Senator Jason Lewis Appointed Senate Chair of Legislature’s Committees on Labor and Workforce Development, Public Health

Senator Jason Lewis is pleased to announce that he has been appointed by Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to serve as the Senate Chair of two of the Legislature’s Joint Committees for the 2017-2018 legislative session, the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and the Committee on Public Health.

Senator Lewis looks forward to his new role as Senate Chair of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee, whose purview covers labor laws, workers’ compensation, job training, and related employment issues. This leadership position will enable him to be a strong advocate for working families and the needs of local employers. Some of the important issues that will be considered by this committee include the minimum wage, paid family and medical leave, non-compete agreements, and efforts to strengthen job training and workforce development programs.

Senator Lewis is also pleased to continue in his role as Senate Chair of the Public Health Committee, a leadership position he held during the 2015-2016 legislative session. Senator Lewis also serves as Senate co-Chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus, which he helped found in 2011. In these roles, he looks forward to continuing his efforts to strengthen public health and prevention, in order to improve health and lower healthcare costs.

“I’m excited to continue my work on promoting healthy communities and disease prevention, containing healthcare costs, and expanding resources for preventing and treating mental illness and substance abuse,” said Senator Lewis. “I’m also enthusiastic to have the opportunity to help shape public policy on a wide array of issues impacting our state’s workforce, employment opportunities, and economic security for working families.”

In addition, Senator Lewis will serve as the Senate Vice-Chair of the newly formed Marijuana Policy Committee. This position will enable him to continue his leadership in ensuring that marijuana legalization in Massachusetts is implemented effectively and safely.

He will also serve as a member of the following committees: Joint Committee on Education; Joint Committee on Health Care Financing; Joint Committee on Election Laws; and the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.