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Mar 29 2019 Press Release: SEN. JEHLEN, SEN. LEWIS & REP. DAY VOTE TO FUND FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES IN MASS.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the State Senate voted to allocate $8 million in funding for family planning clinics in the Commonwealth to offset potential cuts to the federal Title X program proposed by the Trump administration....
Mar 29 2019 Press Release: Jehlen Co-Sponsors Cyr Legislation to Clarify CCC Authority on Host Community Agreements
Sen. Jehlen statement:   “Today I co-signed the bill presented by Sen. Julian Cyr about expanding the authority of the Cannabis Control Commission to include oversight of Host Community Agreements, Senate bill 1126. I did not come to this decision lightly. I...
Mar 27 2019 Union rally at Stop & Shop
Somerville Times
Union rally at Stop & Shop On March 27, 2019, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times — Photos by Ray Bernoff/rmhbernoff.com On Saturday, March 23, a protest rally was held at the Stop & Shop store at 779 McGrath Highway in Somerville. Store workers were...
Mar 12 2019 Seniors blast State for “failing our elders”
State House News
By Katie Lannan / STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Posted Mar 12, 2019 at 10:57 AMUpdated Mar 12, 2019 at 10:57 AM    Gathering in the State House on March 11, Somerville seniors and dozens of senior advocates chanted to...
Feb 17 2019 Bill Would Require Mass. Tipped Workers To Be Paid Minimum Wage
Associated Press
A push is on to require that tipped workers in Massachusetts be paid at least the minimum wage. State Sen. Patricia Jehlen of Somerville and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, both Democrats, are calling for the elimination of the state's so-called "sub-...
Feb 15 2019 Safe Communities Act reintroduced in state legislature
The Tufts Daily
  JOE WALSH February 15, 2019 Amid a nationwide rise in immigration enforcement, Massachusetts lawmakers and advocates have renewed a push to limit state and local police departments’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities. A new bill was introduced on...
Feb 15 2019 Press Release: Senator Patricia Jehlen Named to Committee Posts for 2019-2020 Legislative Session
CONTACT Tara Smith, Communications Director Office of Sen. Pat Jehlen 617-722-1578   Senator Patricia Jehlen Named to Committee Posts for 2019-2020 Legislative Session   BOSTON – Yesterday Senate President Karen Spilka appointed Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-...
Feb 15 2019 Press Release: Kennedy Calls for Ending the Sub-Minimum Wage Nationwide, MA Legislators File One Fair Wage Act on Beacon Hill
CONTACT Tara Smith, Communications Director Office of Sen. Pat Jehlen 617-722-1578   Kennedy Calls for Ending the Sub-Minimum Wage Nationwide, MA Legislators File One Fair Wage Act on Beacon Hill            ...
Feb 13 2019 After $1 Million Payout From State For Wrongful Conviction, Fred Clay Is Back At Work
WGBH
By Chris Burrell February 13, 2019   A day after learning that he’ll receive a $1 million settlement from the state, Fred Clay treated it like just another work day — punching the clock at a metal shop in Lowell where he grinds aviation parts...
Feb 13 2019 Tipped workers describe harassment on the job
State House News Service
By Kaitlyn Budion, State House News Service Posted Feb 13, 2019 at 8:31 PMUpdated Feb 13, 2019 at 8:31 PM BOSTON - Contributing to a national day of action, restaurant industry workers told personal stories Wednesday and...
Feb 11 2019 After woman’s death outside emergency room, Massachusetts legislators seek new regulations
Boston Business Journal
Legislative leaders are hoping to establish regulations for Massachusetts emergency departments and lift the cap on hospital malpractice lawsuits after a Somerville woman died from an asthma attack at the door of a locked Somerville hospital emergency room. Laura Levis died...
Feb 11 2019 Somerville legislators file malpractice bills in memory of Laura Levis
Somerville Journal
By Hannah Green / somerville@wickedlocal.com Posted Feb 11, 2019 at 10:55 PMUpdated Feb 11, 2019 at 10:55 PM In September 2016, Laura Levis died after being locked outside the Cambridge Health Alliance Somerville Hospital...
