This week in state government

Plymouth police officer's wake and funeral are among the six state-related events this week in the Cape Cod area
Robert Vacher's First Degree Murder appeal Friday

The meetings and events of local interest this week:

KENNEDY LAUNCHES BID FOR SECOND U.S. HOUSE TERM: Congressman Joe Kennedy of Brookline is on the back nine of his first term in the House, where he has taken over a district long represented by Barney Frank of Newton. Kennedy on Saturday holds a kickoff party for supporters and volunteers as he begins his campaign for re-election. (Saturday, 4 p.m., The Sandbar Grill, 64 Weir St., Taunton)

PLYMOUTH POLICE WAKE: Senate President Therese Murray attends the wake for Plymouth Police Officer Gregg Maloney. (Monday, 5:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, Plymouth)

PLYMOUTH POLICE FUNERAL: The funeral mass for Plymouth Police Officer Gregg Maloney is Tuesday. Senate President Therese Murray and Gov. Patrick will be among the many attendees. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., St. Peter's Church, Plymouth)

GUV'S COUNCIL: The Governor's Council meets for their regular assembly, chaired by Gov. Deval Patrick. Up for votes are two of Patrick's judicial nominees: Charles Ardito for Clerk-Magistrate of the Barnstable District Court and John Fitzsimmons for Clerk-Magistrate of the Plymouth District Court. (Wednesday, 12 p.m., Rm. 222)

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS: Sens. Dan Wolf and Ken Donnelly and Reps. Thomas Conroy and Alice Peisch are scheduled Thursday to join officials from Boston Financial Data Services, School to Career Connecting Activities, and the Massachusetts Workforce Board Association for a "youth pathways advocacy day." The Workforce Solutions Group is sponsoring the event. (Thursday, 11 a.m., Room 437, State House)

CAPE DELIGEGATION: Senate President Therese Murray participates in the Cape delegation legislative breakfast. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis)

SJC: The Supreme Judicial Court sits to hear four murder appeals in oral argument, including the case of Robert Vacher, who was convicted in 2011 of the first degree murder of Jordan Mendes, 16, of Hyannis. (Friday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

What's happening in State Government this week

The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday is scheduled to release its rewrite of Gov. Deval Patrick's final state budget proposal, a $36.4 billion spending plan the governor filed back in January. In the weeks since Patrick offered his proposal, lawmakers have heard many calls for increases in funding for mental health and substance abuse services, public higher education, and housing and shelter programs. The House and Senate have already agreed to boost local aid levels beyond the increases sought by Patrick and the unveiling of their own proposal next week will shed light on areas of agreement and disagreement with the governor, but more importantly begin setting the table for eventual House-Senate budget negotiations later this spring. Whether it's due to discord between the branches, genuine policy disagreements, or efforts to amass chips in a grander game of secret bargaining, top House and Senate Democrats this session have been unable to agree on specifics even on bills that have cleared both branches with big majorities, such as welfare reform, regulation of drug compounding companies, and efforts to prevent mercury from causing environmental damage.

State transportation officials weeks ago complained that important projects were being held up by the lack of agreement on a multi-year transportation bond but there's been no word about progress on that bill either from a six-member conference committee. The competing bond bills both authorize $300 million in Chapter 90 funds for local road repairs, but the Patrick administration this week notified cities and towns to expect only $200 million and it appears that any funds to fix up roads tattered by a damaging winter will arrive long after the start of the spring construction season. Both branches also agree that the state's minimum wage should be increased, that a pending unemployment insurance rate hike should be prevented, and that employers with stable workforces should get a break on rates. But even those agreements have been tinged by bickering among top Democrats over process, a dustup that has muddied the waters heading into the final four months of formal legislating for the 2013-2014 session.

The House plans a Tuesday session to take up Speaker Robert DeLeo's bill targeting domestic batterers and increasing penalties for domestic abuse. After an abbreviated formal session this week, the Senate plans to return for a formal session next Thursday when legislation aimed at repairing gas leaks will again be on the agenda.

