News Archive

Apr 27 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes Consumer Protection Legislation
SENATE PASSES CONSUMER PROTECTION LEGISLATION   BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate voted Thursday to pass several pieces of consumer protection legislation, including a bill to protect individuals who default on their educational loans from professional...
Apr 21 2018 Massachusetts lawmakers unlikely to update medical marijuana home cultivation law this session
MassLive
Massachusetts lawmakers unlikely to update medical marijuana home cultivation law this session By Shira Schoenberg sschoenberg@repub.com The head of Massachusetts' legislative marijuana committee said she does not anticipate updating the state's medical...
Apr 13 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes Student Loan Bill of Rights to Protect Borrowers
Senate Passes Student Loan Bill of Rights to Protect Borrowers   BOSTON – The Massachusetts State Senate voted on Wednesday to pass the “Student Loan Bill of Rights,” giving greater protections to student loan borrowers in disputes with companies...
Apr 13 2018 Press Release: Senate Approves $600 Million in Funding for Local Road Projects over Next Three Years
Senate Approves $600 Million in Funding for Local Road Projects over Next Three Years   BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate passed a three-year, $600 million investment of “Chapter 90” funding for local road and bridge repairs, continuing the...
Apr 6 2018 Press Release: Legislature Sends Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill To Governor’s Desk
Legislature Sends Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill To Governor’s Desk   BOSTON – On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform package that updates decades-old criminal sentencing laws to improve outcomes...
Mar 30 2018 Tipped Workers, Industry Advocates Shed Light on Harassment & Assault In Restaurant Industry
BOSTON – Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) Boston hosted a briefing at the State House yesterday calling for One Fair Wage in Massachusetts. The event, titled “#MeToo in the Restaurant...
Mar 23 2018 Newsletter: Students Speak and Act Against Gun Violence
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear neighbor, As many of you may know, students in our communities have been working hard to bring attention to passing smart, comprehensive gun control reform both in Massachusetts and at the national level in the weeks since the school shooting at Marjory...
Mar 20 2018 Amid barriers, Winchester women step into the political arena
Winchester Star
By Mariya Manzhos Posted Mar 20, 2018 at 1:32 PMUpdated Mar 22, 2018 at 1:39 PM    State Sen. Patricia Jehlen remembers when there was no women’s bathroom in the House Lobby in the State House, and...
Mar 20 2018 At 'Intersections' From Roxbury To Andover, Students Stand Together For Gun Control
WBUR - Edify
 Max Larkin Boston-area student-activists lobbying for gun control this month acknowledge an inconvenient feature of the national debate they’re getting into: There isn’t just one “gun problem” facing young people in America. In the...
Mar 5 2018 As Costs Climb At Public Colleges, State Leaders Weigh Fixes — But Students Demand More
WBUR - Edify
Max Larkin Students from the University of Massachusetts school system and other state colleges descended on Beacon Hill Monday to ask lawmakers to do more — maybe a lot more — to curb the rising costs of public higher education in Massachusetts...
Mar 5 2018 Boardroom Gap: Financial & cultural pressures creating more gender diversity
Worcester Business Journal
Boardroom Gap: Financial & cultural pressures creating more gender diversity ILLUSTRATION/LAURA MAROTTA BY GRANT WELKER In 2011, when Susan West Engelkemeyer became the second female president in the 203-year history of Nichols College, every administrator who...
Mar 3 2018 Panel to discuss women’s role in civic engagement
Winchester Star
On Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m., the Jenks Center Cummings Room will be the scene of a lively exchange among a panel of distinguished women, including Patricia Jehlen, MA State Senator from Winchester, Judie Muggia, former Board of Selectmen member and Soumya Ganapathy,...
Feb 21 2018 Newsletter: What's Joint Rule 10 and why does it matter?
Senator Pat Jehlen
Dear Neighbors, "Joint Rule 10 Day" Rule 10 in the Joint Rules of the Mass. House and Senate sets a deadline for committee reports in the second year of each 2-year session.  All committees were required to report on all the bills before them by February 7....
Feb 8 2018 School-police reform measure at critical moment on Beacon Hill
WCVB
BOSTON — Amid growing concern about schools turning to police to deal with students' behavior challenges, a coalition of lawmakers and advocates are pushing to include reforms in the criminal justice reform bill winding its way through the legislative process on...
Jan 30 2018 Medford High holds first ‘Credit for Life’ fair
Medford Transcript
On Jan. 26, thanks to a grant from State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, more than 400 Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School juniors and seniors participated in the first Credit for Life Financial Literacy Fair. The fair provided students with a real...
Jan 20 2018 Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens in Sullivan Square, Sees Large Amount of Customers
Charlestown Patriot-Bridge
By Seth Daniel The first medical marijuana dispensary in the Lower Mystic region has opened its doors in Sullivan Square on Broadway, Somerville, and operators of the clinic, Revolutionary Clinics, said last week they are seeing many new patients and believe they are...
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...