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Jan 25 2011 Jehlen Committees include Elder Affairs, Education, Ways and Means
Inside Medford
Senate President Therese Murray announced committee assignments for the 2011-12 Senate session. Senator Patricia Jehlen, who represents Somerville, Medford, Winchester and Woburn, returns to the chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs. She is also vice-chair of...
Jan 13 2011 In push for paid sick days, Jehlen raises evergreen bombshell
The MetroWest Daily News
Boston — The decision by Evergreen Solar this week to close its Devens facility and eliminate 800 jobs, despite receiving $58 million in state subsidies, underscores the need for Beacon Hill to reconsider its economic policies, a state senator said Thursday. “I...
Jan 12 2011 Gov. Patrick signs Senate Bill 2557 filed by Sen. Jehlen, D-Somerville
The Somerville Journal
Somerville — On Friday, Jan. 7, Gov. Deval Patrick signed Senate Bill 2557, An Act Further Regulating Debt Collection, filed by Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville. A 2006 Boston Globe Spotlight series revealed that abusive debt collection practices in Massachusetts...
Jan 9 2011 New Massachusetts law protects consumers from debt collectors News
The US state of Massachusetts passed a law last month which protects debtors from having their cars, wages and bank accounts from being taken by debt collectors. The new law means that creditors collecting debts in Massachusetts will no longer be allowed to seize assets...
Jan 8 2011 Mass. law boosts debt collection protections
The Boston Globe
Governor Deval Patrick yesterday signed into law a bill to provide Massachusetts consumers with greater protection from debt collectors who try to seize their belongings and bank accounts. The new law updates decades-old property exemptions, allowing consumers to keep a car...
Dec 4 2010 Protect more cars from seizure; debtors need the means to pay
The Boston Globe
EVER SINCE colonial times, Massachusetts lawmakers have protected debtors from total financial ruin by exempting basic necessities from the clutches of debt collectors. The law still shields a farmer’s 12 sheep and four tons of hay, but the exemption it provides for a...