Voters this week chose four new state representatives and one new state senator, but plans for swearing-in ceremonies are still taking shape with certification of the special election results required before the new members may be seated. It appears the new House members will be sworn in on April 16. Evandro Carvalho of Dorchester faces no opposition in the last House special election of the year on April 29. But even with an influx of five new members this spring, five more House districts will go unrepresented for the rest of the year due to recent resignations.


EPA CHIEF IN BOSTON: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to visit Boston Saturday and offer remarks at the Environmental League of Massachusetts' annual Earth Night celebration. Organizers expect "more than 300 supporters from environmental nonprofits, government, corporations, foundations and more who care about protecting the environment." An ELM spokesman confirmed the event is a fundraiser and said McCarthy "is attending in a personal, not official, capacity." (Saturday, 7 p.m., Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston)


KERRIGAN 'ON THE RECORD': Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Stephen Kerrigan appears on WCVB's "On the Record" program. (Sunday, 11:30 a.m., WCVB)

PATRICK KENNEDY ON KELLER: Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy appears on WBZ's Keller at Large to talk about his work to remove the stigma around mental illness. Kennedy also addresses his fight against marijuana legalization, and his struggles with addiction and mental illness. (Sunday, 8:30 a.m., WBZ-TV)


NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK: The Massachusetts Public Health Association will honor National Public Health Week from April 7-11, part of an effort to raise awareness about public health and prevention. Check for events around the state.

SJC: The Supreme Judicial Court sits to hear eight cases, including SJC-11544, SEIU Local 509 vs. the state Department of Mental Health. The case is the SEIU's appeal to a case regarding the DPH's use of contracts and the state's privatization law. (Monday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

MOTT CHIEF ATTENDS CHICAGO TRAVEL CONFERENCE: From Monday until Wednesday, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Betsy Wall attends the International Pow Wow conference Sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association, and described by Patrick administration officials as the travel industry's "premier international marketplace and largest generator of travel to the U.S." The conference is in Chicago.

PUSH FOR MENTAL HEALTH FUNDING: After cutting the Department of Mental Health budget by $50 million in 2009, state funding has failed to keep pace with the demand for services, according to activists who plan to lobby on Beacon Hill on Monday. The National Alliance for Mental Illness-Massachusetts is predicting that more than 400 adults and children will see services slashed if funding is not increased beyond the 1 percent increase recommended by Gov. Patrick. Lobby day organizers say speakers will include Attorney General Coakley, Sen. Joyce, Trial Court Chief Judge Paula Carey, and Court Administrator Harry Spence. (Monday, 11 a.m., Great Hall, State House)

MARATHON MEMORIAL EXHIBIT: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will open a new Boston Marathon memorial exhibit, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial," a compilation of mementos and messages left at a makeshift memorial in Copley Square after the bombing last year. Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan; Samantha Joseph, director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Iron Mountain Incorporated, which is underwriting the exhibition and is providing long-term storage for the memorial items; and Dan Yaeger, executive director of the New England Museum Association, will all attend. Organizers said media must confirm attendance with either Marjorie Nesin at [email protected] or Jon Tapper at [email protected] by Sunday evening. (Monday, 10 a.m., Boston Public Library, Guastavino Room, enter through Dartmouth Street doors)

ACCESSIBILITY VOLUNTEERS HONORED: The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety will honor members of the Boston Survivors Accessibility Alliance, an organization of volunteers established in May 2013 to help Boston Marathon bombing survivors. The group performs home renovations for those injured to help them transition to new lifestyles. The Department of Public Safety will recognize 44 companies. (Monday, 10 a.m., International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 4, 50 Park Street, Dorchester)

ORGAN DONORS: Officials will gather to mark April as Donate Life Month, encouraging people to register as organ and tissue donors. Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz, Sen. Bruce Tarr, and Reps. John Keenan, Sean Garballey, Jim Arciero will attend, as will Registrar of Motor Vehicles Celia Blue, transplant surgeons and "individuals personally touched by donation." A banner will be hung outside the State House and the Zakim Bridge will be lit in green and blue through the week for organ and tissue donation. In 2013, in New England, more than 240 lives were saved by organ donation, according to Donate Life New England. There are 110 million registered donors in the U.S. and 120,000 people on the U.S. wait list. (Monday, 2 p.m., House Members Lounge)


