Legislative News

WELCH ADDS LOCAL FOCUSED AMENDMENTS TO SENATE BUDGET

BOSTON– Tonight, the Senate approved a final budget proposal that, after 3 days of robust debate, appropriates $43 billion in funding for the Commonwealth for the Fiscal Year 2020.

WELCH EARNS EARLY GAINS IN SENATE BUDGET DEBATE

BOSTON– Senator James T. Welch (D- West Springfield) successfully argued for the adoption of numerous amendments in the just first two days of debate on the Senate’s FY20 budget.

 

WELCH FILES LOCAL AMENDMENTS TO THE SENATE BUDGET

BOSTON– Senator James T. Welch (D- West Springfield) has filed several amendments to the budget proposal released by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Tuesday May 7.

Senate Ways and Means Releases FY 2020 Budget Recommendations

BOSTON– Today, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means announced a $42.7 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020.  The budget recommends targeted investments to provide access to opportunity and economic vitality across the Commonwealth.

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Senator Welch Named Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance

(Boston)-  On April 9, 2019, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) honored Senator James T. Welch (D- West Springfield) today by naming him Legislator of the Year. Senator Welch received the award in a ceremony at the State House’s Grand Staircase.

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Senate Passes Legislation Promoting Investment in Families Throughout the Commonwealth

(Boston) The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday passed legislation that repeals the “Cap on Kids” policy. The ‘Cap on Kids’ policy was established in 1995 to deter families receiving aid from having additional by excluding those children from the calculation of benefits.

 

Senate Passes Legislation Extending Unemployment Insurance for Locked-out National Grid Workers

The Massachusetts State Senate today passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits for locked out National Grid workers for up to 26 additional weeks, or until National Grid workers are no longer locked out, whichever comes first. The benefits would be part of the existing unemployment insurance (UI) system.

Senate Creates a Path to Promote Adoption of Research Animals

Boston- The state Senate adopted a bill on July 27 which creates a lifeline for cats and dogs which have been subjects in research institutions and product testing facilities.  The bill, Senate 2387, An Act Protecting Research Animals, requires that these research labs spare animals from automatic euthanasia and instead offer these dogs and cats for adoption through animal rescue organizations.

STATE SENATE PASSES SWEEPING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BILL BOOSTING SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES, WORKERS AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate passed a sweeping economic development bill on Wednesday, boosting support for Massachusetts startups and entrepreneurs, and authorizing targeted investments in infrastructure and worker retraining.

Massachusetts Legislature Passes $41.88 Billion Budget

Boston- Today, the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2019 Conference Committee Budget. The Conference Committee budget is a reconciliation between the budget passed by the House in April 2018 and the budget passed by the Senate in May 2018.

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