November 2020

November 30, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call, Nov. 27, 2020

November 27, 2020

Despite wave of Native American mascot retirements in 2020, Massachusetts still holds the title for having the most in New England

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, 2020

November 26, 2020

Velis opposes abortion measure because it’s in state budget bill

November 25, 2020

Written comments to state education department includes call to exempt school districts from Proposition 2-1/2

November 24, 2020

Monte’s March leads the way in annual fundraiser for Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

November 23, 2020

Sen. Comerford joins Bernardston Senior Center staff, volunteers for meal distribution

November 17, 2020

Hinds: Tax debate an ‘important strategy’ for next session

Massachusetts senator’s proposal would limit the Baker administration’s executive powers during the pandemic

November 16, 2020

Grant to fund accessibility improvements at Riverside Park in Sunderland

Amendments Show Senators Would Like To Load Up Budget

November 12, 2020

FirstLight likely to update environmental policies in new license

Whately plant recognized as Manufacturer of the Year

November 11, 2020

CISA awarded $76.5K grant to support about 280 local farms

November 9, 2020

Local leaders celebrate Kamala Harris as first woman elected as U.S. Vice President

November 8, 2020

Lamenting education formula, Western Mass. lawmakers seek equitable funding

November 6, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, 2020

Farren Care Center closure plan approved by state; town optimistic

November 4, 2020

‘All of us are targets of voter suppression’: In Northampton, state legislators and activists call for all ballots to be counted in 2020 election

‘The people have the last word’: Valley voters demand complete count

November 2, 2020

Public invited to reconsider AHS ‘Red Raider’ mascot

October 2020

October 30, 2020

Press release: Comerford, Barber call for additional steps to scale back Massachusetts’ harsh “estate recovery” policy

Press release: Luz Eneida Garcia recognized as a 2020 Massachusetts Latinx Trailblazer in the Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district

October 29, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Oct. 19 to Oct. 23, 2020

October 28, 2020

State to study three potential plans for east-west passenger rail

October 27, 2020

State denies senator’s request for public comment on draft school funding report

October 26, 2020

Press release: South Deerfield’s Covestro recognized as Manufacturer of the Year by Senator Jo Comerford and the Commonwealth’s Legislative Manufacturing Caucus

October 23, 2020

‘Sitting it out.’ Local public colleges hit by enrollment declines

October 22, 2020

Press release: Representative Mindy Domb and Senator Jo Comerford Recognize Amherst’s Ingrid Askew for 2nd annual Black Excellence on the Hill

October 19, 2020

Legislators, leaders focus on Connecticut River’s significance during day-long paddle

October 18, 2020

Lawmakers encourage people to vote; thank town clerks, postal workers

In defense of Roe rights: State’s ROE bill would affirmatively protect right to choose

October 15, 2020

Officials to spend day paddling for the Connecticut River

Press release: Suffrage Succotash: October 17 at Mike’s Maze

October 13, 2020

Pan Am damage in Deerfield not a factor in potential sale

Day-long paddle seeks to raise awareness of Connecticut River

Greenfield RMV appears open by appointment only

October 9, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2020

Amherst resolution criticizing Boston-based business groups’ education aid ideas gets push-back

Press release: A Tribute(ary) to the Connecticut River

October 7, 2020

Local legislators demand more unemployment pay for poorest residents

Local public health improvement bill introduced to State House and Senate

October 6, 2020

State lawmakers hear testimony on higher ed budget woes

October 4, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Sept. 25-Oct. 2

October 2, 2020

A shot in the arm for municipal health departments

September 2020

September 30, 2020

Massachusetts lawmakers, local officials push for bill to accelerate fixes to public health system, which is increasingly strained under COVID-19

Western Mass. lawmakers lobby governor for SJC pick from region

September 29, 2020

Western Mass. legislators urge Governor to look to the west when appointing a justice to the Supreme Judicial Court

Press release: Legislators urge appointment of western Mass justice to state’s Supreme Judicial Court

