Jul 31 2015
Equal pay bill advances in state Legislature
On July 30, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development released H.1773/S.983, an act to establish pay equity, with a recommendation that the bill ought to pass. Also known as the Massachusetts Equal Pay Bill, this legislation was sponsored by Rep. Jay...
Jul 13 2015
Funding for Mystic River Included in State FY’16 Budget
Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Paul Donato, Representative Christine Barber, and Representative Sean Garballey announced that two crucial appropriations for the Mystic River were included in the legislature’s final FY 2016 Budget. Both the $250,000...
Jun 29 2015
Jehlen, Colleagues Host Briefing on Tipped Workers’ Wages
On Tuesday, June 23, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Boston (ROC Boston) hosted a briefing at the State House about eliminating the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers that drew almost 100...
Jun 17 2015
Letter: Many tax relief options available for Somerville seniors
More senior homeowners in Somerville have options to cope with property taxes, thanks to the Board of Aldermen, and Mayor Curtatone, with the leadership of Alderman Mark Niedergang.
The aldermen raised income and asset limits, enabling more people to qualify for all the...
Jun 2 2015
LETTER: More needs to be done for ‘baby boomers' reaching retirement
To the editor:
As a growing number of “baby boomers” reach retirement age, we need to do more to address the needs of older Massachusetts residents.
The state’s population is expected to grow by 6 percent between 2010 and 2030, almost entirely in the...
Apr 19 2015
Legislators Recognized for Passage of “Fresh Air” Bill
Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville) received awards on Wednesday, April 15, for their work to secure passage of H. 3804, An Act regarding to persons receiving services from programs or facilities of the Department of...
Apr 8 2015
Jehlen, Garballey Chair Joint Ways and Means Committee Hearing in Medford
Senator Patricia Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington) co-chaired a hearing of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means yesterday at Medford City Hall. Hearings have been scheduled across the Commonwealth to gather information for building...
Mar 27 2015
Senator Jehlen appointed to NCSL, CSG
The Somerville Times
Last week Senator Patricia Jehlen was appointed by Senate President Stan Rosenberg to the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) Committee on Education and to the Council of State Governments (CSG) Eastern Region Committee on Education as the alternate.
Jan 27 2015
Sen. Pat Jehlen named to four committee posts
On Jan. 21, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg appointed Sen. Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, to multiple committee posts.
Jehlen will now serve as assistant vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, chair of a new Special Committee on Innovative Education...
Jan 20 2015
Bill Passed Establishing Mystic River Water Quality Commission
Representative Denise Provost (D-Somerville) and Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) are pleased to announce that in the final weeks of the 2013-2014 legislative session, Governor Patrick signed their legislation establishing a Mystic River Water Quality Commission.
Nov 12 2014
Intern with the Office of Senator Jehlen
The Office of State Senator Patricia Jehlen
Intern Job Description
-Draft constituent response letters
-Assist in resolving constituent cases
-Maintain Press Clippings: Find all articles about/...
Nov 6 2014
Senator Patricia Jehlen Recieves GREY2K 2014 Leadership Award
The Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON – On Saturday, October 11, the board of directors of GREY2K USA Worldwide announced awards to key lawmakers in five states. State Senator Patricia Jehlen was awarded the 2014 Leadership Award for her hard work supporting the campaign to end dog racing this year...
Oct 6 2014
No program for inmates at life’s end
James Flowers has spent nearly 50 years in prison for murdering a Springfield liquor store clerk. But these days, he spends most of his time in a hospital bed, immobile, mute, and suffering from end-stage dementia. At least one doctor has said the 72-year-old has only...
Sep 21 2014
Senator Jehlen Appointed to Foundation Budget Review Commission
Senate President Therese Murray has appointed Senator Patricia Jehlen to the Foundation Budget Review Commission. The Commission will consider what our schools need in order to help all children get a quality education, and how the state can meet those needs.
Sep 4 2014
New Orange Line Stop Opens Amid Fanfare
Applause filled the air and cameras snapped as an train barreled into the MBTA’s first new rapid transit station in a quarter century – the Orange Line station at Assembly Square in Somerville.
"Right on time,"...
Sep 4 2014
Home Care Workers Around the Country Demand Higher Wages
Home care workers joined fast food workers in a cross-country protest for better wages on September 4.
In at least six major cities -- Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Seattle -- home care workers demonstrated alongside fast food employees to
Jul 8 2014
Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer's Acute Care Advisory Committee
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...
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...
May 21 2014
For Home Care Aides, Low Wages Could Get Bump From Budget Amendment
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...