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Franklin County resident-inspired bills ‘on track to pass,’ Comerford says
06-01-2024 3:04 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Two bills inspired by the stories and concerns of Franklin County residents are working their way through the Legislature and are “on track to pass,” according to Sen. Jo Comerford, who worked with her constituents to get the pieces of legislation...

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Franklin County Chamber of Commerce breakfast highlights progress on rural aid
06-21-2024 1:17 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — With a director of rural affairs, rural school aid increases and disaster relief funding for farmers, local senators and representatives say it’s become clear the Legislature and Healey administration are directing more attention to...


Mass. Senate backs end to ‘home equity theft’
05-28-2024 4:19 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The state Senate unanimously passed an amendment to its annual spending plan that would prohibit municipalities and private companies from taking the entire equity of a home in the event of a tax lien foreclosure, a piece of legislation that, if...


‘The biggest barrier is us’: Existence of overdose prevention centers in Mass. slowed by stigma
05-20-2024 4:32 PM

By BRENDAN NORDSTROM

Cheryl Juaire lost two of her sons to the opioid epidemic — Corey died from an overdose in 2011, as did Sean 10 years later in 2021.Juaire, founder and president of the nonprofit Team Sharing Inc., now advocates for overdose prevention centers in...


Physician Pathway Act, co-sponsored by Amherst rep, may help ease physician shortage
05-15-2024 5:06 PM

By JIASHAN ZHENG

When she fled to the United States amid Haiti’s political turmoil, Dr. Marie Jacques envisioned continuing her work. However, upon claiming asylum in 2019, she encountered the harsh realities of the Massachusetts medical licensing system.“As a...


Comerford: Free community college plan will lift up students, offer immediate return on investment
05-08-2024 5:26 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

A plan unveiled by Senate Democrats on Monday to make community college free for all in Massachusetts starting this fall has the potential to have a big impact for prospective students across the state.The “MassEducate” plan would invest $75.5 million...


Spilka pledges ‘comprehensive climate bill’ in Senate
04-23-2024 11:49 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Signaling the potential for more change in the transportation and energy sectors, Senate President Karen Spilka revealed Monday that the Senate plans to tackle a major climate bill within the next three months.The Ashland Democrat said at a...


Beacon Hill Roll Call: April 1 to April 5, 2024
04-12-2024 11:04 AM

By BOB KATZEN

Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of April 1 to April 5. There were no roll calls in the Senate last week.$375 million for roads and bridges (H 4529)The House, 155-0, approved and sent to the Senate...


Greenfield board, state lawmakers look to preserve creative economy
04-09-2024 2:34 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

GREENFIELD — The city’s Cultural Council is looking to eventually expand and start a side-by-side nonprofit that would help raise money for local artists and events in addition to the annual funding received from the state.“When it comes to the...


Legislative Coffee attendees push for housing, road funding
04-08-2024 12:04 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

GREENFIELD — Women from across Franklin County voiced their concerns on affordable housing, the PILOT program, climate action, road repairs and more to their local legislators on Saturday. Rep. Natalie Blais, Rep. Susannah Whipps and Sen. Jo Comerford...


Beacon Hill Roll Call: March 25 to March 29, 2024
04-05-2024 11:58 AM

By BOB KATZEN

Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of March 25 to March 29. There were no roll calls in the House last week.Debt collection practices (S 2713) The Senate, 39-0, approved and sent to the House a bill that...


State rules governing to-go drinks, outdoor dining expire as politicians figure out next steps
04-02-2024 12:14 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — This week’s dismal weather forecast might actually have a silver lining for some restaurateurs.After nearly four years with a streamlined system in place to permit outdoor dining and permission to sell takeout alcoholic drinks, both practices...


Farming challenges aired at state hearing
03-29-2024 5:18 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Climate change’s impact on farming, as well as emerging areas like urban agriculture, soil health and pollinators, are a focus for the University of Massachusetts Extension Agriculture Program, which continues to help farmers adapt and...


Gun law negotiators close House-Senate talks
03-28-2024 5:26 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Lawmakers tasked with negotiating details of a major firearms bill left their work open to the public last week — a move that broke from opaque traditions on Beacon Hill. A week later, those negotiators moved to close their meetings to the...


Greenfield shelter leaders ponder impacts of potential funding infusion, stay limit
03-12-2024 5:40 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Less than a week after the House voted to pass a spending bill allocating $245 million to the state’s emergency shelters and impose a stay limit, Greenfield shelter operators are unsure how the legislation could impact their residents.The...


Ending legacy admissions, providing menstrual products in all state buildings among many bills to emerge from Higher Education Committee
03-05-2024 1:03 PM

By XINYI YANG

BOSTON — Area lawmakers’ proposals to require menstrual products to be available for no cost in all state buildings, establish special dorms for students in recovery, and consolidate overlapping higher education financial aid programs all cleared a...


At state budget hearing at GCC, school officials share unique challenges faced by rural districts
03-01-2024 5:05 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD — At the Joint Committee on Ways and Means’ fiscal year 2025 state budget hearing on Friday, the focus was on statewide education and local aid. At the regional level, though, legislators, school officials and community members from up and...


Senate plans another sex education reform vote next week
02-22-2024 3:48 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Senators next week will vote again on a bill to update the state’s sex education guidelines, something the chamber has already approved four times without getting buy-in from the House.The Senate Committee on Ways and Means polled the so-called...


GCC nursing students talk single-payer health care, workplace safety concerns with legislators
02-12-2024 6:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Four women representing western Massachusetts in the state Legislature visited Greenfield Community College on Monday for a panel discussion about health care with second-year nursing students.State Sen. Jo Comerford was joined by state...


PFAS, slew of other agriculture-related bills on the move on Beacon Hill
02-01-2024 3:33 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Prohibiting PFAS from consumer products sold in Massachusetts remains an objective for Sen. Jo Comerford, who sees a recently advanced legislative bill to protect soil and farms from such contamination as an important first step to...


Bill targets underenrollment disparities in AP courses
01-31-2024 4:53 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Aiming to strengthen participation in advanced classes among Black and Latino high school students, lawmakers sought to build momentum Tuesday for a framework that would streamline how public colleges accept AP credits.Redrafted legislation...

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