Summary of the new Massachusetts “Airbnb” bill

As the Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, I was pleased that Governor Baker signed the short-term rental (Airbnb) bill into law last week! I’m thankful to House co-chair Aaron Michlewitz who did a tremendous amount of work on the bill. Together we held hearings on regulating and taxing short-term rentals (STRs) Read more about Summary of the new Massachusetts “Airbnb” bill[…]

Legislature sends civics education bill to Governor’s desk

Legislation enacts a hands-on and experiential approach to fostering civic engagement BOSTON – The Massachusetts Legislature this week sent S.2631, An Act to promote and enhance civic engagement, to Governor Charlie Baker’s desk for his signature. The bill incorporates project-based learning components, encourages the instruction of civic competencies – including news and media literacy – Read more about Legislature sends civics education bill to Governor’s desk[…]

Littleton receives $1.5 million state grant for smart sewer project

LITTLETON (MA) – The Town of Littleton was presented with a $1.5 million grant from Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash this week through the state’s MassWorks Infrastructure Program to assist with the town’s Smart Sewer project. The project will serve up to 230 properties in the Littleton Common and nearby surrounding areas. This Read more about Littleton receives $1.5 million state grant for smart sewer project[…]

Senator Jamie Eldridge recognized as a champion by key environmental group

MARLBOROUGH (MA) – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) achieved the highest points total of any lawmaker in the Massachusetts Legislature in the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) Action Fund’s 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard on environmental protection. The scorecard rates legislative action, not merely votes. “I am honored to be recognized by the ELM Action Fund as Read more about Senator Jamie Eldridge recognized as a champion by key environmental group[…]

Acton receives $75,000 state grant for shuttle services

BOSTON – The Town of Acton has been awarded $75,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) through the agency’s Community Transit Grant Program to increase access to shuttle services for seniors and residents with disabilities in Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, and Maynard. “Increasing access to shuttle services will allow seniors and people with disabilities in Read more about Acton receives $75,000 state grant for shuttle services[…]

Legislature sends dyslexia legislation to Governor’s desk

Bill creates early intervention supports critical to ensuring students with dyslexia learn to read on time BOSTON – The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously engrossed An Act relative to students with dyslexia today to help thousands of students in the commonwealth who suffer from dyslexia. “I have learned from families in my district that our education system Read more about Legislature sends dyslexia legislation to Governor’s desk[…]

Animal Welfare Groups and State Officials Celebrate PAWS II Passage

Boston (MA) – State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) today joined animal rights activists and Governor Charlie Baker to celebrate the ceremonial signing of An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns (PAWS II). “I’m proud of the PAWS II legislation that passed this session, strengthening the protection of animals in Massachusetts,” Read more about Animal Welfare Groups and State Officials Celebrate PAWS II Passage[…]

Environmental Bond Bill Signed into Law

One month after the legislature passed the Environmental Bond Bill, Governor Baker holds ceremonial bill-signing in Quincy Boston (MA) – On Tuesday, August 21st, Governor Charlie Baker ceremonially signed bipartisan legislation to authorize over $2.4 billion in capital bonds for projects that will improve recreational opportunities, and safeguard residents, municipalities, and businesses from the impacts Read more about Environmental Bond Bill Signed into Law[…]

Eldridge’s Debt Collection Fairness Act passes Senate

Consumer protection legislation addresses predatory and deceptive practices of the debt collection industry in the Commonwealth BOSTON – This week, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously adopted the Debt Collection Fairness Act as an amendment to S.2625, An Act Relative to Economic Development in the Commonwealth. The Debt Collection Fairness Act would protect borrowers against debt collector Read more about Eldridge’s Debt Collection Fairness Act passes Senate[…]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Boost Craft Brewers and Distilleries

BOSTON – State Senators James B. Eldridge (D- Acton) and Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) announce that their legislation, S. 2627, An Act expanding the sale of products by farmer breweries and distilleries, has been engrossed by the Massachusetts Senate. “Craft brewers are playing a major part in revitalizing towns in my district by creating Read more about Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Boost Craft Brewers and Distilleries[…]