Janet Wu that if Boston fails to get a casino project he would prefer a development in Milford instead of neighboring Everett. East Boston voters rejected a plan to site a casino project at the Suffolk Downs racetrack. (Sunday, 11:30 a.m., WCVB)

"PRIESTS ON THE FRONTLINE" | The CatholicTV Network on Sunday will air "First Responders: Our Priests on the Frontline", a video presentation "created for the annual Archdiocese of Boston Celebration of the Priesthood dinner, featuring the ministry of three Boston priests serving as first responders." The video features Father Sean Connor, chaplain of the Boston Police Department; Father Richard Uftring, chaplain of the airport and seaport, and Father Arthur Calter, retired chaplain of the US Army. The program airs at 11:30 p.m., and again on Monday at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Friday at 7 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. It's also at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiI_160Fg2U.

AVELLONE IN QUINCY: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone attends the Democratic City Committee Breakfast. (Sunday, 10 a.m., Quincy Elks Lodge - Tirrell Room, 254 Quarry St., Quincy)

MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013

VETERANS DAY: Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 1926 Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars. There were 21.2 million veterans in the United States in 2012.

VETERANS DAY EVENTS: Parades and wreath-laying ceremonies will honor those who served in the military on Veterans Day. There will be a dinner in Natick, a flag retirement ceremony at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, a midday parade in Abington, a late-morning parade in Pittsfield, and a firing detail at the Lt. John Power Statue followed by a wreathing laying at the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans' Memorial at Green Hill Park in Worcester, according to the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. Veterans benefit legislation known as VALOR II (S 1885/H 3735) was referred Thursday to a House-Senate conference committee.

MASSACHUSETTS VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Gov. Deval Patrick, Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz and Department of Veterans' Services Secretary Coleman Nee gather to honor past and present services members and their families in Massachusetts. Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman are also expected attend. (Monday, 10 a.m., Memorial Hall)

LANTIGUA OPPONENT ON BRAUDE: Lawrence City Councilor and Mayor-elect Daniel Rivera appears on NECN's Broadside with Jim Braude. Rivera defeated mayor William Lantigua last week by a slim margin and the race could possibly lead to a recount. (Monday, 6 p.m., NECN)

HOME BASE: Treasurer Steven Grossman speaks at the Annual Home Base Leadership Forum. (Monday, 4 p.m., JFK Library, Smith Hall, Columbia Point, Boston)

FALCHUK VOLUNTEERS AT VA: United Independent Party gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk volunteers at the Veteran's Hospital in Brockton alongside staffers and supporters. Falchuk previously worked for a company Best Doctors, which seeks to correct misdiagnoses. (Monday, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Veterans Administration hospital, 940 Belmont St., Boston)

TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches meet in informal sessions Tuesday at 11 a.m.

PREPARING FOR SEA-LEVEL RISE: The newly formed National Institute for Coastal and Harbor Infrastructure will hold a forum on how areas are preparing for sea-level rise, with speakers including Regional EPA Administrator Curt Spalding, NASA scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Garret Graves, Dutch economist Dale Morris, The Boston Harbor Association Executive Director Julie Wormser, and other officials. The institute was formed by Rep. James Cantwell, former Congressman Bill Delahunt, Clinton administration Federal Aeronautics Administration Administrator Jane Garvey, and Weld administration Transportation Secretary Richard Taylor. Also on the board of the newly formed organization are Warren Baker, Paul Rosenberg, and Paul Josephson. The president is Jonathan Rotenberg and the executive director is Bill Golden, a former state senator and environmental lawyer. At 2:45 p.m., the institute will host a panel on coastal action plans with Cantwell, MWRA Advisory Board Executive Director Joe Favaloro, Center for Coastal Studies Executive Director Rich Delaney, Urban Harbors Institute Director Jack Wiggins, Scituate Selectman Richard Murray, and Bruce Berman, of Save the Harbor Save the Bay. The event will be held at the John F. Kennedy Library, which is at the end of Columbia Point, jutting out into Boston Harbor. Massport wants to dredge the harbor and expand the Conley Container Terminal in South Boston so it can accommodate new larger Panamax ships designed to fit through the larger Panama Canal. President Barack Obama on Friday said the country should "modernize our ports to accommodate new ships." (Tuesday, 9 a.m., JFK Library)

