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Aug 4 2016 Massachusetts: Leading the Way on Equal Pay
US Department of Labor Blog
Massachusetts: Leading the Way on Equal Pay Filed in Equal Pay, Women By Jackie Cooke on August 4, 2016   Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announces the state’s new equal pay law, Aug. 1, 2016. This was truly a historic week in Massachusetts. After...
Aug 4 2016 Massachusetts Joins State-Led Efforts On Equal Pay For Women
NPR
Massachusetts Joins State-Led Efforts On Equal Pay For Women   August 4, 20163:57 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Fred Thys From Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs a pay equity act into law at the Massachusetts State House on...
Aug 3 2016 A triumph long in coming in fair pay fight
The Boston Globe
  A triumph long in coming in fair pay fight Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Dorothy Simonelli held the speech she read Monday.   By Shirley Leung Globe Columnist  August 03, 2016     At first, Dorothy Simonelli didn’t want to come, or see...
Aug 3 2016 New bill created to help close gender pay gap makes it ILLEGAL for employers to ask people how much they are paid during job interviews
Dailymail.com
New bill created to help close gender pay gap makes it ILLEGAL for employers to ask people how much they are paid during job interviews   Massachusetts passes new bill designed to eliminate the gender pay gap Bill bans employers from asking salary information during...
Aug 2 2016 Illegal in Massachusetts: Asking Your Salary in a Job Interview
The New York Times
Illegal in Massachusetts: Asking Your Salary in a Job Interview By STACY COWLEY    AUG. 2, 2016     Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker with State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg after he signed the salary bill into law on Monday. Credit Elise...
Aug 1 2016 Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories
ThinkProgress
Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories by Bryce Covert Aug 1, 2016 2:06 pm CREDIT: AP Photo/Steven Senne Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) in January   Massachusetts has leapfrogged over all other...
Aug 1 2016 Gov. Baker Signs Law Requiring Equal Pay For Comparable Work
WBUR
Gov. Baker Signs Law Requiring Equal Pay For Comparable Work August 01, 2016 Updated 08/01/2016 6:10 PM By Steve LeBlanc, The Associated Press     Gov. Charlie Baker hands out pens to supporters, including state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, right, after...
Aug 1 2016 Massachusetts Just Took a Big Step Toward Closing the Wage Gap
Mother Jones
Massachusetts Just Took a Big Step Toward Closing the Wage Gap It was the "nail in the coffin" for gender pay inequity. Becca Andrews Aug. 1, 2016 5:56 PM   ivector/Shutterstock   The Massachusetts Legislature unanimously passed the...
Aug 1 2016 As Session Closes, MA Lawmakers Approve Equal Pay And Energy Bills
WAMC Northeast Public Radio
As Session Closes, MA Lawmakers Approve Equal Pay And Energy Bills By Jim Levulis • Aug 1, 2016       Jim Levulis / WAMC     Massachusetts lawmakers worked late into the night Sunday to hammer out legislation and send...
Aug 1 2016 Gov. Baker signs law requiring equal pay for comparable work
7 News Boston
BOSTON (AP) - Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has signed into law a bill requiring men and women be paid equally for comparable work in Massachusetts. Baker signed the bill during a Statehouse ceremony Monday. Women are currently paid on average about 82 percent of what...
Jul 13 2016 Pay equity bill a long time coming, but may soon be here
The Boston Globe
Pay equity bill a long time coming, but may soon be here Globe Staff/File 2013 State Senator Pat Jehlen first cosponsored a version of the equal pay bill in 1998. By Shirley Leung Globe Columnist  July 13, 2016     A state equal pay bill took a key...
Apr 15 2016 Time to move terminally ill, aged convicts from ill-equipped prison, jail care facilities
Cambridge Day
By Tim Toomey and Pat Jehlen Friday, April 15, 2016   A prisoner is admitted to a hospital in 2012 for care beyond what his facility could provide. (Photo: Tim Gruber via the ACLU) There is a fiscal crisis looming over Massachusetts’ state prisons and county...
