Initiative petition sponsors have until Thursday to file the language of their proposed ballot laws along with signatures from 10 sponsors of their measures if they wish to be in the running for a slot on the November 2016 ballot. It's the first in a series of deadlines that ballot campaigns must meet if they wish to put proposals before voters. Activists have been talking up measures to legalize marijuana, authorize more charter schools, end the state's participation in Common Core education standards, tax millionaires at a higher rate and overhaul the public records laws. After Thursday, Attorney General Maura Healey faces the next deadline in the process. By Sept. 2, Healey must decide whether the proposals meet constitutional requirements for ballot questions. Sponsors of questions that clear that hurdle then face a two-step signature-gathering requirement, with 64,750 required in the first round and another 10,792 in the second round. If the Legislature hasn't approved a law that satisfies ballot activists by next July, they can proceed to the ballot if they've met the requirements.
-- After busy formal sessions Wednesday and Thursday informal sessions resume in the Legislature on Monday when lawmakers are free to pass almost any bill as long as no one objects. The House and Senate are likely to use informal sessions to re-enact sections of the budget sent back by Gov. Baker with amendments, including the section authorizing an expansion of the earned income tax credit.
-- Gov. Charlie Baker's signature is all that's needed to green-light the suspension of the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. The Legislature this week passed the sales tax holiday bill, which has become an annual event in recent years.
-- Congressman Joe Kennedy III, who has stepped up his political activity this year, is scheduled to address progressive business officials Monday night in Boston.
-- The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meets Monday with plans to confirm Jacqueline Moloney, executive vice chancellor of UMass-Lowell, to succeed Martin Meehan as chancellor of that campus. The job opened up when the UMass Board in May picked Meehan to succeed former UMass President Robert Caret.
-- Republican presidential candidates plan to gather Monday in New Hampshire and Thursday in Cleveland as voters screen the large field of contenders ahead of next year's election to choose a successor to President Barack Obama.
-- The Senate this month passed legislation aimed at vastly expanding the state's solar power capacity and Gov. Baker next week plans to file his own "net metering" bill to boost solar's role in the state's energy mix while attempting to minimize impacts on ratepayers.
SATURDAY, AUG. 1, 2015
FEAST OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: Gov. Charles Baker plans to attend the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament at Madeira Field in New Bedford. Now proclaimed by organizers to be the largest Portuguese feast in the world, and the largest ethnic festival in New England, the feast was founded in 1915 by four Madeiran immigrants. (Saturday, 2 p.m., 50 Madeira Ave., New Bedford)
'JOE DAY' DAY: Members of Boston's news community will gather to celebrate the life of longtime Boston political reporter Joe Day, who died in March at age 78. He reported politics for WGBH-TV Ch. 2, WCVB-TV Ch. 5, and WHDH-TV Ch. 7, covering local and national affairs, presidential campaigns, gubernatorial races, and Boston mayoral campaigns. Day was known to Ch. 7 colleagues as "The Doctor" for "nearly-surgical precision" to "cut to the heart of a story." 7News alumnus Mark Wile has spent months organizing the celebration, which has been dubbed "Joe Day" Day. Day's wife Nancy and sons Peter and Matt will join in the event, along with colleagues, friends, and fans. (Saturday, 12 p.m., Joe's American Bar & Grill, Rte. 1, Dedham)
STAN LEE DAY: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will honor comic book icon Stan Lee, the 92-year-old former president of Marvel Comics who co-created Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, X-Men and others, by proclaiming Aug. 1, 2015 "Stan Lee Day" in Boston. Walsh will present Lee with a proclamation and offer brief remarks at the 8th annual Boston Comic Con, where Lee will be greeting fans and signing autographs. (Saturday, 11:30 a.m., Cityview Ballroom, Third Floor, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston)
SUNDAY, AUG. 2, 2015
PAN-MASS CHALLENGE: Gov. Charles Baker and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will ride in the 36th Pan-Mass Challenge, starting at Babson College. They will be among thousands of cyclists traversing the state to raise money for cancer research and treatment. (Sunday,6:30 a.m., 231 Forest St., Babson Park, Wellesley)
SUNUNU ON KELLER: Former N.H. Governor John Sununu talks with Jon Keller about his new book "The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush." They will discuss the difference between Bush's generation and baby boomer political leadership; how the media covers politics; and Trump, for whom Sununu has little use. (Sunday, 8:30 a.m., WBZ-TV Ch. 4)
