PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING JUNE 5TH AS NATIONAL GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS DAY
This proclamation recognizes the first Friday in June as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to honor and remember all victims and survivors of gun violence and to declare that we as a country must do more to reduce gun violence.
WHEREAS, every day, 100 Americans are killed by gun violence and more than 200 have sustained non-fatal firearm injuries over the last
June 29, 2020
Dear Senate President Spilka, Chair Rodrigues, and Members of the Massachusetts Senate:
As members of the House Progressive Caucus, we write with both respect and with grave concern that the Massachusetts Senate has not yet taken up the progressive transportation revenue bill which the House passed in early March. The Legislature has an urgent responsibility to raise revenue for desperately needed investments in the Commonwealth’s crumbling transportatio
Reimbursement for COVID-19 Needs; The Bill Also Establishes Juneteenth as a State Holiday BOSTON, JUNE 26, 2020 – This week House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and State Representative Bill Driscoll, Jr. along with their colleagues in the House of Representatives, passed a supplemental budget to facilitate federal CARES Act funding to reimburse communities hard-hit by COVID-19. The spending measure follows the April passage in Congress of the Federal Cares Act, which requires state
Dear Friends, I write to share a brief legislative update, followed by an update on where we currently stand with COVID-19. Today: History on Beacon Hill I am proud to have co-sponsored and voted for the amendment offered by my colleague Representative Bud Williams of Springfield to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday in Massachusetts. This action is long overdue, and it is my hope that by officially recognizing Juneteenth as a permanent holiday we will have the opportuni
Dear Friends, Last week I reflected on the events here at home and across the country in response to the death of George Floyd. [Link: A Revealing Moment for Our Nation] This week I write to share an update on the steps that the Massachusetts House of Representatives will take in effort to help address the systemic inequities that lead to racial bias. In conjunction with the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus, House leadership has pledged to take immediate action to send an
MILTON, JUNE 9, 2020 - I have recently heard from many in the Randolph Public Schools (RPS) community concerned about possible school budget cuts and changes in state aid. Everyone I’ve heard from wants to ensure that future students have the same opportunities that those before them enjoyed, if not even more robust offerings next year and beyond. I too share concerns about a school year without PE as well as art and music and the impact it would have on our students. The pan
Dear Friends, It's my continued hope that you and your families have remained healthy and safe. At this time, I would like to share some words on recent events. This is a revealing moment for our nation. The events of the past week have laid bare heartbreaking pain from centuries of mistreatment and inequities. The murder of George Floyd is another injustice experienced by African Americans and this latest tragedy has arrived at a time of global pandemic and economic turmoil.
BOSTON, JUNE 4, 2020 – House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Representative Bill Driscoll Jr., Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Election Laws (D-Milton) joined their colleagues in the House to pass legislation that will allow a number of voting options, including early voting by mail, in the midst of COVID-19. An Act Relative To Voting Options In Response To COVID-19 aims to facilitate a number of options for voters confronting health risks due to the Coronavirus. Under the p