What's happening in state government this week

Chatham meeting on South Coastal Harbor Management Plan renewal - Judicial Court hears arguments on Ronald Renaud's appeal for burglary, larceny and vandalism

WEEK OF FEB. 1-6, 2015

No budget solution yet

January is passing on Beacon Hill without a whiff of solutions to a midyear budget deficit, with House members still awaiting committee assignments, and with plans from the Senate to hold open-ended hearings around the state with the goal of helping to formulate a public policy agenda. So much for hitting the ground running into the New England new year. Sidetracked at first by a brief illness and then for four days by this week's blizzard, Gov. Charlie Baker's latest goal for a budget fix plan is Monday or Tuesday. Baker plans to brief legislative leaders first and then file legislation that will likely supplement unilateral spending cuts with the goal of erasing a $765 million budget deficit. Baker and legislative leaders have, to date, laid out a relaxed message of harmony and cooperation on budget-balancing, but the details of the plan, once they emerge, will inevitably create both discomfort and discord on the Hill. Baker says he won't raise taxes or cut local aid, taking two big areas of focus off the table. The governor will get another piece in this year's budget puzzle when tax collection data for January, a key month, are announced. On Friday, Baker and legislative leaders agreed to a consensus estimate for fiscal 2016 under which they will assume that tax revenues will grow by 4.8 percent.

DeLeo's "Lame Duck" status remedy?

With the budget crisis providing an early-session backdrop, House members latched on to Speaker Robert DeLeo's assertion that his experience in public policy matters justifies abolishing the limit on his term and erasing his lame duck status, although there's no guarantee he will look to keep his post beyond 2016. With one vote on Thursday, the House tried to erase DeLeo's lame duck status and, possibly, put on hold one of those white-knuckle, behind the scenes speaker's fights that can hijack the institution's energy and drive.

In removing the speaker's term limit, the House grants even more power to one of Beacon Hill's most powerful people. Taking full advantage of the authority members have invested in him, DeLeo plans to continue a tradition started by former House Speaker Thomas Finneran and deliver on Feb. 11 a public address to House members laying out his agenda for the session and his current thinking on taxes. The Winthrop Democrat has run hot and cold on tax hikes over the years, and his position is critical since tax bills originate in the House and he's working with a governor who's against new or higher taxes and a Senate president, in Stanley Rosenberg, who has favored tax hikes in the past and even sponsored a graduated income tax proposal. Rosenberg's current position is taxes are a last resort, but are on the table. Baker says they're off the table. What will DeLeo say?

A more nuts and bolts task remains on DeLeo's to-do list. On the heels of major turnover in recent years in the House, DeLeo must decide which members to move up into committee chairmanship and leadership positions. His core of top deputies remains in place but he has numerous vacancies to fill. For House members, the promotions come with extra pay and prestige and provide a platform for impacting public policies and attracting campaign contributions. An aide to DeLeo on Friday would not put a timetable on DeLeo making appointments.

FIELDS SET FOR BOSTON, SHREWSBURY HOUSE ELECTIONS

The field appears set for candidates hoping to fill vacant seats due the departure of two former House lawmakers for the Baker administration. Matt Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) and Carlo Basile (D-East Boston) both resigned in January, setting off special elections that are both scheduled for March 31. The primaries are set for March 3. With the passage of the Jan. 20 signature-gathering deadline, five Democrats will compete in the First Suffolk District in East Boston for the opportunity to face off against Joanne Pomodoro, who is running as an unenrolled candidate. The five Democrats are Ed Deveau, Camilo Hernandez, Adrian Madaro, Joseph Ruggiero and Louis Scapicchio. Neither the Democrat nor the Republican running to replace Beaton in 11th Worcester House District face opposition in their respective primaries. Jason Palitsch, a school committee member, is the Democrat, while Hannah Kane, Beaton's business partner who worked at MassDevelopment during the Weld administration, is the Republican candidate. Beaton's former district covers Shrewsbury and two precincts in Westborough; the First Suffolk District is entirely in East Boston.

