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3rd Plymouth District Set to Receive Record Local Aid Through FY22 State Budget

(BOSTON) – On Friday, July 9, 2021, Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) budget, which invests in programs and services across the Commonwealth. Funded at nearly $48.1 billion, the budget makes major investments in education, housing, substance use disorder services, health care, the environment, and other areas as the state pursues an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Though initial plans were made to withdraw more than $1.5 billion from the state’s Stabilization Fund, the final budget transfers $1.1 billion into the fund – bringing the total balance to more than $5.8 billion to safeguard the future of vital programs and services. In addition, the budget prioritizes funding for education, allocating $350 million to be utilized for the implementation of the state’s Student Opportunity Act (SOA) in the coming years. Locally, the budget includes the . . . Read More

2021-07-15T16:59:04-04:00July 15th, 2021|Budget and Grants|

Bill Introduced by Hingham Youth Gets Broad Support at Hearing

(BOSTON) – At a hearing held last week by the Joint Committee on Election Laws, legislators and advocates testified on behalf of H.815/S.483, An Act relative to youth voter engagement filed by Representatives Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and Senator Patrick O’Connor (R-Weymouth). The legislation would allow seventeen year olds who will be eighteen by the general election to vote in the preceding primary, encouraging young people to develop strong voting habits early. These companion bills are refiles and were supported by dozens of letters by young people from a broad array of communities last session. This bill was initially introduced to Representative Meschino two summers ago by Samantha Bevins, a Hingham resident headed to Dartmouth this fall. Concerned that she would not have a voice in the primary election to select the party nominee for the presidential election, Samantha proposed filing legislation to make her and other voters in this . . . Read More

2021-07-07T14:33:34-04:00June 29th, 2021|Other Topics|

Representative Meschino Leads National Briefing on Environmental Justice, State Climate Action

(BOSTON) — Today Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) led a special briefing of over 150 state lawmakers from across the country, focusing on Massachusetts’ progress in establishing climate change goals and promoting environmental justice. “It's important to take the next step on environmental justice, both in Massachusetts and beyond,” said Representative Joan Meschino. “We must ensure that all overburdened and underserved communities have real access to justice.” The event was organized by the State Climate Policy Network (SCPN), a project of Climate XChange that includes more than 15,000 advocates and policymakers across the country who are pushing for effective and equitable climate policies in their states. Climate XChange is a Boston-based nonprofit working to support state-level climate action through research, communication, and education “Given Representative Meschino’s history of passing climate legislation in Massachusetts, and her focus on environmental justice this session, she’s definitely a national leader on climate policy,” said . . . Read More

2021-06-22T16:09:46-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Energy + Environment|

Legislators and Advocates hold Briefing for Legislation that Supports Community Media

(BOSTON) – Last week, legislators, advocates, and Massachusetts residents attended a legislative briefing for H.130/S.2200, An Act relative to a streaming entertainment operator’s use of the public rights-of-way/An Act relative to digital entertainment on public rights of way, jointly filed in the House by Representatives Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and Paul Tucker (D-Salem) and in the Senate by Senator Jason M. Lewis (D-Winchester). The bill would use funding from a new fee to support community media. In the 3rd Plymouth District, our community media centers are vibrant hubs of connectivity. In addition to covering news and providing trainings for residents interested in media, our media centers offer opportunities for public engagement and chances to learn about arts, culture, and history. During the pandemic, community media was critical to our efforts to stay connected and informed on the local level, and our centers continue to do great work as we emerge . . . Read More

2021-06-21T16:41:17-04:00June 21st, 2021|Other Topics|

Bill Providing Resources to State Community Colleges to Tackle Student Food Insecurity Gets Broad Support at Hearing

(BOSTON) – At a hearing held this week by the Joint Committee on Higher Education, legislators and advocates testified on behalf of H.1350/S.847, An Act establishing a community college campus hunger pilot program filed by Representatives Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem). The legislation would create a $2.7 million noncompetitive grant program administered by the Department of Higher Education (DHE) to fund state community colleges’ pilot initiatives to tackle hunger on campuses. These companion bills are refiles and were reported favorably by the committee last session. The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) began campus surveys of student hunger and homelessness in 2014. A 2018 HOPE Lab survey of Massachusetts public college students found that 45% of students at two-year colleges had experienced some degree of food insecurity within the thirty-day period preceding the survey. Multiple studies and surveys have also confirmed that food insecurity is linked . . . Read More

