Wrapping Up the Session’s First Year

This week, the House of Representatives advanced and finalized several pieces of important legislation, covering the topics of education, nutrition, public safety, and children’s health before breaking for the holidays. As formal sessions end for the remainder of the year, I’m pleased we advanced these critical pieces of legislation, sending several to the Governor’s desk…

E-vehicle rebate program gets lifeline

On Tuesday, the Legislature’s Transportation Committee heard testimony on several bills aimed at expanding use of electric cars. One proposal, backed by Reps. Ann-Margaret Ferrante, D-Gloucester, and Lenny Mirra, R-West Newbury, would reauthorize the rebate program for low-emission and electric vehicle purchases up to $75,000 and create a new rebate offering a $400 discount on…

House Passes Distracted Driving Legislation

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) and her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives have passed legislation to ban drivers from using hand-held electronic devices in vehicles unless they are in hands-free mode. “Distracted driving is a factor in too many dangerous and fatal motor vehicle accidents, and the House is proud to take this step…

MassDOT Announces $400,000 Funding Award for CATA

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced an additional $400,000 funding award for the Cape Ann Transit Authority (CATA) as part of a grant program to regional transit authorities to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers. Regional award winners have been selected based upon factors such as whether projects will increase ridership,…

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