November 2019

November 29, 2019

Historic Hampshire County Courthouse has a new owner

November 27, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Nov. 18 to Nov. 22, 2019

November 26, 2019

A new review is coming for an old law, Prop 2½

November 25, 2019

Amherst to convene ‘State of the Town Address’ with speeches from municipal and state leaders

November 21, 2019

Legislature approves bill to give historic Northampton courthouse to Massachusetts Trial Court

Legislature OKs bill to donate historic courthouse to state Trial Court

November 20, 2019

Area lawmakers active in crafting landmark education bill

Senate sends bill banning handheld cell phone use while driving to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Nov. 11 to Nov. 15, 2019

November 19, 2019

Critics Say Mass. Flag And Seal Are Symbols Of White Supremacy

November 18, 2019

Brockton area school leaders, legislators say now is the time to invest in public higher education

November 17, 2019

Bills would pull the plug on sky-high jail phone costs

November 15, 2019

West County Notebook: Nov. 16, 2019

November 14, 2019

‘X’ marks the spot: RMV offers non-binary gender option on IDs

Hemp, rail and soil touted to help Mass. farmers with climate change

Governor signs college financial transparency bill

‘Legislative Coffee’ coming to Millers Falls

November 13, 2019

State House hearing on glyphosate draws local testimony, comment

Non-binary gender designation now available in Mass.

November 12, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, 2019

November 11, 2019

Lawmakers file bill to extend veteran retirement benefits

November 10, 2019

Local delegation pitches veterans legislation

November 8, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2019

November 7, 2019

Press release: Comerford files new legislation to support veterans; Announces the advancement of another veteran-focused bill

November 5, 2019

Celebration honors Sojourner Truth for voting rights fight

On Election Day, a former slave gets her due

November 4, 2019

Lawmakers advance endowment match for public colleges

November 1, 2019

Comerford files bill to study ‘real life costs’ of spec. ed.

Whately forum focuses on local water and sewer issues

October 2019

October 31, 2019

State Legislature Approves Higher Ed Endowment Matching Funds, Providing Important Fund-Raising Assistance for UMass Amherst

October 30, 2019

Comerford, Blais to host water, sewer forum on Friday

VoteTruth: Celebrating Sojourner Truth on the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, 2019

October 29, 2019

Press releases: Domb, Comerford, and UMass Clean Energy Extension Discuss Battery Storage at State House Briefing

October 27, 2019

Lawmakers hear list of concerns during Royalston visit

October 25, 2019

Press release: Comerford secures $250,000 for Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district as Senate passes supplemental budget

October 22, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Oct. 14 to Oct. 18, 20

October 21, 2019

Comerford to file bill for special ed. study, awareness

Legislators, providers tackle homelessness

State politicians visit UMass crop, animal research center

October 18, 2019

Legislators hear recommendations for public health solutions

October 16, 2019

Sen. Jo Comerford to tour area libraries

October 15, 2019

Legislators to hold hearing on public health Friday

Press release: Comerford Senate team announces: The People’s Office Library Tour

October 11, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2019

Bill would invest $1.5B more in education over 7 years

October 10, 2019

Press release: Joint Committee on Public Health and Rural Caucus to host formal oversight hearing on Oct. 18 in Greenfield focused on rural health

October 9, 2019

People’s Office Library Tour dates set

October 8, 2019

Senator Comerford announces the People’s Office Library Tour

Press release: Comerford releases update on Joint Committee on Public Health progress

October 5, 2019

Economic development event talks strategy, priorities for North Quabbin region

Montague resident Francia Wisnewski wins Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award

October 4, 2019

Press release: Comerford questions DOER officials about solar at oversight hearing

October 3, 2019

Massachusetts Senate passes education reform bill

Senate punts charter school issues to working group

Press release: Comerford strengthens Senate K-12 education funding legislation

October 2, 2019

No time for ‘half-steps’: Lawmakers aim to pass reform bills in education, health care

September 2019

September 30, 2019

Legislators Listening Session set for Oct. 26 in Royalston

September 27, 2019

State legislators hear about hunger and what they can do

September 25, 2019

At hearing on Mass. forest protection bill, it’s climate vs. industry

September 24, 2019

Mass. impeachment push precedes Pelosi announcement

Legislators to discuss food insecurity at GCC

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Sept. 16 to Sept. 20, 2019

September 23, 2019

Legislative delegation active on climate change

Global warming climate strike takes UMass by storm

Representatives meet with South Hadley residents

September 20, 2019

Hundreds of UMass Amherst students join global climate strike movement

September 19, 2019

Lawmakers target harassment case payouts

September 18, 2019

Sen. Jo Comerford bill would ban use of public or campaign funds for sexual harassment payouts

