House Passes Balanced FY18 Budget

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives this week to pass a $40.4 billion FY18 budget which represents a commitment to fiscal responsibility. The spending bill protects vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), substance addiction initiatives, homelessness programs, and funding to help individuals with developmental…

Lawmakers push back on internet privacy

Lawmakers are seeking to fill gaps in consumer protection laws following the repeal of federal internet privacy rules approved in the final days of the Obama administration. “People shouldn’t have to worry about their internet history being packaged up and sold off to the highest bidder without their consent,” Ferrante said. Read more on the…

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MBTA Shutdown Meeting on April 26

I have heard from many Cape Ann residents about how they would be affected by a shutdown in Commuter Rail service to work on the Beverly and Annisquam River rail bridges as well as install federally-mandated safety equipment known as positive train control (PTC). On April 26, at 6:30 pm at Gloucester City Hall, there…

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante Sponsors Internet Privacy Legislation

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) has co-sponsored legislation filed by House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset) that would prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from selling their Massachusetts users’ personal data to third parties without their consent. The legislation in the Massachusetts House of Representatives is in response to legislation President Donald Trump signed into law…

House Approves $200 million for Local Infrastructure Needs

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) joined her colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass legislation that authorizes $200 million for Chapter 90 funding to help municipalities complete road, bridge and infrastructure improvement projects. The legislation provides Cape Ann’s communities with nearly $1 million for improvements to municipal roads and bridges. Gloucester will receive $665,844.64, Essex…

Legislature Passes Spending Bill with a Focus on Supporting Those Most in Need

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature to pass a supplemental budget that makes crucial investments to support the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents including the families of those killed in the line of duty. The spending bill contains $300,000 to begin the process of regulating the recreational marijuana industry following the…

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante Appointed to House Leadership

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) has been nominated by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and affirmed by a vote of her colleagues to be the First Division Chair of the House of Representatives for the 190th Massachusetts General Court. She had previously served as the House Chair for the Joint Committee on Community…

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante to attend Boston Women’s March

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) will be attending the Boston Women’s March for America on Saturday, January 21st. The Boston Women’s March for America is a non-partisan event to show “solidarity with communities most affected by the hate, intolerance and acts of violence being perpetrated throughout the nation.” The march is one of over 300 planned…

State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante Sworn In for 190th General Court

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) was sworn in to the 190th General Court of Massachusetts on Wednesday, January 4th, as the member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the Fifth Essex District, which consists of Gloucester, Essex, and Rockport. Ferrante took the oath of office, administered by Governor Charlie Baker, along with 156 of her…

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