HOUSE FORMAL: The House plans to take up a bill aimed at preventing domestic abuse and imposing harsher penalties on abusers. Speaker Robert DeLeo this week outlined his proposal and the House Ways and Means Committee opened a poll late Friday on a bill (S 1897) relative to domestic violence. Ways and Means is also polling this weekend on bills establishing a Nantucket mosquito control project (H 760) and providing burial benefits under the workers' compensation act (H 3766). (Tuesday, 2 p.m., House Chamber)

CLEAN ENERGY TRENDS: Department of Public Utilities Chair Ann Berwick will discuss trends in clean energy usage with clean energy industry panelists at the "Women empowered: Leading the Future of Clean and Efficient Energy" event. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., New England Aquarium, Boston)

PUBLIC HEALTH CALL-IN DAY OF ACTION: Part of National Public Health Week, the Massachusetts Public Health Association on Tuesday hosts a call-in day of action to support public health funding in the state budget. Funding for community-based public health programs is down nearly $55 million compared to fiscal 2009, according to the association.

DIABETES CENTER OPENING: Gov. Deval Patrick celebrates the opening of the Joslin Diabetes Center's Translational Center for the Cure of Diabetes. (Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., 1 Joslin Place, Boston)

CONSUMER CONFERENCE: "National Consumer Protection Week Conference: Who Can You Trust?" is the title of an annual conference hosted by the Office of Consumer Affairs and Speakers from Harvard University, Staples, the New York attorney general's office, and Suffolk University Law School will discuss "whether consumers can trust online reviews, how prevalent the problem is, what is being done to police review websites, how to distinguish genuine reviews from phony ones, and how regulators respond to fake reviews." According to the Patrick administration, a speaker from the Securities and Exchange Commission will talk about the latest types of investment fraud and how the scammers ensnare their victims. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service will outline the latest scams and cons targeting both senior citizens and the general public. Tod Marks, Senior Projects Editor at Consumer Reports, gives the keynote speech about the processes of America's most respected consumer products testing laboratory. Registration required for non-media attendees. (Tuesday, 8:15 a.m., Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston)

LGBTQ HEALTH CARE: Sen. Sal DiDomenico hosts a forum examining challenges that LGBTQ youth face in healthcare settings and best practices as well as policy interventions to improve healthcare access and quality." (Tuesday, 11 a.m., State House Library)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADVISORY COMMISSION: The Local Government Advisory Commission meets Tuesday with an agenda that includes an update on fiscal 2014 revenues and the state economy, a discussion of the need for supplemental state funding this fiscal year to address shortfalls in charter school and McKinney-Vento reimbursements, a presentation on investing OPEB trust funds with the Commonwealth, and a presentation by Patrick administration officials on the "opiate addiction and overdose public health crisis." (Tuesday, 1 p.m., State House)

THIRD ANNUAL CARING FORCE RALLY AND LOBBY DAY: The Caring Force hosts its third annual Rally and Lobby Day for Human Services. More than 500 workers, clients, consumers and other supporters are expected to visit representatives and senators "to seek fair funding for human services programs and wages," according to organizers. Sen. Karen Spilka will address attendees; Rep. Patricia Haddad will receive The Caring Force's Legislator of the Year award. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., Great Hall)

REPORT ON TRANSPARENCY OF STATE SPENDING INFO: The MASSPIRG Education Fund will release a new report, "Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data." The report evaluates each state on how well it provides spending information online and assigns "A" to "F" letter grades. "Several states have made significant progress since last year¹s report, but the most transparent states provide the public with information about types of expenditures that otherwise receive little public scrutiny," fund officials wrote in a media advisory. The report will be posted at Last year's report is viewable at (Tuesday, 10 a.m.)

