Advances – Week of Nov. 30, 2014

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ADVANCES – WEEK OF NOV. 30, 2014

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 28, 2014 -Senate President Therese Murray has helped engineer an orderly transition to her successor, Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, and managed to put an extensive chamber renovation plan, including funding, in place prior to her departure and in the midst of criticism of harmful cuts to state programs and services. As Murray’s historic term as the first woman to lead the Senate winds down, some in government still harbor hope that she will help pass pay raises for public officials before she steps down. Next week brings farewell addresses from Murray and other departing senators as well as the release of the final recommendations of a commission that’s been examining pay levels of constitutional officers and lawmakers. Members of that panel say they don’t plan to let their proposals gather dust and instead are considering an outreach effort aimed at bringing more attention to the rationale behind their ideas. Citizens for Limited Taxation on Friday said a 1998 constitutional amendment that tied legislative base pay to changes in median household income prohibited the Legislature from changing the base compensation of lawmakers.

The compensation recommendations will likely be followed sometime later in the week by the release of final November tax collections, a key piece of information for legislative leaders assessing whether to act now or later to address a budget shortfall that has already spurred Gov. Deval Patrick to cut nearly $200 million in state spending. The economy is on track to trigger an income tax cut Jan. 1 and state tax collections over the first four months of fiscal 2015 are up 3 percent over the comparable period in fiscal 2014 – only $32 million shy of benchmarks – but this year’s budget calls for a 5.6 percent spending increase and officials say non-tax revenues are underperforming. Administration officials this week said a date for the annual revenue estimating hearing, a budget process kickoff of sorts that is usually held in December, has not yet been set.

Other storylines to watch in the week ahead:

— The Massachusetts Conference for Women is Thursday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and attendees have an opportunity to hear from Hillary Clinton, who is pondering a second bid to become the first female president of the United States. The former US Secretary of State, US Senator and first lady is among the featured speakers.

— Following on the heels of the sudden closure of North Adams Regional Hospital, state public health officials plan a public hearing next week on Quincy Medical Center’s plans to shut down. The closures have stirred localized turmoil, and spurred speculation about which other hospitals may close their doors amid continuous changes in a health care sector where officials are balancing the needs of patients against an imperative to reduce growing costs.

— Norwell Selectman David DeCoste held on to his lead over Rep. Rhonda Nyman of Hanover in one of two legislative recounts scheduled after the Nov. 4 election. A recount next week will likely bring to an end the contested North Shore race to fill the seat given up by former Rep. Michael Costello. Amesbury Republican James Kelcourse is 10 votes up over Newburyport Democrat Ed Cameron. If Kelcourse holds on, Republicans in the House would boost their numbers from 29 to 35, although they’ll quickly fall to 34 when Rep. Matt Beaton steps down following his swearing-in to join Baker’s Cabinet as secretary of energy and environmental affairs.

— Gov. Patrick will be busy trying to get late-term judicial nominees – and a Parole Board nominee – approved by the Governor’s Council. Patrick also has ceremonies planned with numerous nominees who have undergone confirmation hearings, won approval, and are on their way to the bench.

SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014

STATE POLICE DRILLS AT STATE HOUSE: The Massachusetts State Police plan to conduct a tactical response drill Saturday at the State House from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. State Police say there may be a “large volume of troopers and police vehicles around the State House and on Beacon Street” and say passers-by should not consider the police presence as a reason for alarm. The drill is not open to the media or the public.

SUNDAY, NOV. 30, 2014

MEET THE PRESS: Gov. Deval Patrick will be a guest on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd Sunday morning to discuss his legacy after eight years as governor of Massachusetts as he prepared to give way to a new chief executive. As he has been in past appearances on the national Sunday morning news program, Patrick could also be asked about the issues of the day, including the Republican takeover of Congress, the fallout from protests in Ferguson, Missouri and President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. (Sunday, 10:30 a.m., WHDH-TV, Channel 7)

‘ON THE RECORD’: Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera appears as the guest on this week’s episode of “On the Record” with hosts Janet Wu and Ed Harding. (Sunday, 11 a.m., WCVB)