Press release: Critical habitat, trails, and a cherished farm conserved on the Mount Holyoke Range

September 24, 2020

Local legislators contact MassDOT over potential Pan Am Railways sale

September 22, 2020

Mass. legislators urge MassDOT to consider purchasing Pan Am assets to secure a Fitchburg to North Adams passenger rail corridor

Press release: Legislators along the Route 2 rail corridor urge pro-active state action on Pan Am Railways sale and gear up for Route 2 rail study

September 21, 2020

Greenfield RMV to reopen Oct. 13

September 19, 2020

‘Our restaurants are in trouble’: McGovern, other leaders urge support for local eateries

September 18, 2020

Panelists push for Medicare for All

September 17, 2020

Farren closure in Montague bad for patients, bad for town, stakeholders say

September 16, 2020

Lawmakers want seniors-only option at western Mass. RMVs

September 11, 2020

Comerford part of Tuesday panel on single-payer health care

Press release: Medicare for All: Public Health Implications During COVID-19 and Steps Forward

September 4, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Aug. 24 to Aug. 28, 2020

July 2020

July 31, 2020

State would license midwives under advancing legislation

Beacon Hill Roll Call: July 20 to July 24, 2020

July 30, 2020

Massachusetts Senate clears bill to license midwives who provide out-of-hospital care

New 17-person committee formed by UMass, town of Amherst to iron out COVID-19 issues

Press release: Western Massachusetts funding included in economic development bill

July 29, 2020

Senate moves to overhaul state flag, seal

House extends formal sessions past July 31

July 28, 2020

Press release: Senate approves commission to revise or redesign Massachusetts seal and motto

July 27, 2020

Demanding driver’s licenses for all: Activists encamping at Statehouse push for passage of Work and Family Mobility Act

Press release: Supplemental budget signed to fund COVID-19 relief efforts delivers funds to Hampshire, Franklin, Worcester district

July 24, 2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs $1.1 billion supplemental budget, which makes Juneteenth state holiday

Senate Passes Legislation to Enhance Stroke Care System

Beacon Hill Roll Call: July 13 to July 17, 2020

Press release: Legislation signed making Juneteenth a state holiday

July 22, 2020

Senate bond bill includes earmarks for Western Mass. transportation projects

Proposed state legislation mirrors calls for local change

July 20, 2020

State lawmakers call for action on wind farm

Athol High ‘Red Raiders’ mascot once again a target

July 17, 2020

Legislative bill would ban Native American mascots in Massachusetts public high schools

July 16, 2020

Bill would ban use of Native American mascots

Mass. Lawmakers: Replacing State Flag, Seal On State Senate Agenda

Western Massachusetts should be included in free COVID-19 testing (Editorial)

Group Calls For Change In Massachusetts State Flag, Ban On Native American Mascots At Public Schools

Press release: Senate passes major transportation infrastructure bond legislation

July 13, 2020

MA Senate passes to-go cocktail bill

July 11, 2020

Police reform bill delayed again during Saturday state Senate session

Western Massachusetts legislators want equitable COVID-19 testing

July 10, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: June 29 to July 3, 2020

July 8, 2020

Senators push police reform bill

July 7, 2020

$10 million for expanding cell service access in IT bond bill is ‘down payment’ in connecting Western Mass. residents, senator says

Rep. Barber files bill to protect families receiving long-term care services

July 6, 2020

Press release: Senate Introduces Reform, Shift + Build Act

July 5, 2020

Senators secure $10M boost for rural cell service

July 3, 2020

State Senate bill provides $10M for rural cellphone service improvements

Press release: Hinds/Comerford expand cell service in western Mass

July 2, 2020

Native American Tribe Calls Campaign To Stop Roundabout ‘Misleading’

Beacon Hill Roll Call: June 22 to June 26, 2020

July 1, 2020

No simple roundabout dispute

Senators, public health officials discuss disparities, inequities

June 2020

June 26, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: June 15 to June 19, 2020

