News Archive

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...
Feb 29 2012 Educating Policymakers
PHI Blog
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
Medford Patch
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
Boston — 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
Medford Patch
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
Medford — 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
Inside Medford
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. For Medford...
Jan 19 2012 Local Leaders Chide MBTA Proposed Cuts, Favor Upping Gas Tax
Medford Patch
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...