2021-06-11T11:17:39-04:00June 11th, 2021|Budget and Grants, Other Topics|

Representative Joan Meschino Supports Local Restaurants

(BOSTON) – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) joined her colleagues in the legislature this week to support the “Let’s Go Out” restaurant campaign led by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism in conjunction with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and industry partners. “Let’s Go Out,” an extension of the “My Local MA” campaign, is an effort to encourage Massachusetts residents to dine at their local restaurants this summer. With the ending of all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on May 29 and as public health metrics improve across the state, the “Let’s Go Out” campaign will play a significant part in the state’s economic recovery. The campaign celebrates the important role that restaurants play in local economies, attracting locals and visitors alike and sharing customers with nearby businesses. “Small businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and economic downturn,” Representative Meschino said. “As we engage in more . . . Read More

2021-06-08T11:31:55-04:00June 7th, 2021|Other Topics|

Representative Joan Meschino Joins with House Colleagues to Remember Our Fallen Service Members

(BOSTON) – The Massachusetts House of Representatives collectively recognizes the sacrifice of our fallen men and women of the Armed Services. The Memorial Day Holiday allows each of us as Americans, and citizens of the Commonwealth, to reflect and honor those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. This Memorial Day, Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) offered remarks at Hull’s Memorial Day Ceremony and attended Hingham’s Memorial Day Ceremony. She also attended Cohasset’s Field of Honor Dedication on May 29th to honor our fallen heroes and their loved ones. “This Memorial Day, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the course of their service to our country.” said Representative Meschino. “Alongside my colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature, I will continue to support legislation that reflects our gratitude and provides benefits to our military families and veterans.” Americans recognize this holiday in many ways; some participate . . . Read More

2021-06-08T11:25:09-04:00May 31st, 2021|Seniors + Veterans|

Representative Meschino Outlines Her Energy and Environment Legislation for the 192nd Session

(BOSTON) - Current and future efforts in Massachusetts to move to net-zero emissions are set forth in the House vehicle for major climate legislation from last session, State Representative Joan Meschino’s (D-Hull) “2050 Roadmap” Bill, which was enacted in law as S. 9 An Act creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. Provisions in the 2050 Roadmap update the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, set strong interim targets, and establish comprehensive and iterative planning mechanisms focused on equity to enable the Commonwealth to achieve this ambitious goal.  Building upon last session’s legislation, Representative Meschino has filed eight bills related to energy and the environment in the 192nd Session.  “I filed the 2050 Roadmap to align the Massachusetts economy with the pressing urgency of the climate science,” said Representative Meschino. “The bills I filed this session advance key provisions of the . . . Read More

2021-05-24T22:03:39-04:00May 24th, 2021|Energy + Environment|

Representative Joan Meschino Welcomes New Legislative Aide

(BOSTON) - State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) recently announced the hiring of Geordie Enoch as a Legislative Aide. Prior to joining Representative Meschino’s team, Ms. Enoch served as a volunteer policy fellow for Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu. “Geordie adds a fresh perspective and new energy to our team,” said Representative Meschino. “I am thrilled that she will be bringing her talents to my office and expanding our capacity to serve residents.” Passionate about combating climate change and collaborating with young people, Geordie previously worked as an organizer and as a teacher of middle and high school students at the Community Charter School of Cambridge. A lifelong swimmer, she also co-founded and coached the school's first swim team. Ms. Enoch graduated from Harvard University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. The following year, she earned a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education . . . Read More

2021-05-18T15:34:41-04:00May 17th, 2021|Other Topics|

Legislators and Advocates hold Briefing for Civil Rights Legislation

(BOSTON) – Last week, legislators, advocates, and Massachusetts residents attended a legislative briefing for H.1792/S.996, An Act to create access to justice, jointly filed in the House by Representatives Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and Adrian Madaro (D-East Boston) and in the Senate by Senator Sal DiDomenico (D-Everett). Civil rights legislation is meant to ensure fair treatment of all people under the law. However, laws and regulations often discriminate against vulnerable groups of people in negative ways, and these disparate impacts are difficult to remedy under the law. In large part, this is due to the ruling in the case Alexander v. Sandoval, which took away the standing of an individual to bring a claim in state court bestowed by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. An Act to create access to justice would restore the right of an individual in Massachusetts to seek civil rights protections in Massachusetts courts against . . . Read More

2021-05-12T14:46:10-04:00May 10th, 2021|Other Topics|
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