WIDMER ON KELLER: Mass. Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer, who is stepping down from his long-held post at the top of the watchdog organization, is this week’s guest on WBZ’s “Keller at Large.” Widmer is set to discuss the looming budget deficit and will reflect on his two decades of fiscal oversight, according to host Jon Keller. (Sunday, 8:30 a.m., WBZ)

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014

PUBLIC COMPENSATION COMMISSION RELEASES REPORT: The special commission charged with suggesting reforms and recommendations on public sector compensation will release its report. Created through the fiscal 2015 budget and formed in September, the 7-member commission reviewed compensation of the governor and other constitutional officers, along with the state Legislature. The commission is expected to recommend increases in salaries. Chaired by Ira Jackson, the dean of UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and a former state revenue commissioner, the panel has held two public hearings and released a preliminary finding of facts that lays out compensation for public officials’ counterparts in other states and compares it to the private sector. “We are cognizant of the revenue shortfalls that the Commonwealth faces and we’ve approached our work very seriously and prudently, with an eye towards minimizing any costs to taxpayers,” Jackson told the News Service. At a November meeting, Jackson told his fellow commission members that he did not expect the recommendations to be “greeted with glee and joy.” The commission will meet at 9:30 a.m., ahead of its 10 a.m. press conference, to hold a final vote on the report. Some lawmakers have raised concerns about increasing salaries while budget cuts are occurring four months into fiscal year 2015, and Rep. Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) has pledged to block the raises from advancing during informal sessions. (Monday, 10 a.m., UMass Club, 225 Franklin St., 33rd floor, Amherst Room, Boston)

SPRINGFIELD – UNION STATION BAGGAGE BUILDING: The Union Station baggage building is marked for demolition on Monday, part of efforts to revitalize it. Organizers say the rear wall that holds up tracks above it has been secured and see the demolition and the clearing of a previously demolished garage as clearing the way for the footprint for the bus terminal. It’s an $80 million renovation that is expected to be completed in 2016. Congressman Richard Neal, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and others plan to attend. (Monday, 2:30 p.m., Union Station, Frank B. Murray Street, Springfield)

ABCD MARKS WORLD AIDS DAY: Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) will observe World AIDS Day, with staff wearing symbolic red ribbons. ABCD officials hope to de-stigmatize AIDS, and raise awareness to increase medical advancements and prevention among young people. On Monday, the organization will show “Deep South,” a documentary that explores the day-to-day reality of residents in the rural South living with the virus. ABCD serves more than 100,000 low-income Boston-area residents with its network of neighborhood service centers, Head Start programs, and family planning sites. (Monday, 12:30 p.m., ABCD Cass Room, 3rd floor, 178 Tremont St., Boston)

CENSUS BUREAU HOLDS WEBINAR ON COMMUNITY SURVEY: The U.S. Census Bureau holds a webinar to discuss the upcoming release of the latest American Community Survey statistics. The release includes data for 2009 to 2013, and includes 40 demographic, socio-economic and housing topics for all areas. During the webinar, Census Bureau officials will provide guidance on using and comparing the statistics; describe new data tables; and demonstrate how to access block-group-level data in American FactFinder. To register for media embargoed access visit: newsroom/releases/archives/embargoed_releases. (Monday, 1 p.m. log in early at the URL: https://censusevent.webex.com/censusevent/onstage/g.php?d=741680743&t=a. For access to audio conference information dial 1-888-324-3810; participant passcode: ACS 5 YEAR.)

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

SJC – MONDAY: The Supreme Judicial Court meets to hear six cases, including docket number 11620, the City of Somerville and another vs. the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. (Monday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Boston)

POLITICAL JOURNALISM EVENT: Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, managing editors of Bloomberg Politics and hosts of Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect,” are scheduled to deliver this year’s Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics at The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, located at the Harvard Kennedy School. David Rogers, a reporter at Politico, will be awarded the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism. (Monday, 6 p.m., The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School)

“MONDAYS WITH THE MAYOR” IN HYDE PARK: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is scheduled to host his third “Mondays with the Mayor,” part of a series of community town hall meetings. Residents may submit questions and comments to the mayor and his administration during the event, and members of the mayor’s cabinet and department heads will be available to help provide answers. The hashtag #Our?Boston will be used on Twitter. (Monday, 6 p.m., Boston Community Leadership Academy High School, 655 Metropolitan Avenue, Hyde Park)

