Sep 26 2011
Senators Make Case Against Casinos
WWLP 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Senators opposed to a plan to bring three casinos to Massachusetts laid out a last-ditch case Monday against a bill that they acknowledge will likely pass, shifting the debate to cities and towns where they hope their arguments will gain traction with...
Sep 24 2011
Privacy disputes threaten Mass. HIV testing bill
BOSTON - Emerson Miller felt "pretty hopeless" when he tested positive for HIV in 1996, but has since come to appreciate the importance of receiving an early diagnosis of the disease.
Today, the Boston resident takes four pills a day and sees a doctor every three...
Sep 23 2011
Amendment Proposes Slot Machines at Logan International Airport
BOSTON (AP) - Would you be for slots at the airport? One supporter will look to authorize slot machines at Logan Airport’s international terminals.
There are 182 amendments to the casino bill that the State Senate will begin debating on Monday. The bill was filed by...
Sep 22 2011
Complete Green Line by 2016, say Somerville Legislators
In two letters to state and regional transportation authorities, Somerville's legislators on Beacon Hill denounce delays to the Green Line extension and say that altering the design and construction schedule could get the project operational by 2015 and complete by 2016....
Sep 21 2011
Senators file amendments to gambling bill
The Boston Herald
Critics of an expanded gambling bill in the Massachusetts Senate have filed an array of amendments designed to increase the role of communities in the process to license up to three casinos and a slots parlor in the state.
The Senate clerk’s office did not have the...
Sep 21 2011
City's Legislators Speak Against HAZMAT Trucks in Somerville
The following is a letter from state Sen. Pat Jehlen and state Reps. Denise Provost, Carl Sciortino and Timothy Toomey:
Boston released a proposal recently to ban trucks carrying hazardous materials from going through the Boston city streets. This proposal would re-route...
Sep 21 2011
Winchester Senator Opposes Gaming Bill
After last week’s lopsided victory in the House of Representatives to bring casinos to the Bay State, the debate will move to the Senate floor on Monday, Sept. 26. But Winchester’s State Senator – Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) – will continue her long-...
Sep 16 2011
The struggle to find space for all in 2,575-acre Middlesex Fells
The Boston Globe
After more than two years of study, the state Department of Conservation and Recreation has recommended the closure of 22 miles of trails, the improvement of historic structures, and increased enforcement of park rules and regulations at the expansive Middlesex Fells...
Sep 15 2011
Murray says she'll let casino foes have their say
The Fall River Herald News
Noting Senate rules permit delays in consideration of legislation, Senate President Therese Murray on Thursday morning pledged not to “stifle” opponents of expanded gambling and to let her colleagues exercise their options when they consider the...
Sep 9 2011
Casinos: Majority of Somerville Reps Against Them
The bulk of Somerville's elected officials on Beacon Hill oppose a bill that would bring casino gambling to the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
State Sen. Pat Jehlen and state Reps. Denise Provost and Carl Sciortino all oppose the bill, saying, among other things, that...
Aug 25 2011
Somerville to Press State on Green Line Delay
The Boston Globe
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone has been meeting with the Conservation Law Foundation to explore legal options against the state regarding the delay of the Green Line extension, city spokeswoman Jaclyn Rossetti confirmed.
The state has announced its intention to push back...
Aug 19 2011
Sen. Jehlen: Fast 14 bridge replacement project on I-93 a success
The Somerville Journal
Last August, a giant hole opened on a bridge on I-93 in Medford. Rush hour traffic came to an abrupt halt and the usual heavy, slow evening commute came to a standstill. Road crews were immediately dispatched to fix the hole. While...
Aug 16 2011
Lawmakers seek to expand hospice coverage
BOSTON — A group of state lawmakers is pushing to make hospice care available to more people on MassHealth.
A proposed bill would expand hospice coverage to about 120,000 people on more limited state health insurance plans.
State Sen. Richard Moore says people who...
Aug 15 2011
Bill would expand hospice care
Taunton Daily Gazette
BOSTON — More terminally ill people covered by the state’s low-income health insurance plans could be eligible for hospice coverage, making their end of life care a little more comfortable, under a bill recently filed by a handful of top lawmakers....
Aug 5 2011
OPENAIR Circus teaches children leadership skills, stage combat
Though they haven’t run away to join a traveling troupe, children of all ages will be performing circus tricks and feats at Nunziato Field Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The OPENAIR Circus, a Somerville based non-profit that offers classes and workshops to...
Aug 4 2011
Jehlen speaks on alimony reform
Woburn, MA — The Senate last Thursday passed legislation, cosponsored by Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, that reforms the commonwealth’s alimony system.
The bill, the first comprehensive modernization of Massachusetts alimony law in over 20 years,...
Jul 21 2011
Mass. Senate Approves Supportive Housing Bill
BOSTON -- Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a new program designed to integrate support services and affordable housing for the elderly, disabled, and homeless families.
The state Senate Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would establish 1,000 units of so-...
Jul 14 2011
Bill proposes mandatory paid leave
Channel 22 News
BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - In the spring, state Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein said paid sick leave is a workers’ “basic right.” Now lawmakers are responding with legislation that could make it law.
The Joint Committee on...
Jul 13 2011
First in Fig Newtons, Last in Routine HIV Testing: Nightmare in the Bay State
The Body: HIV/AIDS Blog Central
Massachusetts, the state in which I live, boasts many firsts -- among them, the first state to recognize marriage equality (2004), the first typewriter (invented by Charles Thurber in Worcester in 1840), the first Fig Newton cookie (invented by James Henry Mitchell in...
Jul 10 2011
Legislators Urge Delay in Nursing Home Reg. Changes
64 Legislators (21 Senators and 43 Representatives) signed a letter to EOHHS Secretary Judy Ann Bigby asking to delay changes that eliminate leaves-of-absence bed holds from MassHealth nursing home regulations until funding can be restored. The letter was delivered to...
Jul 6 2011
Jehlen Supports Bill to Fight Human Trafficking
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation that cracks down on human trafficking in Massachusetts with strong criminal penalties for forced labor and sexual servitude, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced. The bill also establishes important protections for victims...
Jul 5 2011
Growing senior population faces poor public transit options
The MetroWest Daily News
Senior advocates say the state's public transit systems are ill-equipped to serve a wave of aging baby boomers in Massachusetts, where the population older than 65 is expected to increase by more than 50 percent during the next two decades.
By 2015, 45 percent of seniors...
Jun 30 2011
Restructure Wright-Locke Farm debt
The Winchester Daily Times Chronicle
WINCHESTER - State Senator Patricia Jehlen and State Representative Jason Lewis announced that a home rule petition for the Town of Winchester has passed both houses of the state legislature and been signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick.
This petition, previously...