STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS - MORNING EDITION - WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

CLINIC ACCESS, CAMPAIGN FINANCE BILLS ON TAP IN BRANCHES

Less than a month removed from a U.S. Supreme Court free speech decision striking down the Massachusetts buffer zone law, the House on Wednesday afternoon is poised to follow the Senate's lead and pass legislation creating new legal parameters intended to assure safe and unimpeded access to abortion clinics. The Senate meanwhile also plans a formal session with eight days remaining before formal sessions come to a close for the 2013-1014 General Court. Senators are expected to take up legislation raising campaign contribution limits and imposing new disclosure requirements intended to give voters more information about the people behind the super PACS that have taken off since another Supreme Court free speech decision, in the Citizens United case. House Democrats plan a noon caucus to privately discuss matters. The Senate, where Democrats also usually huddle privately in Senate President Therese Murray's office to talk things over before session, does not plan to gavel in until 2 p.m. as members of both branches plan to attend memorial services for a former member of the House and Senate, Robert Havern of Arlington. - M. Norton/SHNS

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