Greetings from Beacon Hill!
Every month I say how busy it’s been, and June is no different. My team and I are hard at work, advocating for people throughout our District and social justice priorities in our Commonwealth.
Boston Pride Parade
A real highlight for me was marching with my entire family in the Boston Pride Parade. Our oldest even had a few moments of “leading” the Senate crew!
My team and I also hosted an Education Forum at the Millis Library, featuring a presentation on school funding by Senator Jason Lewis, Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Education, and a truly engaged and informative dialogue with residents and school employees from the district.
We heard several concerns about funding issues specifically related to charter schools, low income students, special education students, regional school transportation, and vocational education. Thank you to everyone who attended. If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry… we’re planning to host another forum in the Fall. Stay tuned for details.
Body size discrimination
June was also packed full of hearings and testimony at the State House. In a hearing before the Judiciary Committee, I testified on S.1012, our bill to prohibit body size discrimination. I offered the Committee some background facts, what I called “the skinny on fatness,” before explaining the prevalence and ramifications of body size discrimination, unpacking the bill a bit, and asking for a favorable report.
The Roe Act and public health
As a member of the Public Health Committee, I heard extensive testimony on the End of Life Options bill.
Transparency, voter access and good governance
Finally, in a constitutional convention, I joined over 75% of my legislative colleagues in voting YES to advance the Fair Share Amendment to the next stage of the process.
Plenty accomplished. And plenty more to do.
Yours in service,