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On May 31, my team and I met constituents across the Commonwealth from Beacon Hill to Greenfield. 

Chief of Staff Jared Freedman met with the Starlight Girls Club during their visit to the State House. This group of remarkable young people shared their support for the Healthy Youth Act, to mandate medically accurate sexual education curriculum, and the I AM bill to make menstrual products free in public buildings and schools. It was inspiring to listen to and learn from this group, and we applaud their advocacy. 


Legislative Director Brian Rosman met with representatives from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. They spoke with Brian about their legislative priorities for the session, including securing Medicaid coverage for doula services. The team absolutely loved the innovative cookie (pictured below), a sweet and informative treat! 


Director of Constituent Services Rachel Klein and District Director Elena Cohen joined Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner Ashley Randle, the MDAR team, other state and local partners, friends, and supporters to celebrate the new milk bottling plant at Bree-Z-Knoll Farm in Leyden and the kick-off of National Dairy Month. They toured the facility and saw the milk bottling in action, learned about its current distribution to 60 local grocery stores (and growing) under the Our Family Farms label, got to see Bree-Z-Knoll’s robotic milking in action, get licked by young calfs, and fittingly, eat vanilla ice cream from Townline Ice Cream in Bernardston made using milk and cream from Bree-Z-Knoll Farm.Three cheers for Angie and Randy Facey and their families and supporters for making this multi-generational dream of a local bottling plant a reality! 


Director of Communications & Engagement Katelyn Billings met with members of the Hampshire County Food Policy Council to learn more about work they do fighting food insecurity in our region. I am proud to cosponsor all of their legislative priorities for this session. We are grateful they traveled out to the State House so we could learn more about their important impact. 

In the evening, District Director Elena Cohen and I attended a Bernardston Select Board meeting. I firmly believe that the work of local government officials is some of the hardest, most painstaking work. I always learn so much from these conversations. I’m deeply grateful to the members of the Bernardston Select Board, and of the other select boards in our district, for their tireless work. We’re making the rounds as I attend a meeting of every Select Board in the district. We’re just a little over halfway through and really looking forward to the future visits. 

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