Mar 5 2012
Senate Passes Bill to Expand HIV Testing
The Cape Ann Beacon
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
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...
Feb 29 2012
Massachusetts State Senator Pat Jehlen assists homemaker/pca Philomena Ahern as she works in the home of her 102-year-old client Stella.
“It’s incredible to me that we can expect people to do this kind of work, which is so important, for this little money,...
Feb 28 2012
Governor Patrick Signs DNA Access Bill
Governor Patrick signed a bill that will allow certain individuals convicted of crimes to access DNA evidence to help overturn their convictions, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced. The law puts Massachusetts in line with 48 other states in providing a way to use...
Feb 27 2012
HIV Screening Could Get Boost from Senate Bill
The Dedham Transcript
Thousands of Massachusetts residents unaware that they are HIV positive would face fewer barriers to testing for the virus under a bill that could clear the state Senate this week, advocates said Monday, contending that the legislation would help reduce...
Feb 15 2012
More State Officials Cite Need for New Transportation Revenue Sources
The Dorchester Reporter
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 14, 2012…..Momentum appears to be building in House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s circle of deputies for a short-term solution to an MBTA budget bind that threatens to crush commuters with 40 percent fare hikes and crippling service cuts...
Feb 9 2012
Message from Medford T Riders: Don't Cut Our Lifeline
The Boston Globe
Hundreds of Medford residents turned out last night to deliver a message to state officials over the proposed MBTA fare hikes and service cuts.
"Love it or hate it, the T is my lifeline," said Audrey Stanwood of Mystic Street, articulating a similar message...
Feb 9 2012
Medford Residents Line Up to Voice Opposition to Proposed MBTA Cuts
Dozens of residents streamed to the microphone in Medford City Hall Chambers Wednesday night to voice concerns over possibly losing bus routes in Medford and MBTA fare hikes.
“It will be a disaster for every community that is impacted by the bus routes,”...
Feb 5 2012
Woman's Bar Association honors, hears Medford Legislators
The Medford Transcript
The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) shared its 2012 Legislative Agenda with legislators at the Massachusetts State House at the organization’s Legislative Breakfast.
This annual event marks the official kickoff of the WBA...
Feb 1 2012
Medford Legislators Plan Forum on Proposed T Cuts, Fare Hikes
The Boston Globe
Medford legislators want to hear from city residents about service cuts and fare hikes proposed by the MBTA to close a $161 million budget gap at the state transit agency.
A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Medford City Hall. MBTA officials...
Jan 25 2012
MBTA Considers Fare Hikes, Service Cuts
Public Meetings Underway to Discuss Proposed Changes
- Allison Goldsberry
The MBTA is considering fare hikes and service cuts to address an anticipated $185 million budget deficit for fiscal year 2013, according to an announcement from the agency on January 3.
Jan 19 2012
Local Leaders Chide MBTA Proposed Cuts, Favor Upping Gas Tax
While the MBTA has ideas to solve its funding crisis, the state legislature is likely to come up with its own.
The MBTA Caucus of the state's legislature - state representatives whose communities are served by the MBTA - met Tuesday, and are actively meeting to develop...
Jan 12 2012
The MBTA Needs Adequate Funding: Raise the Gas Tax
As you know by now, the MBTA is proposing to cut service and raise fares to stay within their budget. These proposals are certainly upsetting to all of us who support the MBTA and its riders. We know that they will reduce ridership, and increase traffic and air pollution...
Jan 11 2012
Gov. Patrick Waits-and-Sees on Crime Bill
Bay State Banner
Black activists and elected officials are calling for a massive lobbying campaign to persuade the Legislature to veto or amend a controversial three-strikes law many say would have a devastating impact on the state’s black and Latino communities.
Members of the...
Jan 11 2012
Mass. retains mediocre traffic safety grade
Taunton Daily Gazette
A national highway safety organization on Wednesday graded Massachusetts in the middle of the road when it comes to traffic safety, faulting the state for lacking a primary enforcement seat belt law and five other statutes.
On a color-coded scale of red...
Dec 28 2011
A Growing "Care Gap"
The Cape Cod Times
The co-chairwoman of the state Legislature's Joint Committee on Elder Affairs predicts a shortage of professional caregivers as demand rises across the state.
State Sen. Pat Jehlen, D-Somerville, said she wants to establish a task force to ensure that there is an...
Dec 21 2011
Charter School Question Rages
The Somerville News
It was a packed house at the Somerville High auditorium this last Wednesday, December 14, more audience members than this reporter has ever seen at any public hearing. This circumstance, a hearing before the state Board of Secondary and Elementary Education, was one of...
Dec 19 2011
Woburn gets $231,925 to Fund Energy-Efficient Lighting
The Woburn Advocate
Woburn, MA —
Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today presented Woburn and five other of the state's newest Green Communities with more than $1 million in awards to finance high-efficiency lighting, energy management systems and other...
Nov 20 2011
Traditional Veterans Day Parade gives Winchester chance to say thanks
The Winchester Star
Winchester, MA —
On Friday, Nov. 11, more than 300 Winchester residents marched through town to commemorate Veterans Day with a parade to honor the service of men and women who have fought for America over the years.
The marchers made their way from Winchester High...