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Jun 27 2014 Change proposed in inmates’ health coverage
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts is poised to join a dozen states that are reaping millions in federal dollars for prisoners’ health care and possibly also reducing the risk that released inmates will reoffend. All that is required is a change in state law governing the Medicaid...
Jun 24 2014 Representative Provost and Senator Jehlen Announce Passage of Breast Density Notification Bill
The Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON – Representative Provost and Senator Jehlen announced today that the legislature voted to pass H. 3733 An Act relative to breast cancer early detection which will require changes to the information reported to women about their mammogram results. This bill...
May 21 2014 For Home Care Aides, Low Wages Could Get Bump From Budget Amendment
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate begins debate Wednesday on amendments to a $36 billion state budget. One of the countless amendments filed would increase wages for home care aides. Those are the folks who care for the elderly or disabled, allowing them to...
May 13 2014 Bill to Protect Domestic Workers Passes
Medford Transcript
The Senate on May 8 unanimously passed a bill to establish a bill of rights for domestic workers, establishing clear labor standards and protections in the workplace. "All workers deserve equal protections in the workplace," said Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-...
May 6 2014 A Fairer Test Score Measure
Boston Globe
How can you identify a truly ineffective school? To paraphrase retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, you know it when you see it. But state policy requires greater specificity than that. And in Massachusetts, we identify the lowest performing schools primarily by...
Apr 18 2014 Demand equal pay for all workers
Tri-Town Transcript
On April 8, Pay Equity Day, we again observed that women earn, on average, 79 percent of men’s pay. One reason is that "women’s work" — caring for the sick, elders and young children — is far underpaid given the skill, effort and...
Feb 5 2014 Welcome the Immigrant Driver
Boston Globe
Most Massachusetts residents don’t seem to know what to think of the undocumented immigrant population. And yet, this demographic is categorically an economic fact of life in the Commonwealth. These workers often are part of the silent backdrops in our everyday...
Jan 17 2014 Senate Passes Election Reform Bill
Medford Patch
The Senate on Thursday voted 37-1 to pass legislation reforming the election laws in the Commonwealth by authorizing early voting for state and federal elections and primaries, allowing residents to register to vote on Election Day and creating an online voter registration...
Jan 17 2014 Let’s clean up Mystic River
Boston Globe
While the famous Red Sox anthem “Dirty Water’’ might still be a local favorite as we celebrate our beloved team, the underlying theme of a polluted Charles River is fortunately no longer relevant. Boston Harbor and the Charles River are national examples...
Dec 19 2013 RIDE users to see decrease in fares
Cambridge Chronicle
This week the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors approved an MBTA plan to reduce fares for RIDE users from $4 per trip to $3 per trip. This is welcome news for tens of thousands of Massachusetts paratransit users who, in July 2012,...
Nov 21 2013 Senate Passes Bill to Restore Minimum Wage
The Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON – The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will restore the value of the minimum wage in Massachusetts by increasing the minimum wage to $11 by 2016 and tying future increases to the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast region. The bill also increases...
Oct 25 2013 Staying safe when renovating lead paint
Somerville Journal
Contractors, homeowners and owners of child care centers built before 1978, take note. A recent update – Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) – requires contractor supervisors to take a one-day class on lead paint safety and contractors to be licensed...
Oct 24 2013 Senator Jehlen Announces Passage of Parental Leave Legislation
The Somerville News Weekly
Senator Jehlen announced today that the Senate voted to pass S865 An Act relative to parental leave. Senator Jehlen is the lead sponsor of this legislation, which protects employees and modernizes the legal concepts of parental leave. “I am proud of the hard work...
Oct 13 2013 Recognizing ‘Employ Older Workers Week’
Medford Transcript
Everybody knows we’re living longer. We’re also working longer. Seventy-five isn’t quite the new 65, but a quarter of people 65 to 74 are still working. Without older workers, the labor force in Massachusetts would actually be shrinking. By 2020, more...
Sep 16 2013 Save the Date: Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Education Reform from the Last Twenty Years
Senator Jehlen
I will be hosting a conversation about education reform, “Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Ed Reform from the Last Twenty Years,” in your community. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 pm at the Winchester Library Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6 pm at the Medford...
Sep 16 2013 Senate Updates Manslaughter Statute
Inside Medford
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to strengthen penalties against corporations convicted of manslaughter by raising the fine from $1,000 to no less than $250,000 and including the possibility of corporate debarment for up to 10 years, Senator Patricia...
Sep 8 2013 Jehlen Helps Secure Funding to Remove Water Chestnuts
Inside Medford
The Mystic River is an unrivaled escape in our otherwise urban setting, enjoyed by runners, dog-walkers, bird-watchers, photographers, boaters and many more. Any day, looking out on the river you will find canoes, kayaks, speedboats, or a family walking along the river...
Sep 7 2013 Medford Arts Council to receive more than $17,000 from state
Medford Transcript
Medford — Sen. Patricia Jehlen announced the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) has approved $77,675 in grants to cultural organizations and schools in the district. The MCC also approved $70,080 in funding for local cultural councils. Jehlen said these grants...
Jul 24 2013 Looking after those with Alzheimers
Somerville News
The fear of a loved one wandering or becoming lost is a frightening thought for anyone who cares for a person with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory impairments. In light of recent events, I want to share some information about Silver Alert, a community...
Jun 14 2013 Winchester's lawmakers join to cut the ribbon on renovated Wedgemere Station
Winchester Star
Winchester, MA — State and local lawmakers joined residents in re-opening the Wedgemere Community Rail Station last week as a fully accessible station. The $2.2 million project to install new ramps and platforms and upgrade the parking lot began in 2011 but was...
May 28 2013 Dream realized: Slain MIT officer named to Somerville Police
NBC News
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation naming Collier to the Somerville Police Department, where he had worked as a civilian employee. He also lived in Somerville, a suburb just north of Boston. “Officer Collier was a true hero and this deserving...
May 26 2013 Jehlen announces homeless animal fund up to $249k
Winchester Star
Winchester, MA — State Sen. Patricia Jehlen announced recently that the new Homeless Animal Prevention and Care fund raised $249,030 this tax season to help animals. The fund was created as part of Chapter 193 of the Acts of 2012 that also updated many of the laws...
May 13 2013 Medford legislators support increase in local aid for roads, bridges
Medford Transcript
The Medford legislative delegation of Sen. Patricia Jehlen, Rep. Paul J. Donato, Rep. Carl Sciortino and Rep. Sean Garballey joined their colleagues in voting to support a significant increase in state funds for municipal governments to address road and bridge...
May 7 2013 Medford Resident Named Unsung Heroine by State Commission on Status of Women
Medford Transcript
On April 29, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) held its 10th Annual Unsung Heroines of Massachusetts award ceremony at the State House. The awards recognize extraordinary women from across the state and thank them for the public leadership and...
May 2 2013 Loan Program Provides Options for the Needy
Somerville News
Faced with physical limitations, some seniors and people living with disabilities may have difficulty navigating their own homes safely. In some cases, they might even be forced to move away or to assisted living facilities. The Massachusetts Home Modification Loan Program...