COWAN, WELD TALK BOSTON POLITICS: Former interim U.S. William Cowan and former Gov. William Weld, now colleagues at Mintz Levin in Boston, plan to analyze the Boston mayoral election results. Cowan is Gov. Patrick's former chief of staff. Weld was twice elected governor, resigning during his second term to unsuccessfully pursue his nomination as U.S. ambassador to Mexico. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., One Financial Center, 38th floor, Boston)

CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE: The Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee hears bills on alcohol issues Tuesday, including a bill (H 294) that the advocacy group Free the Grapes says will "replace an unconstitutional law with a proven wine direct shipping solution." The group says many legislators and Gov. Patrick support direct shipping. Also on the agenda are S 93 from Sen. James Eldridge would give control over liquor licenses to municipalities, and H 267 from Rep. Alice Peisch which would reform and update the state's regulations on small brewers. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Gardner Auditorium)

BUMP TALKS TO CLASS: State Auditor Suzanne Bump will speak to Professor Alasdair Robert's class on law and public policy at the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. (Tuesday, 8:15 a.m., Suffolk University)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: The 15-bill agenda for a Telecommunications Committee public hearing Tuesday includes bills dealing with phasing out coal burning for electricity (H 2974), the use of state funds to pilot test innovative water technologies (H 2931), motor vehicle towing (H 2976 / H 2958), reporting of hydraulic fracturing practices (H 2940), upgrading mobile broadband coverage (S 1908), and promoting electric vehicles (S 1579). (Tuesday, 10 a.m., Room B-1)

MUNICIPALITIES COMMITTEE: The Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government will hear three local bills concerning Dartmouth, Gardner and Norwood. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Room 437)

BRIEFING ON ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES: Public Health Committee Co-chairman Rep. Jeffrey S�nchez and Reps. Jason Lewis and Paul Brodeur host a legislative briefing on "electronic cigarettes: what they are, how they're marketed, and how we can protect our youth." Kevin O'Flaherty of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and Dr. Jonathon Winickoff, a pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital, will offer remarks. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., House Members' Lounge, third floor, State House)

TAX FAIRNESS COMMISSION: The commission will vote on "Principles of Good Tax Policy," hear a briefing from the chairs, and will receive a data presentation from the Office of Administration and Finance. Rep. Jay Kaufman and Sen. Michael Rodrigues chair the commission. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., Room 901, Office of the Comptroller, 1 Ashburton Place)

CLEAN ENERGY BILL EVENT: The Coal-Free Massachusetts Coalition plans to host a discussion about Rep. Lori Ehrlich's clean energy bill prior to a hearing on the bill before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. The bill requires owners of coal plants to file a report with the energy resources commissioner detailing how greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced consistent with state and federal standards, establishes a plan for replacing all use of coal as an energy resource by 2020, and establishes a greenhouse gas emissions performance standard for all retail electricity suppliers selling electricity to end-use customers in Massachusetts. (Tuesday, 9:15 a.m., Great Hall, State House)

BIALECKI IN CHELSEA: Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki makes an announcement relative to economic opportunity in Chelsea. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., One North, 100 Heard St., Chelsea)

BIALECKI IN REVERE: Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki makes an announcement relative to economic opportunity in Revere. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., Revere City Hall, 281 Broadway, Revere)

BIALECKI IN MALDEN: Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki makes an announcement relative to economic opportunity in Malden. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Malden City Hall, 200 Pleasant St., Malden)

BIALECKI IN MELROSE: Economic Development Secretary Gregory Bialecki tours downtown Melrose and makes an announcement relative to economic opportunity in the city. (Tuesday, 3 p.m., Melrose City Hall, 562 Main Street, Melrose)

LGAC: The Local Government Advisory Commission, a group of municipal officials who advise the Patrick administration, will hold their regular meeting. Administration and Finance Secretary Glen Shor is scheduled to brief the group on the current state budget, followed by a discussion of the fiscal 2015 budget, which Patrick will propose in January. Education Secretary Matthew Malone will also speak to the group. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Governor's Council Chamber)

MENINO ON NECN: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino appears on NECN's Broadside with Jim Braude to discuss his 20-year term in office and the transition from his administration to that of Mayor-elect Martin Walsh. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., NECN)

