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Useful Resources During Current Public Health Emergency

Below is a list of resources that might help. We will continue to update this. Please follow my Facebook page at @SenatorJimWelch for the latest updates as well.

Senator Welch visits Baystate Medical Center alongside Treasurer Goldberg

Senator Welch and Treasurer Goldberg paid a visit to Baystate Medical Center to promote the BabySteps Savings Plan.

Senator Welch to embark on local library tour

Senator Welch will begin library tours in January and will be available to discuss his work in the legislature, issues of concern to our communities, and the importance of libraries.

Office Hours for December 2019

December Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 10th and 17th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 11th and 18th.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 12th and 19th.

Senate Passes Plastic Bag Ban Bill

(Boston – 11/18/19)  The Massachusetts State Senate passed a bill this week that would implement a statewide ban on all carry-out plastic bags at checkout from retail stores.

 

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Child Wellness Legislation

Nov. 20, 2019 – (BOSTON) – On Wednesday Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka along with their colleagues in the House and Senate passed legislation supporting the health and wellness of children across the Commonwealth. 

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Distracted Driving Legislation

Today Massachusetts House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Karen Spilka, along with their colleagues in the House and Senate, passed legislation to ban drivers from using hand-held electronic devices in vehicles unless they are in hands-free mode.

SENATE UNVEILS PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS, COST AND TRANSPARENCY (PACT) ACT

Today, the Massachusetts Senate unveiled An Act relative to Pharmaceutical Access, Cost and Transparency (PACT Act), comprehensive pharmaceutical cost control legislation aimed at addressing the high and rapidly increasing costs of prescription drugs.  By connecting the need for greater drug price transparency with policies to improve oversight over the pharmaceutical industry, the legislation will put Massachusetts at the forefront of state’s efforts to tackle increasing drug costs. It will also reduce drug costs to patients and lower health care costs overall.

 

MASSACHUSETTS SENATE PASSES ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES FOR COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES

Bill protects students, establishes new reporting guidelines for public higher education system

 

 

MASSACHUSETTS SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES STUDENT OPPORTUNITY ACT

Bill will invest $1.5 billion in public schools, update statewide education policy, and support effective approaches to closing opportunity gaps for students throughout the Commonwealth.

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