WALSH "ON THE RECORD": Boston Mayor Marty Walsh talks to "On the Record" hosts Janet Wu and Ed Harding on several topics including the Olympics. (Sunday, 11 a.m., WCVB-TV Ch. 5)
NECN: THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe, Chris Dempsey of No Boston Olympics and Peter Howe of NECN talk about the USOC's decision to pull Boston's 2024 Olympic bid. (Sunday, 12:30 p.m., NECN)
FALCHUK ON URBAN UPDATE: Evan Falchuk will talk with host Byron Barnett about the end of "Boston 2024." Barnett will also host Boston Herald columnist Kevin Peterson and Beverly Morgan-Welch, executive director of the Museum of African American History, to discuss the 1965 Voting Rights Act. He will also discuss El Sistema, a musical program created in Venezuela, and its Summer Academy in Massachusett (Sunday, 11:30 a.m., WHDH-TV Ch. 7)
MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2015
HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches plan to meet in informal sessions at 11 a.m.
LEADERSHIP MEETING: Gov. Charles Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr plan to meet in a weekly leadership meeting. This will be their first meeting since the legislature voted to override 87 of Gov. Baker's line-item vetoes, restoring around $97 million in spending to the fiscal 2016 budget. (CLOSED PRESS) (Monday, 2 p.m., House Speaker's Office, Room 356)
TRANSPO PROJECT AMENDMENTS: The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization will release a draft of an amendment of the federal fiscal years (FFYs) 2015-18 Transportation Improvement Program and an amendment to the FFY 2015 Unified Planning Work Program for a 30-day public review process. The TIP amendment addresses a cost increase to the improvements on Dedham Street/Canton Street project in Canton and reflects that the project will be funded with federal aid instead of non-federal aid. The UPWP amendment removes a mapping study and transfers the funding for it to another study, which is focused on improving bicycle and pedestrian access to MBTA stations on the Fairmount commuter rail line. (Monday, no specific time, online at the MPO's website, www.bostonmpo.org.)
GOP PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS ON STAGE, ON AIR: Further cementing its "first in the nation" status, New Hampshire will be the site of the Voters First Presidential Forum as 14 Republican presidential candidates are expected to discuss the issues at Saint Anselm College. The event is jointly sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Charleston Post & Courier (SC), the Cedar Rapids Gazette (IA), and WLTX-TV in Columbia, SC. The forum was organized in response to the criteria Fox News established to limit participation in the first GOP-sanctioned debate, scheduled for later in the week, the Union Leader said. Tickets for the event are no longer available. (Monday, 7 p.m., The Dana Center, Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Dr., Manchester, NH, also airing live on C-SPAN.)
UMASS TRUSTEES: The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees holds a special meeting to vote on the appointment of a new chancellor for UMass-Lowell. The UMass Lowell Chancellor Search Committee will present its report to the board, and UMass President Marty Meehan will make his recommendation to the board before the vote. If the board approves UMass-Lowell executive vice chancellor Jacqueline Moloney for the position, she will become the first female chancellor in the 121-year history of UMass-Lowell and its preceding institutions, the university said. In the just-completed state budget deliberations, UMass secured a long-sought tuition retention law and convinced the Legislature to restore $5.25 million in university funds that had been vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker. (Monday, 4 p.m., Amherst Room, 33rd Floor, 225 Franklin St., Boston)
KENNEDY AT "PROGRESSIVE POWER HOUR": Congressman Joseph Kennedy III is scheduled as the featured guest at the Alliance for Business Leadership's "Progressive Power Hour." The series of hour-long events aims to bring together top public figures with the progressive business community for networking and Q&A. The next power hour will feature Congresswoman Katherine Clark on Oct. 13. (Monday, 6 p.m., MassChallenge, 21 Drydock Ave., Boston)
FEINBURG HOSTS NIGHTSIDE: Boston talker Todd Feinburg will sit in for Dan Rea as guest-host on "NightSide." (Monday, 8 p.m., WBZ NewsRadio 1030)
TUESDAY, AUG. 4, 2015
ROSENBERG ON HERALD RADIO: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg plans to sit down for a monthly interview on Boston Herald Radio's "Morning Meeting." (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 70 Fargo St., Boston, www.bostonheraldradio.com, WMEX-AM 1510, WCRN-AM 830)
DOI SESSION ON WORKERS' COMP: The Division of Insurance will hold a public listening session on workers compensation insurance. (Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., 1000 Washington Street, Hearing Room 1-E, Boston.
