Entries by Jason Lewis

Column: Massachusetts Senate Hits the Road to Hear from Residents

The Massachusetts State Senate launched Commonwealth Conversations in 2015 in order to make the Senate as a body more responsive and accessible to residents all across Massachusetts.  Similar to the Community Conversations discussions that I have organized in our district, these forums provide invaluable opportunities for dialogue and sharing feedback and ideas. The way the […]

Senator Jason Lewis Files Legislation on Economic Opportunity, Education, Healthcare

Preparing for the 2017-2018 legislative session, Senator Jason Lewis has filed more than 70 bills to be considered by the Massachusetts Legislature. The slate of bills covers a wide range of issues including economic opportunity, education, healthcare, energy, transportation, and more.  Senator Lewis also has filed more than two dozen additional “by request” bills, filed […]

Senator Jason Lewis Files Legislative Package to Ensure Safe and Effective Implementation of Legal Recreational Marijuana

Senator Jason Lewis, who served as Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana during the last legislative session, has filed a package of fourteen bills for the 2017-2018 legislative session pertaining to the safe and effective implementation of legal recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. “The people of Massachusetts made their voices clear when they voted […]

Column: Priorities for the New Legislative Session

Earlier this month I was honored to be sworn in as State Senator for the 2017-2018 legislative session.  I’m eager to continue my advocacy on behalf of the residents of Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester. I believe that our communities are best served when our state lawmakers work in close partnership with residents, […]

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 […]