Cape Cod events this week:

THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

CHATHAM COAST MANAGEMENT: State Coastal Zone Management officials will hold a public hearing on the Town of Chatham's South Coastal Harbor Management Plan renewal. (Thursday, 5 p.m., Chatham Town Hall, Conference Room A, 549 Main Street, Chatham)

SJC CASES: The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments over whether to uphold an Appeals Court ruling that reversed the Falmouth District Court conviction of Ronald Renaud for burglary, larceny and vandalism. According to a filing some of the most inculpatory evidence was that Renaud's EBT card was found at the scene of the crime. The New England Innocence Project and the National Police Accountability Project filed an amicus brief on the matter. (Thursday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

Meetings this week in the rest of the state

SUNDAY FEB. 1, 2015

SUPER BOWL: The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks meet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Super Bowl, which will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

NAACP BOSTON CHIEF ON KELLER: Host Jon Keller interviews Michael Curry, the president of the Boston branch of the NAACP. Curry and Keller discuss Gov. Charlie Baker's campaign promises to the black community, as well as concerns over police tactics and Curry's position on the "Black Lives Matter" protests that disrupted traffic on i-93. (Sunday, 8:30 a.m., WBZ-TV)

KENNEDY 'ON THE RECORD': U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy is this week's guest on WCVB's On the Record public affairs program. Kennedy speaks with host Janet Wu about Congress and the Super Bowl. Kennedy is quizzed by Wu on the New England Patriots with what Wu calls surprising results. On the public policy discussion panel later in the show are Republican Ginny Buckingham and Democrat Mary Anne Marsh. (Sunday, 11 a.m., WCVB)

BLACK HISTORY MASS: The Archdiocese of Boston is holding a Mass to celebrate Black History Month. Rev. Donatus Enzeneka will serve as celebrant and the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir and the Nigerian Community choir will provide music. The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary will be at the Mass as well, according to the Diocese, which says it is the "largest and oldest continually existent predominantly African-American Catholic fraternal organization founded more than 100 years ago." (Sunday, 11:30 a.m., St. Katherine Drexel Church, 517 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester)

MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015

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

LEADERSHIP MEETING: Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo meet for their weekly leadership sit-down. (Monday, 3 p.m., Governor's Office)

BAKER REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: Gov. Charlie Baker attends a joint Republican Legislative Caucus meeting with GOP House and Senate members. CLOSED PRESS. (Monday, 3:30 p.m., Room 157)

ARBORWAY BIKES: The Department of Conservation and Recreation holds a meeting on the Arborway bike facilities. The meeting will focus on the possible addition of bike facilities along the Arborway between Eliot Street and South Street. (Monday, 6:30 p.m., Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain)

CASINO MITIGATION FUND APPLICATION DEADLINE: Entities asking for appropriations from the community mitigation fund created by the 2011 expanded gambling law have a deadline of Monday to submit a written request. The applications are due annually, according to the law. "Over the next few years while the gaming facilities are being constructed and particularly when the facilities are operational, the Community Mitigation Fund will play a pivotal role in helping communities and others address impacts," Gaming Commission chair Stephen Crosby said in a message to potential applicants posted on the commission's website. "The Commission looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with communities and other interested parties regarding the use of these funds in the future." Until a casino facility is operational, new funds will come from one-time deposits from gaming licensees. The commission has set up a one-time $100,000 reserve for each surrounding community that has reached an agreement with a licensee and communities that applied for "surrounding" status in 2014, according to Crosby's message. (Monday)

POLITICS & EGGS: The New England Council and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics will be seeing Former UN Ambassador John Bolton as their guest during their Politics & Eggs political forum. John Bolton served as ambassador to the UN from August 2005 to December 2006. Before that, he was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Currently, he is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a commentator on Fox News. (Monday, 8 a.m., New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH)

SJC CASES: The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments about whether a recent state law that places 17-year-old offenders in the juvenile justice system should apply to two unarmed robbery defendants who were arraigned months before the Sept. 18, 2013 law. The SJC will also hear cases made regarding whether a judge should have instructed a jury on "legitimate use of force" by a police officer and whether a statement made to Palmer police in relation to a rape charge should be suppressed. The court will also hear speedy trial arguments and a dispute over a shareholder's stake in a cleaning company. (Monday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

EFFICIENCY POLICY: Department of Energy Resources Energy Efficiency Commercial Programs Manager Alex Pollard will present at the Getting to Zero National Forum's session on "From Policy to Practice." (Monday, 1:30 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, Washington D.C.)