Apr 7 2016 Panel debates in Worcester: Smarter spending or more money for schools?
Worcester Telegram
By Scott O'Connell Telegram & Gazette Staff   Posted Apr. 6, 2016 at 11:06 AM Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 4:08 PM WORCESTER – State Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester said at the start of his speech Wednesday on school funding that he would be...
Apr 5 2016 Medford Girl Scouts Meet With Local Female Leaders
Medford Transcript
  By James Kossuth medford@wickedlocal.com Posted Apr. 5, 2016 at 8:48 AM MEDFORD Medford Junior Girl Scout Troop #65264 hosted a lively and informative panel discussion on March 24 at West Medford Community Center as part of the Juniors’ work on their “...
Mar 25 2016 Senate, House Pass Motor Vehicle License Suspension Bill
BOSTON - This week Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and her colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature approved final passage of An Act relative to motor vehicle license suspension. This bill repeals the current law that subjects individuals convicted of a non-violent...
Nov 25 2015 Medford Pols Speak Out on Commuter Rail Service Changes- Updated
Inside Medford
Medford Pols Speak Out on Commuter Rail Service Changes- Updated Story Updated 2:04 PM Wednesday, November 25, 2015 Update- statement from State Senator Pat Jehlen: “The new commuter rail schedules that were originally slated to go into effect in December would have caused...
Nov 19 2015 Commuter Rail Concerns Raised by Legislators
Patch
Joined by a number of legislative colleagues, Senator Jason Lewis submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Keolis Commuter Services, the private operator contracted to operate the commuter rail lines, expressing serious concerns over...
Oct 27 2015 Group Of Legislators Push To Remove ‘High-Stakes’ Nature Of Standardized Testing
WBUR
Legislators critical of standardized testing are pushing five bills that could change how much sway test scores have in Massachusetts schooling. It comes just as the Obama administration is urging limits on school testing. While the group of state legislators still want...
Oct 26 2015 Obama’s Push to Limit Testing Fuels Mass. Debate
The Boston Globe
President Obama’s call for schools to reduce time spent taking standardized tests fueled the debate in Massachusetts over the role of assessments, and injected a new element into a looming vote on whether the state should adopt a new test, keep the old one, or develop a...
Oct 16 2015 Senators from Cambridge Vote to Pass Opiate Addiction Prevention Bill
Cambridge Chronicle
Senators from the Cambridge delegation recently joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate to pass legislation that addresses the ongoing substance abuse crisis in the Commonwealth. The legislation focuses on prevention and reducing the number of opiate pills...
Oct 8 2015 Local Legislators Call For Open Records for University Police
Somerville Journal
Legislators from Somerville and other areas with a heavy college presence are calling for more transparency from university police departments, which unlike city police have greater power to keep information about arrests and incidents from the public. The push...
Sep 19 2015 Soaring Home Insurance Rates Questioned
Somerville Journal
Following a winter that caused an estimated $2.4 billion in losses in the Northeast, a recent spike in Massachusetts home insurance premiums is drawing the scrutiny of lawmakers and consumer advocates alike. “I’m keeping an open mind here, so I’m stopping short of...
Sep 18 2015 Legislators Stand Together in Support of Reforms for Police Investigations
Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON, MA – Senator Pat Jehlen, Representative Evandro Carvalho, and Representative Mary Keefe joined in testimony before the Joint Committee on The Judiciary yesterday in support of reforms for police investigations into officer-involved deaths. Representative Carvalho...
Sep 17 2015 Report: Unique Challenges Face Older Gay Residents
WBUR
By The Associated Press BOSTON - Aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in Massachusetts face unique challenges, according to a report released Thursday by a special legislative commission. The report offers a number of recommendations to address the needs...
Sep 5 2015 Jehlen announces 75th Citizens' Legislative Seminar in October
Medford Transcript
Sen. Pat Jehlen, D-Somerville, announced the Massachusetts Senate is seeking nominees to participate in the 75th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar, which will take place Oct. 20 and 21 at the State House. CLS is a semi-annual educational seminar geared towards adults of...