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Dear Neighbors,

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Medford, Somerville, Winchester and Cambridge as state senator.

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Latest News

Jul 26 2014 Charter School Op Ed – Senator Patricia Jehlen (D- Somerville) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D- Arlington)
The Somerville News Weekly
Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending. Before the vote, we heard from parents, advocates,...
Jul 8 2014 Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer's Acute Care Advisory Committee
Inside Medford
Senator Patricia Jehlen announces that the Massachusetts Senate has passed An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee. This legislation creates an Advisory Committee to craft a strategy to address dementia-...
Jul 7 2014 New state law to notify women of dense breast tissue, breast cancer risk
Boston Business Journal
Legislators said that a new law requiring doctors to notify women of dense breast tissue will save lives and likely won’t increase health care costs. The bill, signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in late June, would require the Department of Public Health to issue new...
Jul 1 2014 Sheriff Koutoujian, Senator Jehlen, Representative Vieira announce passage of legislation to foster greater continuity of care for the justice-involved
The Somerville News Weeekly
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D- Somerville) and State Representative David Vieira (R- East Falmouth) today announced the passage of legislation designed to foster greater continuity of care for those involved with the criminal...
Jun 27 2014 Change proposed in inmates’ health coverage
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts is poised to join a dozen states that are reaping millions in federal dollars for prisoners’ health care and possibly also reducing the risk that released inmates will reoffend. All that is required is a change in state law governing the Medicaid...
Jun 24 2014 Representative Provost and Senator Jehlen Announce Passage of Breast Density Notification Bill
The Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON – Representative Provost and Senator Jehlen announced today that the legislature voted to pass H. 3733 An Act relative to breast cancer early detection which will require changes to the information reported to women about their mammogram results. This bill...
May 21 2014 For Home Care Aides, Low Wages Could Get Bump From Budget Amendment
WBUR
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate begins debate Wednesday on amendments to a $36 billion state budget. One of the countless amendments filed would increase wages for home care aides. Those are the folks who care for the elderly or disabled, allowing them to...
May 13 2014 Bill to Protect Domestic Workers Passes
Medford Transcript
The Senate on May 8 unanimously passed a bill to establish a bill of rights for domestic workers, establishing clear labor standards and protections in the workplace. "All workers deserve equal protections in the workplace," said Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-...