November 15, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Pass Healthcare Reform, Increasing Access to Care and Reducing Overall Long-Term Costs

Bill includes Sen. Lesser amendments to study alternatives to addictive painkillers and improve access to family physicians BOSTON — On Nov. 9, Senator Eric P. Lesser voted with the State Senate to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill that reduces costs in the system and ensures a number of consumer protections, including increased care options for a number of …

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November 14, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Protect Statewide Contraceptive Health Insurance Coverage

BOSTON — Today the State Senate passed a measure which would require MassHealth, commercial health insurers and nonprofit healthcare providers and maintenance organizations to provide coverage for female contraceptives without a copay. This action comes as the Trump Administration seeks to roll back protections in the Affordable Care Act, which guaranteed female contraceptive coverage. State Senator Eric P. Lesser, who …

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November 13, 2017

Senator Lesser Issues Statement on WNEU Survey Showing 74 Percent of Mass. Residents Support East-West Rail

“I hope this survey is a wakeup call to those who question this project and have held it back,” said Sen. Lesser SPRINGFIELD — Large majorities across the state support high-speed rail service connecting Springfield to Boston, according to a survey released Monday by the Western New England University Polling Institute. The telephone survey found that 74 percent of respondents …

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November 8, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Establish Climate Change Adaptation Plan

BOSTON — Today the State Senate voted to establish a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change. The bill, filed by Senator Marc Pacheco of Taunton, requires Massachusetts to update every five years vulnerability studies to assess the impacts of climate change on the economy, public health and safety, infrastructure and natural resources. It also requires the state …

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November 2, 2017

Senator Lesser Votes to Curb Sexual Assault on College Campuses

“It is up to us to protect survivors and their right to seek justice,” said Sen. Lesser BOSTON — Today the State Senate voted 39-0 to pass comprehensive legislation to combat sexual violence on college campuses with statewide policies for all higher education institutions in Massachusetts. These policies include annual training for students and staff on sexual violence prevention as …

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November 1, 2017

Senator Lesser Welcomes $8 Million Grant for Legal Assistance to Victims of Violent Crime

Includes funding for Community Legal Aid in Springfield SPRINGFIELD — On Wednesday, Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed the announcement by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) that it had awarded a two-year, $8 million grant to fund legal aid throughout Massachusetts. MOVA awarded the grant to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, which funds legal aid clinics across the state, …

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October 31, 2017

Senator Lesser Receives “Advocate of the Year” Award from Greater Boston Food Bank

BOSTON — On Friday, Oct. 27, Senator Eric P. Lesser was honored by the Greater Boston Food Bank as one of its two “Public Advocates of the Year.” The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Earlier this year, Senator Lesser was the lead Senate …

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October 31, 2017

Senator Lesser Tours Pope Francis High School Construction Site with New Head of School

SPRINGFIELD — On Monday, Dr. Paul Harrington, new Head of School at Pope Francis High School, hosted Senator Eric P. Lesser for a tour of the construction site of the new school building at 99 Wendover Road. “The new Pope Francis High School taking shape in East Forest Park is an impressive sight. The vision behind it, for a modern, …

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October 26, 2017

Senator Lesser Honors Ludlow, Granby Businesses at Manufacturing Award Ceremony

BOSTON — At a State House ceremony on Tuesday, Senator Eric P. Lesser joined state leaders in recognizing business owners across the Commonwealth, including Mel O’Leary, president and CEO of Meredith-Springfield Associates Incorporated. O’Leary received an award on behalf of his company for excellence in manufacturing. Meredith-Springfield is based in Ludlow and manufactures high quality plastic products. “I am thrilled …

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October 25, 2017

Senate President, Millennial Legislators Unveil Report on State Senate’s Millennial Engagement Initiative

Report is result of statewide Millennial Engagement Initiative led by Sen. Eric Lesser Recommendations include improved transit options, government transparency and financial literacy education   BOSTON — On Wednesday, Senate President Stan Rosenberg and the State Senate’s bipartisan group of millennial legislators unveiled the Senate’s report on its 2016 Millennial Engagement Initiative, sharing the priorities of millennial residents from across …

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