SJC - MONDAY: The Supreme Judicial Court hears six cases in oral argument, including docket number 11705, an appeal of a 2000 murder case based on what the appellant calls "extraordinary delay" in the trial process. Also on the docket is SJC-11744 Michael A. Vale vs. New England Cleaning Services, Inc; the Commonwealth vs. Brian Freeman & another (SJC-11745); the Commonwealth vs. Jeffrey Her (SJC-11663); the Commonwealth vs. Jeremey Libby (SJC-11749) and the Commonwealth vs. Christopher G. Magdalenski (SJC-11701). (Monday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

CHILDREN'S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL: Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Executive Director David Seltz and HPC staff will update the Children's Behavioral Health Advisory Council on the Behavioral Health Integration Task Force recommendations, including the HPC's role in monitoring behavioral health trends and developing relevant policy recommendations. (Monday, 8:15 a.m., Ashburton Café, One Ashburton, Boston)

COMMUNITY MEETING ON 'AIRBNB' | City officials hold a hearing on the "home-sharing industry," commonly available through applications like AirBNB, Homeaway and Flipkey. The meeting was rescheduled after last week's snow emergency. (Monday, 6:30 p.m., Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston)

BAKER, WALSH TO DEDICATE NEW SCHOOLS BUILDING: Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and other local officials will dedicate the new central offices of the Boston Public Schools in the name of the late Bruce Bolling. The former city councilor also served as the first African American president of the Boston City Council. Members of the Bolling family are expected to attend. Bolling died in Sept. 2012 at the age of 67, after a battle with prostate cancer. (Monday, 1 p.m., Dudley Square, Boston)

TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2015

BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION: The Board of Higher Education meets, a gathering that was rescheduled after Winter Storm Juno. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Middlesex Community College, Bedford)

PRIM INVESTMENT COMMITTEE: The Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) board's investment committee meets. Deb Goldberg, the new treasurer, will chair the meeting. The agenda for the meeting, moved from Jan. 27 due to a snow emergency, includes market analysis and the performance of the state pension fund, asset allocation recommendations, a draft of the 2015 public markets annual plan, hedge fund performance summary, private equity commitment summary, and a private equity annual plan. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 84 State St., 2nd floor, Boston)

GOLDBERG MEETS WITH BAKER: In what her office bills as a monthly meeting, Treasurer Deb Goldberg sits down with Gov. Charlie Baker. (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., Governor's Office)

BOARD OF EDUCATION: The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meets, with scheduled votes on charter schools and discussion items pertaining to state graduation and dropout results for 2013-2014, information on new charter applicants, "breakfast in the classroom," recommendations from the Commission on LGBTQ Youth, PARCC, the process for ESEA flexibility waiver renewal application, and an update on Level 5 schools. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., 75 Pleasant St., Malden)

BOARD OF REGISTRATION IN PHARMACY MEETING: The Board of Registration in Pharmacy meeting will include agenda topics such as approving board minutes and perusing reports. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., 239 Causeway St., Room 417A/B)

EARNED INCOME TAX DISCUSSION: The earned income tax credit expansion, a priority of Gov. Charlie Baker and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, will be up for discussion at a forum hosted by Sen. Jamie Eldridge, Sen. Ben Downing and Rep. Marjorie Decker along with Children's HealthWatch. According to organizers, legislation (SD 1110/HD 1533) filed would increase the state's earned income tax credit from 15 percent of the federal EITC to 50 percent of the federal EITC. The program, which has some bipartisan support, aims to reward work and boost the income of those with lower incomes. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., House Members Lounge)