Lawmakers target ‘unjust’ harassment case payouts

September 17, 2019

Bill to end use of public funds for sexual harassment settlements

September 12, 2019

Press release: Joint Committee on Public Health and Food Systems Caucus to host oversight hearing in Franklin County on impact of food insecurity and nutrition on public health

September 11, 2019

Press release: Senator Comerford & Rep. Carey to host Town Hall in South Hadley

September 10, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Sept. 2 to Sept. 6, 2019

Gender X bill backers seek House vote

Lawmakers considering new gender-neutral bathroom regulations

September 8, 2019

’Gentle woman with a spine of steel;’ legacy of activist Frances Crowe celebrated

September 7, 2019

St. John’s student leads effort to put suicide lifeline on student IDs

A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American

August 2019

August 30, 2019

A new dawn for rail? Valley Flyer pilot makes its debut

August 29, 2019

Gov. Charlie Baker signs bill guaranteeing continued health insurance for Hampshire County government retirees

August 28, 2019

Energy agency coming to Amherst to talk about solar goals

August 27, 2019

Hampshire Council of Governments pays another month’s health insurance for 50 retirees

August 25, 2019

UMass talk on public service features Comerford

August 23, 2019

Bill advances to protect health insurance for Hampshire Council of Governments retirees

August 22, 2019

Senate advances bill to provide health insurance to Hampshire Council of Governments retirees

August 15, 2019

Western Mass. delegation says it works as one voice for constituents

August 12, 2019

State gives $150K to warming center for homeless

A valley of pioneers: State legislators tour hemp farms

August 11, 2019

Amherst seeks protections from college closings

August 9, 2019

State lawmakers to host hemp farm tour in western Massachusetts

August 6, 2019

UMass students confront another tuition increase

August 5, 2019

Comerford secures $60,000 for Children’s Advocacy Center

No vetoes in Baker approval of$43.1B budget

August 2, 2019

After cuts, state almost restores Opioid Task Force funding

Overcoming challenges via collaboration specific to a region

Press release: Comerford announces staffing changes

August 1, 2019

$43.3B state budget includes funding for veteran mediation training

Press release: Three of Comerford’s bills approved by Legislative committees

July 2019

July 31, 2019

Amtrak offers ticket sale; reduced fare good Aug. 11 to Jan. 31

Press release: Comerford secures over $1.25 million in direct funding to the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district in FY20 budget

July 30, 2019

Legislative committee approves bill to transfer historic Northampton courthouse to the state

Hampshire Council of Governments retirees fear losing health insurance in September as council dissolves

Your View: Americans remain in dark about how Congress spends tax dollars

Beacon Hill Roll Call: July 22 to July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019

Massachusetts Higher Ed commissioner targets sudden college closures

July 25, 2019

Massachusetts study for east-west rail on track

Marketing money for Knowledge Corridor caps drive for extra train runs

July 24, 2019

Statehouse hearing scheduled on bill to dissolve Hampshire Council of Governments; $6.5M requested to cover costs

July 22, 2019

Gov. officials talk North Quabbin challenges

What will happen to historic Hampshire County Courthouse, a downtown Northampton landmark?

July 20, 2019

Bill filed to dissolve Hampshire Council of Governments, shift $5.9M pension liability to state

July 19, 2019

Legislation Filed That Would Dissolve Hampshire Council Of Governments

July 18, 2019

Legislation filed to dissolve failing Hampshire Council of Governments

Press release: Legislation filed to dissolve the Hampshire Council of Governments and convey assets and liabilities

July 16, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: July 8 to July 12, 2019

July 11, 2019

29 senators urge DEP to block Weymouth gas facility

Senator cooks, delivers Meals on Wheels to seniors

July 10, 2019

Senators alarmed by medical parole regulations

Lawmakers To Host Conversation With Higher Education Commissioner On College Closures

Editorial: State should be a bellwether in pesticide use

July 9, 2019

Lawmakers aim to lower healthcare cost for low-income seniors

Beacon Hill Roll Call: July 1 to July 5, 2019

Press release: Senator Jo Comerford and Representative Mindy Domb to host conversation on college closures