BOARD OF REGISTRATION OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS: The Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions holds a public hearing on proposed regulations governing the licensure and oversight of applied behavior analysts, assistant applied behavior analysts, and licensed mental health counselors. Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, plans to testify. (Monday, 11 a.m., Division of Professional Licensure, Room 1E, 1000 Washington Street, Boston)

CAPITAL DEBT AFFORDABILITY COMMITTEE: The Capital Debt Affordability Committee will meet to review debt ratios and comparison states and consider a draft recommendation. (Monday, 3 p.m., Administration and Finance, Room 373)

BARTLETT KICKS OFF URBAN PARKS TOUR: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett and Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook plan to visit Puddingstone Garden and Erie-Ellington Playground, park projects that are under construction with state and local funding. Bartlett is kicking off a tour of urban parks across the state in December. (Monday, 2 p.m., starts at Puddingstone Garden, 331 Seaver Street, Boston)

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

PUBLIC HEARING ON QUINCY MEDICAL CENTER: The state Department of Public Health holds a hearing on the expected closure of Quincy Medical Center. In a hearing notice, the department describes the move as Steward Health Care’s “intent to discontinue providing services at its campus located at 114 Whitwell Street.” Steward originally announced plans to close the hospital on Dec. 31, but then amended them to say they are willing to extend the timeline to Feb. 4. In a Nov. 17 letter to the department, an attorney for Quincy Medical Center wrote that hospital officials will attend the hearing and “participate accordingly.” The demand for services from Quincy Medical has declined, rendering the hospital “non-essential in the Quincy health care delivery system,” the hospital’s attorney, Andrew Levine, wrote. Patient demand for hospital services is expected to disappear by mid to late December, he added. “In addition, by this point in time the free standing, physician based urgent care centers, that we have discussed with DPH, will be fully operational and readily available to the people of Quincy.” Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office has raised the prospect of legal action, but said it is willing to first meet with attorneys for Steward, a for-profit company. Bob Ross, chief of Coakley’s business and labor bureau, said in his own letter to Steward that closing Dec. 31 could have violated the hospital closure statute that requires 90 days notice to the Department of Public Health. “As a threshold matter Steward must comply with the Commonwealth’s statutes governing proposed hospital closures and the Department’s processes thereunder,” he added. Ross also said he disagrees with Steward’s claims that the company’s contractual obligations — such as maintaining an acute care hospital for ten years after the 2011 purchase — have been altered. The attorney general’s office is “willing to discuss your contentions prior to pressing our contractual rights in court,” Ross said in his letter to Steward’s attorney. The DPH hearing notice stated that the hearing “will not be adjudicatory in nature, but rather a public forum for the presentation of any comments which may be relevant to the Department’s consideration of the proposed change [in providing services].” (Tuesday, 7 p.m., Quincy High School Auditorium, 100 Coddington St., Quincy)

INFO SESSION ON OBAMA IMMIGRATION ORDERS: Arriving without the usual legislative debate that precedes new laws, President Barack Obama’s executive orders spelling out immediate immigration reforms are providing plenty of fodder for immigration attorneys. The Irish International Immigrant Center plans to host an information session to answer questions for people. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 100 Franklin Street, Boston)

SJC – TUESDAY: The Supreme Judicial Court meets to hear seven cases, including docket number 11658, DirecTV and another vs. the Mass. Department of Revenue and docket number 11621, Donald Thomas Scholz vs. the Boston Herald and others. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Boston)

BOSTON STRONG BOOK LAUNCH: Communications and public relations expert Kat Powers will launch “The Week That Made Boston Strong,” the story of the Boston Marathon Bombings from the perspective of public information officers. In Powers’ words, the book describes, “the 110 hours between bombing and arrest of the suspects from the perspective of those who helped create the images you saw on TV that week. They had very different roles to play during that horrible week, but the lessons they have to share are universal.” (Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Charlesmark Hotel Lounge 655 Boylston Street, Boston)

PRIM BOARD: The state’s Pension Reserves Investment Management Board meets. Treasurer Steve Grossman chairs the meeting. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., 84 State St., Boston)

“CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MENTAL ILLNESS” | The Criminal Justice Policy Coalition hosts “The crime of mental illness: Have we replaced the hospital bed with the jail cell?” An advisory for the event says, “Although Bridgewater State Hospital (BSH) has hospital in its name, it is a medium security prison run by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. Since 2009, three men have died at BSH while in restraints for an excessive time period or while being put into restraints improperly.” Organizers say experts will discuss “how incarceration has replaced healthcare for many at risk populations in Massachusetts.” The panelists are Michael Rezendes of the Boston Globe, James Pingeon of Prisoners’ Legal Services, and June Binney of NAMI Mass. (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway Cambridge)

ROGEN AND WINSTEAD AT HARVARD: Actor Seth Rogen and comedian Lizz Winstead, the creator of “The Daily Show,” will discuss humor and politics with Alexis Wilkinson, current president of the Harvard Lampoon. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., JFK Jr. Forum)

CURTATONE ON STATS IN GOVERNMENT: Harvard Kennedy School senior lecturer Robert Behn joins Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone to discuss Behn’s new book ‘The PerformanceStat Potential: A Leadership Strategy for Producing Results,’ which explores the growth of statistical analysis in municipal government. Curtatone, who uses Somerville’s own SomerStat system, will offer his own thoughts. (Tuesday, 4:10 p.m., 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge)

FALL RIVER PARK GRANT: Fall River Mayor Flanagan, director of community maintenance Ken Pacheco and others will announce Fall River as the recipient of a 2014 PARC Grant through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. Fall River will receive $264,691 to include the installation of new basketball courts at five parks throughout the City of Fall River. (Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., North Park, Fall River)

GBREB AWARDS RECEPTION: Rep. Kevin Honan of Brighton is this year’s recipient of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board’s 2014 RHA President’s Excellence in Public Service Award. Robert Kargman of the Boston Land Company at the Rental Housing Association (RHA) is receiving the President’s Industry Excellence Award. They will be recognized at an awards reception (Tuesday, 5:30, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center)

REVENUE COMMITTEE: A tax deferral program for long-term residents of Boston would be created under legislation set to be heard Tuesday by the Committee on Revenue. The bill (H 4522) was filed by Rep. Nick Collins and endorsed by the Boston City Council. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., Room B-1)

HOUSING AND SHELTER ALLIANCE: The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) will hold its annual meeting. Awards will be presented to Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg for his support of housing and programs assisting homeless men, women, and children, and Richard Brunson, interim clinical coordinator at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, for his commitment to serving homeless individuals in the state. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High St, 9th Floor, Boston)

PATIENT SAFETY EVENT: Health care industry stakeholders will gather to discuss how to advance the patient safety agenda. Twenty years ago, Betsy Lehman, a Boston Globe health reporter, died as the result of a medical error. Her death catalyzed a national movement to promote patient safety and prompted legislation in Massachusetts to establish the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction, which will host the event to re-launch the center. New research on the state of patient safety in the state, including what has changed over the past two decades, challenges and opportunities; consumer awareness and attitudes; and how Massachusetts compares nationally on policies and initiatives to measure and reduce medical harm will be released and interpreted by panels of experts in the healthcare field. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston)

BOARD OF HIGHER ED – ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: The Board of Higher Education will hold an Academic Affairs Committee meeting, which will take up motions for programs at Massachusetts Bay Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, University of Massachusetts Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell and Springfield Technical Community College. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., One Ashburton Place, Room 1401)

HOUSE ELECTION RECOUNT, DAY ONE: With Amesbury Republican James Kelcourse 10 votes up over Newburyport Democrat Ed Cameron in the race to succeed former Rep. Michael Costello (D-Newburyport), local elections officials will conduct a recount. The race also featured three independents. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., Newburyport City Hall, Newburyport)

MARCH OF DIMES RECEPTION FOR FRESHMEN: The March of Dimes sponsors a reception for incoming state lawmakers. The reception is also open to senators and lawmakers who won special elections during the 2013-2014 session. Rep. Patricia Haddad, the House speaker pro tem and a Somerset Democrat, will host the reception. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., House Members Lounge)

