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House of Representatives passes bill to reform policing in Massachusetts

On Friday, July 24, I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in passing a bill to improve policing in Massachusetts by establishing a certification process, creating an independent and empowered oversight board, and codifying restrictions on use of force measures,, among other measures. Following the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, the Legislature pledged to listen to demands for change and to work toward addressing the existing systemic inequities that lead to racial bias. An Act relative to justice, equity and accountability in law enforcement in the Commonwealth (H.4886) seeks to improve governance of police and addresses a number of key items aimed at ma

House of Representatives Bolsters Commitment to Children and Families

Legislation targets accountability and analysis amidst COVID-19 and racial equity crises BOSTON, JULY 9, 2020 – Representative Bill Driscoll, Jr. (D - Milton) joined Speaker DeLeo and their colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing An Act relative to accountability for vulnerable children and families, which strengthens the laws ensuring the safety and well-being of the Commonwealth’s youngest and most at-risk residents. Building on the House of Representative’s steadfast commitment to those served by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), this legislation addresses the needs of vulnerable children and families that have also been amplified by the COVID-19

Rep. Driscoll Signs onto Letter to President Trump RE International Students

July 8, 2020 The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President, We are writing to respectfully request that you reconsider and rescind the new temporary final rules announced on Monday which prohibits international students from staying in the United States if they are enrolled in an American college or university that implements an online-only platform for instruction. We understand that the guidance also applies to an institution that moves to exclusively online mid-semester in response to rising COVID-19 case on campus, and to students who are living on campuses that are open, but offering classes online-only to protect the health and s

Legislature Passes Bill Authorizing $200 Million for Municipal Road and Bridge Maintenance

BOSTON, JULY 6, 2020 – Representative Bill Driscoll, Jr. (D - Milton) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in passing legislation last week to provide $200 Million in funding for local road and bridge repairs across the Commonwealth. Amid a difficult fiscal climate, the bill maintains Chapter 90 funding at a $200 Million level for key repairs for the maintenance and upkeep of municipal roads and bridges in Massachusetts. It also extends the term of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, which was set to expire on June 30, 2020, for one additional year. “These Chapter 90 funds will not only support road and bridge repair projects, which strengthen our transportation i

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Critical Legislation to Safeguard Fall 2020 Elections

BOSTON, JULY 6, 2020 – Representative Bill Driscoll, Jr. ( D- Milton) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature last week to pass a bill that expands voter access and ensures voters have safe voting options for all remaining 2020 elections, including the September 1, 2020 state primary and November 3, 2020 general election, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID-19 now moves to the governor’s desk. The legislation, for the first time in state history, would establish a vote-by-mail option and early voting period for the upcoming fall elections. In addition to those options, the bill also addresses polling place safety

Thoughts on Reopening & Managing Risk

COVID-19 Reopening Priorities and Risk Budgeting Today, the Governor announced his decision to move forward with the next phase (3) of easing of pandemic restrictions. The public and private reopening debates continue regarding what is too fast versus too slow. As I wrote to you last week (COVID19 Steady Progress), we are in a good spot metrics-wise thanks to the collective sacrifices and focused efforts in our state to suppress COVID-19. Now we are faced with several ‘what if’ questions that are important to consider. Many are concerned that the Governor is moving too fast by reopening bars, gyms, etc. in light of the current surge of new cases occurring in many states, perhaps as a result

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