Entries by Jason Lewis

Senate Passes Sweeping Healthcare Reform and Cost Containment Bill with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate passed sweeping healthcare reform legislation S. 2022, An Act Furthering Health Empowerment and Affordability by Leveraging Transformative Health Care. The HEALTH Act, which passed by a vote of 33-6, focuses on both short and long terms goals regarding how to strengthen our healthcare system by lowering costs, improving outcomes, and expanding access. […]

Senator Jason Lewis to Host Community Conversation in Winchester on Mental Health and Wellness

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming conversation he will hold on challenges in our communities pertaining to mental health and wellness. Held in every community of the district, “Community Conversations” are issue discussions delving into a different topic at each forum, with ample opportunity for residents […]

Senator Jason Lewis Receives Public Health Award

Senator Jason Lewis gave the plenary address at the recent 50th annual conference of the Massachusetts Health Officers Association (MHOA), which represents over 600 local public health officials and associates across Massachusetts and serves as the leader, partner, and voice for local health departments in the Commonwealth. At the conference, the MHOA presented Senator Lewis […]

Senate Passes Bill to Establish Climate Change Adaptation Management Action Plan with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

Taking another step toward responsible long-term environmental management, the Massachusetts State Senate passed S.2196, a bill to establish a comprehensive adaptation management action plan (CAMP) in response to climate change. A comprehensive adaptation management action plan would be established through a collaboration led by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Secretary of […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill, with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate passed, by a vote of 27-10, a comprehensive criminal justice reform package that updates decades old criminal sentencing laws to improve outcomes of our criminal justice system. The bill is designed to strengthen public safety while improving outcomes in our justice system. Among the provisions included in the bill are repealing ineffective […]

Joint Committee on Public Health and Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators Co-Host Informational Hearing Highlighting Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue

The Joint Committee on Public Health, on which Senator Jason Lewis serves as Senate co-Chair, and the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators co-hosted an informational hearing at the State House on the topic of domestic violence as a public health issue. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the prevalence of domestic violence in […]

Massachusetts Senate Approves Legislation to Address Skills Gap and Help Unemployed Workers with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to engross An Act to Diversify the Use of the Workforce Training Fund to Support the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund. The legislation, originally filed by the late Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly, and since championed by his successor Senator Cindy Friedman, will ensure a sustainable, predictable source of annual funding for […]

Massachusetts Senate Releases Healthcare Report and Draft Legislation to Contain Costs, Protect Consumers

The Massachusetts Senate released a report “Working Together to Improve Our Health: Right Care, Right Place, Fair Price, Recommendations from the Senate Working Group on Health Care Cost Containment and Reform,” that focuses on both short and long terms goals on how to strengthen our healthcare system to lower costs, improve outcomes, and enhance access. […]

Column: We Need To Do More to Stop Wage Theft

Earlier this year, at the start of the new legislative session, we were pleased to be appointed by the Senate President and House Speaker, respectively, to co-Chair the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Together, we have since immersed ourselves in a wide range of labor and employment issues in the Commonwealth. We have […]

Senate Releases MassMoves Report to Create a 21st Century Transportation Vision for Massachusetts

The Massachusetts State Senate released its MassMoves report highlighting residents’ priorities for a forward-thinking 21st century vision for the Commonwealth’s transportation system. The Senate launched the MassMoves initiative as a part of the Commonwealth Conversations Tour in order to collect feedback directly from residents to help envision a better transportation system across Massachusetts. The MassMoves […]