News Archive

Jun 19 2012 Interview with Senator Jehlen
Somerville Patch
Hello Somervillians reading this blog! I had the honor to interview our wonderful state senator, Ms. Patricia Jehlen, about her time at the OAC. She helped found the program about 20 years ago, and usually volunteers to teach stilting. She has also taught kazoo band, co...
Jun 12 2012 Senate Bill Would Set Care Standards for Alzheimer's, Dementia Patients
The Patriot Ledger
BOSTON — Nursing homes that care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients would be subject to minimum care standards set by state government, under legislation unanimously passed in the Senate Tuesday. The bill closes a loophole in the law that allows nursing...
Jun 12 2012 Foreclosure Bill Will Keep People in Their Homes
Medford Patch
The Massachusetts State Senate last week approved a bill aiming to require lenders to offer modified loans to people on the verge of foreclosure. Under the legislation, lenders conduct a financial analysis to determine whether  receiving lower monthly mortgage...
May 23 2012 Lawmakers Target Big Pay Deals at Mutual Companies
The Boston Globe
Shocked that Liberty Mutual paid its former chief executive roughly $50 million a year, three Massachusetts senators have proposed budget amendments to discourage other mutual companies from awarding outsized pay packages in the future. State Senator Brian A. Joyce,...
May 23 2012 The Benefits of Political Friendship
The Boston Globe
Try as I might to leave this Liberty Mutual lunacy behind - the $50 million annual pay packages, the fleet of five corporate jets, the rampant conflicts on the board of directors, the $4.5 million renovation to the chief executive’s suite - someone keeps...
May 22 2012 Study: Paid Sick Leave Bill Could Save Mass. Employers Money
The Milford Daily News
Backers of a bill allowing hundreds of thousands of Bay State workers to begin earning paid sick leave touted the findings of a new report on Monday suggesting employers would save money under the proposal, but one House supporter said she was still uncertain that the...
May 17 2012 Senator Jehlen on Single Payer Health Care
Mass Single Payer
Senator Jehlen on Single Payer Health Care
May 16 2012 Single-Payer Healthcare Amendment Rejected by Senate
WWLP 22 News
Single-payer healthcare amendment rejected by Senate Chamber voted 15-22 against study Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 9:07 AM EDT Published : Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 9:07 AM EDT Matt Murphy, State House News Service BOSTON (State House News Service) - Several...
Apr 30 2012 Assembly Square Groundbreaking Product of 2 Decades of Somerville Residents' Work
The Somerville Journal
Somerville — Fourteen years ago, a group of concerned residents first floated the idea of long-term development plans for the Assembly Square area. At that time it housed a failing Ford factory and the neighboring sites were vacant. Many people thought the...
Apr 20 2012 Bill Would Revise Outdated Animal Control Laws
The Tri-Town Transcript
Boxford Middleton Topsfield — A new bill designed to update and improve animal control practices throughout Massachusetts is pending approval from the state House of Representatives after it passed through the Senate in late March. Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-...
Apr 17 2012 Equal Pay for Equal Work. Can We Afford to Wait Another 46 Years?
Inside Medford
If you were frantically trying to submit your returns before the deadline, you may have missed that April 17th was significant for a reason other than taxes. It was Equal Pay Day, a day designed to raise awareness about the fact that even after decades of progress, women...
Apr 12 2012 Equal Pay Efforts Framed as Most Important Issue for Women
The Boston Globe
Women will have finally achieved true equality when they are paid the same amount of money as men for performing the same work, a group of legislators and federal officials said Wednesday. State Representative Cory Atkins, House chairwoman of the Caucus of Women...
Apr 9 2012 Jehlen, Senate Support Clean Energy Bill
Inside Medford
On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill designed to promote clean energy in a cost effective manner while also lowering the price of electricity by increasing energy competition. Massachusetts is already a leader in clean energy and this bill will help spur additional job...
Apr 6 2012 Mass. Legislature to Consider Paid Sick Days for Employees
The Tufts Daily
The Labor and Workforce Development Committee of the Massachusetts State Senate in mid-March supported the Earned Paid Sick Time Act which would grant paid sick leave to Massachusetts employees.  The act would provide a minimum of seven paid sick days to all non-...
Mar 30 2012 Animal Control, Supportive Housing Bills Move Forward
Inside Medford
Senate Passes Sen. Jehlen’s Animal Control Bill On Thursday, March 22, the Senate passed An Act Further Regulating Municipal Animal Control. This bill, sponsored by Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), updates and modernizes the animal control laws in the...
Mar 29 2012 Sierra Club Announces 35 Endorsementsin State Races
Mass Sierra Club
The Massachusetts Sierra Club announced their list of early endorsees of candidates for State Representative and State Senator. Among the 35 candidates are the greenest of the state legislature. Early endorsees have a proven record, in the legislature, of leadership on...
Mar 28 2012 Workers Rally in Boston for State Law Mandating Paid Sick Days
The MetroWest Daily News
BOSTON —  Dozens of supporters rallied yesterday for a state law mandating paid sick days for private employers in an annual event that proponents said may finally bring success to workers around the state. Organized by Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition,...
Mar 22 2012 Mass Lawmakers Should Pass Sick-Leave Bill
The Boston Globe
Imagine this: You wake up with the flu and you feel awful. Or maybe your kid wakes up with a virus and she looks like death warmed over. But it’s a work day. And if you don’t show, it’s going to cost you a day’s pay or, if you have that kind of...
Mar 22 2012 Sick Time Bill Would Protect Jobs, Workers
Bay State Banner
Nearly 1 million workers are without access to paid sick days in Massachusetts. When they or their children fall ill, they are often left with a tough choice: risk their jobs or continue on to work, potentially spreading disease. But that may soon change. The Earned Paid...
Mar 20 2012 Jehlen Honored as Legislator of the Year for Work with the Disabled
The Somerville Journal
Somerville — On March 7, Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) was honored as Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and The Arc of Massachusetts for her tireless work in the Senate on behalf of people with disabilities....
Mar 6 2012 Jehlen Lead Sponsor on Bill to Expland HIV Testing
Inside Medford
On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill that will expand HIV testing in Massachusetts. The bill, sponsored by Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville), makes testing easier by removing burdensome written consent testing requirements while still retaining all of the patient...
Mar 5 2012 Senate Passes Bill to Expand HIV Testing
The Cape Ann Beacon
Boston — The Senate on March 1 passed a bill to expand HIV testing in Massachusetts. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, makes testing easier by removing burdensome written consent testing requirements while still retaining all of the...
Mar 1 2012 Massachusetts Senate Backs Bill on HIV Testing Consent
MSN Money
BOSTON (AP) - State senators voted Thursday to relax regulations that require patients to consent in writing before they can be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Massachusetts is one of only two states that mandate written consent for HIV screening, a policy...
Feb 29 2012 Medical Release Plan Pitched for Terminally Ill Prisoners
The Boston Herald
A Somerville Democrat pitched her colleagues Tuesday on a cost-saving measure: giving the state correction commissioner the authority to release debilitated, terminally ill prisoners to less expensive hospice or nursing home care. Sen. Patricia Jehlen told the Public...