Feb 11 2019 Death of Woman Who Collapsed Outside ER Leads to New Proposals
NBC10
After losing his wife, a Massachusetts man hopes her death will lead lawmakers to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Peter DeMarco says he's looking for change, not vengeance. His wife, Laura Levis, died after having an asthma attackoutside Somerville...
Feb 7 2019 Massachusetts Lawmakers Consider Restoring Voting Rights, but Organizers Are Not Waiting
The Appeal
Daniel Nichanian This article is part of a state-based series on disenfranchisement. Massachusetts moved away from universal suffrage in 2000, stripping incarcerated individuals of their right to vote through a constitutional amendment. Nearly two decades later,...
Feb 6 2019 UMass Boston Community Members Protest Parking Rate Increases
NECN
University of Massachusetts Boston community members protested what they call substantial parking rate increases on Wednesday. Students, faculty, staff unions, and allies gathered at 7 a.m. at the new West Garage for picketing, ahead of a noon rally. Protestors...
Feb 6 2019 ‘Astronomical’ parking rate hike decried at UMass Boston
Boston Herald
By KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN | kathleen.mckiernan@bostonherald.com | Boston Herald February 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm University of Massachusetts Boston students and staff are outraged over hefty parking fee hikes they say burden students and staff at the commuter...
Feb 5 2019 Protest planned for Wednesday over UMass parking fees
Dorchester Reporter
By Daniel Sheehan, Reporter Staff February 5, 2019 Angered by a hike in parking fees, members of the UMass Boston community planned to picket outside the new West Garage on Wed., Feb. 6. Last year, the university announced it would raise the parking rate at its on-campus...
Jan 30 2019 Wrongfully Convicted And Jailed 38 Years, Fred Clay Gets $1 Million Payout
NPR
Fred Clay, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent almost 38 years in Massachusetts prisons, will receive a $1 million settlement from the state, the highest amount allowed under a new state law. The settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General was finalized...
Jan 30 2019 Exoneree Runs Smoothie Chain, Making Up For 27 Years Of Lost Entrepreneurship
New England Public Radio
Exoneree Runs Smoothie Chain, Making Up For 27 Years Of Lost Entrepreneurship By KAREN BROWN • JAN 30, 2019    VIEW SLIDESHOW 1 of 8 Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Connecticut....
Jan 30 2019 Massachusetts bill would end lower wage for tipped restaurant workers
MassLive
By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com The minimum wage in Massachusetts is set to increase to $15 an hour by 2023, up from $12 today. But for many restaurant workers, the wage hike is not that straightforward. For workers who receive tips, the minimum wage today...
Jan 29 2019 Lawmakers push for equal pay for tipped workers
State House News Service
Lawmakers push for equal pay for tipped workers By Chris Lisnski / State House News Service Posted Jan 29, 2019 at 6:11 PMUpdated Jan 29, 2019 at 6:11 PM    BOSTON - Less than a year after lawmakers struck a so-...
Jan 23 2019 Massachusetts Lawmakers Move to Expand Secure Choice, Add MEP
National Association of Plan Advisors
NEVIN E. ADAMS, JD   JANUARY 23, 2019 Legislation has been introduced in the Bay State that would expand the Commonwealth’s auto-IRA program for private sector workers and establish a 401(k) parallel, with an employer mandate. The first bill, SD 1902, ...
Jan 23 2019 Months away from recreational marijuana, officials see some positives on business side
Cambridge Day
Tom Meek  Wednesday, January 23, 2019   Experts who gathered Jan. 17 to talk about the arrival of recreational marijuana included state Sen. Pat Jehlen, city planner Jeff Roberts, police Sgt. Lou Cherubino and David Lakeman of the state Cannabis Control...
Jan 11 2019 Two Somerville early-stage clean energy companies receive state award
The Baker-Polito administration has announced $693,000 in funding to support four early-stage clean energy technology companies. The funding, awarded through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s InnovateMass program, will support clean energy innovators in...
Jan 7 2019 Cambridge considers side guards for contractor trucks after fatal crashes
Cambridge Chronicle
Cambridge officials have already taken steps to improve truck safety by rolling out side guards for city-owned trucks, but they hope to extend that requirement to trucks contracted to do work in the city, similar to laws already in effect in Somerville and Boston. Side...