SJC CASES: The Supreme Judicial Court will hear a case stemming from investment losses and another stemming from a Lexington foreclosure, and a third case where a person is seeking jail credit. The court will also hear arguments on whether identifying evidence is enough to link a defendant to guns and drugs found in the room of a home, and arguments around a contempt order for failing to provide a DNA sample from a twin whose brother was accused of a 2012 South Boston slaying. The SJC will review a trial judge's decision to admit evidence of a defendant's 1998 child sexual assault in a child rape case, and will consider a probationer's attempt to bar proceedings in Fall River and New Bedford about an alleged probation violation because a Dorchester court already determined no violation occurred. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

SJC - TUESDAY: The Supreme Judicial Court hears six appeals in oral argument, including the Commonwealth vs. Matthew Traylor (SJC-11788); Molly A. Hays vs. David J. Ellrich & others (SJC-11743); the Commonwealth vs. Herbert Dorazio (SJC-11765); the Commonwealth vs. Keial Kimbroughtillery (SJC-11699); Anita Machado ERdei & another vs. Wells Fargo Bank (SJC-11636); the Commonwealth vs. Jason Dagraca-Teixera (and five companion cases) (SJC-11754) and the Commonwealth vs. Joseph S. Ridge (SJC-11676) (Tuesday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

PIPELINE INFO MEETING - RINDGE, NH: Kinder Morgan, the energy transport company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline across much of the northern portion of the state, continues a series of open house events to inform the public about their Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. According to a spokesman for the project, owners of land along the pipeline route received notifications of the open houses and advertisements for the events have been placed in local newspapers. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Four Star Catering; 18 Lisa Drive, Rindge, N.H.)

SEXUAL HEALTH DAY: Attorney General Maura Healey gives the keynote address at Planned Parenthood's Sexual Health Advocacy Day. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Great Hall)

BOARD OF ED MEETS: The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will hold their monthly meeting, which was postponed last week because of the blizzard. The agenda is posted online at http://www.doe.mass.edu/boe/docs/2015-01/default.html. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., 75 Pleasant Street, Malden)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2015

MASS WOMEN'S POLITICAL CAUCUS: After a postponement due to Winter Storm Juno, the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus will be holding its annual meeting. Active members will be voting on 2015's board slate and new officers of the board. (Wednesday, 5 p.m., Kennedy Room, Omni Parker House, 60 School St.)

GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL: The Governor's Council, chaired by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, meets for a formal assembly. Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet put forward any nominations to the council for their consent, so the body has little scheduled work ahead of it entering the second month of Baker's term. (Wednesday, noon, Governor's Council Chamber)

BAKER WITH BLACK AND LATINO CAUCUS: Gov. Charlie Baker attends a meeting with the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Office of the Governor)

BAKER AT YEAR UP: Gov. Charlie Baker speaks at the Year Up Graduation. (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston)

BAKER ON NIGHTSIDE: Gov. Charlie Baker appears on Nightside with Dan Rea. (Wednesday, 8 p.m., WBZ, 1170 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton)

PIPELINE INFO MEETING - WINCHESTER, NH: Kinder Morgan, the energy transport company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline across much of the northern portion of the state, continues a series of open house events to inform the public about their Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Winchester High School Gymnasium; 85 Parker St, Winchester, N.H.)

WBA ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST: Featuring Attorney General Maura Healey speaking on the topic of equal pay, along with Sen. Jehlen and Rep. Livingstone, the Women's Bar Association will be holding its 21st Annual Legislative Breakfast. The topics of discussion will include An Act to Establish Pay Equity (Senate Docket 1423, House Docket 2802); civil legal aid funding; and An Act Establishing Civil and Criminal Penalties for Female Genital Mutilation (Senate Docket SD307, House Docket HD1765). (Wednesday, 9 a.m., State House, Great Hall)

