Beacon Hill In 5

PODCAST, RELEASED WEEKLY

Beacon Hill In 5 is a weekly check-in at the Statehouse from New England Public Radio. Get a quick look at the week ahead in politics and government in Massachusetts with Carrie Healy, NEPR’s Morning Edition Host, and Matt Murphy with the State House News Service.

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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A western Massachusetts nomination for the state's parole board is making headlines, and not in a good way.

People listen to a speaker while holding signs during a rally against abortion bans Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

As some states moved to tighten abortion laws or try to ban the procedure outright, there is a push in Massachusetts to remove some restrictions.

Tax calculator.
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Massachusetts Senators on Beacon Hill voted unanimously last week in support of a distracted driving measure to ban hand-held cellphone use. 

Storrow Drive in Boston, Massachusetts.
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It's head-turning discussion this week at the Massachusetts Statehouse, as the Senate is likely to debate hands-free cellphone use by drivers. 

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and Governor Charlie Baker in the state Senate chamber.
State House News Service

It's a big week for the always drawn-out process of passing a state budget in Massachusetts. 

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