Comerford, Hinds to host virtual session on health equity

June 25, 2020

Efforts gain steam to end schools’ Native American mascots and nicknames

Bill Would Pause MCAS Exam For 4 Years

June 24, 2020

MTA backs Comerford bill calling for MCAS moratorium

Press release: Professor Carlie Tartakov of Amherst receives Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Commonwealth Heroines recognition

June 22, 2020

Free COVID-19 testing for farmers at Big E Thursday

COVID-19 community updates

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth would be state holiday celebrated on June 19 under bill filed by Massachusetts lawmakers

June 18, 2020

State lawmakers looking at ways to improve air quality in urban areas

Press release: Massachusetts House and Senate members join together to file legislation to make Juneteenth​ a state holiday

June 17, 2020

Colrain Central School bids fish farewell

Press release: Senator Comerford and Representative Barber file legislation to temporarily halt MassHealth estate recovery

June 16, 2020

Comerford holding panel on public health, environmental justice

Massachusetts Senate passes bill to expand voting options for 2020 elections in light of coronavirus

June 11, 2020

‘Horrendous racist attack‘: Bus driver held without bail after allegedly trying to run over, attack Black man and two kids

Massachusetts Democrats, Gov. Charlie Baker respond to calls for racial equity from minority lawmakers, protesters in wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Residents from Mosquito-Borne EEE Virus

Local agencies care for vulnerable during pandemic

June 9, 2020

Legislators Call on State to Issue COVID-19 Guidance During Protests

Donations pour in for dad, sons in bus incident

June 5, 2020

Mass. Lawmakers Call For Pandemic Ban On Tear Gas

June 4, 2020

Joint Committee on Public Health advances slew of health-minded bills

June 3, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: May 25 to May 29, 2020

June 1, 2020

Erving Town Meeting voters to consider Board of Selectmen name change

Massachusetts Health Committee Approves End of Life Options Bill for 1st Time since 2011 Introduction

Press release: Public Health Committee approves measures including vaccine, end of life bills

April 2020

April 30, 2020

Legislators explore why the county appears to be a COVID-19 hotspot

April 29, 2020

Legislators’ work pays off in new state regs for nursing homes

April 28, 2020

Virtual town hall meeting held to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on students

April 23, 2020

MASSPIRG co-hosts 50th Earth Day anniversary celebration for 100% renewable energy

Speakers push for legislation during virtual Earth Day celebration

Press release: Senate passes bill to expand access to safety net resources to most vulnerable residents amid COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 13 to April 17, 2020

Earth Day Celebrations Migrate Online

April 14, 2020

Area lawmakers are keeping open lines of communication

April 11, 2020

Idled workers chase elusive benefits as they await return

April 9, 2020

Baker allows foreign-trained doctors to practice here

April 8, 2020

Coronavirus data: What do Mass. residents know beyond deaths and cases? Lawmakers call for more information to be released

April 7, 2020

Comerford wants better state, local reporting of COVID-19 numbers

Mass. Urged To Unlock Pool Of Foreign Health Care Workers To Fight Pandemic

Coronavirus: Massachusetts school nurses are a ‘ready and willing workforce,’ Sen. Eric Lesser says

Press release: State legislators from 45 states, including Massachusetts, demand online marketplaces end coronavirus price gouging

April 6, 2020

Coronavirus Updates For Western New England: Testing At The Big E, And Concern In Franklin County

Foreign-trained medical professionals waiting to help

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus: 29 Mass. lawmakers ask Gov. Charlie Baker to waive credentialing requirements so school nurses can help with COVID-19 response

March 2020

March 31, 2020

Area legislators happy with stimulus package

March 30, 2020

11 die at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home amid COVID-19 outbreak

March 26, 2020

Virus “gut punch” leaves Senators in triage mode

Senator Comerford leading Massachusetts coronavirus response team

Press release: Update on Senate Working Group’s Efforts to Address COVID-19 Crisis

