STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS - MORNING EDITION - TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
MED DEVICE SALES, ALCOHOL SALES, SOCIAL MEDIA BILLS ON SENATE AGENDA
The Senate on Thursday plans to consider legislation that would regulate the sale of medical devices to patients out of a health care provider's office, seeking to bring transparency to any potential profits doctors might be earning as well as giving patients information about "reasonable" alternatives. "The practice of health care practitioners selling products for profit in their offices to patients creates the potential for a conflict of interest, creates undue pressure on the patient, and may lead to adverse decision making by health care practitioners and patients," wrote the drafters of the bill (S 2128), which emerged from the Health Care Financing Committee. Another bill on the docket (S 2118) would ban employers from requiring employees or applicants to provide access or disclose passwords to personal social media sites. The Senate plans its first formal session of the week at 1 p.m. The Senate also plans to consider a bill (H 228) allowing the retail sale of alcohol on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. instead of noon; a bill ( S 2120) that would lower retainage rates on private construction projects; and legislation (H 2387) related to the Dedham-Westwood water district. - M. Murphy/SHNS
FLOOD INSURANCE BILL SENT TO GOV. PATRICK
The Senate on Monday sent to the governor's desk a bill that bans creditors from requiring homeowners to buy flood insurance policies at amounts exceeding the outstanding balance of their mortgage.
JUDGE DETAILS CHARGE TO JURY IN PROBATION CASE
U.S. District Court Judge William Young spent the better part of Tuesday morning telling the jury in the criminal trial of three former state probation department managers how they can decide the charges pending against former Probation Commissioner John O'Brien and his former top deputies Elizabeth Tavares and William Burke III. The three defendants are fighting charges that they oversaw a rigged hiring system intended to deliver jobs to candidates recommended by lawmakers in exchange for preferential treatment by the Legislature. Closing arguments in the ten-week trial are planned for later Tuesday. - M. Norton, A. Metzger/SHNS