July 5, 2019

State Sen. Jo Comerford files hiring transparency bill

Massachusetts education chief to talk college closures in Amherst

July 3, 2019

Following concerns about herbicide spraying, lawmakers ask state agency for info on glyphosate

June 2019

June 29, 2019

Native American mascot debate: Racism vs. community and school pride

June 28, 2019

Right-to-die advocates support Kafka’s bill

June 26, 2019

State lawmakers hear support for Native mascot ban

June 25, 2019

Native Americans, locals urge ban on ‘damaging’ mascots

Lawmakers want Native American mascots removed from Massachusetts schools

June 21, 2019

Area legislators address chamber

June 20, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call, June 10-14, 2019

June 19, 2019

Gov. Charlie Baker pushes for real estate transfer tax hike for climate change, but mum on affordable housing

June 18, 2019

House aims to pass Greenworks bill this summer

Lawmakers try to hammer out bill dissolving Hampshire Council of Governments

Lawmakers urge Gov. Baker to support transgender troops

June 17, 2019

Conway, Greenfield named residents Unsung Heroines

Panel floats ideas on treating opioid addiction

Press release: Greenfield’s Joannah Whitney receives Unsung Heroine Award

June 16, 2019

Using restorative practices to build healthy relationships between students

Fifty years after Stonewall riots, a time for Pride in Franklin County

June 15, 2019

Northampton rally calls for “I think I am a nice person” “Stay and we keep the oil” “You won’t see another black president for generations” “My net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney” “When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo?” “She talks like a truck driver” “I am the least racist person” Donald “A lot of people are switching to these really long putters, very unattractive” Trump’s impeachment

June 13, 2019

State extends comment period on biomass

June 11, 2019

Bill would speed up town reimbursements for veterans’ benefits

Legislators pass hands-free driving bill

Beacon Hill Roll Call: June 3 to June 7, 2019

June 7, 2019

Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Joe Kennedy introduce bill to ban ‘gay panic’ defense in court cases

Northampton City Council backs expansion of abortion rights statewide

June 5, 2019

Sen. Jo Comerford: Northampton’s Old Courthouse should revert to state ownership

June 4, 2019

Berkshires to Boston by Rail? Mass. Lawmakers Like the Idea

June 3, 2019

Sens. Comerford, Hinds want changes to PILOT program

Doctor-assisted death bill making strides with lawmakers

June 1, 2019

Plenty of people on board with resurrecting passenger rail linking North Adams, Boston

May 2019

May 31, 2019

GCC students’ art heads to State House

May 30, 2019

Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 20 to 24, 2019

May 29, 2019

Which Box Do You Check? Some States Are Offering a Nonbinary Option

Comerford, Whipps to talk food access, local issues at Quabbin Harvest

May 28, 2019

Senate adds $250K to budget for Knowledge Corridor

Press release: Senator Jo Comerford sponsors Greenfield Community College art at the State House

May 24, 2019

Mass. Senate adopts amendment to examine PILOT payment formula

Education, rail and addiction: Here are some ways the Senate budget will affect Western Mass

May 23, 2019

UMass objections to tuition freeze fall flat in Senate

Press release: Massachusetts Senate adopts amendment to examine PILOT payment formula

May 22, 2019

Study of east-west rail connecting North Adams, Greenfield and Boston passes Massachusetts Senate

Maine Just Banned Native American Mascots. It’s a Movement That’s Inching Forward.

Press release: Senate adopts amendment to include $250,000 in budget for Knowledge Corridor Rail pilot marketing

May 21, 2019

3 Cost Centers Consume Half Of State Budget

May 20, 2019

From rail projects to rural school aid, these Senate budget amendments will help Western Massachusetts

Massachusetts considers net-zero standard for new buildings

May 16, 2019

Local lawmakers call on legislators to expand rail service to northwest MA

May 15, 2019

A show of support: In anticipation of teacher layoffs, students send a message to the State House

Lawmakers pitch northern rail route to western Massachusetts

May 15, 2019

Lawmakers pitch northern rail route to Western Mass.

