Entries by Jason Lewis

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. […]

Senator Jason Lewis to Host Community Conversation in Reading on Housing Issues

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce an upcoming conversation he will hold on housing issues 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 to share feedback and have […]

Senator Jason Lewis Receives HIV/AIDS Legislative Leadership Award from AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Citing his support for vital public health efforts, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts presented Senator Jason Lewis with their HIV/AIDS Legislative Leadership Award prior to the 32nd annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, June 4.  AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts’ mission is to stop the epidemic and related health inequities by eliminating new infections, maximizing healthier […]

Massachusetts Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Budget with Support from Senator Jason Lewis

The Massachusetts Senate passed a $40.8 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2018, investing in key areas related to local aid, education, health and human services, housing and workforce development. The budget makes targeted investments, while limiting the use of one-time revenue sources and protecting the state’s Stabilization Fund. “I’m pleased that this budget balances responsible […]

Column: Raise the tobacco sales age to 21

Many people are surprised to learn that tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in Massachusetts and across the country, despite the strides we have made in reducing cigarette smoking over the past few decades. Treating tobacco-caused illnesses adds up to $4 billion in annual healthcare costs in Massachusetts. This […]

Senate Clean Energy Future Tour to Stop in Melrose on May 15

The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, of which Senator Jason Lewis is a member, is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Senate Clean Energy Future Tour – a new, statewide committee initiative on clean energy, climate change, and constituent engagement – will be making a stop in Melrose to hear from our […]