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 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|

Representative Meschino Outlines Her Priority Bills for the 192nd Legislative Session

(BOSTON) - After filing her bills for the 192nd Session of the Massachusetts Legislature, State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) highlights three bills among her legislative priorities for the session.  While pertaining to different areas, all three bills strive to promote social justice and equity.  An Act to create access to justice (H.1792), An Act establishing a community college campus hunger pilot program (H.1350), and An Act relative to a streaming entertainment operator’s use of the public rights-of-way (H.130) advance civil rights justice, support academic attainment by addressing food insecurity among community college students, and support local public access channels, respectively. Representative Meschino’s top priority, An Act to create access to justice (H.1792), empowers an individual to seek redress against discrimination by government policies. This bill restores the right of an individual to bring a claim in state court when a government policy creates disparate impact, meaning that there is . . . Read More

2021-04-30T15:24:10-04:00April 16th, 2021|Energy + Environment, Other Topics|

Massachusetts Legislature Extends Vote-By-Mail Through June

(BOSTON) - The Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday, March 11, 2021, passed legislation to extend mail-in voting and early voting options for elections held through the end of June, 2021. The vote-by-mail provision was previously set to expire at the end of March 2021. “In light of the ongoing pandemic, it is essential that we continue to offer vote by mail to uphold public health protections and to ensure an engaged citizenry for a strong democracy,” said Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull). “This bill will ensure that all of our citizens are able to vote in the upcoming municipal elections without compromising their health and safety or the health and safety of others.” The bill also allows municipalities to provide residents with the option to vote early in-person in these elections. Additionally, the legislation requires local election officials to make reasonable efforts to grant accommodations for voters . . . Read More

2021-03-24T09:54:21-04:00March 19th, 2021|Other Topics|

Representative Joan Meschino assigned to House Committees for the 192nd Session

(BOSTON) - State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and her colleagues in the House of Representatives received official legislative committee assignments for the 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Representative Meschino is assigned to four joint committees for the new session. These committees position the Representative to be an influential voice on a key set of topics that are of importance to the 3rd Plymouth District and the larger South Shore region. As a member of each joint committee, Representative Meschino will hear testimony on bills and weigh in on legislation relating to each of these subjects. Representative Meschino will serve on the following committees: Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Joint Committee on Consumer Protections and Professional Licensure Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity Joint Committee on Export Development. “I am looking forward to representing the interests of our communities on each . . . Read More

2021-03-24T09:52:37-04:00March 12th, 2021|Other Topics|

South Shore Legislators Issue Statement on Commitment to Equity, Inclusivity, and Justice

Our commitment to equity, inclusivity, and justice on the South Shore In light of recent events in our nation’s Capitol, we make this unified statement and call to action to residents of the South Shore. As your elected representatives of the Massachusetts House and Senate, we just swore an oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution and the Massachusetts Constitution, both of which are grounded in principles of equity, inclusivity, and justice for all. Not only are these principles our responsibility to uphold as elected officials, but they are the responsibility of all citizens. Our Constitutions are resilient and enduring. The American system of government only survives as long as we uphold our civic duties, protect the truth, and safeguard the principles of liberty, justice, and equality, on which this great nation was founded. Now more than ever, we need to be good neighbors. The abhorrent events . . . Read More

2021-01-15T15:56:19-05:00January 15th, 2021|Other Topics|

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|
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