Entries by Jason Lewis

Senator Lewis Supports Bill to Strengthen School Breakfasts & Address Childhood Hunger

BOSTON – On January 16, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation to fight childhood hunger and boost participation rates in school breakfast programs in the Commonwealth’s high-poverty schools. The bill,  An Act regarding breakfast after the bell (S.2460), would require all public K-12 schools with 60 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-price […]

Sharing the Results of the Transportation and Commuting Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our survey on transportation and commuting! We are pleased to share the results. We are also planning our next Community Conversation to review the survey results and discuss solutions to our region’s transportation challenges. Stay tuned for details of this event coming soon. Your input […]

Senator Lewis Joins Bipartisan Vote to Pass the Healthy Youth Act

BOSTON – Yesterday, the Massachusetts Senate passed S.2459, An Act relative to healthy youth.  This bill will ensure that Massachusetts schools electing to provide their students with sex education use age-appropriate and medically accurate curriculum that covers a comprehensive range of topics. The legislation also calls for sex education to be inclusive and appropriate for […]

Guest Post: What You Need to Know about the New Tobacco Law

This guest post was authored by Ashley Hall, MS, Program Manager of the Northeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. A new tobacco law in Massachusetts is now in place and it affects where tobacco and vaping products can be sold.  These changes are designed to reduce the youth vaping epidemic in Massachusetts and stop tobacco companies from […]

Please fill out our brief transportation and commuting survey

The State Senate is working on legislation to improve the state’s transportation system, including roads, bridges and public transit. As the Senate debates various proposals, it is invaluable for Senator Lewis to hear your ideas and feedback. Senator Lewis invites constituents to fill out a brief survey, which can be found at this link. The […]

Sen. Lewis Applauds Distracted Driving Law to Improve Road Safety

BOSTON – After it was passed by the House of Representatives and the State Senate, Governor Baker signed legislation into law last month banning drivers from using hand-held electronic devices in vehicles unless they are in hands-free mode. The bill defines hands-free mode as one that engages in voice communication with and receiving audio without […]

Sen. Lewis Joins Senate to Pass Plastic Bag Ban

BOSTON – On November 20, The Massachusetts State Senate passed a bill that would implement a statewide ban on all carry-out plastic bags at checkout from retail stores. The bill requires retailers to charge at least 10 cents for a recycled paper bag at check out, and directs that five cents of the amount collected […]

Legislature Passes Landmark Legislation to Ban Sales of Flavored Tobacco, Protect Young People from Nicotine Addiction

BOSTON – On November 20, the Massachusetts Senate passed landmark legislation to reduce youth access to tobacco and nicotine products. In the wake of widespread increases in youth vaping, this bill offers a comprehensive approach to protecting young people from nicotine use and addiction. The bill, An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, bans the sale of […]

Column: Successful School Funding Reform

Last week Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Student Opportunity Act. The signing ceremony took place at English High School in Boston, the oldest public high school in America, with cheering students, teachers, parents, advocates and lawmakers in attendance. This landmark legislation, years in the making, recommits our Commonwealth to one of its most […]