On November 14, the Massachusetts Senate voted to unanimously enact the ACCESS Bill, which requires health insurance companies to provide all FDA-approved contraceptives free of charge. I was proud to speak in favor of the bill. Below is a transcript of my floor remarks – Jamie. “Thank you Mr. President, and through you to the members. […]
I was proud to speak in support of the comprehensive criminal justice reform package passed by the Massachusetts Senate last Thursday, October 26th. Below is a transcript of my floor remarks during the bill’s debate – Jamie. “Mr. President, I rise to speak in favor of this bill. I want to start by thanking my colleagues […]
The Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means released comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation today, making some revisions to the Judiciary Committee criminal justice bill. Below is a summary of the bill, which the Senate will vote on next Thursday, October 26th. Your feedback is appreciated.
Today, the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA) heard H.2777, An Act to enable the Commonwealth’s administration of the Massachusetts Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, filed by Governor Charlie Baker. This bill would lower the standard for enforcing the Clean Water Act by handing over environmental oversight from the EPA to the Department […]
Thank you to the elected officials and concerned residents who attended Monday’s MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) meeting this past Monday, July 31st in Boston to express deep concern over the proposed construction of 74-foot WiFi towers along MBTA Commuter Rail routes. Below is a bipartisan letter initiated by Senator Bruce Tarr, expressing […]
Around the District The cities and towns in my district have begun summer with many exciting and meaningful activities. Throughout May and June, I had the joy of attending many local events, including a Harvard League of Women Voters forum on single-payer healthcare, the Domestic Violence Services Network Celebration of Hope benefit in Stow, a […]
Governor Baker has received much credit for his vocal opposition to TrumpCare and national efforts by Republicans to repeal and replace ObamaCare with inhumane health care “fixes.” Unfortunately for Massachusetts residents, Governor Baker’s words are not reflected in his proposals to fix the Commonwealth’s health care problems. His recent proposal to fix our health care […]
Earlier this month, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate passed a final $40.202 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2018. I voted for the budget because it increased funding for K-12 public education, affordable housing vouchers, and a salary reserve for early education and care workers. It also included other policies that I […]
Please read my letter to the Senators on the legislature’s conference committee on the state budget to learn about the important issues that I will be fighting to secure in the final version of the FY18 budget.
We had an incredible turnout at yesterday’s Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform (HRDLR) Caucus briefing on juvenile justice in the Commonwealth. I was moved by the personal stories from residents who were incarcerated as young adults, and who fight to provide a better life for themselves and their families every day. Senator Karen Spilka […]