Entries by Jason Lewis

Senator Jason Lewis Applauds Senate Passage of Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

The Senate passed a $39.558 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2017, investing in key areas related to local aid, education, children’s health and safety, housing, health and human services, workforce training and economic development. The budget limits the use of one-time revenue sources and directs $211M to the state’s Stabilization Fund to continue to rebuild […]

Senate Passes Senator Jason Lewis’ Local and Regional Public Health Legislation

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation filed by Senator Jason Lewis – An Act establishing the Special Commission on Local and Regional Public Health – to address significant challenges faced by the local health system in meeting statutory responsibilities and providing essential safeguards.  These challenges range from funding inconsistencies across communities, with smaller communities often struggling, […]

Massachusetts Legislature Advances Fair Share Amendment with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts legislature voted 135 to 57 to advance the Fair Share constitutional amendment to the next joint session during the 2017-2018 legislative session.  The amendment would assess an additional 4% surtax on individual annual income over one million dollars, and would require the legislature to allocate the increased revenue solely on education and transportation […]

Senate Passes Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Bill provides public accommodations protections for transgender people in Massachusetts The Massachusetts Senate solidified its role as a civil rights leader in passing An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination. This bill provides equal access to public places for every resident of the Commonwealth, regardless of gender identity.  Public accommodations include but are not limited to: […]

Senator Jason Lewis Unveils Legislation to Create Police Training Center Focused on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders

During a May 2nd State House press conference, law enforcement officials from several Massachusetts communities joined with representatives of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts (NAMI Mass) and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian in support of Senator Jason Lewis’ bill to improve police training for incidents involving people who are in a mental […]

Senator Jason Lewis to Host Forum for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesspeople

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming forum that will focus on issues uniquely facing entrepreneurs and small businesspeople 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 opportunity for residents […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Omnibus Tobacco Bill

Legislation seeks to reduce tobacco use and nicotine addiction among youth and establish a uniform law across the Commonwealth Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2234, 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 […]

Senator Lewis, Representative Day File Energy Facilities Siting Board Legislation

Continuing their active roles in the ongoing debate over the proposed Eversource transmission line, Senator Jason Lewis and Representative Michael Day filed legislation in the Senate and House, respectively, that would broaden the review of the Energy Facilities Siting Board beyond cost and environmental impact to also consider impacts on the public health and wellbeing […]

Column: Supporting Our Local Public Libraries

Astronomer Carl Sagan once said: “The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.”  I think that notion is exactly right.  Our public libraries provide so much to our communities and […]