HEALTH EXPERTS, LEGISLATORS, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS URGE GOVERNOR TO CURB COVID-19 TRANSMISSION AMIDST CONTAGIOUS VARIANTS, HOLIDAY SEASON
December 15, 2021
BOSTON, MA – This afternoon, Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) and a dozen state legislative colleagues delivered a letter to Governor Baker urging the administration to adopt a slate of data- driven public health policies set forth in a Massachusetts COVID-19 Action Plan, crafted and endorsed by a coalition of over 100 public health and medical professionals and 36 community organizations, to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth. This broad support comes amidst a winter surge of the Delta variant, detection of the Omicron variant in Massachusetts, and increasing virus transmission during the holiday season.
SENATOR RAUSCH FILES UNIVERSAL MASKING BILL FOR MA SCHOOLS
August 2, 2021
BOSTON, MA - This afternoon, Senator Becca Rausch filed SD. 2723, An Act mitigating COVID-19 transmission among children and families, a bill requiring universal masking among students and staff in all Massachusetts K-12 schools as well as childcare programs licensed under the Department of Early Education and Care. The legislation will also ensure no attendance penalty for students with vaccination appointments during school hours and provide paid time off for parents and caregivers taking students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
FRANKLIN RESIDENT NDOUMBE NDOYE HONORED AS A COMMONWEALTH HEROINE BY THE MA COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
June 23, 2021
Boston, MA – Today, Ndoumbe Ndoye of Franklin, Massachusetts was named a Commonwealth Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. In a virtual ceremony, Ndoye was celebrated along with over 120 fellow heroines of Massachusetts for her exemplary service to her community. Senator Becca Rausch nominated Ndoye for her local activism and commitment to advancing racial equity and justice within the town of Franklin and beyond.
SENATE APPROVES FUNDS FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT LINE
May 27, 2021
Boston, MA - The pilot program, administered by Samaritans, Inc., aims to address elevated rates of mental illness among youth through confidential and non-judgmental support. The text line will have dedicated staffing from Samaritans to train and oversee teen volunteers providing evidence-based suicide prevention and mental health support. This funding will also support marketing and communications to promote the service, suicide prevention and mental health support workshops for youth, as well as culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate services to reach diverse communities.
SENATOR RAUSCH FILES COMPREHENSIVE SLATE OF ELECTION REFORM BILLS
February 9, 2021
Boston, MA – Today Senator Rausch (D-Needham) filed four remaining bills in her slate of comprehensive election reform legislation to modernize Massachusetts' voting system and increase Massachusetts voters' access to the ballot box. Her list of elections reform bills now include proposals to make Election Day a holiday in Massachusetts, move the state primary date to June, modernize Massachusetts' central voter registry, and require all presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns to appear on a Massachusetts ballot, respectively.
WOMEN LEGISLATORS FILE COVID-19 VACCINE EQUITY LEGISLATION
February 4, 2021
Boston, MA - Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham), Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz (D-Boston), Representative Liz Miranda (D-Boston), and Representative Mindy Domb (D-Amherst) today filed legislation to improve Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccination rollout response and increase vaccine delivery in communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The bill reflects collaboration among the filers, Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton), and multiple public health and infectious disease experts.
SENATOR RAUSCH FILES LOCAL OPTION RANKED CHOICE VOTING BILL
January 26, 2020
Boston, MA - Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) and Representative Smitty Pignatelli (D-Lenox) filed elections reform legislation today to create an easier path for Massachusetts' cities and towns to adopt ranked-choice voting for local elections.
LEGISLATURE PASSES RACIAL JUSTICE AND MATERNAL HEALTH EQUITY LEGISLATION
January 5, 2021
Boston, MA – The Massachusetts Legislature on Tuesday passed legislation aimed at eliminating racial inequities in maternal health. A Resolve reducing racial inequities in maternal health creates a special legislative commission to make
recommendations to address barriers that result in racial inequities, including women of color dying of pregnancy-related causes. The Commission is charged with gathering statewide data on maternal mortality and making recommendations to reduce and eliminate racial barriers to accessing equitable
SENATOR RAUSCH'S END OF SESSION BEACON HILL REVIEW
December 23, 2020
I am very proud to have accomplished so much on behalf of my constituents during my first term in the Senate, including a robust COVID-19 response, billions of dollars invested into our Commonwealth’s communities, and broad spectrum reforms in education, elections, and reproductive justice.
SENATE PASSES GENOCIDE EDUCATION BILL
August 3, 2020
Boston, MA - The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, July 30, 2020, passed An Act concerning genocide education to educate middle and high school students on the history of genocide and to promote the teaching of human rights issues.
NAJL STANDS STRONG AGAINST USE OF SECRET POLICE
July 24, 2020
The National Association of Jewish Legislators (NAJL) expresses our outrage and significant opposition to the use of secret police on U.S. soil, being deployed by the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf and President Donald Trump.
