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Sep 18 2018 Jehlen, Connolly announce funding for East Somerville pedestrian infrastructure
Somerville Journal
State Sen. Pat Jehlen of Somerville and State Rep. Mike Connolly of Cambridge recently secured $95,000 in funding for improvements to Somerville’s Kensington Underpass in the Fiscal 2019 state budget. Jehlen and Connolly filed successful amendments in the Senate and...
Sep 10 2018 Crumbling concrete, leaking roofs, and busted elevators: the state of the T
Boston Globe
By Adam Vaccaro GLOBE STAFF  SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 The elevators at Aquarium Station have been out of service for months, roped off from passengers. Corroding ramps at the commuter rail station in Winchester are patched with plywood, and exposed rebar peeks...
Aug 31 2018 Mass. cannabis commission shouldn’t let towns shake down pot retailers
Boston Globe
It’s just pot — not a pot of gold. The state’s new marijuana law limits how much lucre municipalities can extract from retailers, and for good reason: If cities and towns make it too pricey to operate retail businesses, fewer will open. And those retailers...
Aug 29 2018 Officials Disagree on Cities and Towns Negotiating With Marijuana Shops
NECN
By Mike Manzoni Published at 8:44 PM EDT on Aug 29, 2018   The Cannabis Control Commission and Massachusetts lawmakers who oversee marijuana policy can't agree on whether the commission is allowed to review the required agreements between cities and towns and...
Aug 28 2018 Do your job, lawmakers tell pot agency
State House News Service
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS THE CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION weighs asking legislators to revisit the marijuana law to clarify requirements related to the agreements marijuana businesses are required to enter into with their host municipalities, the two lawmakers who...
Aug 21 2018 Mystic Ave to see improvements to pedestrian safety
Medford Transcript
By Miranda Willson  mwillson@wickedlocal.com  Posted Aug 21, 2018 at 9:29 AMUpdated Aug 21, 2018 at 9:29 AM    Rep. Christine Barber helped secure state funding to make it easier to cross the busy...
Aug 14 2018 A Look at the State of the MBTA
NECN
Visitors to Boston's City Hall Plaza got a look at what riders of the MBTA's Red Line can look forward to next year — shiny new trains. The update is long overdue, based on the comments of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack. "The average Red...
Aug 14 2018 Press Release: Jehlen Expresses Frustration Over Crumbling Conditions at Alewife Garage
BOSTON - On Monday, Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) joined Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) and Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington) to ask the Fiscal Management Control Board for immediate action on a long-term solution for the Alewife MBTA station parking garage....
Aug 13 2018 Local pols vent over state of MBTA’s crumbling Alewife parking garage
State House News Service/Wicked Local
A trio of state lawmakers on Monday pressed transit officials over the condition of the parking garage at the MBTA’s Alewife Station, which reopened in the morning after deteriorating concrete forced a weekend shutdown for repairs and assessment. Saying she was...
Aug 10 2018 Press Release: Legislation to Help Families Struggling with Alzheimer's Signed Into Law
BOSTON – Legislation to help the hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families was signed into law yesterday by Governor Charlie Baker.   The bill, which passed the Massachusetts Senate unanimously,...
Aug 8 2018 Mass. lawmaker: Losing jobs over cannabis is 'counter-productive'
Boston 25 News
BOSTON - A woman who was fired from her job for using marijuana at home is firing back by lobbying state legislators to protect workers who engage in what is, in Massachusetts, legal behavior.  Bernadette Coughlin was a good employee who did not show up at work...
Aug 8 2018 Worker Fired For At-Home Marijuana Use Seeks Legislative Response
WBUR/State House News Service
Bernadette Coughlin hopes she is the last person in Massachusetts to be fired for having a toke of pot at home off work hours. The 55-year-old former patient services manager at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen visited the State House with her lawyer on Tuesday, hoping to...
Aug 8 2018 Legislator calls for workplace protections on pot
Eagle Tribune
BOSTON — It won't get her job back, but Bernadette Coughlin said the potential for a bill being filed in the Massachusetts Legislature providing workplace protections for recreational pot users is a significant step forward. Coughlin, 55, of Methuen, lost her...
Aug 1 2018 Tempering The Cost Of Aging, Dying In Prison With The Demands Of Justice
NPR
A Massachusetts state prison is expanding the graveyard where it buries inmates who die in custody, one consequence of the state's huge increase in aging prisoners. And as more inmates age and die behind bars, the cost of their care is skyrocketing, fueling new efforts...
Jul 27 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes Bill to Provide Warning During Sewage Spills
BOSTON – Yesterday the Massachusetts Senate passed S.2617, An Act promoting awareness of safe recreation in public waterways, filed by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville).   The bill addresses a major problem for...
Jul 26 2018 Pot Regulators Asks Cities and Towns to Restrain Demands
Associated Press
By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts cannabis regulators urged city and town officials Thursday to keep within the boundaries of state law when negotiating local agreements with recreational marijuana businesses. The Cannabis Control...
Jul 20 2018 Are cities and towns demanding too much from marijuana operators?
Boston Globe
By Dan Adams GLOBE STAFF  JULY 20, 2018 For more marijuana news, sign up for our newsletter, This Week in Weed. Want to open a marijuana business in Massachusetts? Prepare to open your wallet — wide. In Salem, prospective recreational pot...
Jul 20 2018 Rep. Clark Hosts Medford Senior Center Ice Cream Social
Patch Medford
MEDFORD, MA – On Friday, July 20th, Congresswoman Katherine Clark hosted an ice cream social at the Medford Senior Center. During the hour-long event, Clark served ice cream, greeted locals and took questions. She was joined by State Representatives Christine Barber,...
Jul 19 2018 Massachusetts budget leaves out provision repealing tax break for K-12 private school tuition
MassLive
By Shira Schoenberg sschoenberg@repub.com BOSTON -- Massachusetts lawmakers have chosen not to act to prohibit Massachusetts tax breaks from helping families pay for private school. A federal tax law change will for the first time this year allow 529 plans, tax-...
Jul 19 2018 Tax, equity concerns swirl around advancing benefit district bill
State House News Service
By Colin A. Young STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON -- The Senate beat back a volley of amendments Wednesday as fresh doubt emerged when lawmakers considered legislation that has been passed by the Legislature in each of the last two years, both times rejected by the governor...
Jul 12 2018 Bill would let Massachusetts candidates use campaign funds for child care
MassLive
By Shira Schoenberg sschoenberg@repub.com   A dad running for U.S. Senate can use his campaign fund to pay for child care expenses. A mom running for state Senate in Massachusetts cannot.   But a bill pending in the Massachusetts Legislature would allow...
Jul 12 2018 Mass. political candidates can expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change
Boston Globe
By Shirley Leung GLOBE STAFF  JULY 12, 2018 As a single mom running for office, Lee Erica Palmer racked up thousands of dollars in baby sitter bills, but she could not tap any campaign funds to defray the cost. She probably would have been fine with that...
Jul 12 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes Archaic Language Bill Addressing Persons with Disabilities
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate today passed S.2594, An Act eliminating archaic language pertaining to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts¸ filed by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville).   The bill updates the language used for...
Jul 12 2018 Press Release: Massachusetts Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration
BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed H.4671, An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud.   “Voting amplifies our voices, giving us a way to both inform policy and express how it will impact...
Jun 29 2018 Press Release: MA Senate Passes Bill to Allow Non-Binary Gender Option on State Licenses
BOSTON—The Massachusetts Senate passed Senate Bill 2562, An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification. This bill would establish a non-binary gender identity option for Massachusetts licenses.   The bill requires the Registry of Motor...