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State Legislature Passes Bill to Collect Vital Public Health Data, Establish a COVID-19 Diversity Task Force

The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate have now passed bipartisan legislation to promote equity and transparency as the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, An Act Addressing COVID-19 Data Collection and Disparities in Treatment, will increase the amount of statewide, publicly available data as it relates to the coronavirus. The legislation […]

State Legislature Further Expands and Strengthens Unemployment Benefits

Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a bill that will provide additional Unemployment Insurance (UI) relief to low-income families, non-profit institutions and employers. Governor Charlie Baker signed the bill into law on Wednesday, May 27. An Act Providing Additional Support to Those Affected by the Novel Coronavirus Through the Unemployment Insurance System builds on UI legislation […]

Senate Passes Bill to Collect Vital Public Health Data, Establish a COVID-19 Diversity Task Force

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Massachusetts State Senate passed bipartisan legislation to promote equity and transparency as the Commonwealth continues to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill, An Act Addressing COVID-19 Data Collection and Disparities in Treatment, would increase the amount of statewide, publicly available data as it relates to the coronavirus, and establish a […]

Information on Unemployment Assistance for Massachusetts Residents

Access to unemployment insurance benefits is vital to help residents weather the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout. State and federal lawmakers have recognized this need and taken unprecedented steps to strengthen and expand access to unemployment benefits for as many people as possible. Unemployment assistance is now available to many different types […]

State Legislature Continues to Take Action to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

BOSTON—In recent days, the Massachusetts Legislature has taken a number of important actions to protect public health during the novel coronavirus pandemic and to address the economic impacts on Massachusetts residents, small businesses, non-profits, municipalities and others. Lawmakers in both chambers of the State Legislature, working closely with the Baker administration, also continue to develop […]

Legislature Passes Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures Amid Pandemic

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate on Friday passed legislation that will provide a critical safety net for renters, homeowners, and small businesses grappling with the economic fallout of the coronavirus public health emergency. The legislation prohibits all non-essential evictions and foreclosures and provides mortgage borrowers with forbearance options and protects […]

Legislature Passes Law to Cancel MCAS and Support Vulnerable Populations During Pandemic

BOSTON— On Thursday, April 9, the State Legislature passed legislation that cancels MCAS testing requirements for the current school year and supports those experiencing homelessness. “Cancelling MCAS testing for the remainder of this school year will enable our teachers and students to focus on learning and personal well-being as we continue to navigate the current […]

State Legislature Passes Bill to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

BOSTON—On Thursday, the State Legislature passed a bill to provide essential relief to municipalities, taxpayers, restaurants, and others impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and State of Emergency declaration. The bipartisan legislation extends the state income tax filing deadline for residents; addresses disruptions in municipal tax collections and permitting; and allows licensed restaurants to sell certain […]

Update from Sen. Lewis on the COVID-19 Pandemic

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. As we continue to deal with the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to thank the doctors, nurses, other healthcare workers, first responders, public health officials, grocery store workers, truck drivers, and everybody else who is working hard to save lives and […]

Guest Post: Concerned About Youth Vaping at Home while Schools are Closed?

This guest post was authored by Ashley Hall, MS, Program Manager of the Northeast Tobacco-Free Community Partnership. Concerned About Youth Vaping at Home while Schools are Closed? During these extraordinary times, when our lives are disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, schools, organizations, and activities are closed. While parents work to establish new routines at home […]