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Jan 10 2018 State senator wants wastewater warnings
Boston Herald
Joe Dwinell, Meghan Ottolini  Credit: Angela Rowlings   When raw sewage flows into Bay State rivers, state Sen. Patricia D. Jehlen thinks it would be a good idea to alert residents who live nearby. Schoolchildren who row in the rivers, people who canoe and...
Jan 9 2018 Medical marijuana facility sees April start, Cambridge’s third despite a new paranoia
Cambridge Day
By Marc Levy  The Trump administration’s encouragement of a revived marijuana drug war is not slowing the growth of local dispensaries, and Cambridge is due to get its third with the projected April opening of Revolutionary Clinics near Fresh Pond, in the...
Dec 7 2017 LETTER: Sen. Jehlen’s support for We the People Act deserves praise
Cambridge Chronicle & Tab
To the editor:  The members of the Greater Boston Chapter of We the People Massachusetts wish to express our appreciation to Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Second Middlesex, for her support of the We the People Act (H.1926/ S.379) now before the Massachusetts Legislature....
Dec 6 2017 Newsletter: Come on in? The water's ????????
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear Neighbors, Imagine someone dumping 25 gallons of raw sewage into your swimming pool.  Would you be eager to jump in? That's the ratio of sewage to river water in the Merrimack River after the October discharge of between 8 and 31 million gallons of...
Dec 3 2017 We the People Act, fighting Citizens United, grateful to Jehlen, DiDomenico and Decker
Cambridge Day
From Daniel Penrice and Elizabeth Rassweiler, from Dec. 3 and 7, 2017: The members of the Greater Boston Chapter of We the People Massachusetts wish to express appreciation to state Sens. Pat Jehlen and Sal DiDomenico and state Rep. Marjorie Decker for their...
Nov 28 2017 Bill would require wider warning when sewage is spilled
Eagle-Tribune
BOSTON —The state House and Senate on Wednesday will hold a hearing on a bill that would require sewage treatment plants to issue broad public warnings when they dump untreated sewage into waterways during heavy rains and other emergencies, including by emailing...
Nov 22 2017 Green Line Extension, extended: Residents hear from MBTA about potential added stop to GLX
Medford Transcript
Residents of Medford and surrounding communities met and discussed the possible impacts, both positive and negative, of a proposed addition to the Green Line Extension at Route 16/Mystic Valley Parkway. More than 50 people from Medford and surrounding communities attended a...
Nov 17 2017 Newsletter: Great Green Line News
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear Neighbors, Exciting news from the GLX Project Team and the MBTA today!  The remaining 2 bids for the GLX construction were opened today.   Each bid came in below budget and included all six additive options to the program. This means that Station Canopies,...
Nov 17 2017 State Delegation Reacts to GLX Project Moving Forward
PRESS RELEASE: From the Office of Senator Patricia D. Jehlen State Delegation Reacts to GLX Project Moving Forward BOSTON – Today the MBTA Green Line Extension project team opened the remaining two bids for the Green Line Extension construction and named a Joint...
Nov 17 2017 Jehlen Votes to Move Free Birth Control, Healthcare, and Bilingual Ed Bills Forward
PRESS RELEASE: From the Office of Senator Patricia D. Jehlen Jehlen Votes to Move Free Birth Control, Healthcare, and Bilingual Ed Bills Forward   BOSTON – Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) joined her Senate colleagues in successfully passing several pieces of...
Nov 6 2017 Newsletter: Criminal Justice Reform Part 2: Solutions
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear Neighbors, Earlier today you received a newsletter describing problems in the criminal justice system.  This newsletter describes some of the provisions of the Senate bill adopted Oct. 26.  The House takes up its version of criminal justice reform on...
Nov 6 2017 Newsletter: Criminal Justice Bill Part 1: Problems
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear Neighbors, On October 26, after 13 hours of debate and consideration of 162 amendments, the Senate passed a comprehensive criminal justice bill, which the Globe called "a model" for the country.   The bill's passage was due to months of...