OLD COLONY YMCA: Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein participates in the dedication ceremony for the expansion of units and services at the Old Colony YMCA. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 15A Bolton Place, Brockton)

BOARD OF HIGHER ED – BRIDGEWATER STATE PRESIDENT: The Board of Higher Education will hold a special meeting to take up the Bridgewater State University presidential appointment. (Tuesday, 12 p.m., One Ashburton Place, Room 1401)

BOARD OF HIGHER ED – HIGHER ED FINANCES: The Board of Higher Education will hold a Fiscal Affairs & Administrative Policy Committee meeting to consider the fiscal year 2016 budget and approval of the building naming rights policy. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., One Ashburton Place, Room 1401)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

PATRICK TOUTS GREEN COMMUNITIES PROGRAM: Gov. Patrick highlights the Green Communities program. In 2008, Patrick signed a law allowing cities and towns to become designated Green Communities if they meet five criteria. In turn the communities become eligible for state grants to pay for renewable energy or energy efficiency and management initiatives. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Great Hall)

PATRICK SWEARS-IN JUDGES: Gov. Patrick swears-in Robert Tochka as an associate justice of the Superior Court at 11 a.m., Raffi Yessayan as an associate justice of the Superior Court at 11:15 a.m., and Myong Jung as an associate justice of the Boston Municipal Court’s central division at 11:30 a.m. (Wednesday, Room 360)

DISTRICT COURT CANDIDATE BEFORE GOV’S COUNCIL: Paul Hart Smyth of the US attorney’s office will appear before the Governor’s Council in his bid to become a circuit district court judge. Last month, Gov. Deval Patrick nominated Smyth, who is currently the chief of the Springfield office of the United States Attorney’s Office. Prior to 2007, Smyth was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Springfield office, supervising investigations and prosecutions. He previously worked as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. For two years in the early 1990s, Smyth volunteered in the Peace Corps, developing elementary school curricula in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., Governor’s Council Chambers, State House)

GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL MEETS: Gov. Deval Patrick chairs a meeting of the Governor’s Council, where votes are expected on Frances Giordano, who the governor nominated for a seat on Family and Probate Court in Essex County; private practice attorney Abbe Ross for a seat on the Suffolk County Family and Probate Court; and Margaret Crateau, for clerk magistrate of the Gloucester District Court. Giordano is a partner at Rubin and Rudman, a family law practice. She received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. Ross is a solo practitioner specializing in divorce cases, custody and asset division. She previously worked as an assistant attorney general and a prosecutor in the Suffolk County district attorney’s Office. Crateau, the acting clerk magistrate in Gloucester, initially worked as a registered nurse before going to night school at Suffolk University Law School. (Wednesday, noon, Governor’s Council Chambers, State House)

BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT NOMINEE: The Governor’s Council interviews criminal defense attorney Michael Vitali for a judgeship in the Brockton District Court. Vitali is a sole practitioner with offices in Brockton and Boston trying cases in district, superior and juvenile courts. He works with Suffolk University Law School student attorneys supervising their cases in Boston Juvenile Court. He also teaches second- and third-year law school students at Boston University School of Law, lecturing about criminal motions and advocacy professional skills. He received his law degree from Boston University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College. (Wednesday, 1:15 p.m., Governor’s Council Chamber, State House)

PAROLE BOARD NOMINEE BEFORE GOV’S COUNCIL: Lee Gartenberg, Gov. Deval Patrick’s pick for a seat on the Parole Board, will appear before the Governor’s Council for his confirmation hearing. Gartenberg currently works as director of inmate legal services at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office – a job he has held since 1982. As director of inmate legal services, he provides legal services to approximately 1,200 prisoners in the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge and the Middlesex County House of Correction at Billerica, including filing post-conviction relief motions, assuring prisoner access to courts, and representing prisoners at administrative hearings, including parole revocation and rescission hearings, according to his resume. If confirmed, Gartenberg would fill a post opened by the appointment of Parole Board Chairman Joshua Wall as a Superior Court judge. (Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Governor’s Council Chamber, State House)

SEX OFFENDER RECIDIVISM: The Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders will hear a presentation on the management of sex offenders with “an eye towards possible legislation.” (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Room 350)

HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION COMMITTEE – COMMUNITY HOSPITALS: The Health Policy Commission’s community health care investment and consumer involvement committee will discuss the second phase of $60 million investments in the state’s community hospitals. The committee is also scheduled to receive an update on the commission’s hospital study and a presentation from Health Management Associations on the CHART Leadership Summit. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Daley Room, 2 Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston)

MAYOR WALSH’S FIRST ANNUAL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh holds his first annual holiday fundraiser. Suggested donations range from $125 to $500. Attendees are encouraged to bring new or “gently used” winter coats, which will go to the city’s homeless shelters. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., The State Room, 60 State St., Boston)

UMASS BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETINGS: The UMass Committee on Administration and Finance meets, with an agenda that includes approval of the university’s fiscal 2015-2019 capital plan, changes to the quarterly capital projects list, and a request that the University of Massachusetts Building Authority initiative financing of university projects. The university’s fiscal 2016 state budget request is listed on the agenda as an informational item. (Wednesday, 8 a.m., 33rd floor, 225 Franklin St., Boston)

UMASS AUDIT COMMITTEE: The UMass Audit Committee will meet. the agenda includes a report on Massachusetts financial assistance programs. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., UMass President’s Office, Amherst Room, 33rd Floor, 225 Franklin Street, Boston)

UMASS EFFICIENCY & EFFECTIVENESS COMMITTEE: The UMass Task Force on Efficiency and Effectiveness meets. Updates are scheduled on procurement initiatives and a “travel program rollout.” (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m., UMass President’s Office, Amherst Room, 33rd Floor, 225 Franklin Street, Boston)

WHITE HOUSE TRIBAL CONFERENCE: President Barack Obama will host his sixth White House Tribal Nations Conference, giving leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes a chance to meet with the president and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Each federally recognized tribe has been given the opportunity to send one representative. Obama is expected to speak at the 2 p.m. closing session, which will also include Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Matthews Burwell, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta, White House Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Director Michael Boots. The opening session will include Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet as well as Jewell. News media planning to cover the opening and closing sessions will need to RSVP and other meetings will be closed-press. (Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC)

LGBT AGING: The LGBT Aging Commission will meet. The commission is tasked with analyzing health, housing, psychological and long-term care needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, and their caregivers. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., AARP Offices One Beacon St., 23rd floor)

MUNICIPAL ELECTRICITY: The Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company will hold a board of directors meeting. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Carney Municipal Office Building, Shrewsbury)

AUTO REINSURERS: The Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers will hold a meeting of the Loss Reserving Committee. Lynellen Ramirez, of Arbella Insurance Group, is chair of the committee, which includes representatives from The Hanover Insurance Company, MAPFRE U.S.A., Travelers Insurance and Safety Insurance Company. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 225 Franklin St., Boston)

HOUSE SEAT RECOUNT, DAY TWO: With Amesbury Republican James Kelcourse 10 votes up over Newburyport Democrat Ed Cameron in the race to succeed former Rep. Michael Costello (D-Newburyport), local elections officials are scheduled to conduct a recount. The race also featured three independents. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Salisbury Town Hall, Salisbury)

UCANE PARTY: The Utility Contractors Association of New England is holding its annual Christmas party and scholarship auction. (Wednesday, 5 p.m., The Lantana, 43 Scanlon Drive, Randolph)

NEWTON MAYOR HOLDS END-OF-YEAR FUNDRAISER: Newton Mayor Setti Warren, elected in 2009, holds an end-of-the-year reception and holiday fundraiser. Suggested contributions range from $100 to $500. “Seniors are complimentary,” an invite obtained by the News Service says. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., The Cottage, 47 Boylston St., Newton)

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION COMMISSION: The Special Legislative Commission on Postpartum Depression meets. The agenda includes planning for Postpartum Depression Awareness Day and the “budget ‘ask,'” and reports of other initiatives, such as regulations, a community health center pilot program, and Medicaid screening coverage. The commission is co-chaired by Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst) and Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn). (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., House Members’ Lounge)

HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION COST TRENDS COMMITTEE: The Health Policy Commission’s cost trends and market performance committee discusses the agency’s 2014 cost trends Report. The committee will also vote on final proposed regulations governing notices of material change and cost and market impact reviews. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., Daley Room, Two Boylston Street, 5th Floor, Boston)

SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN PLYMOUTH: Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein participates in an event to mark the formal opening of the Southfield Supportive Housing Program. State housing officials say the program “will increase the number of senior public housing complexes providing ‘an assisted living like’ environment to seniors who choose to ‘age in place,’ rather than in long term care facilities in Plymouth.” (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Southfield Community Room, 105 South Street, Plymouth)

VETERANS’ LUNCH: Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki plans to serve lunch to veterans. (Wednesday, 11:45 a.m., 17 Court St., Boston)

THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

SENATE FAREWELL SPEECHES: Massachusetts Senate members have largely steered clear of Beacon Hill since the end of formal legislative sessions in the early morning hours of Aug. 1. And while formal sessions won’t resume again until January, senators are scheduled to return to the State House next week to hear departing members deliver public farewell speeches. The senators who are not returning in 2015 are Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth), Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Stephen Brewer (D-Barre), Senate President Pro Tem Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge), Election Laws Committee Chairman Sen. Barry Finegold (D-Andover), and Economic Development Committee Co-chair Sen. Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham). Murray and Brewer did not seek re-election. Republican Rep. Vinny deMacedo picked off Murray’s seat for the GOP while Rep. Anne Gobi of Spencer helped keep Brewer’s seat for the Democrats. Finegold was defeated in the September state treasurer primary. Candaras lost her bid for Hampden County Register of Probate to Westfield independent Suzanne Seguin, and Moore was upended by Rep. Ryan Fattman, a Webster Republican. (Thursday, 2 p.m., Senate Chamber)

CLINTON SPEAKS IN BOSTON: Former Secretary of State and presumed presidential contender Hillary Clinton is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the 10th anniversary Massachusetts Conference For Women. The keynote luncheon begins at 1 p.m. and other events throughout the conference include networking, book signings and talks by men and women in business. Actress Lupita Nyong’o, who received an Academy Award for her performance in “12 Years a Slave” will also talk during the luncheon. Other speakers and panelists at the conference include WCVB NewsCenter 5 co-anchor J.C. Monahan, The Partnership CEO Carol Fulp, Boston Globe business columnist Shirley Leung, Malala Fund CEO Shiza Shahid and Hill Holliday CEO Karen Kaplan. About 9,000 people are expected to attend. Conference agenda: http://www.maconferenceforwomen.org/conference/agenda/ (Thursday, 8:15 a.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)

WIND ENERGY REPORT RELEASED: A report from Environment Massachusetts will be released that quantifies the potential of wind energy and evaluates the benefits to the state. New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell, Cape Wind officials and campaign organizers from Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy plan to attend the event, and call for policies to promote wind energy development. Participants include Mark Rogers, Communications Director, Cape Wind; Brian Kuhn, Chief Development Officer and Co-Founder, Aeronautica Wind; Megan Amsler, Executive Director, Self-Reliance; and Julia Persinger, Campaign Organizer, Environment Massachusetts Research & Policy Center. (Thursday, 11 a.m., front steps of New Bedford City Hall, 133 William St., New Bedford)

MARKETING TIPS FROM CONSTANT CONTACT: The Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce hosts the MetroWest Business Resource Fair where local business leaders will network and hear from executives from Constant Contact, the online marketing company. Constant Contact execs will present tips on marketing strategies for the holiday season. State Sen. Karen Spilka is co-hosting the event. (Thursday, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Rd, Framingham)

HUD OFFICIALS TOUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN WESTFIELD: Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will visit Powdermill Village, an affordable housing development in Westfield. HUD officials will look at energy-related investments at the 250-unit development. Owners of the property, Peabody Properties Inc., have signed on to the Better Buildings Challenge – which asks building owners to commit to a 20 percent portfolio-wide energy reduction over 10 years. Powdermill is undergoing $3 million in energy efficient upgrades, including oil to gas conversions, and new high efficiency boilers for heat. Kristine Foye, the HUD Acting Regional Administrator for New England Region will be at the event, along with Decia Goodwin, an energy analyst with MassHousing. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Powdermill Village, Community Center, 126 Union St., Westfield)

