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House Speaker Robert DeLeo is expected to “provide an update of the legislative progress and priorities” in a speech at Salem State University.
It is unclear whether the speech, hosted by the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, will take the place of the agenda-setting speech the speaker has traditionally given to the members of the House of Representatives at the outset of each session. DeLeo has tightly controlled the House’s legislative agenda in recent years and his office has not said whether he plans this year to offer such a speech. The first week of January, Gov. Charlie Baker laid out his vision for the new session when he was inaugurated for a second term and Senate President Karen Spilka did the same in the Senate when she was elected again to lead that chamber. DeLeo, who was again chosen as speaker on Jan. 2 and has served atop the House for a decade, has not laid out his priorities in a public address this session. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets and more info (Friday, 8 a.m., Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Ave., Salem) (DOUBLE Legislative Hours)