Entries by Jason Lewis

With Lewis, Senate Passes Legislation to Prevent Wage Theft

BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to help prevent the illegal practice of wage theft and promote employer accountability. The bill, S.2327, gives the state greater power to go after wage violators and provides additional tools for the Attorney General’s office to hold violators fully accountable. “In spite of strong labor laws and many […]

Massachusetts Legislature Announces Comprehensive Proposal on Sales Tax Holiday, Minimum Wage, and Family and Medical Leave

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate announced today a legislative proposal to raise the minimum wage; create a framework for paid family and medical leave for most workers; and establish a permanent sales tax holiday. The legislation is based on months of negotiations with stakeholders sponsoring proposed ballot questions […]

Senator Jason Lewis Announces Plan to Revive Fair Share Amendment

A statement from State Senator Jason M. Lewis: At the start of the next legislative session in January 2019, I plan to file a legislative amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would create a 4% surtax on annual individual income above one million dollars and direct this new revenue toward investments in education and transportation. […]

Senate Passes an Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously voted to pass S.2545, An Act to promote a clean energy future. This legislation represents a firm stand by the Senate to ensure a healthier, cleaner Commonwealth for future generations of Massachusetts residents. Most importantly, the policies enacted in this legislation will have measurable benefits in the health of the global […]

Senator Jason Lewis Backs Passage of Major Life Sciences Bill

The Massachusetts State Senate voted on May 31 to pass a bill extending the state’s investment in life sciences research and training to capitalize on the state’s national advantage in the sector responsible for thousands of jobs in the state. The bill, S.2531, An Act providing continued investment in the life sciences industry in the […]

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 […]