House, Senate should pass public records reform by July 31st recess

Last week, a significant step was taken on Beacon Hill towards improving our state’s public records laws. The Boston Sunday Globe reported on how backwards and outdated public records laws in Massachusetts truly are: ranking behind every other state except Hawaii. The Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight reported out a redrafted committee […]

Speaker DiMasi’s leadership style and impact on progressive legislation

In last Friday’s Boston Globe, reporter Jim O’Sullivan wrote an outstanding column on former Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi (“DiMasi’s liberal legacy is now often ignored”). With the Supreme Court upholding the legality of the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, both born in Massachusetts, O’Sullivan wrote, “Twice in the past decade Massachusetts has […]

Sen. Eldridge delivers a speech in Portuguese at Brazilian Immigrant Center Gala

Brazilian Immigrant Center Gala Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Boa noite e muito obrigado pelo convite para participar e falar diante de prestigiosos membros do Brazilian Immigrant Center – Centro do imigrante brasileiro. Como um lesgislador que com orgulho representa uma das maiores comunidades de brasileiros em Massachusetts, eu me sinto honrado de estar aqui com […]

Mass Senate’s “Commonwealth Conversations” a hit – now it’s time for action

Over the past two months, the State Senate toured Massachusetts to make government even more accessible and hear directly from residents on issues that matter most to them. It was a memorable and heartening experience to hear people express their thoughts about the FY16 budget, legislation, and policy that they believe would benefit the Commonwealth […]

Senator Jamie Eldridge remarks at the NAHRO DC Conference Awards Ceremony on March 16th, 2015

Thank you very much, Steven [Steven Meritt]. It’s a tremendous honor, one of the greatest in my career as a legislator, to be receive this award from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), and to be before public housing advocates, administrators, and staff from across the United States. Thank you for all […]

State Senate’s “Commonwealth Conversations” Tour of Central Massachusetts

On Wednesday, February 11th, around a dozen State Senators toured five communities in Central Massachusetts, as part of the “Commonwealth Conversations” called upon by Senate President Stan Rosenberg in his January 7th swearing-in address, and organized by Senator Michael Rodrigues. The tour provided  a great opportunity to hear directly from everyday residents in a county […]