Entries by Jason Lewis

Senate Passes Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation

The Massachusetts State Senate passed H.4517, An Act relative to firearms. This extreme risk protection order (ERPO) legislation would expand upon current Massachusetts gun laws by establishing a legal framework to prevent individuals, if deemed a threat to themselves or others, from accessing firearms. “I’m proud that after a productive debate, the State Senate adopted […]

With Sen. Lewis, Senate Retail Task Force issues final report

Today, the Massachusetts Senate Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail unanimously approved its final report. The Task Force was charged with assessing the economic health of the Massachusetts retail sector, and identifying challenges and opportunities facing retail communities. “I’m grateful for the policymakers, business owners and advocates who came together to work on this essential […]

Senator Jason Lewis Backs Passage of Fiscal Year 2019 Senate Budget

The Senate voted today on a $41.49 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2019, including targeted investments to create opportunities and ensure access to the tools that individuals, children and families need to succeed in the economy and in their communities. The budget invests in key areas related to education, local aid, health and human services, […]

Senator Jason Lewis Champions Education Funding Reforms

Students, parents, and teachers filled the State House as the Massachusetts Senate unanimously voted to pass a key education reform bill to update the state’s 25-year-old school funding formula, known as Chapter 70. An Act Modernizing the Foundation Budget for the 21st Century (S.2506) implements the recommendations of the bipartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC), […]

Massachusetts Senate Approves BRAVE Act for Veterans, with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the BRAVE Act, new legislation that will expand benefits and increase access to a range of services for veterans, active-duty military, and their families. Understanding the sacrifice that military personnel and their families make not only while on active duty, but also after returning home, the Massachusetts Legislature has consistently […]

Senator Jason Lewis Receives Public Servant of the Year Award from Triangle, Inc.

Senator Jason Lewis was honored to receive a 2018 Public Servant of the Year Award from Triangle, Inc., at Triangle’s annual award ceremony and gala, which occurred Wednesday, May 2, at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. Established in 1971, Triangle empowers people with disabilities and their families to enjoy rich, fulfilling lives, offering employment, […]

Column: We Need to Invest More in Early Childhood Education

Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In our society we typically think that children’s formal education should begin at the age of five when they enter kindergarten. But, decades of research have now convincingly demonstrated the importance and value of early childhood education for […]

Senate Passes Supplemental Budget to Boost Funding for State and Local Services, with Senator Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate passed a $156.4 million supplemental budget to cover increased caseloads and time sensitive deficiencies in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, including additional funding for local school districts’ special education costs and charter school reimbursement funds and programs for Massachusetts children and families. Senator Jason Lewis highlighted a number of key priorities for […]

Senate Passes Credit Protection Bill to Protect Consumers in the Wake of Equifax Breach, with Senator Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation to protect the personal information of consumers in the case of data breaches, like the one seen at Equifax, and provide free credit freezes for all consumers. The bill, S.2455, An Act relative to consumer protection from security breaches, helps all consumers protect their sensitive information before, during, and […]

Senate Passes Student Loan Bill of Rights to Protect Borrowers, with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts State Senate voted on Thursday to pass the “Student Loan Bill of Rights,” giving greater protections to student loan borrowers in disputes with companies servicing their loans. Advancing this legislation represents a victory at the intersection of economic justice and consumer protection, offering greater safeguards for our student population against unscrupulous lenders. The […]