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Senate Passes Legislation Promoting Safety and Health of Children and Persons With Disabilities

Framingham Source • October 17 2019

“As lawmakers, our number one job is to protect the most vulnerable among us and these pieces of legislation do just that,” said Senate President Karen E. Spilka. Read article.


Massachusetts Senate passes $1.5 billion education funding bill after lengthy debate

MassLIVE • October 3 2019

The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a major overhaul of the education funding formula, which would require the state to spend another $1.5 billion annually on public education by the time it is fully implemented. Read article.


After years of debate, top Mass. lawmakers unveil school funding plan

The Boston Globe • September 19 2019

House and Senate leaders Thursday unveiled long-awaited legislation to overhaul the state’s antiquated school-funding formula that they say would pump an additional $1.4 billion in local aid to schools over the next seven years. Read Article.


EEE Outbreak: State Leaders Meet in Framingham to Discuss Crisis

MetroWest Daily News • September 17 2019

State political and public health officials met in Framingham on Tuesday to address the outbreak of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Read article.


Deal struck on $43 billion state budget, drug price controls

The Boston Globe • July 21 2019

Three weeks into the fiscal year, legislative leaders on Sunday filed a compromise state budget proposal that plows nearly $270 million more into public school spending. Read article


MetroWest residents vent over plans for Mass Pike

MetroWest Daily News • July 19 2019

Spilka called on MassDOT to better specify the project’s impact on the community and the state’s plans to handle problem areas. Read article.


Framingham NAACP branch is reactivated

Wicked Local Ashland • July 17 2019

State Senate President Karen Spilka said it was “poignant” to meet with the public that night following racially charged comments made by President Donald Trump earlier this week on Twitter. Read article.


State lawmakers hold diaper drive to give back to low income families

WWLP-22 News • July 12 2019

Legislators collected more than 3,000 diapers to give to families all across the state, but that’s not all they’re doing to help children in need. Watch video.


Massachusetts Senate Passes Collective Bargaining Legislation After Supreme Court Ruling

Framingham Source • June 27 2019

The Massachusetts Senate today, June 27, passed An Act Relative to Collective Bargaining Dues, which helps protect a public unions’ ability to effectively represent all workers in labor agreements following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case Janus v. AFSCME. Read article.


Natick Teen Inspires Gender Identity Bill On Beacon Hill

WBZ-TV • June 20 2019

Senate President Karen Spilka is strongly supporting a bill on Beacon Hill that could change how gender is identified on state documents. Watch video.


1-on-1 With Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka

NECN • June 19, 2019

Senate President Karen Spilka sits down with NECN’s Sue O’Connell to discuss legislative priorities. Watch video .


One-on-One With Karen Spilka

NBC Boston • June 15, 2019

Alison King sits down with Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka to talk about her first year on the job. Watch video.


Senate budget boosts education, mental health spending

MetroWest Daily News • May 7, 2019

Senate President Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, says the proposed budget calls for $5.176 billion in Chapter 70 education aid to municipalities, a $268 million increase over the current budget. Read article.


POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Spilka tax study gets Baker’s attention

MetroWest Daily News • March 30, 2019

State Senate President Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, has been talking about a tax code working group since early January, but it appears now it’s close to fruition. Read article.


Democrat Karen Spilka of Ashland elected president of Mass. Senate

MetroWest Daily News • July 26, 2018

An Ashland resident will lead the Senate for the first time, as veteran legislator Karen Spilka was elected Senate president Thursday. Spilka succeeds Sen. Harriet Chandler.  Read article


The Legislature elects third female Senate President

WWLP-22 News • July 26, 2018

Just days before formal sessions come to an end, Interim Senate President Harriette Chandler handed the gavel to Ashland Democrat  Senator Karen Spilka, the state senate's next president.  Watch video


Karen Spilka will be voted in as 95th president of the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday

The Republican • July 26, 2018

On Thursday, it will indisputably be Spilka's time: she'll be voted in as the 95th president of the Massachusetts Senate.  Read article


Incoming Senate president vows transparency, reforms in wake of scandal

WCVB • July 25, 2018

 

State Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, will be the third president this session when she replaces the current president, Sen. Harriette Chandler of Worcester.  Watch video


MassBay receives $25M for new health sciences center in Framingham

MetroWest Daily News • July 13, 2018

Thanks to $25 million in state money, MassBay Community College will continue to have a presence in Framingham through a new health sciences center.  Read article


Women Lead Ways and Means Committee for 1st Time

NBC10 Boston • June 6, 2018

For the first time in history, women are leading the Massachusetts Senate's Ways and Means Committee.  Watch video


State Senate passes $41.49B spending plan

SHNS/MWDN • May 25, 2018

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a $41.49 billion spending plan for fiscal 2019 in the early morning hours Friday.  Read article


Karen Spilka to become Senate president in July

SHNS/MWDN • April 5, 2018

Senate President Harriette Chandler and Ways and Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka have agreed after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations that Chandler will cede the presidency to Spilka the week of July 23.  Read article


Karen Spilka says she has votes to be next Mass. Senate president

Boston Globe • March 21, 2018

“Senators have made clear that they want certainty in leadership to allow us to focus solely on the vitally important work to be done on behalf of the people at this time,” she said. “It’s time to turn the page and usher in a new era of collaborative leadership in the Senate.”  Read article


Incoming Senate president talks Beacon Hill, governor race: On The Record

WCVB • April 29, 2018

Incoming Mass. Senate president Sen. Karen Spilka joins On The Record to talk about the latest on Beacon Hill.  Watch video
 


Spilka’s Bill To Protect Puppies and Kittens Passes Senate; On To House Next

Framingham Source • March 15, 2018

Senate 1155, An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens, filed by Senator Karen Spilka, ensures that puppies and kittens are bred and sold in safe and healthy environments and strengthens the Massachusetts “Puppy Lemon Law” to give pet owners more options if they unknowingly purchase a sick pet.  Read article


First Responder Peer Support Bill Passes Mass. Senate

NBC10 Boston • May 25, 2018

A bill the could save the lives of first responders in Massachusetts is one step closer to becoming law. The Senate has approved the First Responder Peer Support Bill which would allow first responders to ask for help from their peers, as opposed to a counselor or a supervisor, with confidentiality. The bill, which moved forward with the help of Senator Karen Spilka, still needs final approval.  Watch video