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State Rep Candidate DiBenedetto Receives Endorsement

Erin DiBenedetto, Medford School Committee member and candidate for State Representative announced today the endorsement of the Somerville Labor Coalition – a group representing over six-hundred employees in the City of Somerville. “Erin is a no nonsense Democrat that will work hard to support all workers’ rights. She recognizes that it is the unions that […]

Middlesex DA Ryan Supports New Gun Safety Law

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan released the following statement after Governor Deval Patrick signed into law new gun safety legislation: ““The signing of this bill represents a major step forward. First, because it empowers police chiefs to use their judgment and common sense to identify people who – by virtue of mental illness, addiction, or […]

Legislature Sends Domestic Violence Bill to Governor

Will close loopholes in current law and create innovative approaches to end the cycle of domestic violence Representative Paul J. Donato (D-Medford, Malden) joined his colleagues in the Legislature to pass domestic violence legislation which creates new criminal offenses and elevated penalties, boosts prevention efforts, seeks to empower victims and establishes new employment rights. This […]

Guzik Ends Bid for State Rep

- Allison Goldsberry Medford resident Sharon Guzik has bowed out of the race for state representative, according to an announcement recently released by the candidate. Guzik, a former Medford School Committee member, cited personal family reasons for ending her campaign. She thanked supporters in her statement and also said she will continue to remain involved […]

Senate Passes Campaign Finance Legislation

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to strengthen reporting requirements for independent expenditure committees and bring a higher level of transparency to elections in the Commonwealth, Senator Jehlen announced. “In the wake of the Citizens United ruling, there has been a clear need for – at the very least – increased disclosure of […]

Sen. Jehlen: Charter Schools Competitors, Not Collaborators

Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending. Before the vote, we heard from parents, advocates, students, and organizations on both sides of the argument. […]

Update from State Rep. Paul Donato

I am pleased to report that the Massachusetts House of Representatives has continued to move the Commonwealth forward by passing a $36.5 billion state budget focused on economic growth and increased government accountability and oversight. The spending plan makes important investments in local aid, education and human services including substance abuse treatment and prevention and […]

State Senator Jehlen’s Budget Report

In a newsletter released Monday night, State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville, Medford) highlighted several items included in the state’s $36.5 billion budget, which Governor Deval Patrick signed last week. The state budget includes $250,000 for the development of a Mystic River Master Plan. The plan will include beautification efforts as well as protection from invasive […]

Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill

The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill providing for the preservation and improvement of land, parks and clean energy in the Commonwealth, Senator Patricia Jehlen announced. “The environmental bond bill provides imperative funding to protect our natural resources and improve the well-being of our community,” said Senator Jehlen. “We all will benefit specifically from […]

Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer’s Acute Care Advisory Committee

Senator Patricia Jehlen announces that the Massachusetts Senate has passed An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee. This legislation creates an Advisory Committee to craft a strategy to address dementia-capable care in all acute care setting in the Commonwealth. The committee will present a strategy to the state […]