March 25, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: March 16 to March 20

March 23, 2020

Baker issues stay-at-home advisory, orders nonessential businesses to close Tuesday

March 22, 2020

Four more patients at Buckley HealthCare Center diagnosed with COVID-19

March 21, 2020

Comerford hosts phone conferences for constituents

March 19, 2020

Comerford pushes for connectivity during COVID-19 health crisis

March 18, 2020

Due to coronavirus unknowns, strong local leadership critical (Editorial)

Legislative work on ice: State lawmakers respond to the pandemic

March 16, 2020

Legislature sets up coronavirus working groups

Press release: Comerford Senate Team Announces Community Conference Calls on COVID-19

March 11, 2020

Coronavirus could cause Mass. lawmakers to rethink the state budget

Coronavirus aid package moving toward vote on Beacon Hill

March 10, 2020

Lawmakers hail governor’s emergency declaration

March 9, 2020

Moore sends letter to AG on PFAS’ public health risks

Press release: Action from the Division of Insurance after COVID-19 letter spearheaded by Sen. Lesser, Sen. Comerford, & Rep. Domb from 62 members of the legislature sent to Gov. Baker 62

March 8, 2020

Monday shorts: Syrup ceremony, HIP funding and classroom innovation

March 6, 2020

Area officials, health professionals working to prevent COVID-19

Kicking off Maple Month with a ceremonial tree tap

March 5, 2020

Funding for Healthy Incentives Program restored

62 Mass. Lawmakers Urge Governor To Ensure No-Cost Coronavirus Testing

Legislators press Baker to waive co-pays on coronavirus testing

Press release: Comerford Chairs Public Health Committee Oversight Hearing on MA preparedness and response to COVID-19

Press release: Senator Lesser, Sen. Comerford, & Rep. Domb lead effort to urge Gov. Baker to take executive action to waive cost sharing associated with testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

March 4, 2020

Mass. Lawmakers To Question Health Leaders About Coronavirus Response

Baker administration says coronavirus test kits are coming to Mass., but many questions remain

Coronavirus: Baker urges cancellation of international school trips

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Feb. 24 to Feb. 28, 2020

Press release: Healthy Incentives Program suspension scheduled to end two months earlier than expected

March 2, 2020

State House backs $2M more for HIP program

College students push for additional higher education funding

Legislators support lowering voting age in local, state elections

March 1, 2020

Erving’s new library opens to plaudits all around

February 2020

February 26, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, 2020

February 23, 2020

Lawmakers consider drop in voting age for local elections

February 20, 2020

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, 2020

February 17, 2020

State pushes Bay Road bridge project to 2024

February 16, 2020

Tae Kwon Do-nation for Warm the Children

February 14, 2020

Mass. farmers discuss the benefits of healthy soil

Coalition receives $50K it needs to finish year

February 12, 2020

School panel takes aim at gun violence

February 11, 2020

Municipalities express concerns with General Pierce Bridge project

February 9, 2020

Comerford and committee advance 75 health bills

February 7, 2020

Legislators ‘deeply disappointed’ in HIP suspension; pen letter to governor

Warming center eases homeless shelter congestion in first winter

Press release: 89 State Lawmakers send Baker-Polito Administration bi-partisan, bicameral letter underscoring “deep disappointment” over Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) suspension

February 6, 2020

Cherish Act Could Give $500 Million in Funding for Higher Education

February 5, 2020

Northampton chamber celebrates 100, seeds new vision: Viewpoint

Beacon Hill Roll Call: Jan. 27 to Jan. 31, 2020

February 4, 2020

Comerford’s bill, amendments included in climate package

Activists turn attention to higher ed funding

Vince Jackson Sees A Deeper Role For The Greater Northampton Chamber

February 3, 2020

Social justice on the menu: Congregation B’nai Israel hosts legislative luncheon

February 2, 2020

Panel on gun violence to focus on keeping communities safe

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