Entries by Jason Lewis

Marijuana Policy in the Commonwealth

A year ago, under the leadership of President Stan Rosenberg, the Massachusetts Senate created a Special Committee on Marijuana. The impetus for launching this effort was the expectation – now a virtual certainty – that a ballot question to legalize recreational marijuana would be before the voters of Massachusetts in November, 2016. Massachusetts voters have […]

The Special Senate Committee on Marijuana Releases Its Official Report

Chairman Jason Lewis and the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana today released the Report of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana, a thorough review of current marijuana laws in Massachusetts and an objective analysis of the many public policy considerations in which lawmakers will need to engage if Massachusetts were to legalize the adult recreational […]

Joint Committee on Public Health Releases Omnibus Tobacco Bill

Co-Chairs Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Kate Hogan announced on Thursday that the Joint Committee on Public Health has released S. 2152, An Act to Protect Youth from The Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction, an omnibus bill that seeks to reduce tobacco use and nicotine addiction among youth.  Among other provisions, the legislation […]

Column: Public Records Reform Necessary for Our Democracy

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis declared, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”  A dynamic public records law helps shine the sunlight to which Justice Brandeis referred on the workings of our government, increasing transparency and empowering the citizens of Massachusetts in their efforts to hold their government accountable.  This value is at […]

Senate Passes Public Records Reform Bill Sponsored By Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts State Senate this week unanimously passed legislation reforming how the state handles public records.  The legislation, originally sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis, is the first update to the public records law since the early 1970’s. The legislation will reduce costs for those requesting public records, as well as ensure timely compliance with public […]

Malden Awarded $229,000 in Public Safety Staffing Grants

Malden’s state legislative delegation, including Senator Jason Lewis and Representatives Paul Donato, Paul Brodeur, and Steve Ultrino, is pleased to announce that the City of Malden has been awarded more than $229,000 in state grant funding through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s “Massachusetts Municipal Public Safety Staffing Grant” program. A sum of […]

Statement from Senator Jason Lewis on Education Funding in House 2, the FY2017 Budget

I am disappointed that Governor Baker’s proposed FY17 budget not only provides the smallest rate of increase in Chapter 70 funding in the past half-decade, but also takes no steps to begin implementing the recommendations of the bipartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC).  In its report released late last year, the FBRC recommended adjusting how […]

Senator Jason Lewis to Host Forum on Senior Citizen Issues and Services

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce the sixth forum in the series, which will focus on issues uniquely facing senior citizens and caregivers in our communities.  Held in every community of the district, “Community Conversations” are issue discussions delving into a different topic at each forum, with ample […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Hands Free Driving Bill

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation that would ban the hand-operated use of mobile devices while driving.  According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving accounted for 26 percent of the 30,000 lives lost in motor vehicle accidents in 2013.  The bill implements penalties for operating a vehicle while holding a mobile electronic device to, or […]