Entries by Jason Lewis

Column: Local Heroes in Our Communities

The writer Oscar Wilde said, “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  That is indeed the case with acts of volunteerism and charity. Although it is during the holiday season that our thoughts often turn to how we can help our less fortunate neighbors, I am endlessly moved by the […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Prevent Discrimination in Access to Organ Transplantation with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate recently passed H. 4332, An Act providing for nondiscrimination in access to organ transplantation, legislation for which Senator Jason Lewis was a co-sponsor.  This important bill seeks to address the discriminatory practice that has been found within organ procurement organizations to place disabled persons lower on organ transplant lists than those without […]

Column: Standing With Our Whole Community

I recently had the honor of emceeing Our Shared Table, the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition.  I was pleased to welcome hundreds of immigrants, refugees, and advocates to the Massachusetts State House. I was inspired by the stories that were shared, including one young man who came […]

Column: Supporting Our Veterans

It makes sense that Election Day and Veterans Day have such close proximity to one another, given that one of our most fundamental American rights — the right to vote and elect our leaders — has been secured for us by the courageous service of our veterans. As we commemorate Veterans Day this week, let’s […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Preserve Evidence for Rape and Sexual Assault Kits with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate this week passed H. 4659, An Act relative to preservation of evidence for victims of rape and sexual assault.  This important bill will provide much needed relief to survivors of sexual assault throughout the state by requiring that rape evidence kits be held by public safety officials for the length of the […]

Senator Jason Lewis Receives Award for Healthcare Policy Work

Senator Jason Lewis was recently honored to receive the John Collins Warren Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS) for his work on healthcare policy in the Massachusetts Senate and, specifically, for efforts “to protect patient access to safe, high-quality surgical care through outstanding leadership and distinguished service to the […]

Senator Jason Lewis to Host Community Conversation with State Education Commissioner

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming conversation he will hold with Massachusetts’ Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Mitchell Chester.  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 […]

Column: An Economy that Works for Everyone

With Labor Day having recently passed, this is a good time to reflect on the state of our economy and ask important questions about whether it is truly working for all of our families. I’m pleased that here in Massachusetts we have taken a number of meaningful steps in recent years to improve the economic […]

Bill to Regulate Transportation Network Companies Signed Into Law

The Massachusetts Legislature passed, and Governor Charles Baker recently signed into law, a bill to regulate Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s), including Uber and Lyft. The new law creates a strong regulatory framework for operatives and drivers to be administered by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU).  It also subjects drivers to strict background checks, sets […]

Legislation to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government Signed Into Law

The Massachusetts Legislature passed, and Governor Charles Baker recently signed into law, comprehensive legislation to modernize municipal finance and governance laws in Massachusetts, including provisions to eliminate or update obsolete laws, promote local independence, streamline state oversight, and provide greater flexibility for cities and towns. “This legislation offers our cities and towns additional tools to […]