ELDER PROTECTIVE SERVICES: The Elder Protective Services Commission meets to discuss their report on identifying and addressing crucial protective service issues. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., McCormick Building, 1 Ashburton Place, Manning conference room, 5th Floor, Boston)

HEALTH CARE FINANCING COMMITTEE: The Health Care Financing Committee hears 22 bills on health information technology, the state's Health Connector, insurance coverage for chemical dependency, telemedicine and payment systems. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., Room B-2)

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: The Labor and Workforce Development Committee meets to hear several bills on workforce development, teen employment and domestic workers' rights. Sen. Anthony Petruccelli's S 882, along with Rep. Michael Moran's H 1750, would establish a domestic workers bill of rights. The legislation would guarantee certain benefits and establish regulations and labor standards for the sector. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., B-1)

WORKERS' BILL OF RIGHTS: Advocates for a "domestic workers' bill of rights" will gather before the Labor and Workforce Development Committee's hearing on two bills, H 1750 and S 882. The Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers will hold a press conference and rally. According to a release on the event, care workers and house cleaners lack legal protections and are subject to harassment and exploitation. The bills would establish labor standards for the sector governing paid time off, benefits and other issues. The Boston Center for Independent Living, members of 1199 SEIU, Boston Nanny's Center, and state AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman are expected to attend. (Tuesday, 9:25 a.m., outside Room B-1)

MALONE IN WATERTOWN: Education Secretary Matthew Malone visits the Hosmer Elementary School in Watertown. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., 1 Concord Road, Watertown)

I-93 PARKING: MassDOT holds a public meeting to inform residents and the public about the "mobility hub" under the I-93 Viaduct along Albany Street in Boston. The department is looking for community input for a parking lot project planned for underneath the highway. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Project Place, 1145 Washington Street, Boston)

CULTURAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Gov. Deval Patrick makes an announcement relative to the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge)

PATRICK AT BERKSHIRE CHAMBER: Gov. Deval Patrick discusses his administration's efforts to expand growth and opportunity with the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. (Tuesday, 12 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1 West Street, Pittsfield)

PATRICK IN PITTSFIELD: Gov. Deval Patrick tours construction progress at the renovation site of Pittsfield's First Street Common. (Tuesday, 1:15 p.m., 7 First Street, Pittsfield)

PATRICK SEES TORNADO CHURCH: Gov. Deval Patrick visits the First Church of Monson to view the completed restoration project of the church and its steeple that were damaged during the tornado of 2011. (Tuesday, 3:15 p.m., 5 High Street, Monson)

BOARD DIVERSITY: Treasurer Steven Grossman will give opening remarks at the 2nd Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity. (Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)

GROSSMAN ON NIGHTSIDE: Treasurer Steven Grossman is in studio with Dan Rea on Nightside. (Tuesday, 8:45 p.m., WBZ Radio Studio, 1170 Soldiers Field Road, Boston)

AVELLONE IN BEVERLY: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone attends a Beverly Democratic City Committee Meeting. (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St., Beverly)

DeLEO IN NEW BEDFORD: House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Speaker Pro Tem Patricia Haddad will discuss improved access to mental and behavioral health care with South Coast Health System CEO Kevin Hovan. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Saint Luke's Hospital, 101 Page St., New Bedford)

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

HOUSE FORMAL: The House holds an 11 a.m. Democratic caucus in Room A-1 and a formal session beginning at 1 p.m. Members are waiting on conference committee reports and may take up bills on the calendar and that arrive from the Senate.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE: Adjustments to the state's 2011 gaming law will be on the docket for the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. Sen. Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican, has proposed (S 197) a new online gaming license. Sen. Ken Donnelly, an Arlington Democrat, proposed (S 169) steering more gaming proceeds to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund. A few other bills adjust the distribution of gaming revenue. It's the first hearing of the session to take up general gaming legislation. The gaming law was passed last session. No executive session is scheduled. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., Room B-1)

COMMITTEE ON FINANCIAL SERVICES: The Committee on Financial Services will hear proposed changes to health insurance laws determining what ailments insurers are mandated to cover. A Rep. Ted Speliotis bill (H 989) would require coverage of Lyme disease. Rep. John Scibak filed two bills (H 979/ H 980) that provide for coverage of hearing aids. Last session, Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law mandated coverage for hearing aids for people up to the age of 21. There is no executive session planned. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Room A-2)

