Consumer Credit Protections Recap


Legislation

CONSUMER CREDIT PROTECTIONS – In July, the Legislature finalized a consumer credit reporting bill giving Massachusetts residents more control over the use of their personal credit information, and providing enhanced protections following a data breach (House Bill 4806).  The bill eliminates the $5 fee consumers must currently pay to each of the three major credit […]

September 19, 2018

Other Legislation Recap


Legislation

EARLY VOTING REIMBURSEMENT – Representative Mirra supported efforts to reimburse cities and towns for the costs associated with implementing the state’s new early voting law during the 2016 election cycle.  State Auditor Suzanne Bump determined that some of the expenses incurred by municipalities constituted an unfunded mandate and should be paid by the Commonwealth.  A […]

September 19, 2018

Civics Education Legislation


Legislation

CIVICS EDUCATION – In the closing days of the session, the House and Senate approved a bill to expand civics education requirements for Massachusetts students (Senate Bill 2631).  The bill requires schools to add several new civics-related topics to the curriculum, including instruction on the function and composition of local, state and federal government, and […]

September 19, 2018

First Responders Legislation Recap


Legislation

FIRST RESPONDERS – The House recently approved legislation to protect the confidentiality of crisis intervention services for first responders.  House Bill 4850 would encourage police, firefighters and paramedics to access these services without fear of being stigmatized.  Twenty-two other states already have similar confidentiality protections in place to ensure that first responders can receive the […]

September 18, 2018

Veterans Assistance Recap


Legislation

VETERANS ASSISTANCE – A longtime advocate for our nation’s veterans, Representative Mirra supported a series of initiatives during the 2017-2018 session honoring those who have served, including An Act relative to veterans’ benefits, rights, appreciation, validation and enforcement, also known as the BRAVE Act (Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2018). In addition to doubling […]

September 18, 2018

Workforce Protection Legislation Recap


Legislation

WORKFORCE PROTECTIONS – Two important workplace protection laws went into effect in 2018: the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (Chapter 54 of the Acts of 2017) on April 1 and the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law (Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2016) on July 1. Under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, Massachusetts employers must offer reasonable […]

September 18, 2018

Opioid Legislation Recap


Legislation

OPIOIDS – Following the passage of a landmark opioid law in 2016, the House turned its attention to identifying additional measures to help stem the state’s opioid crisis.  According to the Department of Public Health (DPH), the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts jumped from 379 in 2000 to 2,016 last year.  Toxicology reports […]

September 18, 2018

Criminal Justice Reform Recap


Legislation

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM – In April, the House and Senate finalized a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill (Chapter 69 of the Acts of 2018) that contains multiple Republican-sponsored initiatives, including language making it a felony to assault a police officer.  Individuals who commit such crimes now face a mandatory prison sentence of 1-10 years, along […]

September 18, 2018

2017-2018 Legislative Accomplishments


Legislation, Uncategorized

Representative Mirra looks back on the legislative accomplishments of the 2017-2018 session BOSTON – With formal sessions now completed for the year, State Representative Lenny Mirra, R-West Newbury, took time to review some of the major legislative initiatives undertaken by the House of Representatives over the last two years, and to reflect on several missed […]

September 18, 2018

Flood Warning


Storm Updates

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SITUATIONAL AWARENESS STATEMENT DATE: September 18, 2018 TIME: 9:45 AM SUBJECT: Flooding Threat Associated with the Remnants of Florence – UPDATE Situation Heavy rainfall associated with the remnants of Florence will continue to fall across the region into this evening. Widespread rainfall totals of 1 to 3 […]

September 18, 2018