Nov 3 2017 Senate Passes Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill
PRESS RELEASE: From the Office of Senator Patricia D. Jehlen Senate Passes Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill   BOSTON – Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) recently joined her Senate colleagues in voting for a comprehensive criminal justice reform package that...
Nov 3 2017 Bipartisan Legislators Push for Gas Industry Reforms
PRESS RELEASE: From the Office of Senator Patricia D. Jehlen Bipartisan Legislators Push for Gas Industry Reforms   Over 3/5 of Legislature Sign Letter Calling for Ban on “Pipeline Tax,” Regulatory Shift at Department of Public Utilities   BOSTON...
Oct 23 2017 Newsletter: Over half our students not succeeding?
Senator Pat Jehlen
Not meeting expectations??? Are you confused or concerned about headlines suggesting Massachusetts students suddenly know less?  Last week, the state released scores on the "next generation MCAS" for schools; this week parents will receive reports on their...
Oct 18 2017 Tufts responds to new medical marijuana home delivery services
Tufts Daily
BY HANNAH UEBELE OCTOBER 18, 2017 Several medical marijuana dispensaries in Greater Boston are authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to conduct home deliveries. These dispensaries include SAGENATURALS...
Oct 13 2017 Senate Votes to Ban Bump Stocks and Trigger Cranks
PRESS RELEASE: From the Office of Senator Patricia D. Jehlen Senate Votes to Ban Bump Stocks and Trigger Cranks   BOSTON- Yesterday the Massachusetts Senate voted to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks, and classify them under the same general law that governs machine...
Oct 2 2017 Should state change compensation law for wrongfully convicted?
New England Center for Investigative Reporting
By Christopher Burrell - October 2, 2017 Public defenders, advocates and former inmates whose convictions were overturned are meeting at the Massachusetts statehouse on Monday to call for changes to a state law that provides compensation to the wrongfully...
Sep 29 2017 Legislators, Advocates Strongly Support Legislation to Increase Minimum Wage At Committee Hearing
PRESS RELEASE: From the Office of Senator Patricia D. Jehlen Legislators, Advocates Strongly Support Legislation to Increase Minimum Wage At Committee Hearing   BOSTON - Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) joined over a dozen of her colleagues last week to...
Sep 28 2017 What price should Mass. pay to lure Amazon?
Boston Globe
By Joshua Miller Globe Staff September 28, 2017 Beacon Hill policymakers and insiders agree they don’t need gimmicks to lure Amazon’s new headquarters when Massachusetts can emphasize the state’s strong education, technology, and innovation...
Sep 27 2017 Newsletter: Wrongful Convictions
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear Neighbors, On Monday I spoke at a State House event honoring International Wrongful Conviction Day. We heard from defense attorneys, forensic scientists, and advocates about the need for better standards for courtroom science, and for updating the wrongful...
Sep 21 2017 Lawmaker wants new measure of school success
Boston Herald
Some lawmakers are pushing to change how the state ranks and holds schools accountable for student performance, arguing that the current system harms poor communities with large numbers of English language learners and homeless kids by labeling them failures. “It is...
Sep 12 2017 Am I A Victim Of Pay Discrimination: The New MA. Pay Equity Act
Wareham Community Television
Sep 1 2017 ​​​​​​​Senate Passes Legislation on Property Tax Abatements
PRESS RELEASE: From the Office of Senator Patricia D. Jehlen Senate Passes Legislation on Property Tax Abatements   BOSTON- The Massachusetts Senate recently passed legislation providing property tax breaks for low-income seniors, veterans, and the disabled. The bill,...
Aug 18 2017 Newsletter: Facing Charlottesville and Ourselves
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear Neighbors, Last Saturday's scenes from Charlottesville were shocking.  The rallies and vigils since then have helped us feel connected with other people, and given us hope, and tomorrow's rally is important.  There's also a vigil in Medford...