IMMIGRANTS VISIT STATE HOUSE: According to the Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, hundreds of immigrants plan to visit the State House Tuesday for the 18th Annual Immigrants Day at the State House. MIRA estimates 22,000 immigrants in Massachusetts became naturalized citizens over the past year, and say the state's Latino and Asian populations each grew by 50 percent between 2000 and 2010. Immigrants are pressing for new driving laws and an increase in the minimum wage as well as election reforms. Alejandra St. Guillen, director of the Mayor's Office of new Bostonians, offers the keynote address and Sens. Forry, Eldridge and McGee are listed as attendees. (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Gardner Auditorium)

SJC: The Supreme Judicial Court sits to hear five cases, including SJC-11540, The City of Springfield vs. the Civil Service Commission. (Tuesday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

ROMNEY CABINET MEMBERS AT HARVARD: Longtime Mitt Romney friend and campaign aide Bob White continues his series of Kennedy School lectures on his experiences with presidential politics, this time looking at the entrepreneurial spirit in government. Guest speakers for the seminar include former Romney aides Kelt Kindick, Tim Murphy and Ellen Herzfelder. The panel will also feature Year Up founder Gerald Chertavian. Murphy served as Romney's Secretary of Health and Human Services. Kindick is a partner at Bain Capital and worked in the Romney administration. Herzfelder was Romney's Secretary of Environmental Affairs. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., L140, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge)

MCGRORY SPEAKS: Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory speaks about the future of newspapers at a Harvard Kennedy School event. (Tuesday, 12 p.m., Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman 275, Cambridge)

PETRAEUS AND DAGAN IN CONVERSATION: Former Director of the Mossad Meir Dagan, Retired General and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David Petraeus take part in a John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum moderated by Graham Allison. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., JFK Jr. Forum, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge)

EQUAL PAY DAY: The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators host a celebration of Equal Pay Day established in 1996 as a way to bring public awareness to the income gap between men and women in the United States. House Speaker Robert DeLeo, former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy, Sen. Eileen Donoghue, U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau Regional Administrator Jacqueline Cooke and Mass. Commission on the Status of Women Chair Victoria Budson are all expected to take part in the event. Gov. Deval Patrick has also been invited to attend. The Caucus of Women Legislators is chaired by Rep. Ruth Balser, of Newton, and Sen. Gale Candaras, of Wilbraham. (Tuesday, 3:15 p.m., Great Hall)

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: The Judiciary Committee begins to move through its backlog of bills with a hearing Tuesday on the probate court matters of domestic relations and custody. That can be a fraught issue and the Fatherhood Coalition generally plays an active role lobbying for changes to make it more likely that fathers can retain custody of their children. Among the bills being heard is legislation (S 787) Sen. Richard Ross filed on behalf of his constituent Robert LeClair, which has generated international coverage and criticism of Ross, who said he opposes the bill. The bill would require that whoever remains in a home during domestic proceedings "shall not conduct a dating or sexual relationship within the home until a divorce is final and all financial and custody issues are resolved, unless the express permission is granted by the courts."

Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem, the former Senate chairwoman of the committee, has several bills up for a hearing. Creem is a partner at her family's law firm Stone, Stone & Creem where she "works primarily in the areas of divorce, custody modifications, alimony, child support, paternity, appeals and estate administration," according to its website. The Judiciary Committee has a new chairman in Sen. William Brownsberger and House Vice Chairman Chris Markey is the highest-ranking member on the House side after the departures of Katherine Clark from the Senate and Eugene O'Flaherty from the House. The Fatherhood Coalition posted on its website that it had withdrawn from the Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws, which was formed in the spring of 2012. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Room A-2)

FALCHUK AT ASIAN AMERICAN FORUM: Independent gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk will deliver remarks and answer questions at the Asian American Gubernatorial Forum Series. (Tuesday, 5:15 p.m., The Metropolitan, 38 Oak St., Boston)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: The Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy holds a hearing with one bill on the docket. The bill (H 3968) referred to committee in March would require utility companies to solicit proposals for the generation of 18.9 million megawatt-hours of clean energy electricity generation. The bill was filed by Rep. Mark Cusack and Sen. Barry Finegold. (Tuesday, 11 a.m., Room B-1)

POLLY LOGAN REMEMBRANCE: President Therese Murray and Auditor Suzanne Bump attend "A Celebration of the Life and Leadership of  Polly Logan," event honoring the South Shore Republican strategist who died Sept. 30, 2013 in New Jersey at the age of 88, according to a Boston Globe obituary. Logan was born in Iowa and lived for years in Hingham and Cohasset. Logan was a Republican National Committeewoman who encouraged women such as Kerry Healey in their political careers. (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., UMass Boston)


