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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) […]

Sen. Lewis Joins Senate Colleagues in Passing Sweeping Policing Reform and Anti-Racism Bill

Senator Jason Lewis joined colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate to pass An Act to Reform Police Standards and Shift Resources to Build a More Equitable, Fair and Just Commonwealth that Values Black Lives and Communities of Color (S.2800). Known as the Reform, Shift + Build Act, the comprehensive bill is designed to increase police accountability, shift the […]

State Senate Includes Sen. Lewis Telehealth Bill as Part of Patients First Act

On Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed the Patients First Act, the third piece of signature healthcare legislation advanced by the body to increase access to health care, protect patients, and enhance quality care. The legislation builds on vital lessons learned during the COVID-19 public health crisis, as unprecedented demands on the healthcare system have […]

State Senate Unanimously Passes Comprehensive Elections Bill to Address Voting Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Massachusetts State Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed legislation to expand voter access and address safety for the fall 2020 elections, including the September 1, 2020 state primary and November 3, 2020 general election, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID-19, would, for the […]

Sen. Lewis Supports Bill to Invest in Transportation Infrastructure & Create New MBTA Leadership

The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday passed legislation to invest in municipal transportation projects and establish a new leadership board for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). The bill, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, authorizes $300 million in funding for municipal roads and bridges through bonding, an $80 million increase over the […]

Mass. Black and Latino Legislative Caucus Unveil Ten-Point Plan to Address Police Violence, Advance Racial Justice

Federal Pass Congresswoman Pressley’s Resolution to condemn police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force. Improve oversight and independent investigations to hold individual law enforcement officers and police departments accountable. Department of Justice must reassert its statutory authority to investigate individual instances of racial profiling, police brutality and violence and investigate and litigate […]