Representative Meschino to Refile Civil Rights Bill After Compressor Station Incident

(BOSTON) -  State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) declared her intention to refile an important civil rights bill next legislative session in response to the gasket failure which allowed hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of methane gas to escape from the Weymouth Compressor Station into the adjacent residential community on Friday, September 11, 2020. Despite strong opposition by residents, local, state and federal elected officials, public health officials, and environmental advocacy groups, Enbridge began testing the compressor station facilities last week.  Instantly, the communities’ worst fears were realized, as a gasket failure released a significant amount of methane gas into the community at ground level.  The geographic and meteorological characteristics of the Fore River Basin pushed the escaped methane gas into the basin and trapped it on the ground preventing the gas from dispersing. Both Enbridge and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection released statements confirming the accident occurred. . . . Read More

2020-09-18T16:58:11-04:00September 18th, 2020|Energy + Environment, Public Health|

Representative Joan Meschino Submits Comments to MassDEP Advocating for Public Health Considerations Near the Compressor Station

(BOSTON) - State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) added her name to a long list of commenters this week in response to the public comment period issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regarding the Weymouth Compressor Station. At stake are two different issues, both with real public health impacts on the surrounding community. The first centers on MassDEP’s acceptance of a fossil fuel-powered motor as the best available control technology (BACT), when an electric motor drive would offer a cleaner alternative. The second involves MassDEP’s proposed placement, expected measurement capabilities, and delayed timeline for situating a permanent air quality monitoring station near the Compressor Station site. Yet to be installed, the monitoring station will be less effective in measuring pollutants in the proposed site than in others nearby and may not have the full measuring capabilities to capture 1-hour NO2 emissions and to observe local meteorological conditions. . . . Read More

2020-09-17T16:01:05-04:00September 17th, 2020|Energy + Environment, Public Health|

State Representative Joan Meschino Running for Reelection

Hull, MA – When she was first elected, State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) knew the job of representing Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, and North Scituate at the State House would be exciting and challenging. What she didn’t know was how sincerely satisfying it would be to serve the district’s residents. “Every day, I have the chance to do something to make life better for residents in our towns. I get to work and interact with people and to be part of good solutions for many local issues, initiatives, and needs,” said Representative Meschino. Representative Meschino has made progress on many of the big issues facing our District during her second term.  Very notably, she has had success working to interrupt the climate crisis.  Her signature bill, An Act to create a 2050 Roadmap to a clean and thriving Massachusetts, was passed by the House in July and now is moving forward . . . Read More

2020-09-02T10:09:21-04:00September 2nd, 2020|Other Topics|

Representative Joan Meschino Announces Virtual September Office Hours

(BOSTON) - Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) is resuming her regularly scheduled office hours, which will be conducted virtually now.   Rep. Meschino will host virtual office hours throughout the month of September.  The office hours will be hosted on Zoom or via phone by appointment only.  Please contact Rep. Meschino’s Legislative Aide, Jonathan Hamilton, by email at jonathan.hamilton@mahouse.gov or by phone at 617-722-2320 in order to schedule a time slot.Tuesday, September 8th4:00 - 5:00 pmFor constituents from HullMonday, September 14th4:00 - 5:00 pmFor constituents from CohassetMonday, September 21th4:00 - 5:00 pmFor constituents from North ScituateMonday, September 28th4:00 - 5:00 pmFor constituents from HinghamThese virtual sessions are intended to make it easier for residents of Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, and North Scituate to share concerns and access the services Rep. Meschino can offer her communities on the South Shore.  All local residents are invited to participate.“Whether it’s to straighten out problems with unemployment . . . Read More

2020-09-09T12:14:46-04:00August 28th, 2020|Other Topics|

Cohasset Awarded $330,000 in Grant Funding for Updates to Government Island Wharf & Parker Ave. Boat Ramp

BOSTON, MA – Today, the Town of Cohasset was awarded two Seaport Economic Council (SEC) Grants, totaling $330,000, to advance projects updating the Government Island Wharf and the Parker Ave. Boat Ramp. The announcement comes after the SEC, chaired by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, met to review and approve over $7.8 million in grants to coastal communities.   Cohasset was awarded a $160,000 grant to support permitting and engineering services related to infrastructure upgrades to improve commercial fishing access to the government Island Wharf and increase economic growth in the community. The Town of Cohasset’s Municipal Harbor Plan details recommendations for improvements for the Government Island Wharf, including rebuilding the pier to include a conveyor system and hydraulic lift designed to ease the loading of commercial fishing equipment.  The second grant award of $170,000 will be used to fund remaining permitting and engineering services related to the replacement of the Parker Avenue Boat Ramp to improve access for both commercial and public recreational boating, making the project “shovel-ready” when construction funds become available. . . . Read More

