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Sep 21 2014 Senator Jehlen Appointed to Foundation Budget Review Commission
Inside Medford
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. “As...
Sep 4 2014 New Orange Line Stop Opens Amid Fanfare
Somerville Journal
    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
PolicyWorks
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  demand a...
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-...
May 6 2014 A Fairer Test Score Measure
Boston Globe
How can you identify a truly ineffective school? To paraphrase retired Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, you know it when you see it. But state policy requires greater specificity than that. And in Massachusetts, we identify the lowest performing schools primarily by...
Apr 18 2014 Demand equal pay for all workers
Tri-Town Transcript
On April 8, Pay Equity Day, we again observed that women earn, on average, 79 percent of men’s pay. One reason is that "women’s work" — caring for the sick, elders and young children — is far underpaid given the skill, effort and...
Feb 5 2014 Welcome the Immigrant Driver
Boston Globe
Most Massachusetts residents don’t seem to know what to think of the undocumented immigrant population. And yet, this demographic is categorically an economic fact of life in the Commonwealth. These workers often are part of the silent backdrops in our everyday...
Jan 17 2014 Senate Passes Election Reform Bill
Medford Patch
The Senate on Thursday voted 37-1 to pass legislation reforming the election laws in the Commonwealth by authorizing early voting for state and federal elections and primaries, allowing residents to register to vote on Election Day and creating an online voter registration...
Jan 17 2014 Let’s clean up Mystic River
Boston Globe
While the famous Red Sox anthem “Dirty Water’’ might still be a local favorite as we celebrate our beloved team, the underlying theme of a polluted Charles River is fortunately no longer relevant. Boston Harbor and the Charles River are national examples...
Dec 19 2013 RIDE users to see decrease in fares
Cambridge Chronicle
This week the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors approved an MBTA plan to reduce fares for RIDE users from $4 per trip to $3 per trip. This is welcome news for tens of thousands of Massachusetts paratransit users who, in July 2012,...
Nov 21 2013 Senate Passes Bill to Restore Minimum Wage
The Somerville News Weekly
BOSTON – The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will restore the value of the minimum wage in Massachusetts by increasing the minimum wage to $11 by 2016 and tying future increases to the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast region. The bill also increases...
Oct 25 2013 Staying safe when renovating lead paint
Somerville Journal
Contractors, homeowners and owners of child care centers built before 1978, take note. A recent update – Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) – requires contractor supervisors to take a one-day class on lead paint safety and contractors to be licensed...
Oct 24 2013 Senator Jehlen Announces Passage of Parental Leave Legislation
The Somerville News Weekly
Senator Jehlen announced today that the Senate voted to pass S865 An Act relative to parental leave. Senator Jehlen is the lead sponsor of this legislation, which protects employees and modernizes the legal concepts of parental leave. “I am proud of the hard work...
Oct 13 2013 Recognizing ‘Employ Older Workers Week’
Medford Transcript
Everybody knows we’re living longer. We’re also working longer. Seventy-five isn’t quite the new 65, but a quarter of people 65 to 74 are still working. Without older workers, the labor force in Massachusetts would actually be shrinking. By 2020, more...
Sep 16 2013 Save the Date: Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Education Reform from the Last Twenty Years
Senator Jehlen
I will be hosting a conversation about education reform, “Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Ed Reform from the Last Twenty Years,” in your community. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 pm at the Winchester Library Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6 pm at the Medford...
Sep 16 2013 Senate Updates Manslaughter Statute
Inside Medford
The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to strengthen penalties against corporations convicted of manslaughter by raising the fine from $1,000 to no less than $250,000 and including the possibility of corporate debarment for up to 10 years, Senator Patricia...
Sep 8 2013 Jehlen Helps Secure Funding to Remove Water Chestnuts
Inside Medford
The Mystic River is an unrivaled escape in our otherwise urban setting, enjoyed by runners, dog-walkers, bird-watchers, photographers, boaters and many more. Any day, looking out on the river you will find canoes, kayaks, speedboats, or a family walking along the river...