Entries by Jason Lewis

Column: Moving Forward Safely with Marijuana Legalization

Last week Governor Baker signed into law legislation that I believe will make Massachusetts a national model when it comes to safely regulating the legal sale and consumption of marijuana. This legislation fully respects the will and intent of the voters — who voted last November to legalize the recreational use of marijuana — while […]

Senate Passes Healthy Youth Act with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

With the support of Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of the Committee on Public Health, the Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2113, An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, which will ensure that school districts in the Commonwealth that elect to provide their students with sex education provide age-appropriate and medically accurate information that includes coverage of […]

Column: Telemedicine Improves Healthcare Access and Reduces Costs

New technology like telemedicine holds great promise for improving access to care for patients, improving health outcomes for the treatment of chronic illnesses, and reducing healthcare costs. We should take steps to enable the expanded use of telemedicine in Massachusetts. Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients through online communications, including video and […]

Senator Jason Lewis Named to Regional Health Policy Committee

Senator Jason Lewis has been recently appointed by the Council of State Governments Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/ERC) to serve as a member of the CSG/ERC Health Committee.  The CSG/ERC’s purpose is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among the region’s policy makers, business leaders, and academic community. As Senate Chair of the Massachusetts […]

Senate Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Senate unanimously voted to pass an Act Establishing the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The bill, sponsored by Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem) ensures that pregnant workers are protected from discrimination in the workplace. In addition to protecting the health of pregnant employees, the bill also promotes economic security for workers and their families. […]

Massachusetts Senate Releases Commonwealth Conversations 2017 Report

The Massachusetts State Senate released its “Commonwealth Conversations 2017 Report,” available online at https://MALegislature.gov/CC.  Commonwealth Conversations, not to be confused with Senator Jason Lewis’ local Community Conversations series of issue discussions, was a statewide listening tour, giving the Senate the opportunity to meet with local residents, businesses, and interest groups in every corner of the […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Marijuana Legislation with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate passed, by a 30-5 vote, legislation to ensure the public health and safety of patient and consumer access to medical and adult use of marijuana in the Commonwealth. “This legislation takes important steps to shrink the black market, promote a diverse and responsible industry, and establish strong public health and safety protections, […]

Column: The Latest Teen Craze: Vaping

Most adults are not familiar with e-cigarettes or vaping. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for teenagers. The use of e-cigarettes in recent years has exploded among middle and high school students, who think that they are cool and harmless. This has rapidly become a major public health concern. An e-cigarette is a handheld electronic […]

Legislature Advances Fair Share Amendment with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts legislature voted 134-55 to advance the Fair Share constitutional amendment to the ballot for consideration by voters in the 2018 statewide elections.  The amendment would assess an additional 4% surtax on individual annual income over one million dollars, and requires the legislature to allocate the increased revenue solely to education and transportation needs. […]