GROUNDBREAKING OF MALDEN POLICE STATION: Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will deliver remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Malden Police Station. (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., Malden Police Station, 800 Eastern Ave, Malden)
T CONTROL BOARD: The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board holds its third meeting and is expected to discuss Parcel 13, approximately 54,500 square feet of air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike and portions of the MBTA Green Line tunnel across the street from the Hynes Convention Center. Earlier this year, the MBTA and MassDOT selected a developer for a project at Parcel 13 that calls for 85 rental and 88 condominium residential units, a 156-key hotel, 26,000 square feet of retail space, and 138 accessory parking spaces, according to the MBTA. (Tuesday, 2:15 p.m., 10 Park Plaza, MassDOT Board Room, Suite 3830, Boston)
MASSDOT BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors will hold its first meeting since the recently-announced changes to the department's leadership structure. The board will receive a presentation on its Accelerated Bridge Project and the Central Artery-Tunnel Project Repair and Maintenance Trust Fund. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., 10 Park Plaza, MassDOT Board Room, Suite 3830, Boston)
'HEROES AMONG US' AWARD CEREMONY: Treasurer Deb Goldberg will give remarks at the 17th Annual Heroes Among Us Award Ceremony presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission in partnership with the Boston Celtics. Heroes Among Us is a community outreach program associated with professional sports. The award is presented to an individual or individuals who have made lasting contributions to the community. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Great Hall, State House)
AG ON BROADSIDE: Attorney General Maura Healey will be in studio for an interview on NECN's "Broadside" program. (Tuesday, 6 p.m., NECN)
D.A. RYAN ATTENDS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: District Attorney Marian Ryan plans to attend National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs community gatherings in Tewksbury and North Reading (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., 175 Chandler Street, Tewksbury) (6:45 p.m., Ipswich River Park, North Reading)
REVERE COMMUNITY COMPACT: Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo will attend a community compact signing at Revere City Hall. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 281 Broadway, Revere)
ROSENBERG SPEAKS TO CAMPERS: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg plans to speak to 30 campers from the Phillips Brooks House Association. The association provides summer camps to families around Boston who live in low-income neighborhoods that leave them prime to gang violence and danger. (Tuesday, 1 p.m., Senate Chamber)
HEARING ON CHALLENGE TO POLITICAL FINANCING LAW: The first hearing in a case challenging the state's ban on business contributions to parties, candidates and political committees will take place in Suffolk Superior Court. The Goldwater Institute is representing 1A Auto Inc., which sells auto parts in Pepperell, and 126 Self Storage Inc., which rents out self-storage units in Ashland. Rick Green is the president of 1A Auto Inc. and chairman of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a conservative non-profit that targets Democrats on specific issues. The owner of 126 Self Storage is Michael Kane, who is also clerk and director for MassFiscal. The Goldwater Institute is named after former U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, an Arizona Republican who was the party's presidential nominee in 1964. "Massachusetts law outright bans businesses from making political contributions to parties, candidates, and political committees," the Goldwater Institute wrote in an advisory. "But labor unions are allowed to directly contribute up to $15,000 to candidates, parties, and political committees with no disclosure requirements at all. On top of that, labor-directed political action committees are also allowed to contribute to candidates, parties, and other PACs. Business-directed PACs are banned from contributing altogether." (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Suffolk Superior Court, Three Pemberton Square, Boston)