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: The Judiciary Committee will discuss a number of bills relating to court administration, including a Rep. James Cantwell bill (H 1245) disqualifying direct family members of a murder victim from jury service, and a Rep. Brad Jones bill (H 1401) allowing business owners to be disqualified from jury service if they would need to close their businesses . Rep. John Fernandes filed two bills regarding the sealing of court records, including one (H 1311) that would add a $50 fee for the sealing of records. There are a total of 107 bills on the docket, and there is no executive session planned. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Room A-1)

TRIBAL NATIONS CONFERENCE: President Obama on Wednesday is scheduled to host the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior. The White House says leaders from 566 federally recognized tribes will have a chance to interact with Obama and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., US Department of Interior, Washington D.C.)

HOUSE BONDING AND STATE ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE: The Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will meet with the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets to consider the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center's expansion plans. A bill (H 3695) filed by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Rep. Nick Collins would allow $1.1 billion in borrowing for the expansion through special obligation bonds, which would be funded through already existing tourism fees, which fund the Convention Center Authority. The expansion would coincide with nearby hotel development, and would add 1.3 million square feet to the center's 2.1 million square feet of space. There is no executive session planned. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Room B-1)

BERNANKE MEETS WITH EDUCATORS: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to host a town hall meeting with educators from across the country. According to the Fed, educators will join Bernanke in Washington D.C., and participate via videoconference from Federal Reserve Bank offices throughout the country. The event will be webcast live at www.ustream.tv/channel/federalreserve. (Wednesday, 7 p.m.)

TRANSPARENCY IN HEALTH CARE: The Massachusetts Health Data Consortium hosts an event in Waltham Wednesday entitled "The Consumerism Tsunami: The New Era of Transparency in Healthcare." Leah Binder, president andCEO of The Leapfrog Group, will talk about "the political and business trends in transparency that are already having significant impacts on the business and politics of health care." It's free for consortium members and $150 for non-members. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 460 TottenPond Road, Suite 690,Waltham)

HEATH LAW ADVOCATES BENEFIT: Novelist Dennis Lehane is the featured speaker Wednesday at a Health Law Advocates benefit breakfast. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., Sheraton Boston Hotel)

MWRA BOARD: The MWRA Board meets Wednesday. The agenda includes a chair's report on the election and appointment of MWRA officers, approval of an MOU with Cambridge for combined sewer overflow projects, appointment of a senior program manager for engineering and construction, an insurance contract with Delta Dental of Massachusetts, and contracts for harbor and outfall monitoring, annual maintenance of the Maximo system, supply and delivery of sodium hypochlorite to the Deer Island Treatment Plant and a cooperative research project with Provincetown Center For Coastal Studies to conduct water quality monitoring in Cape Cod Bay. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., 100 First Ave., Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston)

FORUM ON LAWRENCE, ACHIEVEMENT GAP: Efforts to turn around the Lawrence public schools are the focus of a forum at Boston Foundation co-sponsored by Greater Boston business groups. According to the foundation, Superintendent and Receiver Jeff Riley will outline reform efforts in the state's only Level 5 school district. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester and Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover) will offer remarks. Remarks will also be offered by Finegold and Rep. Russell Holmes (D-Boston), cosponsored of legislation (S 235 / H 425) to narrow the achievement gap, lift the cap on charter schools in low-performing districts, and give greater autonomy to low-performing public schools. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., the Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington St., 10th floor, Back Bay)

NEW BEDFORD ROAD OPENING: New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell will join the Greater New Bedford Industrial Foundation to mark the completion of a roadway extension project at the New Bedford Business Park. The $2 million extension opens up access to a 45-acre parcel ready for new development. Representatives from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and MassDOT are scheduled to attend. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., New Bedford Business Park, Flaherty Drive Extension, Exit 7, off Rte. 140)

MASSDOT COMPENSATION: MassDOT's Standing Committee on Compensation and Labor Relations meets. The panel is scheduled to discuss administrators' salaries. Board member Joseph Bonfiglio is the committee's chairman. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Union Station, 2 Washington Street, Worcester)

MASSDOT BOARD: The Department of Transportation's Board holds November's meeting in Worcester. An agenda for the meeting was not made available from MassDOT Friday afternoon. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Union Station, 2 Washington Square Worcester)

HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION: The Health Policy Commission's Quality Improvement and Patient Protection Committee meets to discuss proposed updates to Office of Patient Protection regulations. Regulations are being updated to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the state law that implements ACA changes. The proposed regulatory updates are intended to strengthen existing consumer protections and create administrative simplifications, according to the HPC. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Two Boylston Street, Fifth Floor, Daley Conference Room, Boston)

HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION: The Health Policy Commission's Care Delivery and Payment System Reform Committee meets. The agenda will include discussion on two HPC-run certification programs - Patient Centered Medical Homes and registration of provider organizations (RPO). (Wednesday, 11 a.m., Two Boylston Street, Fifth Floor, Daley Conference Room, Boston)

SALVATION ARMY KETTLE RUN: The Salvation Army on Wednesday will host its first Red Kettle Run through downtown Boston. The event will feature teams of three who will take the kettles through the streets to raise money for children, families and seniors served by the charity. (Wednesday, noon, Brewster Fountain on Boston Common)

CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY: The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will hold a board meeting. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)

MUNI FINANCE: Auditor Suzanne Bump chairs a meeting of the Municipal Finance Oversight Board, with proposals from Lynn, Salem and Merrimac on the agenda. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Auditor's Office)

HOME CARE AIDE CELEBRATION: According to the Home Care Aide Council, more than 200 home care workers plan to gather Wednesday to be honored for their work serving frail elders and disabled individuals in their homes. Elder Affairs Secretary Ann Hartstein plans to speak at the 43rd Annual Home Care Aide Celebration. (Wednesday, noon, Holiday Inn, Boxborough)

HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR MURRAY: Senate President Therese Murray receives the 2013 Humanitarian Award in recognition of her work in Pskov, Russia from the Peace Islands Institute. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Four Seasons, Boston)

BAKER, PRESSLEY, WU ON NECN: Republican candidate for governor Charles Baker appears on NECN's Broadside with Jim Braude to discuss next year's race for the Corner Office. Also on the show will be Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and Councilor-elect Michelle Wu, the two top vote-getters in last week's city councilor at-large race. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., NECN)

EAST BOSTON DEVELOPMENT: Citizens Bank announces East Boston Main Streets as one of the winners of the "Growing Communities" initiative which encourages neighborhood-based economic development activities. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., 154 Maverick Street, East Boston)

SUPERIOR COURT NOMINEE: The Governor's Council interviews Joseph Berman, Gov. Patrick's nominee for a seat on the Superior Court. (Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., Governor's Council Chamber)

WEST ROXBURY COURT NOMINEE: The Governor's Council interviews Christopher P. LoConto, Gov. Patrick's nominee to become an associate justice of the Fitchburg District Court. (Wednesday, 12:30, Governor's Council Chamber)

GUV'S COUNCIL: The Governor's Council holds their bi-weekly assembly, chaired by Gov. Deval Patrick. There are no scheduled votes on judicial nominees. One potential topic of discussion could be the location of council meetings in 2014, when the executive suite is expected to undergo extensive renovations. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Governor's Council Chamber)

STEM SUMMIT: Gov. Deval Patrick discusses access to STEM education at the Massachusetts STEM Summit 2013. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Gillette Stadium, Foxboro)

PATRICK CLEAN ENERGY REMARKS: Gov. Deval Patrick offers remarks on the clean energy sector at that Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Global Cleantech Meetup. (Wednesday, 12:15 p.m., Seaport Boston Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston)

AVELLONE IN LONGMEADOW: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Avellone attends the Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee Candidate's Forum. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow)

HEALTH LAW ADVOCATES: Treasurer Steven Grossman will attend the Health Law Advocate annual benefit breakfast. (Wednesday, 7:30 a.m., Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, Boston)

ARTISTS UNDER THE DOME: Treasurer Steven Grossman will give opening remarks for the annual Artists Under the Dome event. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Memorial Hall)

THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

SENATE FORMAL: The Senate plans a formal session Thursday at 1 p.m.

