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ORANGE, MA – November 1, 2017 – Today, Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) announced $384K Collaborative Workspace grants for two organizations in Greenfield and one in Orange to strengthen community-based innovation and entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth’s cities and towns. The second round of these Collaborative Workspace Program awards, managed by MassDevelopment will build physical infrastructure to support new entrepreneurial ventures while spurring innovation and job creation at the local level.

“By giving entrepreneurs across Massachusetts the tools and support they need to succeed, we are driving innovation that fuels our economy,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg. “These investments in our communities will ensure that Massachusetts remains at the center of creativity, innovation and job growth.”

11-01-2017   Press Release

BOSTON-Today the Joint Committee on Judiciary released an omnibus criminal justice reform package that will reduce recidivism, lower costs, and reform some mandatory minimums while implementing other penalties.  The goals of the bill are to encourage authorities to lift people up instead of locking them up and at the same time so support law enforcement in addressing the most serious crimes.

“In state after state criminal justice reform has led to lower incarceration rates, lower crime rates, and lower recidivism rates. It’s time Massachusetts joins the national let’s get smart on crime movement, protecting public safety while improving outcomes with our precious tax dollars,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

09-29-2017   Press Release

BOSTON—Today, Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) held the 1st annual Senate Food Drive in which donations collected will provide 246 healthy meals for those in need. Canned goods and dry goods were collected throughout the week of September 18 – 22 and all items were donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. 

“Hunger is a reality everywhere that continues to impact far too many members of our community,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “I’m proud of the Senate for coming together to help people dealing with issues related to hunger and providing people the nourishment they need.”

09-27-2017   Press Release

BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation providing for property tax breaks for numerous members of society including low-income seniors, veterans, and the disabled.  The bill, S. 2124 An Act improving real property tax abatements, application deadlines, and deferrals, is sponsored by Senator Michael Brady(D-Brockton) Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Revenue.  The bill incorporates legislation filed by Senators Creem, Jehlen, O’Connor-Ives, Rodrigues, and Tarr.

“A society is judged on how we treat our most vulnerable.  Today’s legislation reduces the tax burden on our low-income seniors, the disabled, and our military service personnel,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “The Senate continues to look for ways to help those in need while balancing the needs of local communities to provide services to our residents.” 

07-27-2017   Press Release

BOSTON-- Today, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation that updates the existing statute relative to English language education in public schools to encompass the latest and best practices serving English Language Learners (ELLs) and to recognize the value of bilingualism as a skill essential to improving career and college readiness and competiveness in the global economy.

An Act for language opportunity for our kids (S.2125), also known as the LOOK Bill, removes the current mandate requiring schools to use Sheltered English Immersion (SEI), or English-only programs, as the default ELL program model, thereby giving schools the flexibility to establish programs based on the unique needs of their students.

“By allowing parents and local school districts the flexibility to choose the most effective programs to cater to the specific needs of their students is not only good public policy but also what is best for our students to be successful,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “We live in a global community and we must be able to adapt to the changing needs of our communities in a thoughtful and constructive way.  This bill achieves that purpose.”

07-27-2017   Press Release

WARWICK- Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) announced $100,000 to protect and expand Warwick’s town forest. The funding is allocated from an earmark Rosenberg secured in the 2014 Environmental Bond Bill.

“We must continue to be leaders on conservation and environmental stewardship to protect our Commonwealth for generations to come,” said Senate President Rosenberg. “Making an environmental impact starts directly in our communities, and I have been a strong advocate for this funding, which will go toward preserving the Warwick Town Forest.”

07-21-2017   Press Release

BOSTON- Today, the Massachusetts Senate passed S.2113, An Act relative to healthy youth.  This bill will ensure that school districts in the Commonwealth that elect to provide their students with sex education provide age-appropriate and medically accurate information that includes coverage of both abstinence and contraception. 

“The amount of information that students have access to today through technology and the media is almost overwhelming.  This bill provides for age appropriate and medically accurate sexual education for students in a school setting to give them the best information available through a trusted source,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “The bill also requires parental notification and allows for review of all materials presented in the classroom.  We need our students to make the best decisions based on the most accurate information.”

07-20-2017   Press Release

Establishes essential protections and prohibits discrimination against pregnant individuals

(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature today passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act which guarantees reasonable accommodations and safety measures for pregnant workers. The legislation makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against, refuse to employ, or terminate an individual due to pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy, including lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child.

 “No expecting mother should have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a paycheck,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “This legislation would ensure that women’s medical needs are addressed without imposing undue burden on employers throughout Massachusetts.”

“I believe it is imperative that we provide pregnant workers, 40% of whom are the primary breadwinner of their household, the certainty that they are able to keep their jobs without detriment to the health of their pregnancy,” said Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). “This piece of legislation would ensure that employers are fair to pregnant workers so that they may continue to work while pregnant and provide the best life possible for themselves and their families.”

 

07-20-2017   Press Release

Facilitates implementation of ballot question while safeguarding public health and consumer protection

(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts Legislature today passed a bill that fully implements consumer access to adult-use marijuana while creating a robust public health and safety framework.

This legislation maintains the personal use provisions outlined in the 2016 ballot initiative. Adults 21 and older can use marijuana and possess up to one ounce in public and ten ounces at home. They may possess six plants per person but no more than 12 plants or ten ounces per residence.

“This bill reflects a commitment to legalizing adult-use marijuana while upholding our duty to ensure safety and effective management,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “In addition to the rigorous product testing and security measures, I believe that the independence of the Cannabis Control Commission will allow this new industry to be implemented in a safe manner that works for all residents, not just the marijuana industry.”

 

 

07-20-2017   Press Release

BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts Senate voted on the Fiscal 2018 budget to build a sustainable Commonwealth by funding public education from early childhood education through college, affordable housing, local aid, environmental protections, regional transportation, public safety, criminal justice reform, workforce training, and economic development.

“This is the harshest state budget since the last recession. It would have been somewhat better had it contained the Senate’s modest revenue proposals including those on Airbnb, internet hotel resellers, flavored cigars, film tax, and the CPA,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “We can take some measure of pride in what we were able to do for local aid, children, and veterans, but too many were left behind.” 

The budget funds a number of regional programs and services, including $400,000 in funding for the Franklin County Opioid Task Force.

07-07-2017   Press Release

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