A show of support: In anticipation of teacher layoffs, students send a message to the State House

May 14, 2019

Comerford files bill for east-west rail study

Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 6-10

May 13, 2019

Massachusetts lawmakers mull oversight of ailing colleges

May 9, 2019

Lawmakers, university leaders concerned over Senate budget proposal

May 7, 2019

Statehouse Online: Gender ‘X’ on Massachusetts drivers licenses discussion

Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 29 – May 3

May 1, 2019

He said, she said, they said: What Valley residents think of proposed driver’s license legislation

February 2019

February 28, 2019

Comerford launching webinar series on legislation, issues 

February 27, 2019

Cooley Dickinson lobbies for expansion of state student loan repayment program for doctors

February 26, 2019

Press release: Comerford announces March Academy: A seven-part on-line teach-in focused on bills Comerford has filed and co-sponsored

February 22, 2019

A push for ‘fair’ train fares 

Lawmakers get assignments

February 21, 2019

Legislators speak to how Hampshire news impacts constituents, cultural village

Lawmakers Monitoring ‘Painful’ Situation At Hampshire College 

February 19, 2019

Northampton High students host town hall for legislators 

February 18, 2019

New lawmakers get committee assignments 

February 16, 2019

Present, future leaders talk issues at student-led town hall in Northampton 

February 15, 2019

Newly appointed lawmakers in Franklin County hold local listening session 

February 14, 2019

Breakfast After the Bell takes stigma away from school meals

Press release: State Senator Jo Comerford appointed Senate Chair of Joint Committee on Public Health

February 11, 2019

Area lawmakers sign on to carbon pricing bill 

February 8, 2019

Legislature should back North Adams-to-Boston rail study

February 6, 2019

Comerford co-sponsors statewide plastic bag ban 

More options coming for local rail users 

February 5, 2019

Aging county shifts demand toward public transportation 

February 4, 2019

Comerford visits Newton Elementary School, talks hunger 

February 1, 2019

Western Mass sends wave of women to Beacon Hill 

January 2019

January 31, 2019

Whipps, Comerford back moratorium on forest cutting

January 30, 2019

Seven important points discussed at “Women Leading Western Mass”

Legislator wants to right historical wrongs 

January 29, 2019

Western Mass Lawmaker Wants Study On Rail Service Between North Adams And Boston 

UMass hosts legislators in ‘Women Leading Western Mass’ panel 

January 28, 2019

Press release: Comerford Senate team announces: The People’s Office

January 26, 2019

Comerford proposes bill to study rail service from North Adams to Boston 

January 24, 2019

Comerford files bill for Trump impeachment

Press release: Citing 10 legal grounds for impeachment proceedings against Donald “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me” Trump, Senator Jo Comerford introduces a resolution calling on Congress to take action

Press release: Senator Jo Comerford named to federal government shutdown working group

January 23, 2019

Western Massachusetts lawmakers propose task force to examine state impact of federal government shutdown

January 22, 2019

Sabadosa, Comerford to hold town hall forum in Hatfield 

Press release: Comerford/Blais Emergency Bipartisan Task Force to address federal government shutdown

January 21, 2019

Props to local legislators pushing for increased school funding 

At Northampton women’s march newly elected officials promise change, advocate for action 

GCC celebrates MLK 

Honoring MLK Jr. — for 35 years 

January 19, 2019

Personal and political: Women of all ages and their allies, march in Northampton 

January 18, 2019

Bravo to local legislators pushing for increased school funding 

Advocates aim to add over $500 million a year to Massachusetts public higher education funding 

January 17, 2019

Proposed bill filed by Sen. Comerford aims to address higher ed funding gap 

Leaders lobby for education money 

Pioneer Valley Women’s March set for Saturday 

Press release: Senate President Spilka kicks off Senate mentoring program

January 16, 2019

Wake up and listen to the kids’ 

New delegation to hold 2019 listening sessions

Proposed bill filed by Sen. Comerford aims to address higher ed funding gap

Press release: Fund Our Future Coalition announces full legislative package for major reinvestment in public higher education and preK-12 schools

January 10, 2019

Press release: Four new state legislators announce monthly “Legislator Listening Sessions” intended to bring Beacon Hill to the Valley

January 8, 2019

Press release: State Senator Jo Comerford and Representative Mindy Domb call on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to commit immediately to requesting emergency funding should Massachusetts residents temporarily lose SNAP benefits or suffer from increased food insecurity during federal government shutdown

January 7, 2019

Comerford assembles legislative district team

January 2, 2019

Ready to get to work: Five new Valley legislators sworn into office

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