The MA Senate passes the VOTES Act, legislation to sustain voting by mail in MA beyond the COVID pandemic

State senators pass bill against discrimination of natural hairstyles

22 News WWLP - March 31,2022

“If we are meaningfully going to combat systemic racism we need to pass this bill today.”

Sen. Rausch creates Small Business Advisory Council

Wicked Local - March 29, 2022

“I have seen so much innovation and persistence from these local leaders. I am excited to give our communities’ businesses a seat at the table to inform my work on Beacon Hill and meet the diverse needs of our local economy."

Bill to allow driver’s licenses to Mass. residents regardless of immigration status advances on Beacon Hill

The Sun Chronicle - February 15, 2022

Not only will having more tested and insured drivers “make the roads safer for everybody,” giving more people the option to use private rather than public transportation is an important asset in the fight against a pandemic entering its third year.

Mass. Senate bulks up COVID bill to $75 million

The Berkshire Eagle - January 27, 2022

Senator Rausch comments on the lack of legislative action to change the date of the state primary in the commonwealth.

Disappointed ‘beyond description’: State Sen. Becca Rausch faults Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on COVID response

MassLive - December 21, 2021

“I’ve lost count of the number of people who have reached out to me saying they simply cannot find a test. Over-the-counter COVID tests are sold out — if people can even afford the $25 or more per test kit. Testing appointments are gone.”

Foxboro dairy farmer hails legislative compromise that staved off egg scare in Mass.

The Sun Chronicle - December 20, 2021

Senator Rausch, as chair of the joint committee on the environment, natural resources, and agriculture, passes consensus legislation that resolved concerns over egg shortages in the Commonwealth

‘Testing is not enough’: Massachusetts lawmakers want Gov. Charlie Baker to bring back indoor mask mandate

MassLive - December 15, 2021

Beyond a mask mandate, Baker should focus on increasing the state’s vaccination rate and access to free COVID testing, the lawmakers — led by state Sen. Becca Rausch — said in a letter to Baker on Wednesday afternoon. The goal is to protect frontline workers who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, the lawmakers wrote, and ensure that in-person learning can continue for young students.

Pediatric health coverage a bigger issue after COVID

WWLP - November 10, 2021

Rausch’s testimony was about a bill (S 723) that would require all insurers in Massachusetts to offer coverage for preventive well child visits once a calendar year rather than annually, which is the practice of many insurers and which Rausch said translates in practice to 12 months plus one day. She said it was a problem before the pandemic that has turned into an even bigger problem now.

Asset forfeiture reformers eye scope of seizures

State House News Service - October 26,2021

Rep. Sena and Sen. Rausch both testified before the Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight on behalf of the bills they filed (H 3233 / S 2105) to bring transparency to the civil forfeiture process.

Higher COVID vaccination rate in Massachusetts could spare hospitals from another surge

MassLive - October 20, 2021

Rausch said Massachusetts “still has much work to do” to ensure all eligible residents are immunized. Disinformation and scare tactics have fueled vaccine hesitancy, in addition to the systemic racism that’s stymied vaccine uptake in communities of color.