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23 Nov, 2020

11/23/20 Digest

2020-11-23T12:18:06+00:00 By |

The Landscape The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet Tuesday to discuss, among other topics, the CDC’s removal of guidance pushing for schools to reopen. Last week, Education Commissioner Jeff Riley announced more than 130 qualified schools will participate in a rapid COVID-19 testing program. The 15-minute test was distributed to Massachusetts under a [...]

16 Nov, 2020

11/16/2020 Digest

2020-11-16T11:47:55+00:00 By |

The Landscape On the heels of the House budget debate which resulted in, among other things, members of the House testing positive for COVID, the state Senate will meet in a formal session on Tuesday for the first time since July to debate its version of the COVID-delayed FY21 budget. Senate budget writers maintained a similar [...]

9 Nov, 2020

11/9/20 Digest

2020-11-09T09:49:48+00:00 By |

The Landscape An unprecedented number of women will head to Beacon Hill in January for the start of the next legislative session. Sixty-two women, including 50 Representatives and 12 Senators, will in total make up 31 percent of the Legislature’s 200 seats. Including the turnover from special elections, next year’s women lawmakers will outnumber the 2019 [...]

3 Nov, 2020

11/2/20 Digest

2020-11-03T08:42:30+00:00 By |

The Landscape  It all ends tomorrow. But will we know how? There’s a good chance we won’t. Thankfully, here in Massachusetts, Election Day should be a bit more stable. All 200 Massachusetts legislative seats are on the ballot tomorrow but only 50 of them feature contested general elections. Of the 160-seat state House of Representatives, only [...]

26 Oct, 2020

Digest 10/26/20

2020-10-26T14:54:55+00:00 By |

The Landscape With 8 days until the election is over, many elected officials are focusing on get-out-the-vote efforts in state and federal elections rather than outstanding legislative work on Beacon Hill. Across the country, early voting has been expanded because of COVID-19 and many are taking advantage of in-person early voting, with a record-breaking number showing [...]

19 Oct, 2020

10/19/20 Digest

2020-10-19T13:10:49+00:00 By |

The Landscape Frustration with the lack of action on Beacon Hill is growing. Since the end of July, advocates have called for action on racial justice, eviction moratorium and housing rights, and driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. Additionally, five major pieces of legislation, including an economic development package, transportation bond legislation and a complicated health care [...]

5 Oct, 2020

10/5/20 Digest

2020-10-05T10:45:22+00:00 By |

The Landscape With 29 days to the election and the leader of the free world being treated for a virus that has killed over 1 million people around the globe, debate over the stimulus is taking a back burner – no matter how important it is to states like Massachusetts. Trump signaled his support for another [...]

1 Oct, 2020

9/28/20 Digest

2020-10-01T11:14:02+00:00 By |

The Landscape There’s a fever pitch from advocates across the state for Beacon Hill legislators and Governor Baker to get more done. COVID-19 truncated this year’s legislative cycle but, with a promise from both chamber leaders to extend session until December 31 to finish needed conference committee reports and come to terms on a months-delayed state [...]

21 Sep, 2020

9/21/20 Digest

2020-09-21T09:46:19+00:00 By |

The Landscape The impact of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s passing reverberated through the weekend, from outside the Court and in Congress through the campaign trail at to the State House. With the Roe v. Wade in very real jeopardy, Massachusetts activists are renewing their push for the Legislature to pass the ROE Act to [...]

14 Sep, 2020

9/14/20 Digest

2020-09-14T09:24:17+00:00 By |

The Landscape The majority of the Commonwealth’s schools are back in session today, whether it’s in person, distance or a hybrid model. The reopening comes after months of meetings, guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, bargaining over air quality, infrastructure and safety concerns with teachers unions, contentious votes of school committees and professional [...]