Rep. Driscoll Signs onto House Resolution Recognizing June 5th as National Gun Violence Awareness Da

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 5 years; and Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed with guns than people in other developed countries; and WHEREAS, support for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens goes hand-inhand with keeping

Rep. Driscoll Joins Progressive Caucus in Letter to State Senate Regarding Transportation Funding

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 transportation infrastructure. A strong investment in our transportation and infrastructure is vital to workers, our climate, and our economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic rightfully took transportation out of the spotlight it was

House Passes Measure to Provide More Than $1 Billion in Federal Reimbursement for COVID-19 Needs

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 states to expend funds on items related to COVID-19 for federal reimbursement. The supplemental budget directs funds to address vital needs including for personal protective equipment, field hospitals and contact tracing. The

Rep. Driscoll: Juneteenth and COVID-19 Trends

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 opportunity to honor those who suffered at the hands of slavery in America, celebrate the fight for freedom, and to rededicate ourselves to the work that remains to be done in ensuring fairness, equity, and justice for all. COVID

Rep. Driscoll: Addressing Systemic Inequities

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 omnibus bill to Governor Baker before July 31st. It is the House’s intention to work to address things that lead to or perpetuate racial bias – both implicit and explicit – while identifying ways to make continued progre

Rep. Driscoll Statement on State Aid and Randolph Public Schools

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 pandemic and the resulting economic disruption to education in Randolph and across Massachusetts is tougher to reconcile because it was earlier in this legislative session that we passed a new law which included sweeping re

Rep. Driscoll: A Revealing Moment for Our Nation

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. The resulting anguish is present not only in homes across the country but in our community, Greater Boston and Massachusetts. There is also compound agony, confusion, and outrage that is not as visible but is deeply fel

House Passes Bill to Provide Voting Options Amid Pandemic

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 provisions of the bill, voters can elect to vote-by-mail, submit an absentee ballot, vote early in-person or vote on Election Day with public health safeguards in place. “Voting and public health don’t need to conflict. T

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