News Archive

Aug 14 2018 Press Release: Jehlen Expresses Frustration Over Crumbling Conditions at Alewife Garage
BOSTON - On Monday, Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) joined Sen. Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) and Rep. Sean Garballey (D-Arlington) to ask the Fiscal Management Control Board for immediate action on a long-term solution for the Alewife MBTA station parking garage....
Aug 13 2018 Local pols vent over state of MBTA’s crumbling Alewife parking garage
State House News Service/Wicked Local
A trio of state lawmakers on Monday pressed transit officials over the condition of the parking garage at the MBTA’s Alewife Station, which reopened in the morning after deteriorating concrete forced a weekend shutdown for repairs and assessment. Saying she was...
Aug 10 2018 Press Release: Legislation to Help Families Struggling with Alzheimer's Signed Into Law
BOSTON – Legislation to help the hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families was signed into law yesterday by Governor Charlie Baker.   The bill, which passed the Massachusetts Senate unanimously,...
Aug 8 2018 Mass. lawmaker: Losing jobs over cannabis is 'counter-productive'
Boston 25 News
BOSTON - A woman who was fired from her job for using marijuana at home is firing back by lobbying state legislators to protect workers who engage in what is, in Massachusetts, legal behavior.  Bernadette Coughlin was a good employee who did not show up at work...
Aug 8 2018 Worker Fired For At-Home Marijuana Use Seeks Legislative Response
WBUR/State House News Service
Bernadette Coughlin hopes she is the last person in Massachusetts to be fired for having a toke of pot at home off work hours. The 55-year-old former patient services manager at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen visited the State House with her lawyer on Tuesday, hoping to...
Jul 27 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes Bill to Provide Warning During Sewage Spills
BOSTON – Yesterday the Massachusetts Senate passed S.2617, An Act promoting awareness of safe recreation in public waterways, filed by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville).   The bill addresses a major problem for...
Jul 12 2018 Bill would let Massachusetts candidates use campaign funds for child care
MassLive
By Shira Schoenberg sschoenberg@repub.com   A dad running for U.S. Senate can use his campaign fund to pay for child care expenses. A mom running for state Senate in Massachusetts cannot.   But a bill pending in the Massachusetts Legislature would allow...
Jul 12 2018 Mass. political candidates can expense a tuxedo, but not child care. That needs to change
Boston Globe
By Shirley Leung GLOBE STAFF  JULY 12, 2018 As a single mom running for office, Lee Erica Palmer racked up thousands of dollars in baby sitter bills, but she could not tap any campaign funds to defray the cost. She probably would have been fine with that...
Jul 12 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes Archaic Language Bill Addressing Persons with Disabilities
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Senate today passed S.2594, An Act eliminating archaic language pertaining to individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts¸ filed by Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville).   The bill updates the language used for...
Jul 12 2018 Press Release: Massachusetts Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration
BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed H.4671, An Act automatically registering eligible voters and enhancing safeguards against fraud.   “Voting amplifies our voices, giving us a way to both inform policy and express how it will impact...
Jun 29 2018 Press Release: MA Senate Passes Bill to Allow Non-Binary Gender Option on State Licenses
BOSTON—The Massachusetts Senate passed Senate Bill 2562, An Act relative to gender identity on Massachusetts identification. This bill would establish a non-binary gender identity option for Massachusetts licenses.   The bill requires the Registry of Motor...
Jun 15 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes an Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future
BOSTON – Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate in voting to pass S.2545, An Act to promote a clean energy future, sponsored by Senators Marc Pacheco and Mike Barrett. This legislation represents a firm stand by the...
Jun 8 2018 Press Release: Jehlen, Friedman Appointed to Pay Equity Special Commission
BOSTON – Today, Massachusetts Senate President Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester) appointed Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) to serve on the Pay Equity Special Commission. The special commission will investigate, analyze and...
Jun 7 2018 Press Release: Senate Passes Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation
BOSTON – The Senate on Thursday passed H.4539, An Act Relative to Firearms. This extreme risk protection order (ERPO) legislation would expand upon current Massachusetts gun laws by establishing a legal framework to prevent individuals, if deemed a threat to...
Jun 5 2018 Press Release: Somerville Representatives Celebrate Longfellow Bridge Reopening, Advocacy Successes
BOSTON, MA – The Longfellow Bridge reopened to traffic last week, after five years of reconstruction.  The bridge, which connects Cambridge and Boston, has two lanes for inbound motor vehicle traffic, broadening to three at Charles Circle, and one lane for...
May 31 2018 4 dissenters, but Senate whisks through life sciences bond bill
State House News Service
By Colin A. Young State House News Service  May 31, 2018       BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate passed a bond bill Thursday meant to re-up the $1 billion, 10-year initiative launched by Gov. Deval Patrick in 2007 to support the...
May 25 2018 Press Release: MA Senate Rolls Back Tax Subsidy for Private K-12 Tuition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2018 Contact: Tara Smith Tel. (617) 722-1578   BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate passed a budget amendment that would preserve the Massachusetts 529 savings plan, a way to save for college.   In 2016, Massachusetts adopted a...
May 23 2018 Senate adopts limits on charter school expansion
State House News Service
By Andy Metzger, State House News Service UPDATED:   05/23/2018 08:01:06 AM EDT   BOSTON -- The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education would be prohibited from approving new charter schools or charter expansions unless the Legislature fully funds charter...
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...