HOUSE W&M FISCAL 2015 BUDGET RELEASE: The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled on Wednesday to release its fiscal 2015 budget, with an executive session of the committee followed by a press conference. Haverhill Democrat Rep. Brian Dempsey chairs the committee. (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. executive session, Room A-1; 1 p.m. press conference in the House Members' Lounge, third floor, State House)

HOUSE DEMS CAUCUS: House Democrats plan a caucus to discuss the House Ways and Means Committee's budget proposal. (Wednesday, noon, Room A-1)

HARVARD REMARKS: Gov. Deval Patrick offers remarks at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education Askwith Forum. (Wednesday, 5:30 pm., Longfellow Hall, Harvard University, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge)

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION: The Legislature's Special Commission on Postpartum Depression meets. The commission is scheduled to discuss the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project for Moms, Medicaid screening coverage, DPH regulations, anti-stigma media opportunities and other topics. (Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., House Members' Lounge)

NETWORKING: Network After Work Boston hosts a professional networking event. (Wednesday, 6 p.m., Bijou, 51 Stuart Street, Boston)

MASSDOT LABOR PANEL: MassDOT's Standing Committee on Compensation and Labor meets. An agenda for the meeting for not made available by MassDOT by Friday afternoon. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., MassDOT Board Room, 10 Park Plaza, Room 3830, Boston)

BANK REGULATION HEARING: The Division of Banks holds a hearing on three proposed regulatory amendments including audit requirements for credit unions, licensee record keeping and determination and documentation of borrower's interest. Commissioner David Cotney will chair the public hearing. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 1000 Washington St., Hearing Room 1E, Boston)

INSURANCE & FINANCIAL ADVISORS: The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - Massachusetts Chapter holds its "day on the hill" event Wednesday. Starting at 10 a.m., NAIFA members plan to visit lawmakers to express support for two bills: H 870 continuing education of insurance producers and H 922 Mass. Life and health insurance guaranty association law.

MUNICIPAL ELECTRICITY WEBINAR: According to the Department of Energy Resources, municipal aggregation of electric load by municipalities "enables a city or town to negotiate for the purchase of the combined electric supply of its residents and eligible small businesses" and has been "gathering interest" among Massachusetts communities. A webinar is planned Wednesday at 2 p.m. featuring presenters Meg Lusardi, Director, DOER Green Communities Division, and Jonathan Goldberg, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities

MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION DAY AT FENWAY PARK: To mark National Public Health Week, the Red Sox have declared April 9 MPHA Day at Fenway. More than 600 MPHA members will attend the afternoon game against the Rangers, and MPHA will be recognized in a pregame ceremony.

WEBINAR ON UI, MINIMUM WAGE: The government affairs team at Associated Industries of Massachusetts plans to hold an "agree to disagree?" brown bag issues webinar Wednesday to delve into the ongoing debates over unemployment insurance, the minimum wage and other issues. Massachusetts employers are "staring down the barrel of a 33 percent jump in UI taxes" because the House and Senate have yet to agree on how to get a rate freeze proposal to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk. The rate freeze is tied up in the larger debate over the minimum wage, unemployment insurance system reforms and as of this week, rights for domestic workers, which the House attached to its minimum wage and UI proposal. Branch leaders are locked in a dispute over process that threatens to slow down progress on the issues. It's possible that a rate freeze could be advanced on its own, although legislative leaders haven't given any indication that they'll proceed that way. Contact Diane Martinos to register at [email protected] (Wednesday at noon)

CLUBHOUSE COALITION EVENT: Treasurer Steven Grossman will attend the Clubhouse Coalition's 18th Annual Employment Celebration event. (Wednesday, noon, Great Hall, State House)

ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE: Bills dealing with the Global Warming Solution Act (S 1498), authorizing bow and arrow hunting on Sundays (H 3963), and exempting municipalities from the annual compliance assurance fee (H 3992) are on the Environment Committee's agenda Wednesday for a public hearing. The panel will also hear a bill (H 4032) filed by its co-chair, Rep. Anne Gobi of Spencer, naming the Stephen M. Brewer fishing area. The just-filed bill, sponsored by Gobi, was rapidly scheduled for a public hearing. If passed and signed by Gov. Patrick, the boat launch area 3 located at Gate 43 in Hardwick would be named for Brewer. Brewer is not seeking re-election to the Senate and Gobi is running to fill his seat. The bill calls for the Department of Conservation and Recreation shall erect and maintain a marker to recognize the Brewer Fishing Area. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., Room B-1)

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: The Judiciary Committee will continue to churn through the bills that did not receive a hearing ahead of a March 19 reporting deadline when the committee takes up 19 bills on probate matters relating to estates and trusts. Both the House chairman and the Senate chairwoman of the committee left during the winter, for City Hall and Congress. The Judiciary Committee is one of the busiest in the Legislature, and in recent years hearings have dragged into the night with more than 100 bills on the docket. Nineteen is the smallest number of bills the committee has had on a hearing agenda this session. (Wednesday, 1 p.m., Room A-2)

MURRAY HONORED BY NURSES: Nurse practitioners will give Senate President Therese Murray an award and discuss legislation (H 2009/ S 1079) that gives them more freedom to prescribe medication without the permission of a supervising physician. The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners are holding the event. (Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Nurses Hall)

HPC QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: The Health Policy Commission's Quality Improvement and Patient Protection Committee will meet to discuss behavioral health integration efforts. (Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., 2 Boylston St., Boston)

HPC CARE DELIVERY: The Health Policy Commission's Care Delivery and Payment System Transformation Committee will meet to discuss the Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification Program and the Registration of Provider Organizations Program. (Wednesday, 11 a.m., 2 Boylston St., Boston)


SENATE FORMAL: The Senate plans a formal session Thursday at 1 p.m. Senators last week postponed consideration of a bill to reduce the number of gas leaks in Massachusetts (S 2073). More than two dozen environmental groups are pushing amendments to the bill that they say will address problems with the legislation. The House has already approved its version of the bill (H 3873).

REPORT ON AIRLINE COMPLAINTS: The MassPIRG Education Fund plans to release a report Thursday that the group says will analyze consumer complaints about air travel from the past five years. The report will rank airlines according to how many complaints they receive relative to their size and compare consumer complaints to performance data, according to MassPIRG. (Thursday, 10 a.m, www.masspirgedfund)

MEDICAL PRICING TRANSPARENCY: The Massachusetts Health Data Consortium holds an event Thursday to discuss pricing transparency in health care. Panelists plan to talk about real-time data customized to consumer health plans, how transparency laws are "stripping away the veil of secrecy that surrounds healthcare pricing," and the "tremendous challenge" of resetting consumer attitudes towards pricing. Speakers are Susan Amsel of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Barbara Anthony of the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, Karen Granoff of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, Eric Linzer of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, and Richard Lopez of Atrius Health.
   The moderate is Denny Brennan from the consortium. It's free for consortium members but the cost of attending for non-members is $150. (Thursday, 9 a.m., 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 690, Waltham)

AG DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES AT FORUM: Former assistant attorney general Maura Healey and former Sen. Warren Tolman are scheduled to take questions from a panel and from the audience Thursday during a forum for attorney general candidates hosted by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service. Senate counsel Alice Moore and Suffolk Law professors Rosanna Cavallaro and Dwight Golann will serve as panelists and the Rappaport Center's Executive Director Greg Massing, like the panelists a former assistant attorney general, will moderate. (Thursday, noon, Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston)

CEDAC BOARD MEETS: DHCD Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein chairs the monthly meeting of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation Board. (Thursday, 8:30 a.m., One Center Plaza, Suite 350, Boston)

SJC: The Supreme Judicial Court sits to hear six cases, including a case brought against the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System (SJC-11493) (Thursday, 9 a.m., John Adams Courthouse, Courtroom One, Second Floor, Pemberton Square, Boston)