MASSDEVELOPMENT: The proposed issuance of about $13.3 million in bonds for the financing, refinancing or reimbursement of a project at the Berkshire School in Sheffield will be considered at a public hearing of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. (Tuesday, 10 a.m., 1350 Main St., Suite 1110, Springfield)
POLITO ATTENDS NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will attend National Night Out at Fuller Park in Worcester. (Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., 104 Murray Ave., Worcester)
CAHILL HOSTS NIGHTSIDE: Former Treasurer Timothy Cahill will sit in for Dan Rea as guest-host on "NightSide." (Tuesday, 8 p.m., WBZ NewsRadio 1030)
AUDITOR ON THE MOUND: State Auditor Suzanne Bump will throw out the first pitch at the Brockton Rox home game against the Worcester Bravehearts. (Tuesday, 6:35 p.m., Campanelli Stadium, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton)
LASELL COLLEGE IN NEWTON: The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency will accept testimony on the proposed issuance of $10 million in bonds for a $24 million project at Lasell College in Newton at a public hearing. (Tuesday, 11 a.m. 99 High St. 11th Floor, Boston)
TREASURER GOLDBERG MEETS WITH GUV: Treasurer Deb Goldberg will have her monthly meeting with Gov. Charlie Baker. (Tuesday, 4 p.m., Governor's Office,Room 360, State House)
HERRING GRANT: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton and Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson announce a grant for the Herring River Estuary Restoration. (Tuesday, 2 p.m., Herring River Bridge, adjacent to 1065 Chequessett Neck Road, Wellfleet)
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5, 2015
GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL: The Governor's Council meets for its weekly assembly. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito presides. (Wednesday, 12 p.m., Governor's Office, Room 360)
BAKER, ASH IN WORCESTER: Gov. Charles Baker and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash plan to visit City Square in Worcester. (Wednesday, 4 p.m., City Square, Worcester)
D.A. RYAN ATTENDS PICNIC: Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan attends Somerville Mayor Joseph Curatone's Annual "Old Time" Senior Picnic ( Wednesday, 11 a.m., Powderhouse Park, Somerville)
POLICE COMMISSIONER EVANS ON RADIO BOSTON: Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans is scheduled to speak with the co-host of "Radio Boston," Anthony Brooks, and take listener calls. (Wednesday, 3 p.m., WBUR-FM 90.9)
TREASURER GOLDBERG SPEAKS AT MINUTEMAN HIGH SCHOOL: Treasurer Deb Goldberg will visit and speak to the Minuteman High School STEM summer exploratory program for the 7th and 8th grade girls. (Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Minuteman High School, 758 Marrett Road, Lexington)
DOI SESSION ON FINANCIAL REGULATIONS: Financial regulations will be the topic of a public comment session hosted by the Division of Insurance. (Wednesday, 10:30 a.m., 1000 Washington Street, Hearing Room 1-E, Boston)
MASSDEVELOPMENT: The issuance of tax-exempt revenue bonds totaling no more than $39,235,000 for the Dexter School project in Brookline will be the subject of a public hearing of the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., 99 High St. 11th Floor, Boston)
SUDDERS ADDRESSES INTERNS: Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders will be a guest speaker at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind's internship lunch. (Wednesday, 10 a.m., Great Hall of Flags, State House)
NORWOTTUCK RIBBON CUTTING: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton joins Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Carol Sanchez and Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Norwottuck Rail Trail Rehabilitation project. (Wednesday, 9 a.m., Elwell Recreation Area Parking Lot, 446 Damon Road, Northampton)
THURSDAY, AUG. 6, 2015
HOUSE AND SENATE: Both branches plan to meet in informal sessions at 11 a.m.
