Nov 25 2015
Medford Pols Speak Out on Commuter Rail Service Changes- Updated
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
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 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
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
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.
Sep 19 2015
Soaring Home Insurance Rates Questioned
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.
Sep 17 2015
Report: Unique Challenges Face Older Gay Residents
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
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...
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,"...