SENATE ADVANCES MATERNAL HEALTH PACKAGE
July 30, 2020
BOSTON, MA - The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, July 30, 2020, unanimously passed three bipartisan bills to increase birth options and safety for all pregnant and perinatal people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One bill increases options for safe, professional birthing care in the Commonwealth by licensing midwifery, one establishes a commission to address racial inequities in maternal healthcare in Massachusetts, and a third bill establishes a commission to study barriers to substance use treatment for women in the perinatal period.
SENATE PASSES BILL TO PRESERVE MUNICIPAL GOVERNANCE DURING ONGOING COVID-19 CRISIS
June 8, 2020
BOSTON, MA - The Massachusetts State Senate and Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday, June 4, 2020, to provide governance and fiscal flexibility for many municipalities grappling with public health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation was signed by the Governor on June 5.
SEN. RAUSCH, REP. MADARO FILE UNIVERSAL VOTE BY MAIL LEGISLATION FOR 2020 STATEWIDE ELECTIONS
April 15, 2020
Boston, MA – Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) and Representative Adrian Madaro (D- Boston) filed SD. 2912/HD. 5026, An Act establishing vote by mail in 2020, a bill to implement comprehensive voting by mail for all statewide elections in 2020. The recent Wisconsin election and experiences in other states make clear that Massachusetts must act now to safeguard the right to vote during the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis.
SENATOR RAUSCH ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS, REMOTE OFFICE OPERATIONS AS BEST PRACTICES AMID COVID-19 OUTBREAK
March 16, 2020
Boston, MA – Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) has temporarily closed her State House office and will continue to serve constituents of the Bristol, Norfolk, and Middlesex District remotely to promote the safety and public health of the communities she represents. This decision came in response to public health experts’ encouragement of social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
SEN. RAUSCH, REP. DONATO HIGHLIGHT NUMEROUS MA COMMUNITIES BELOW HERD IMMUNITY OR NOT REPORTING DATA, SHOWING NEED FOR COMMUNITY IMMUNITY ACT
October 23, 2019
Boston, MA – Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) and Second Assistant Majority Leader Paul Donato (D-Medford), lead sponsors of the Community Immunity Act, today released a map displaying the shockingly large holes in Massachusetts’ localized protection against the spread of infectious diseases. In the 2018-2019 school year, more than 125 programs reported student vaccination rates below herd immunity for at least one disease. An additional 400 schools did not submit their immunization data to the Department of Public Health (DPH). These holes put the health and safety of all Bay Staters at risk, particularly the elderly, those who are immunocompromised, and children too young to receive vaccines.
SENATOR RAUSCH, DISTRICT DELEGATION ACHIEVE BIG WINS IN $43.1 BILLION FINAL FY 2020 BUDGET
July 24, 2019
Boston, MA – Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) voted in favor of the $43.1 billion final budget for Fiscal Year 2020 on Monday, July 22. The budget, passed to be engrossed by both the House (158-0) and the Senate (39-1), makes significant investments in public education, health care, state parks, regional transit authorities, and workforce development, while also directing $476 million to the Stabilization Fund. Through her amendments, Senator Rausch secured statewide funding for Councils on Aging and $1 million (representing an $850,000 increase over last year) in grants to promote healthy dating relationships among young people, as well as notable improvements in transparency and oversight on executive spending and data management. The Senator and her many colleagues representing the 12 municipalities of the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District also secured over $2 million in local funding and infrastructure development.
SENATOR RAUSCH AND REP. ROBINSON SECURE FAVORABLE COMMITTEE VOTE ON NEW BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL
June 28, 2019
Boston, MA – Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) and Representative Maria Robinson (D- Framingham), two first-year legislators, filed a new bill to address climate change and energy consumption, and advanced the bill out of the legislative committee process within their first six months in office. On June 27, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy issued a favorable report on S. 2011, a bill to create energy efficiency standards and reporting requirements for large buildings. The bill was reported out to the Senate for further action.
SENATOR RAUSCH ACHIEVES BIG WINS, VOTES FOR FY 2020 SENATE BUDGET
May 28, 2019
Boston, MA – During the three full days of Senate budget debate last week, Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham) successfully secured statewide funding for seniors, young people, and census work, as well as funding for critical programs and infrastructure in her district. The Senator voted in favor of the Senate FY2020 budget proposal (S.3) on Thursday evening, which passed on a unanimous, bipartisan 39-0 vote.
SENATOR RAUSCH AND REPRESENTATIVE SABADOSA FILE BILL TO COMBAT SEXUAL HARRASSMENT AND ASSAULT ON BEACON HILL
January 17, 2019
Boston, MA – Senator Becca Rausch (D- Needham) and Representative Lindsay Sabadosa (D- Northampton) filed a bill protecting members of the State House community from workplace harassment in the wake of allegations of sexual assault against Representative Paul McMurtry (D- Dedham).