formal STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS - MORNING EDITION - MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

BUDGET ON TAP MONDAY IN HOUSE, SENATE

Lawmakers unaccustomed to visiting the State House on Mondays have been summoned for rare formal sessions in both branches to start the holiday-shortened week. With only hours remaining before the new fiscal year begins, House and Senate members will be asked to vote Monday on a $36.5 billion fiscal 2015 budget accord filed Sunday by a six-member conference committee. The House on Monday also plans to take up a Senate-approved welfare reform conference committee report, a newly minted conference report laying out a new regulatory approach toward drug compounding pharmacies, and a redrafted version of Senate-approved legislation to make substance abuse treatment services more accessible as Massachusetts faces growing problems associated with heroin use and addiction to certain prescribed painkillers. To view the new conference reports, visit: https://malegislature.gov/People/ClerksOffice/House - M. Norton/SHNS

DRUG TREATMENT, "REAL LIVES," SALEM BILLS MOVING OUT OF HW&M

The state Department of Developmental Services would implement a "self-determination" approach to services under legislation on the move in the House. The House Ways and Means Committee over the weekend polled its members on an amended version of legislation (H 4063) "relative to real lives," a bill designed to give some individuals more control over the services and financial resources they receive from the state. Committee members were also asked to vote on a redrafted version of legislation approved by the Senate (S 2142) and intended to make substance abuse treatment more widely available in Massachusetts. According to a summary of the bill, it provides coverage for acute treatment services and clinical stabilization services for up to 10 days with prior authorization and allows health plans to initiate utilization review procedures on day eight. The bill also adds licensed alcohol and drug counselors to the list of licensed mental health professionals, requires a state commission to prepare a formulary of chemically equivalent substitutions for certain opiates, and requires opioid treatment programs with more than 300 patients receiving medication-assisted drug therapy to be licensed by the Department of Public Health. The committee is also releasing a bill authorizing the state to convey land to the Salem Redevelopment Authority (H 2838). The bill requires the redevelopment authority to pay $1 at the time of the conveyance of the land, which houses the Salem District Court Building at 65 Washington Street. - M. Norton/SHNS

FINEGOLD, PETRUCCELLI TO ATTEND CHARTER RALLY

Activists pressing Beacon Hill to pass a law allowing more charter schools in underperforming districts say Sens. Barry Finegold and Anthony Petruccelli plan to join them for an 11 a.m. rally at the State House. Leaders of both branches appear interested in making some moves- the House has already approved a bill authorizing a limited cap lift - but are being prodded by interest groups with different agendas. The Race to the Top Coalition, which includes business and civic groups that formed in 2009, plans a rally inside the State House, attempting to pressure the Senate to pass a bill lifting the charter school cap in the state's underperforming districts by 5 percent. - M. Norton/SHNS

GUV'S MEETING WITH LEGIS LEADERS CALLED OFF

Gov. Deval Patrick's semi-regular meeting on Monday with Democratic leaders of the House and Senate was called off as both branches prepare for formal sessions to consider the fiscal 2015 budget compromise struck Sunday eveing. The leaders typically meet in the afternoon, but with Patrick preparing to leave for Panama to attend the inauguration of that country's new president, the rare morning meeting was scratched in an update to the governor's public schedule. The meeting had been booked for 11:30 a.m., but House Democrats now plan a caucus for 11 a.m. after negotiators reached compromise on a $36.5 billion budget Sunday, as well as legislation further regulating compounding pharmacies. Both conference reports are among the bills the House plans to consider Monday. - M. Murphy/SHNS

BAKER LAUNCHES APPEAL TO WOMEN

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker will kick off a "women for Charlie" campaign Monday night at Joe's American Bar & Grille in Boston. Baker's wife Lauren and his running mate Karyn Polito are chairing the campaign's volunteer women's outreach organization. Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is leading her rivals in polling of this year's race for governor, hopes to become the first woman elected governor in Massachusetts history. - M. Norton/SHNS