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Legislature Passes Bill to Create MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women

September 22, 2014

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The Massachusetts Legislature today enacted a bill to establish a MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women, lead sponsor Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.

“This commission will amplify the voices of women and girls in the MetroWest region and identify specific ways to advance women’s rights here and across the state,” Senator Spilka said. “We are promoting equality and opportunity for all women in our communities and helping to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Commonwealth.”

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Senator Spilka Announces 2014 Senior Health & Wellness Fair

September 4, 2014
Attendees at the 2013 Senior Fair discuss important health and wellness issues and concerns.

Attendees at last year’s Senior Fair discuss important health and wellness issues and concerns.

Senator Karen Spilka will host her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School, 750 Winter Street in Framingham. All MetroWest seniors are invited to learn about ways to continue to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

“Staying happy, healthy and active is important for everyone in our community,” said Senator Spilka. “Each year I am honored to host this terrific day of health and wellness presentations, screenings and educational opportunities, and I always look forward to seeing friends and neighbors from across MetroWest.”

Seniors will participate in a variety of workshops and presentations about senior health programs, benefits and wellness activities. Representatives from a variety of health care and elder services organizations will also be available to share information on services in MetroWest. The Fair will include a continental breakfast, a hot lunch and health screenings for attendees.

More details are available on the 2014 Senior Health and Wellness Fair Flyer.

 

NOTE: All MetroWest seniors are encouraged to attend this free event, but RSVP is required.

To RSVP, please fill out a Registration Form and a Presentations Sign Up Form and send to Puja Mehta, Senator Spilka’s District Director, via mail, email or fax by September 25th:

Puja Mehta

Office of Senator Karen Spilka

State House, Room 320

Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617) 722-1640

Fax: (617) 722-1077

Email: Puja.Mehta@masenate.gov

 

Senate Closes Out 2013-2014 Legislative Session

August 1, 2014

Legislation will support economic growth and quality of life in MetroWest

The Massachusetts Legislature’s schedule of formal sessions came to a close in the early hours of Friday morning as legislators finalized and enacted a wide range of bills and sent them to the Governor’s desk to be signed, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. Legislation includes a comprehensive bill to encourage job creation and continued economic growth, spending authorization for environmental projects and facilities improvements and other initiatives to improve quality of life and promote economic prosperity in MetroWest and across the Commonwealth.

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Legislature Sends Domestic Violence Bill to Governor

August 1, 2014

Bill protects victims and works to prevent future acts of domestic violence

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The Senate and House on Thursday passed final domestic violence legislation, which creates new criminal offenses and elevated penalties, boosts prevention efforts, seeks to empower victims and establishes new employment rights, Senator Karen Spilka announced. Senator Spilka was the lead Senate negotiator on the conference committee working out differences between House and Senate versions of the legislation.

“Too many people in our communities are victims of terrible acts of domestic violence. This bill takes very important steps to improve protections for these victims and increase penalties for perpetrators,” Senator Spilka said. “With these reforms, we are ensuring that victims receive the services, support and compassion they deserve, and we are helping to prevent future cases of violence and abuse.”

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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Privacy of Personal Electronic Information

July 23, 2014

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The Massachusetts Senate today unanimously passed legislation updating privacy protections for personal electronic information, lead sponsor of the bill Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. The Electronic Privacy Act would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to access personal information derived from telecom customers’ cell phone and internet use.

“The fundamental right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure is firmly entrenched in our state’s history,” Senator Spilka said. “Our phones and laptops store some of our most private thoughts and details of our everyday movements and activities, and this personal information should not be open to government inspection without a warrant. This bill strengthens public safety and protects the privacy of law-abiding people, updating our search warrant laws to fit the realities of the digital age.”

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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Public Safety And Support Access to Care

July 16, 2014
Senator Spilka and colleagues from the legislature testifying before the Judiciary Committee in support of the Safe Access Bill.

Senator Spilka and colleagues from the legislature testifying before the Judiciary Committee in support of the Safe Access Bill.

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to enhance public safety and remove barriers to access reproductive health care facilities in Massachusetts, Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced. This action follows the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down buffer zones across the nation, including the existing 35-foot buffer zone that was passed by the Legislature in 2007.

“This bill takes important steps to ensure women’s health, safety and dignity, while addressing the Supreme Court’s concerns,” Senator Spilka said. “All women are entitled to safe access to health care services, and I am pleased that we will continue to protect these rights for women in our communities.”

To enhance the ability of law enforcement officials to maintain public safety, the bill prohibits certain conduct outside reproductive health care facilities that threatens access and safety.

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