SUDDERS ON BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO: Marylou Sudders, secretary of health and human services, will be a guest on "Boston Public Radio" with hosts Margery Eagan and Jim Braude. (Thursday, 12 p.m., WGBH-FM 89.7)
MASS GAMING MEETING: The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a public meeting. Topics at the meeting will include Suffolk Downs racing application, Wynn Resort's Second Supplemental Final Environmental Notification Form, MGM schedule and historical commission MOA, Region C and an update from the Access and Opportunity Committee. (Thursday, 10:30 a.m., Hynes Convention Center, Boston)
ROSENBERG ON WHMP: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg plans to sit down for a monthly interview with Bill Newman. (Thursday, 9:15 a.m., 15 Hampton Ave., Northampton, www.whmp.com, WHMP-AM 1400 Northampton, 1600 East Longmeadow, 1240 Greenfield, FM 96.9 Amherst)
ROSENBERG VISITS SEEDS OF SOLIDARITY: Senate President Stanley Rosenberg plans to visit Seeds of Solidarity's 30-acre site, a farm and education center established "in the spirit of New Alchemy and in honor of those around the world helping to feed the people." (Thursday, 11 a.m., 165 Chestnut Hill Rd., Orange)
REPUBLICAN FIELD PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: Ten GOP presidential candidates will go toe-to-toe on Fox News as the cable network hosts the first GOP-sanctioned debate of the 2016 presidential campaign. The debate will take place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, and will feature the top 10 candidates in national polls, as determined by Fox News. The debate will include "Facebook data illustrating how the issues of the day are resonating with people on today's largest platform for political conversation," the cable network said. Anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace will moderate. (Thursday, 9 p.m., Fox News)
MASSDEVELOPMENT: The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency will consider a proposal of the Advent School Corporation related to the financing of the renovation of two buildings on Brimmer Street in Boston. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 99 High St. 11th Floor, Boston)
HEARING TO INVESTIGATE TIME WARNER CABLE: The Department of Telecommunications and Cable will hold a public and evidentiary hearing to investigate Time Warner Cable's proposed basic service tier programming, equipment and installation rates for Western Massachusetts. (Thursday, 11 a.m., 1000 Washington Street, Hearing Room 1-E, Boston)
CONVERSATION ON VOTING RIGHTS ACT: The Museum of African American History will host a program titled 'The Struggle Continues: 2015 Millennium Conversation on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act in Boston.' (Thursday, 6 p.m., Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street, Boston)
LIBRARY COMMISSIONERS: The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners holds its monthly business meeting and will receive an address from the director of the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library. The board will also discuss its strategic planning process. (Thursday, 10 a.m., Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology, Perkins School, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown)
WOMEN2WOMEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus will co-host a 10th anniversary celebration for Women2Women (W2W), an international leadership program for young women. Launched in 2006, W2W builds a network of promising young women ages 15 to 19 from around the world, providing them with tools, relationships, and opportunities to lead, according to organizers. The program has impacted over 800 young women from nearly 60 different countries. (Thursday, 5:30 p.m., The Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St., Boston)
VOTING RIGHTS ACT CELEBRATION: Massachusetts Democratic Party officials celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. The event will honor the achievements of the movement and the law, which was passed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Tickets for the event are $25. (Thursday, 7 p.m., Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester)
SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY: The Massachusetts School Building Authority's Board of Directors, chaired by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, meets to discuss MSBA finances, audit status updates and school construction projects. (Thursday, 10 a.m., 40 Broad Street, 2nd floor conference room, Boston)
LAVENDER LAW CONFERENCE: Attorney General Maura Healey will discuss her office's efforts around equality and civil rights and what more must be done nationally on these fronts in a keynote address at the Annual Lavender Law Conference hosted by the National LGBTQ Bar Association. (Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT, Chicago Marriott Downtown, Chicago)
FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2015
DOI PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION: Health insurance will be the topic of a public comment session hosted by the Division of Insurance. (Friday, 10:30 a.m., 1000 Washington Street, Hearing Room 1-E, Boston)
CABINET MEETING: Gov. Charles Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, and members of the governor's cabinet meet. (CLOSED PRESS) (Friday, 10 a.m., Governor's Office, Room 360)
WELLFLEET TOWER PROJECT: A hearing officer from the Cape Cod Commission will open a pro-forma Development of Regional Impact hearing for procedural purposes related to a 90-foot communications tower project in Wellfleet. No substantive presentations will be made, no testimony will be taken and no substantive action will be taken regarding the project at the hearing, according to the Cape Cod Commission. (Friday, 10 a.m., Cape Cod Commission, 3225 Main St., Route 6A, Barnstable)
BAKER AT CHARTER SCHOOL: Gov. Charles Baker plans to deliver remarks at the UP Summit at UP Academy Dorchester. (Friday, 3:15 p.m., 35 Westville St., Dorchester)