BOSTON OPPORTUNITY AGENDA: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is the featured speaker at an event Thursday marking the release of the 3rd Annual Boston Opportunity Agenda Report Card, which evaluates the city's performance on kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade reading, 10th grade MCAS performance, high school graduation and college completion. On Friday, Carolyn Lyons, president and CEO of Strategies for Children, said newly released fourth grade NAEP reading scores underscored the need for investments to close the achievement gap, noting a "startling" 53 percent of fourth graders scored below proficient and calling it an "unfortunate hidden story." (Thursday, 4 p.m., Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, 260 Columbia Rd., Dorchester)

DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH KICKS OFF: People with diabetes and pharmaceutical company executives will gather at the State House for Changing Diabetes Day, an event organized to raise awareness of the disease. Advocates say diabetes stretches health care budgets, reduces business productivity, and robs people of quality of life through physical disabilities and loss of income. November is American Diabetes Month. The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled since 1980, a trend officials say tracks a rise in obesity, inactivity and older age. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Health Care Financing Committee Co-Chairman Steven Walsh will speak during the event, which is hosted by Novo Nordisk, American Diabetes Association, United Way of Central Massachusetts, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. (Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m., Nurses Hall, State House)

MEDIA PANEL ON BOSTON'S NEW MAYOR: Journalists and business leaders will take an in-depth look at the election of Rep. Martin Walsh as the next mayor of Boston. Featured panelists include: David Bernstein, contributing editor, Boston Magazine; George Donnelly, executive editor, Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech; Alison King, political reporter, NECN (New England Cable News) and Adrian Walker, columnist, Boston Globe. (Thursday, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Boston Properties Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St., Boston)

INFO BRIEFING ON CHART GRANTS: The Health Policy Commission holds an information session for applicants applying to Phase 1 of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, Transformation (CHART) Investment Program. CHART is a grant program that will make phased investments for certain Massachusetts community hospitals. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Massachusetts Hospital Association, 5 New England Executive Park, Burlington)

HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION: The Health Policy Commission's Cost Trends and Market Performance Committee meets. Among the agenda items are a discussion on the commission's framework for reviewing notices of material changes. Chapter 224, the health care payment reform law, requires organizations to file proposals for certain transactions, including hospital mergers and acquisitions, with the commission for review. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Charles Hurley Building, Minihan Hall, 19 Staniford Street, Sixth Floor, Boston

ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF: General Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, takes part in a conversation with Professor David Gergen at the Harvard Kennedy School. (Thursday, 6 p.m., JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge)

GROUNDBREAKING FOR SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY PROJECT: Visitors to Somerset Street, between One Ashburton Place and the court complex at One Center Plaza, will notice that the old MDC Building on Somerset Street is gone. On Thursday, Suffolk University President James McCarthy, Board Chairman Andrew Meyer and members of the university's board plan to join city officials for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new 10-story glass-studded building, designed by NBBJ architects, at 20 Somerset Street. The 10-story building will feature general-use and science classrooms, a cafeteria/function space, and indoor and outdoor lounge areas, according to Suffolk. Mayor Menino plans to attend. (Thursday, 2:30 p.m., 20 Somerset Street, Boston)

FIRE CHIEFS TO PUSH AMBULANCE PAYMENT CHANGES: Municipal fire chiefs plan to visit the State House Thursday at 11 a.m. and ask senators to reject Gov. Patrick's version of an emergency medical services reimbursement system and support outside section 23 of H 3539 a fiscal 2013 spending bill. The chiefs plan to argue that the governor's amendment "would allow insurers to set lower rates and lead to higher costs for cities and towns."

COAKLEY IN FALL RIVER: South Coast Legal Services, which provides freel legal services, will present Attorney General Martha Coakley with the Servant of Justice Award. (Thursday, 7 p.m., Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St., Fall River)

AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY: Delayed by the government shutdown, the U.S. Census will release its American Community Survey statistics drawn from data collected between 2010 and 2012. Estimates will cover all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more and for the first time comparison profiles will be available to permit individuals to compare changes over two three-year periods, 2007-2009 and 2010-2012. Census officials say the data can play a critical role in decision-making about investments and services, and has proven useful over the years to retailers, homebuilders, police departments and municipal planners. The data was originally scheduled for an Oct. 24 release. (Thursday)

HOUSING COMMITTEE: The Committee on Housing will consider legislation concerning condominiums and coops. A Sen. Dan Wolf bill (S 621) would allow condo owners to collect attorney's fees from a condo association in lawsuits. The bill was reported favorably from the committee last session. Another bill (S 596) filed by Sens. Barry Finegold and Bruce Tarr would require co-ops to disclose their reasons for denying applicants. The state has about 2,500 co-ops, most of which are for low income or specialty housing. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Room B-2)