2015 MASSBIO POLICY LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST: The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission Executive Director David Seltz will participate in a panel discussion at the 2015 MassBio Policy Leadership Breakfast. According to the Health Policy Commission, the panel will discuss challenges facing innovators in the era of health care reform and consider concepts such as creating a better model for drug development, encouraging broad data sharing and protecting privacy, and ensuring innovation is properly incentivized. (Wednesday, 7:30 a.m., Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston)

MASS. CLEAN ENERGY CENTER: The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Board meets with an agenda that includes a welcome and introductions for new board members, authorization of the Mass Solar Loan program, and a quarterly budget report presentation. The original meeting was cancelled due to Winter Storm Juno. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., 63 Franklin St., 3rd Floor, Boston)

ZERO NET BUILDINGS: Department of Energy Resources Spencer Lawrence participates on a panel at the Association of Energy Engineers - New England's meeting on zero net buildings. (Wednesday, Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Waltham)

SENATE "COMMONWEALTH CONVERSATIONS" | A series of regional tours organized by Senate President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) dubbed Commonwealth Conversations will take off. According Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow), the goal is to "bring the State House to local communities and to engage and better understand the needs of every region in the Commonwealth." Other senators participating in the event include Sen. Downing (D-Pittsfield), Sen. Humason (R-Westfield), and Sen. Welch (D-West Springfield). (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke)

DEMOCRATS MEET: The Democratic State Committee has a meeting scheduled. The agenda calls for discussion of the recurring donor program, the 1965 Project, the election of a Judicial Council member, setting of the chair's salary, vacancies and other reports. (Wednesday, 7 p.m., Portuguese-American Civic Club, 175 School Street, Taunton)

COMMONWEALTH CONVERSATIONS - GREAT BARRINGTON: As part of the Senate's "Commonwealth Conversations Tour," Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and other senators will take part in a town hall forum titled "Celebrate the Berkshires." (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington)

COMMONWEALTH CONVERSATIONS - SPRINGFIELD: As part of the Senate's "Commonwealth Conversations Tour," Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and other senators will take part in a town hall forum at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center. (Wednesday, 2 p.m., 26 Howard Street, Springfield)

COMMONWEALTH CONVERSATIONS - CHICOPEE: As part of the Senate's "Commonwealth Conversations Tour," Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and other senators will take part in a town hall forum at Hoppe Technologies. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., 107 1st Avenue, Chicopee)

GIC HEARING ON COST SAVING: The Group Insurance Commission holds a public hearing on proposed changes to benefits. The meeting will serve as a forum for public input on five cost saving measures being considered. The full GIC board is scheduled to vote on the proposals in mid-February. (Wednesday, 12:30 p.m., GIC, 19 Staniford Street, fourth floor, Boston)

WOMEN'S BAR BREAKFAST: Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg will attend the Women's Bar Association's annual Legislative Breakfast, as will Sen. Patricia Jehlen, a Somerville Democrat, and Rep. Jay Livingstone, a Boston Democrat. A flyer for the event highlights legislation titled An Act to Establish Pay Equity, and the budgetary line item for civil legal aid funding, as well as an Act Establishing Civil and Criminal Penalties for Female Genital Mutilation. Other expected attendees listed on the flyer include J.D. Smeallie, a partner at Holland & Knight; Jessica Cruzatti-Flavius, a public interest law fellow at the UMass School of Law; Jaha Dukureh, executive director of Safe Hands for Girls, and Abdirahman Yusuf, executive director of Somali Development Center. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Great Hall)

THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

HOUSE AND SENATE INFORMALS: The House and Senate meet for informal sessions. (Thursday, 11 a.m., Senate Chamber, House Chamber)

BAKER AT BOSTON CHAMBER: Gov. Charlie Baker makes his first appearance at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Forum. Baker campaigned extensively on a promise to boost the Massachusetts economy, a topic likely to be of high interest to the gathering of the state's top business leaders. Before he was elected, Baker's campaign called for increased support for the small business community, reduced fees and regulatory red tape, tax exemptions and affordable energy. Baker said he will also seek to spread economic development throughout the state by creating "opportunity zones" in distressed cities and neighborhoods. The Chamber released its own 2015 policy agenda earlier this week to enhance the state's competitiveness. The agenda focuses on talent, innovation and growth, cost competitiveness, and infrastructure and investment and calls for increased support for community colleges and the financial services industry, as well as regulatory and tax code reforms. The chamber's themes are similar to those Baker laid out during his campaign against former Attorney General Martha Coakley. A Baker spokesman said Friday he could not provide any additional information about Baker's speech. (Thursday, 7:45 a.m., Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston)

