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Sweeping COVID Recovery & Affordable Housing Bill Signed into Law

Prioritizes small business relief, support for workers, and housing development On Wednesday, January 2, 2021, Senator Jason Lewis voted with the Massachusetts Legislature to pass $627 million in funding for a sweeping economic recovery and development bill which will provide much-needed support to businesses, investments in infrastructure, and creation of new jobs in the wake […]

Statement from Sen. Lewis on Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol

A Statement from Senator Jason Lewis Following the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol Yesterday’s insurrection by pro-Trump domestic terrorists who stormed the U.S. Capitol was a disgraceful assault on our democratic system and institutions, incited by President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress. President Trump has demonstrated time and again that he […]

Legislature Passes Landmark Climate Change Bill

Sweeping Legislative Package Includes Sen. Lewis Bill to Improve Home Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards The Massachusetts Legislature on Monday passed breakthrough climate legislation that overhauls the state’s climate laws, drives down greenhouse gas emissions, creates clean energy jobs, and protects environmental justice communities. The bill, supported by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of legislators in both […]

Sen. Lewis Votes for Policing Reform Legislation

Bill emphasizes police accountability and transparency by creating a new, independent commission; increases de-escalation protocols and puts in place procedures to address structural racism  Yesterday, Senator Jason Lewis, along with his colleagues in the Senate and House, voted to pass An Act relative to justice, equity and accountability in law enforcement in the Commonwealth.  The […]

Sen. Lewis Supports Passage of FY 2021 Budget

Includes increased funding for sectors impacted by COVID-19, including housing and childcare The Massachusetts State Senate on November 18 unanimously passed a $46 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). Passed with bipartisan support, the budget aims to move the Commonwealth towards an equitable recovery by making critical investments in sectors impacted by COVID-19 including […]

Senate Budget Debate Remarks from Sen. Lewis on Emergency Paid Sick Time

During the November 18 Senate budget debate, Senator Jason Lewis offered the following remarks regarding his proposal to expand Emergency Paid Sick Time for Massachusetts workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: “My remarks are in reference to amendment 360, which was dealing with emergency paid sick time. It was withdrawn a short while ago. “Protecting the […]

Senate Passes Sen. Lewis Bill to Require Insurance Coverage for Children with PANS/PANDAS

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation Thursday that would mandate insurance coverage for children with pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndromes (PANS) and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS). The bill, An Act relative to insurance coverage for PANDAS/PANS, was filed by Senator Jason Lewis. It would ensure that children with PANS or PANDAS receive […]

Joint Committee on Education Hosts Informational Oversight Hearing on K-12 School Reopening

Testimony Focused on Observations and Insights from K-12 School Reopenings in the Commonwealth During the COVID-19 Emergency. BOSTON – On Tuesday, October 27, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education hosted an informational oversight hearing featuring testimony from state education officials, school superintendents, teachers, and other stakeholders from the K-12 education community. Participants were invited to […]

Malden Teacher Jennifer Hedrington is 2021 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year

MALDEN – Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley today announced that Jennifer Hedrington, a seventh-grade math teacher at Ferryway School in Malden, is the 2021 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. The Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Program is the state’s top award for educators and annually recognizes excellence in teaching […]