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Mass. Legislature Passes Breakfast After the Bell Legislation to Fight Childhood Hunger

On July 27, the Massachusetts Legislature gave final approval to legislation to fight childhood hunger and boost participation rates in school breakfast programs in schools with high percentages of students from low-income families in the Commonwealth. The bill, An Act regarding breakfast after the bell, would require all public K?12 schools with 60 percent or more students […]

Sen. Lewis Supports Passage of Genocide Education Bill

On July 30, the Massachusetts Senate with support from Senator Jason Lewis passed An Act concerning genocide education to improve the education of middle and high school students on the history of genocide and to promote the teaching of human rights issues. “It is shocking how many young people today have never heard of the […]

Sen. Lewis Joins Unanimous Vote to Increase Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Developmental Disabilities

On July 27, Senator Jason Lewis joined colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate to support legislation that removes existing barriers for students with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities so they can attend public institutions of higher education. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support, honors the spirit of the Americans With Disabilities […]

Sen. Lewis Joins Colleagues in Passing Major Economic Development & Housing Legislation to Help Support Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic

On July 29, the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to support a sweeping economic recovery and development bill that provides much-needed support to businesses, invests in infrastructure, and creates new jobs. An Act to encourage new development and usher in a recovering economy (ENDURE Act) authorizes $455 million to provide relief to communities and stimulate economic […]

Senators Unanimously Approve Commission to Revise or Redesign Mass. Seal & Motto

The Massachusetts State Senate on Tuesday passed legislation that would establish a commission to study and redesign the Massachusetts state seal and motto in an effort to make it more inclusive and historically representational. The legislation, Resolve establishing a special commission relative to the seal and motto of the commonwealth (S.1877), will create a commission […]

Sen. Lewis Delivers Remarks on Legislation to Change the State Seal

Senator Lewis delivered the following remarks during the July 28, 2020 formal session of the Massachusetts Senate during the debate on S.1877, Resolve establishing a special commission relative to the seal and motto of the commonwealth: Thank you Madam President. I rise to enthusiastically speak in support of a Resolve establishing a special commission relative […]

Sen. Lewis Joins Colleagues in Passing Legislation to Invest $18 Billion in Massachusetts Transportation Infrastructure

The Massachusetts State Senate recently passed major legislation to invest nearly $18 billion in the Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure in the coming years, in order to make the state’s roads, bridges, and public transit systems more reliable and accessible to all residents. “I’m pleased that the Senate has passed this vital legislation that will make many improvements to our […]

Updates from Sen. Lewis on School Reopening

As the Senate Chair of the Education Committee, I am receiving many questions, concerns and feedback about the state’s plan for re-opening public schools this fall. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, school committee members and others are understandably feeling anxious and uncertain about the best way forward. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) […]