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BOSTON – Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed S. 2234, An Act to Protect Youth from the Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction, an omnibus bill that seeks to reduce tobacco use and nicotine addiction among youth.  Among other provisions, the legislation will prohibit the sale of all tobacco and nicotine delivery products to individuals under the age of 21. 

“Massachusetts has made tremendous strides in reducing youth smoking and implementing policies that limit the harmful impacts of tobacco and nicotine use, including our new regulations to prevent the sale of e-cigarettes to children,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “Unfortunately, the tobacco industry continues to pose a serious public health risk to our residents. This legislation is an important step to further reduce nicotine addiction among young people.”

04-28-2016   Press Release

Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday called upon Berkshire Gas to lift its moratorium on new and expanded natural gas service in the region — but a spokesman for Berkshire's parent company, the publicly-traded Avangrid, told The Republican that the moratorium on new hookups would stay in place without a "permanent solution" for additional natural gas capacity in western Massachusetts.

04-21-2016   In The News

Good morning. I want to thank Jim Rooney and everyone at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to speak with you. I also thank you for your leadership in supporting the Senate’s Equal Pay bill, and the Public Accommodations bill the Senate plans to debate in May. When we look at ways to address economic inequality, equal pay for equal work is an essential part of the equation. This is not just a women’s issue. It’s a family issue, and it’s a business issue. We must all work together to find ways to attract and keep top talent in Massachusetts. Making Massachusetts a leader in the fight for equal pay for equal work will bring us far more than a better business reputation. It will give us economic growth that ripples from generation to generation.

            When we think about the Public Accommodations Bill, we can take take note of that fact that as North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi have so recently shown us, denial of equal rights is not only hurtful to real people, it has disastrous economic and business implications. I know that the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce supports the Public Accommodations Bill just because it is the right thing to do and kudos to you. Shirley Leung’s column in Monday’s Boston Globe said everything that needs to be said. She summed it up this way, “If [Governor] Baker and Beacon Hill want to keep Massachusetts’ winning streak with businesses, they need to close the loophole on our transgender law.”

04-13-2016   Press Release

Boston-Today the Massachusetts Senate passed An Act Enhancing Reform, Innovation, and Success in Education (The RISE Act).  The bill was crafted by a small working group of Senators appointed by Senate President Rosenberg in late January to work on bringing a bill to the floor of the Senate.

“This bill expands innovation for all schools and takes the lessons we have learned from 20 years of charter schools in Massachusetts and brings necessary reforms in admissions, funding, transparency, and governance, said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “The stakes for students in our public school systems are too high to let the answers be decided by a ballot question which, though well intentioned, only addresses the less than 10% of students currently attending or seeking seats at charter schools. The remaining over 90% of students have just as much at stake.”

04-11-2016   Press Release

BOSTON - The Massachusetts Legislature today passed legislation that raises the solar net-metering cap and creates a long-term roadmap for the continued growth of solar power in the Commonwealth. These updates will provide a stable framework that will better protect the Commonwealth’s ratepayers while supporting the growth of the solar industry in a cost-effective manner.

The legislation raises the net metering cap by a total of 6 percent - 3 percent for private facilities and 3 percent for public facilities – which will allow solar projects currently in the development pipeline to move forward.

04-11-2016   Press Release
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