June 1, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Study High-Speed Rail Passes Senate Unanimously

BOSTON — On Thursday afternoon, the state Senate voted unanimously to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser to study a high-speed rail line between Boston and Springfield. “More than bringing economic development to communities outside of Boston, high-speed east-west rail would go a long way toward solving Boston’s housing crisis by offering a faster commute to …

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May 30, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Provide Line of Duty Death Benefit to Families of State Employees Killed on the Job Passes Senate

BOSTON — On Thursday, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that would make all public workers killed in the line of duty eligible for death benefits. The measure was proposed in honor of Warren Cowles, a Longmeadow Department of Public Works foreman who was killed after a train struck his snowplow …

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May 26, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Provide Security Enhancements to Nonprofit Organizations at High Risk of Terror Attack

“No child should have to fear going to school or going to pray at a place of worship,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — On Wednesday night, Senator Eric P. Lesser co-sponsored a successful measure allocating funds to provide security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack and hate crimes. The vote came just three days …

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May 25, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Fund Spirit of Springfield Passes Senate

BOSTON — On Wednesday, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that allocates $100,000 to help fund the Spirit of Springfield’s programming. The Spirit of Springfield enhances quality of life by managing large annual events that foster a sense of community and civic pride in Springfield, including the “World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast,” …

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May 24, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Fund Valley Venture Mentors Collegiate Accelerator Program Passes Senate

BOSTON — On Wednesday night, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that allocates $100,000 to fund the collegiate accelerator program at Valley Venture Mentors (VVM) in Springfield. The collegiate accelerator program is a new initiative launching next month at Springfield’s new Innovation Center. Through this program, VVM will provide eight weeks …

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May 24, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Fund Bilingual Exhibits at Dr. Seuss Museum Passes Senate

BOSTON — On Wednesday night, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that allocates $100,000 to fund bilingual exhibits at the Dr. Seuss Museum opening in Springfield on June 3. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will be the first museum of its kind dedicated to the best-selling children’s author in …

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May 24, 2017

Lesser Votes to Retroactively Extend Killed-in-the-Line-of-Duty Annuity Payments to Massachusetts Gold Star Families

BOSTON — Late Tuesday night, Senator Eric P. Lesser joined the state Senate in a 38-0 vote to pass an amendment expanding death benefit payments to Massachusetts Gold Star Families. The amendment entitles Gold Star Family members to a retroactive payment of their annuity plans to the date that their loved one was lost. It was sponsored by Senator Thomas …

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May 24, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Create EpiPen Bulk Purchase Program Passes Senate

“Today we took a stand against the outrageous and greedy price gouging of EpiPens,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — On Wednesday, the state Senate voted unanimously to approve a budget amendment sponsored by Senator Eric P. Lesser that would create a bulk purchase program for cities and towns to buy doses of EpiPens at a reduced price. The proposal was …

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May 23, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Reevaluate Distribution of State Aid to Cities and Towns Passes Senate

BOSTON — On Tuesday night, the state Senate voted to approve an amendment originally proposed by Senator Eric P. Lesser to reevaluate the way state funds are disbursed to cities and towns. The amendment establishes a commission to study the formula for distribution of general state aid to cities and towns. This commission will review cities’ and towns’ revenue streams …

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May 23, 2017

Lesser Amendment to Support Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts Passes Senate

“These efforts will identify the types of roadblocks young women face that prohibit access to health care, to economic security, to opportunity,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — On Tuesday night, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment proposed by Senator Eric P. Lesser to provide funds to the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. The money will be used …

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