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|

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 Legislation to Support Vulnerable Children and Families

(BOSTON) - Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and her colleagues in the House passed legislation this week to support vulnerable children and families in the Commonwealth. The bill, H.4841, An Act relative to accountability for vulnerable children and families, reforms the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) data reporting mechanisms, updates some of their practices, establishes a foster parents bill of rights, and evaluates the impacts of COVID-19 on services.  Specifically included in the final bill were two provisions filed by Representative Meschino. The first, born out of H.148, An Act to provide notice to counsel of changes in a child’s or a young adult’s placement and other events, mandates that DCF notify a child’s attorney in the event of a change in placement, hospitalization, or if a 51A abuse and neglect report is filed that involves the child. These provisions seek to create consistent and meaningful legal advocacy to support . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:23:32-04:00July 10th, 2020|Other Topics|

Legislature Approves Fall Elections Bill

This week, Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) and her colleagues in the House and Senate voted to approve the final conference committee report on a bill to help support safe elections in Massachusetts this Fall. H4820, An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID-19, expands the options for both mail-in voting and early voting in person for the 2020 state primary and general election. It additionally provides for public health safeguards for in-person voting, accessibility to voting options for persons with disabilities, equity in access to polling places, early tabulation of ballots by the clerks, and no-excuse early voting by mail for elections through the end of 2020. This legislation protects voters and the integrity of our democracy by ensuring that all voices in the Commonwealth are heard despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. “The right to vote is one of our core democratic foundations,” said Representative Meschino. “The . . . Read More

2020-08-29T10:25:16-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Other Topics, Public Health|
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