Entries by Jason Lewis

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 […]

Legislature Sends Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Bill to Governor’s Desk with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

Both Houses of the Massachusetts Legislature passed landmark criminal justice reform legislation, with support from Senator Jason Lewis. The bill passed the Massachusetts Senate with unanimous support, reflecting the bipartisan consensus on these reforms. An Act relative to criminal justice reform will lead to a more equitable system by supporting our youngest and most vulnerable […]

Senate Passes Short-Term Rentals Bill with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2381, An Act regulating and insuring short-term rentals, with the support of Senator Jason Lewis. The bill expands the scope of the state’s room occupancy excise tax and local option excise tax to include short-term transient accommodations, including those arranged through platforms such as AirBnB. The legislation would generate an […]

Senate Passes Housing Bond Bill with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate voted to pass S. 2368, An Act financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents, a housing bond bill. The bill is the outcome of a session-long collaboration between the Senate and House, with a focus on preserving, modernizing, and increasing production of the state’s affordable housing […]

Senate Passes Civics Education Curriculum Bill with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate voted to pass S. 2355, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement, legislation developed over eighteen months of bipartisan collaboration and passed with the support of Senator Jason Lewis. The legislation enacts a hands-on and experiential approach to fostering civic engagement. The bill incorporates project-based learning components, encourages the instruction of […]

Senate Passes Social Media Privacy Protection Legislation with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed S.2320, An Act relative to social media privacy protection. The bill aims to protect the personal social media accounts of students and employees across the Commonwealth. Specifically, the legislation prevents employers and schools from requesting and requiring access to the personal social media accounts of applicants, employees, and students as […]

Senate Passes Pet Protection Bills with Senator Jason Lewis’ Support

The Massachusetts Senate passed two bills strengthening pet health and safety in the Commonwealth. S.1155, An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens, ensures that puppies and kittens are bred and sold in safe and healthy environments, and strengthens the Massachusetts “Puppy Lemon Law” to give pet owners more options if they unknowingly purchase a […]