PIPELINE INFO MEETING - GREENFIELD: Kinder Morgan, the energy transport company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline across much of the northern portion of the state, continues a series of open house events to inform the public about their Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project. (Thursday, 6 p.m., Greenfield Community College Cafeteria; One College Drive, Greenfield)

BUILDING ON WHAT WORKS COALITION LAUNCH: The Building on What Works Coalition launch event will take place. Co-chairs Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem and Mayor Lisa Wong of Fitchburg will attend. The coalition seeks to "propose a state-run competitive fund for communities that are ready to focus their collective energy on developing innovative proposals to improve student outcomes." (Thursday, 2:30 p.m., State House, Grand Staircase)

LIFELINE OUTREACH: The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development will be hosting an event where staff from the Department of Telecommunications and Cable distribute information on the Lifeline low-income phone service program and consumer complaint resolution process. (Thursday, 2 p.m., Cambridge Senior Center, 806 Mass Ave., Cambridge)

CHATHAM COAST MANAGEMENT: State Coastal Zone Management officials will hold a public hearing on the Town of Chatham's South Coastal Harbor Management Plan renewal. (Thursday, 5 p.m., Chatham Town Hall, Conference Room A, 549 Main Street, Chatham)

ENERGY POLICY: Department of Energy Resources Energy Efficiency Deputy Director Ian Finlayson presents at the 2015 NASEO Energy Policy Outlook Conference's Buildings Committee. (Thursday, The Fairmont, Washington, D.C)

COASTAL EROSION: The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Coastal Erosion Commission will hold a public meeting on its draft report and recommendations. Last year's budget law established the commission, which is "charged with investigating and documenting the levels and impacts of coastal erosion" and developing strategies to prevent damage from storms. Gov. Charlie Baker and Energy and Environment Secretary Matthew Beaton got firsthand looks at the damage a major storm can cause while inspecting the aftermath of seawall breaches and flooding along the South Shore after the Blizzard of 2015. (Thursday, 5 p.m., Buzzards Bay Coalition Croll Conference Room, 114 Front Street, New Bedford)

ENVIRONMENTAL BREAKFAST: Framingham Rep. Chris Walsh and the Environmental League of Massachusetts host lawmakers and legislative staff at their "Green Budget Launch" event. The breakfast event will provide decision makers with an overview of the group's environmental funding recommendations for the fiscal 2016 budget. (Thursday, 10 a.m., House Members Lounge, 3rd floor, State House)

DIVISION OF INSURANCE - HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE HEARING: The Division of Insurance plans a public hearing Thursday as it considers whether the insurance commissioner should approve a filing for dwelling liability coverage to be insured through the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association, also known as the FAIR Plan. The MPIUA is based at Two Center Plaza. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 1000 Washington St., Boston)

SJC CASES: The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments over whether to uphold an Appeals Court ruling that reversed the Falmouth District Court conviction of Ronald Renaud for burglary, larceny and vandalism. According to a filing some of the most inculpatory evidence was that Renaud's EBT card was found at the scene of the crime. The New England Innocence Project and the National Police Accountability Project filed an amicus brief on the matter. The SJC will also hear a Land Court case where the Walter E. Fernald Corporation has accused the state's Department of Developmental Services and Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance of "assaulting the system of deeded property rights" regarding land in Templeton. The court will also hear discussion of whether the Draeger Alcotest 7110 MK III-C breathalyzer machine can be considered "scientifically reliable" and a dispute about "cross-ethnic identification." The court will hear arguments arising from a case where a man allegedly hit a 2-year-old and other arguments from a 1982 murder. (Thursday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

