Entries by Jason Lewis

Massachusetts Senate Passes Hands Free Driving Bill

The Massachusetts Senate passed legislation that would ban the hand-operated use of mobile devices while driving.  According to the National Safety Council, distracted driving accounted for 26 percent of the 30,000 lives lost in motor vehicle accidents in 2013.  The bill implements penalties for operating a vehicle while holding a mobile electronic device to, or […]

Malden Awarded $435,900 in Grant Funding to Combat Substance Abuse

Malden’s state legislative delegation, including Senator Jason Lewis and Representatives Paul Donato, Paul Brodeur, and Steve Ultrino, is pleased to announce that the City of Malden has been awarded over $400,000 in state grant funding through the Department of Public Health to combat substance abuse. Malden will receive $85,000 per year for five years, totaling […]

Column: A Productive Year for the State Senate

The state Senate recently wrapped up its work for 2015, the first year of the two-year legislative session.  It was a productive year for the Senate, with action taken to address a number of important issues and the groundwork laid for an even busier 2016. Earlier in the year, the Senate worked collaboratively with the […]

Senate Passes Social Media Privacy Protection Legislation with Support of Senator Jason Lewis

Working to insure individual privacy protections in academic and workplace settings, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed An Act Relative to Social Media Privacy Protection, legislation co-sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis. The bill prohibits any public or private institution providing elementary, secondary, or higher education from requiring a student or applicant to disclose a user name, […]

Legislators Submit Letter to MBTA, Keolis Expressing Serious Concerns over Commuter Rail Service Cuts

Joined by a number of legislative colleagues, Senator Jason Lewis submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Keolis Commuter Services, the private operator contracted to operate the commuter rail lines, expressing serious concerns over announced service cuts, made without meaningful public input, to the commuter rail schedules for the Haverhill and […]

Senator Jason Lewis to Host Forum on Substance Abuse and Opioid Addiction

Continuing his “Community Conversations” issue discussions, Senator Jason Lewis is excited to announce the fifth forum in the series, which will focus on the latest developments at the state, regional, and local levels to combat substance abuse and opioid addiction in our communities.  “Community Conversations” are issue discussions that are being held in each community […]

Senator Jason Lewis Commends Release of Foundation Budget Review Commission Report

Having long recognized the urgent need for reform of the Commonwealth’s Chapter 70 school funding formula, Senator Jason Lewis applauds the recent release of recommendations by the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC).  The FBRC, consisting of a diverse range of legislators, state administrators, educators, and business leaders, was created by the Legislature to review the […]

Column: Supporting Our Veterans

With Veterans Day upon us and with the holiday season approaching, we owe it to recall the sacrifices made and give thanks to the troops who are serving our country today and the veterans who have served in the past.  Joined by the sacrifices made by their families, their bravery and selflessness have made possible […]

Column: A Pivotal Time for Energy Policy in the Commonwealth

Earlier this month we held our most recent Community Conversation discussion forum on the future of energy policy and the environment in our communities and the Commonwealth.  This topic is particularly timely given the discussions occurring on Beacon Hill right now regarding the formulation of a comprehensive energy bill that will help guide energy and […]