BCEC EXPANSION: The House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets hears Rep. Nick Collin and Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry's bill to expand the Boston Convention Center Expansion. The legislation would authorize up to $1.11 billion in funding for the expansion of the BCEC to make it one of the largest venues of its type in the world. According to a release from the Bonding Committee, the hotel occupancy tax will be explored at the hearing. (Thursday, 11 a.m., Room A-1)

HOMELESS PROGRAM GALA: Friends of Boston's Homeless presents the 27th annual Beyond Shelter bene?t gala. Hosted by founder John Rosenthal, the event will feature Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and emcees Jonathan Soro? of The Improper Bostonian and Rita Cary of 92.5 The River. General admission tickets cost $125. (Thursday, 7 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston)

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY REUNION: MassDOT and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America hold a "Real Time Data Symposium" and luncheon panel with 10 Massachusetts transportation secretaries. Current Secretary Richard Davey will join nine of his predecessors to discuss the future of transportation in the state. (Friday, 12 p.m., Transportation Building, Boston)

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION: Gov. Patrick, Treasurer Steven Grossman and Auditor Suzanne Bump will join other local elected officials at the annual State House Armenian Genocide Commemoration. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., House Chamber)

GIC: The Group Insurance Commission holds its April meeting. (Friday, 8:30 a.m., GIC, 19 Staniford Street, fourth floor, Boston)

1 MILLION TAXIS: The Massachusetts Convention and Exhibition Center holds a press event to honor the 1 millionth taxi trip since the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center opened in 2004. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., curbside in front of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston)

NEW BEDFORD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Attorney General Martha Coakley is the scheduled keynote speaker at the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative luncheon. (Friday, 12 p.m., Cotali Mar Restaurante, 1178 Acushnet Ave., New Bedford)

BANNED IN BOSTON: The annual Banned in Boston comedy sketch show benefiting Urban Improv and often featuring many Massachusetts politicians is back. Urban Improv is a non-profit focused on youth violence prevention. Gov. Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley are among the elected officials planning to participate. (Friday, 6 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Landsdowne St., Boston)

MMS FORUM FOCUSES ON HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES: According to the Mass. Medical Society, its annual Public Health Leadership Forum will focus on the health care reform and how reform affects disparities in health care among racial and ethnic minorities. Opening remarks will be delivered by MMS President Ronald Dunlap and MMS Public Health Committee Chair Louis Fazen. Scheduled participants include the co-chairs of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities: Jeremy Lazarus, M.D., immediate past president of the American Medical Association, and Lawrence Sanders, M.D., president-elect of the National Medical Association. (Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

HEALTHIER LAW: Suffolk University Law School presents a symposium on creating a psychologically healthier legal system. (Friday, 10 a.m., Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston)

BUSINESS AND POLITICS ROUNDTABLE: Gubernatorial candidates, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and members of the business community will discuss the economy at a forum hosted by the Boston Business Journal and the State House News Service. Democratic gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley, Steven Grossman, Juliette Kayyem and Joe Avellone will join independents Evan Falchuk and Jeff McCormick for a political roundtable with News Service Managing Partner Craig Sandler. Walsh will discuss Boston's economic future with BBJ Executive Editor George Donnelly and MassChallenge President Akhil Nigram. In between those two panels, BBJ Managing Editor Jon Chesto will take the economy's temperature with Randolph Engineering CEO Peter Waszkiewicz, MassBIO CEO Robert Coughlin, Clean Harbors CEO Alan McKim, StudentUniverse CEO Atle Skalleberg, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton. MassBIO and Metro Boston are event partners. (Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston, tickets $75)


BIG NAMES AT TAX DAY FORUM: Former Congressman Barney Frank and Congressman Jim McGovern, two liberal stalwarts, and others will attend a tax day forum calling for a "Budget for All." Rep. Jay Kaufman, the House chairman of the Revenue Committee will attend, as will longtime Boston pol Mel King, activist and one-time gubernatorial candidate Grace Ross, activist Lew Finfer, SEIU political director Harris Gruman, and activist Diane Dujon. (Saturday, Emmanuel Church, 2 p.m., 15 Newbury St., Boston) welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on