August 16, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Fund Mass. Emergency Food Assistance Program Included in Budget

BOSTON — The final state budget sent to Governor Charlie Baker includes funding for the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP), a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser. “The potential for dramatic cuts to federal agriculture and nutrition assistance programs, including Meals on Wheels, make these assistance programs more important than ever. The uncertainty we’re facing at the …

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July 28, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes with Senate to Expand Property Tax Breaks

Bill gives cities and towns more options to adjust property taxes for seniors, veterans and the disabled BOSTON — Today the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation allowing cities and towns to provide property tax breaks for low-income seniors, veterans and the disabled. “Property taxes can be a large burden for those already have tight finances. This will allow more flexibility to …

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July 20, 2017

Lesser Proposal to Create EpiPen Bulk Purchase Program Signed Into Law

“This program will reduce health care costs and bring significant health benefits to the state — including the potential to save lives,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget, approved by both the House and Senate, which included a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser to create a bulk purchase program for …

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July 19, 2017

Sen. Lesser, Rep. Higgins Testify in Support of Their Proposed “Student Loan Bill of Rights”

“We cannot be reactive to this issue; we must be proactive and prevent these abuses,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — On Tuesday, Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Natalie Higgins of Leominster testified before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in support of their bill to establish a “Student Loan Bill of Rights,” which would protect student …

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July 12, 2017

Senator Lesser, Mercy Medical Doctor Testify On His Plan to Create EpiPen Bulk Purchase Program

“Being able to afford EpiPens is a matter of life and death,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — On Tuesday, Senator Eric P. Lesser and Dr. Mark Kenton of Mercy Medical Center testified before the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support of Sen. Lesser’s bill to create an EpiPen bulk purchase program that would dramatically reduce the cost of …

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July 7, 2017

Senator Lesser Issues Statement after House Strips East-West Rail Study from Budget

SPRINGFIELD — Today the Conference Committee released its compromise budget, which stripped the amendment to study east-west rail from Boston to Springfield. The measure had been included in the Senate version of the budget. Following the House and Senate votes to pass the compromise budget, Senator Eric P. Lesser released the following statement: “I am disappointed that our proposal to …

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June 29, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Pass Workplace Protections for Pregnant Workers

“The last thing we should do is penalize women who are trying to both raise a healthy family and work to support that family,” said Lesser   BOSTON — On Thursday, Senator Eric P. Lesser joined the State Senate in a unanimous vote for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which would protect pregnant workers from workplace discrimination due to pregnancy. …

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June 29, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Ban Distracted Driving

BOSTON — On Thursday, Senator Eric P. Lesser voted to help pass a ban on distracted driving, citing an increase in fatal car accidents due to distracted drivers. The bill, sponsored by Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford), implements penalties for operating a vehicle while holding a mobile electronic device. “I was proud to support this bill because distracted driving is …

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June 23, 2017

Local Students Win Senator Lesser’s Inaugural High School Essay Contest

SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser announced the winners of his first annual high school essay contest on Friday. The winners were Kamran Noori Shirazi, who just graduated from Springfield Central High School, and Fiona O’Sullivan, who just graduated from Ludlow High School. For the competition, students were asked to describe a community issue and an idea they had to …

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June 22, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Pass Bill Detailing the Sale and Taxation of Marijuana in Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, Senator Eric P. Lesser voted to pass a compromise bill that specifies how marijuana can be sold and how those sales will be taxed in Massachusetts. The bill is the result of negotiations between the House and Senate, following voters’ approval of Question 4 to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. After the vote, Sen. …

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