OLYMPIC BID MEETING: The City of Boston hosts a community meeting on the Olympic and Paralympic bid process. (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Suffolk Law School, Tremont Street, Boston)

GAMING COMMISSION: The state gambling commission meets. An agenda was unavailable on Friday. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston)

ROSENBERG ON GREATER BOSTON: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg sits down with WGBH's Adam Reilly for an interview on Greater Boston. (Thursday, 7 p.m., 1 Guest Street, Brighton)

PROJECT ABLE ADVOCACY DAY: A coalition of AIDS service providers and advocates, known as Project ABLE, pushes for increases in HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C funding. According to the coalition, 21,264 people in Massachusetts are living with HIV/AIDS, and as many as 200,000 people have a hepatitis C infection. The coalition is pushing for $35.2 million for the HIV/AIDS line item in the upcoming fiscal 2016 budget. "Funding is needed to extend a campaign to get more people tested and to bring infected people into earlier care to keep them healthier longer, reduce the likelihood that their infection will spread, and to keep them living in the community and out of expensive institutional settings," the group says. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Grand Staircase)

MASSDOT FINANCE MEETING IN WORCESTER: MassDOT's Standing Committee on Finance and Audit meets in Worcester's Union Station. Board member Dominic Blue, the chair of the committee, asked that the meeting be held in Worcester, according to a MassDOT spokesman. MassDOT staff could not provide agenda items to be discussed at the meeting by Friday afternoon. (Thursday, 2:30 p.m., Union Station Washington Street Worcester)

BAKER IN LAWRENCE: Gov. Charlie Baker meets with Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera at a press conference to announce a Ch. 90 local infrastructure project. (Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Park Street and Lawrence Street, Lawrence)

FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

JOBS NUMBERS: The federal jobs numbers for January are set to be released. The national unemployment rate in December was 5.6 percent and the state's December rate was 5.5 percent. (Friday, 8:30 a.m.)

BAKER MEETS FRENCH AMBASSADOR: Gov. Charlie Baker meets with French Ambassador Gerard Araud. CLOSED PRESS. (Friday, 10 a.m., Office of the Governor)

DIMOCK CENTER ANNUAL BREAKFAST: The Dimock Center will hold its Second Annual Breakfast of Champions for state and local leaders to discuss what they call a growing substance abuse epidemic in Massachusetts. Hosted by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, the program will feature remarks from Mayor Martin Walsh, Attorney General Maura Healey, and Congresswoman Katherine Clark. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., 55 Dimock St., Cheney Building, 4th Floor)

SECOND ANNUAL SECURE JOBS CELEBRATION: Legislators, mayors, business and education leaders from western Massachusetts, including Senate President Rosenberg, will join Undersecretary Chrystal Kornegay and Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Carolyn Kirk. The event will mark the success of DHCD's Secure Jobs program for homeless families. (Friday, 10 a.m., Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke)

SJC - FRIDAY: The Supreme Judicial Court hears four murder case appeals in oral argument, including the Commonwealth vs. Robert Silva (SJC-11096); the Commonwealth vs. Nelson Melo (SJC-11513); the Commonwealth vs. Asim Amran (SJC-11686) and the Commonwealth vs. Levi Omar Alcantara (SJC-11468) (Friday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS GRADUATE ACADEMY: State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy Director George Kramlinger will present certificates of completion to members of the Career Recruit Firefighter Training Class #223. The graduates represent Arlington, Boxborough, Canton, Concord, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Haverhill, Holyoke, Littleton, Marshfield, Stoughton, Watertown and Wilmington. (Friday, 1:30 p.m., Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow)

SJC CASES: The Supreme Judicial Court will hear first degree murder appeals from Robert Silva, Nelson Melo, Asim Amran and Levi Omar Alcantara. (Friday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISCUSSION: Attorney General Maura Healey will join Mayor Martin Walsh and speak on a substance abuse panel that includes Congresswoman Katherine Clark at the Dimock Center's Breakfast for Champions. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., Cheney Building, 4th Floor, 55 Dimock St., Boston)


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