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BOSTON– Today, the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation that addresses the high fees individuals are charged when using check cashing services. Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D – Dorchester) introduced S. 2323, ‘An Act Creating A Maximum Allowable Check-Cashing Rate.’ The bill calls for standard maximum fees for check cashing services, sets rates for money orders and sets the rate of cashing government checks at 1.5% of the face value.
“This bill will allow people to keep more of their hard-earned income which will improve their ability to build assets, create wealth and promote overall stability in the state’s economy,” said Senator Forry. “This is an important step in helping to level the playing field for low and middle income citizens of the Commonwealth and creates a path to help those individuals and families achieve economic stability and independence,” concluded Senator Forry.
BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2325 “An Act Relative to Housing, Operations, Military Service, and Enrichment”, The Massachusetts HOME Act. This legislation expands on the commitment the Massachusetts Senate has to our veterans, servicemembers and their families by providing benefits and services.
The passage of the Valor Act I 2012 and Valor Act II in 2014 helped Massachusetts become the number one state in the nation for providing for our veterans.
"My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims of this terrible tragedy. It is important to remember in the immediate aftermath of something so unconscionable that we must wait until more is known about who may have been involved. But we need no time to begin to grieve, to work to seek justice, and to press ever harder for changes in our federal gun laws to promote public safety and help prevent this kind of tragedy from ever happening again."
BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to address the housing needs of the Commonwealth by updating the state’s zoning laws. The bill, An Act Promoting Housing and Sustainable Development, changes local and state zoning laws to increase housing stock and build communities that will reduce sprawl and eliminate restrictive zoning laws.
Massachusetts currently has some of the highest costs for housing in the country making it harder for families to purchase homes and businesses to create jobs in a region that is affordable for their workers. According to a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Massachusetts ranked 7th highest in the cost of housing for minimum wage workers. The report states that a minimum wage worker would have to work an average of 104 hours per week to afford a modest priced two bedroom apartment.