2020-09-09T12:00:59-04:00August 25th, 2020|Transportation + Infrastructure|

Legislature Enacts $1.8 Billion Bond Bill to Strengthen the Commonwealth’s Information Technology & Physical Infrastructure

Invests in food security, education, and public safety accountability (BOSTON) – State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the House and Senate to pass legislation authorizing up to $1.8 billion in spending for the improvement of information technology equipment and other capital projects in Massachusetts. The legislation also authorizes funding for food security, law enforcement body cameras, and investments in educational technologies in Massachusetts schools. “At the core of these investments is a deep understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Commonwealth,” said Representative Meschino. “It is time to be proactive to ensure that the needs of all are being met. This bill meets the challenges of the moment to bring support to our constituents, especially our most vulnerable.” The capital plan, which includes $794 million for state and local general technology and physical infrastructure, features the following targeted investments. $110 million in public safety infrastructure . . . Read More

2020-09-09T11:57:39-04:00August 21st, 2020|Budget and Grants|

House Passes Economic Development Bill

Bold Bill Will Invest in Housing and Legalize Sports Betting (BOSTON) – Faced with an economy buffeted by COVID-19, State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined Speaker DeLeo and their colleagues in the House to pass a bill to give a shot in the arm to the state’s economy by legalizing sports gaming, facilitating housing development and providing more than $450 million in state funding to spur growth. “Important sectors of our Main Street economies, such as the restaurant, arts, culture and tourism industries, have been the most adversely affected by the pandemic,” said Representative Joan Meschino. “This bill provides needed relief and investments to overcome massive challenges posed by the pandemic, get people back to their work, and place the Commonwealth on a longer-term path toward an economically sustainable future.” The bill pairs initiatives to improve the housing market for buyers while providing protections for tenants. It authorizes the Housing . . . Read More

2020-09-09T11:55:37-04:00August 14th, 2020|Budget and Grants|

House Passes Telehealth Bill

Bill Will Facilitate Telemedicine and Strengthen Community Hospitals (BOSTON) – State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing a bill that will enable patients to access healthcare services via telemedicine and provide vital funding to community hospitals in the midst of COVID-19. An Act to promote resilience in our health care system (H.4916) mandates telehealth coverage for primary care services, behavioral health, and chronic disease management – all areas that have experienced success with remote care in recent months – for at-home patients. It enables telehealth in the provider-to-provider context for all healthcare services, including when delivered to a patient located in a healthcare facility. The bill also authorizes the Health Policy Commission to issue recommendations on future telehealth services for at-home use. Under the bill, insurers must cover services delivered by a wide range of technologies, including audio-only telephone calls, but . . . Read More

2020-09-09T11:54:05-04:00August 14th, 2020|Public Health|

Rep. Meschino Remains Accessible During COVID-19 Pandemic

(BOSTON, MA) – The office of State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) is continuing to work remotely and remains fully accessible by phone and email. Out of concern for public health, Rep. Meschino will not be holding in-person office hours for the month of August. However, Rep. Meschino and her legislative aide welcome all inquiries and can be reached at the main office number, 617-722-2320, or by email, joan.meschino@mahouse.gov.  Below is a personal message from Rep. Meschino. Greetings!  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, my legislative aide and I continue to work remotely and our office remains fully operational.  We are updating our Facebook page and website regularly with information and resources available during this public health crisis, and what the state government is doing to assist people during these unprecedented times.  Also visit www.facebook.com/JoanMeschinoStateRep and joanmeschino.com.  I miss visiting with residents during my regularly scheduled office hours.  I look forward to . . . Read More

2020-09-09T11:52:34-04:00August 7th, 2020|Other Topics|

House Passes 2050 Roadmap Bill for Addressing Climate Change

(BOSTON) - Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed H.4912, an Act creating a roadmap to a clean and thriving commonwealth, originally filed by Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull).  Known as the “2050 Roadmap,” the bill updates the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal to net zero by 2050, sets robust interim targets, and establishes comprehensive and iterative planning mechanisms to help the Commonwealth achieve that goal. “The science is clear: to avoid the devastation of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced to net zero by 2050. This goal will only be met by a comprehensive planning process, which locks in key milestones now to get us there in 30 years. I filed the 2050 Roadmap Bill to help us achieve that objective,” said Representative Meschino. “Today, I am excited to announce that my colleagues and I in the Massachusetts House of Representatives came together and passed a roadmap for . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:22:37-04:00August 4th, 2020|Energy + Environment|
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