BERKSHIRE: Auditor Suzanne Bump, who has a home in Great Barrington, will speak at the second annual Berkshire Day. (Thursday, 1 p.m., Room 350)

PRE-APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM GRADUATION: Sixteen young minority men and women will graduate Thursday from the Building Pathways Program, which The Construction Institute on Friday said was made possible by Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh's leadership. The pre-apprenticeship program provides a way for low-income Boston area residents to pursue careers in the building trades. It has completed four training cycles with 54 graduates since 2011. Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Joanne Goldstein plans to attend. (Thursday, 11 a.m., Tierney Learning Center, 125 Mercer St., South Boston)

MURRAY INTERVIEW: Senate President Therese Murray is scheduled to be interviewed on WATD 95.9 FM. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., WATD)

MALONE REMARKS: Education Secretary Matthew Malone delivers keynote remarks at the release event for the second edition of "Helping Traumatized Children Learn," sponsored by the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a partnership of Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School. (Thursday, 4 p.m., Baker School, 45 Quincy St, Brockton)

PREMATURITY EVENT: The March of Dimes hosts a "Prematurity Awareness Event" with Sen. John Keenan. The event commemorates November as Prematurity Awareness Month and aims to highlight factors that lead to premature birth. (Thursday, 11 a.m., Great Hall)

HARSHBARGER ON BRAUDE: Former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger appears on Broadside with Jim Braude to talk about the campaign to repeal the expanding gaming law. Democratic candidate for governor Don Berwick is also scheduled to appear on the show. (Thursday, 6 p.m., NECN)

ASK THE GUV: .Gov. Deval Patrick appears live on "Ask the Governor" on WGBH radio. (Thursday, 12 p.m., WGBH)

GROSSMAN AT HIGH TECH COUNCIL: Treasurer Steven Grossman will participate in a roundtable hosted by the Massachusetts High Technology Council. (Thursday, 1 p.m. Reservoir Woods, 850 Winter Street, Waltham)

FITCHBURG CHARTER SCHOOL: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester will hold a public meeting in Fitchburg to discuss the proposed Academy for the Whole Child Charter School, a K-4 school with a max enrollment of 278 seeking to open next year. (Thursday, 4 p.m., Fitchburg Public Library, Auditorium, 610 Main Street, Fitchburg)

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

GROUP INSURANCE COMMISSION: The Group Insurance Commission holds its November meeting. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., 19 Staniford Street, 4th Floor)

CABINET: Gov. Deval Patrick hosts a Cabinet meeting. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., Governor's Council Chambers)

MAYORS HONORED FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll and Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong will both receive Excellence in Community Development Awards from the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations during the organization's annual meeting. (Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Clark University, Worcester)

HEALTH PLANS HOST CONFERENCE: Attorney General Martha Coakley will give opening remarks at the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans' annual conference. The conference will focus on curbing costs and improving care, and ways to put payment reform and the Affordable Care Act into practice. The conference is sold out. Other speakers include health care futurist and author Ian Morrison, Healthy Policy Commission Chairman Stuart Altman, America's Health Insurance Plans President and CEO Karen Ignani, Global Health Payment LLC President Robert Murray, and a panel featuring Sen. James Welch, Consumer Affairs Undersecretary Barbara Anthony, Delores Mitchell of the Group Insurance Commission, David Seltz of the Health Policy Commission, and Tom O'Brien of the attorney general's office. (Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaport Hotel, Boston)

FALL RIVER CHARTER SCHOOL: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester will hold a public meeting in Fall River to discuss the proposed Argosy Collegiate Charter School, a 6-12th grade school with a max enrollment of 644 seeking to open next year. (Friday, 4 p.m., Fall River City Hall, City Council Chamber, 1 Government Center, Fall River)

SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013

GOV. O'MALLEY AT N.H. DINNER: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential candidate for president in 2016, is the featured guest Saturday at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in New Hampshire, according to the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Political and HBO watchers have drawn comparisons between O'Malley, a former Baltimore mayor, and Tommy Carcetti, a fictional mayor on the show "The Wire." Tickets are $100. (Saturday, 6 p.m., The Expo Center at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H.)


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