SOUTHEAST SECURITY: The Southeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council will hold a meeting. (Thursday, 9 a.m., 88 Broadway Taunton)

MASSDOT FINANCES: The MassDOT Standing Committee on Audit and Finance meets. (Thursday, 2 p.m., MassDOT Boardroom, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 3830, Boston)

SJC – THURSDAY: The Supreme Judicial Court meets to hear seven cases, including docket number 11559, Dewoe W. Smallwood vs. Attorney General Martha Coakley. (Thursday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Boston)

HOUSE ELECTION RECOUNT, DAY THREE: With Amesbury Republican James Kelcourse 10 votes up over Newburyport Democrat Ed Cameron in the race to succeed former Rep. Michael Costello (D-Newburyport), local elections officials are scheduled to conduct a recount. The race also featured three independents. (Thursday, 9 a.m., Amesbury City Hall, Amesbury)

SOUTHEAST SHELTERING: The Southeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council will hold a meeting of the Mass Care, Sheltering and Medical Surge Subcommittee. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 88 Broadway, Taunton)

JUDGES SWORN IN BY PATRICK: Gov. Patrick swears-in William Rota as a judge on the Southern Berkshire District Court at 4 p.m., Kerry Ahem as a judge on the Essex Juvenile Court at 4:15 p.m., and Neil Hourihan as a judge on the Cambridge District Court at 4:30 p.m. (Thursday, Room 360)

FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

PATRICK CABINET MEETS: Gov. Patrick hosts a meeting of his cabinet. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., Governor’s Council Chambers)

ADDITIONAL JUDGES RECEIVE OATH OF OFFICE: Gov. Patrick swears-in Holly Broadbent as an associate justice of the Gloucester District Court at 10:15 a.m., Michael Fabbri as a judge of the Framingham District Court at 1 p.m., Lisa Edmonds as a judge of the Orleans District Court at 1:15 p.m., and Paula Clifford of the Hingham District Court at 1:30 p.m. (Friday, Room 360)

MASSDEVELOPMENT: The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency will hold a hearing to consider issuing $12.5 million in revenue bonds for the Old Colony Y for the purchase of property in Plymouth, renovations and an addition to a Stoughton facility, an addition to a Bridgewater facility, and renovations to an Easton property. (Friday, 10 a.m., 99 High St., Boston)

SJC – FRIDAY: The Supreme Judicial Court meets to hear three murder appeal cases. (Friday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Boston)

POLITO AT HEALTH PLAN CONFERENCE: Lieutenant Governor-Elect Karyn Polito and others will discuss the future of health care cost containment and changes in the delivery system at the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans 13th annual conference. Other attendees include Health Policy Commission chair Stuart Altman, Federal Trade Commission Deputy Director Alexis Gilman and Center for Health Information and Analysis executive director Aron Boros. (Friday, 7:30 a.m., Seaport Hotel, One Seaport Lane, Boston)

HOUSING EVENT IN FITCHBURG: Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein joins representatives of the Fitchburg Housing Authority to “celebrate the authority’s recent High Leverage Asset Preservation Program (HILAPP) funds, which targets the neediest developments while simultaneously leveraging local and other non-state funds.” (Friday, 2:15 p.m., 13 Normandy Road, Fitchburg)

TARR HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER: Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) hosts a holiday fundraiser. Suggested donations range from $75 per person to $125 per couple. (Friday, 6:30 p.m., the Gloucester House, 63 Rogers St., Gloucester)

SATURDAY, DEC. 6, 2014

STONEHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL: Treasurer Steven Grossman, chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, and MSBA Executive Director Jack McCarthy will attend the Stoneham Middle School Opening Ceremony. (Saturday, 10 a.m., Stoneham Middle School, 101 Central Street, Stoneham)

GROSSMANS RECEIVE AWARD: Treasurer Steven Grossman and his wife, Dr. Barbara W. Grossman will receive the “Straight For Equality Champion Award” at the 1st annual Promise Place School Gala. (Saturday, 6 p.m., Hyannis Doubletree Hilton, 287 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis)

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