Arlington Senator, State Senators Vote On Animal Welfare Bills Arlington Patch

ARLINGTON, MA — After a dog died on a United Airlines flight this week and the Puppy Doe animal abuse case of 2014 went to trial in Dedham District Court, the welfare of animals has been on the mind of many across the state. State lawmakers took up the issue this week and voted on two animal welfare acts.

On March 15, Arlington Sen. Cindy Friedman and the Senate voted in favor of S.2332, An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns (PAWS II), and S.1155, An Act relative to protecting puppies and kittens, to protect the health, safety and well-being of animals.

“It is our duty to advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves,” said Friedman in a statement sent to Patch. “These bills impose essential health and safety measures to protect animals and pet owners, and reaffirms our commitment to animal welfare in the Commonwealth.”

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Arlington High students participate in national gun violence walkout Arlington Advocate

For 17 minutes on the morning of Thursday, March 15, hundreds of Arlington High School students stood outside their school as part of a national walkout to protest gun violence. The walkout, organized by AHA Seniors Gayatri Sundar Rajan, Laura Kirchner, Sophie Plotkin and junior Isa Dray, was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 14.

Griffin Gould, a sophomore at AHS and president of the schools’ Young Democrats club, assembled a group of 35 students who went to the State House in Boston as planned on March 14 alongside hundreds of other Boston-area students. ‘We also demanded of our legislators that they refuse to let private corporations like the NRA and the GOAL pour their money into our politics. We met face to face with Sen. [Cindy] Friedman, Rep. [Sean] Garballey, and Rep. [Dave] Rogers,” Gould told the Advocate in an email.

“I am a huge supporter of gun control legislation, and anything we can do to strengthen our gun control laws,” [Friedman] said. “I’m not against people owning guns but I think we need to do a lot to ensure that we’re safe and that guns are used appropriately.”

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Senator Friedman votes to protect social media privacy Press Release

BOSTON – On March 15, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her Senate colleagues in unanimously passing S.2320, An Act relative to social media privacy protection. Sponsored by Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton), the bill aims to protect the personal social media accounts of students and employees across the Commonwealth.

Specifically, the legislation prevents employers and schools from requesting and requiring access to the personal social media accounts of applicants, employees, and students as a condition of acceptance, employment, or participation in school activities.

“Employers and schools should never have the power to coerce prospective employees or students into sharing the usernames and passwords of their personal social media accounts,” said Senator Friedman. “While it is vital to be cognizant of the material we choose to share on social media, it is critically important that we put necessary online privacy safeguards in place to protect all students and employees in the Commonwealth.”

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Experts: Supervised injection sites could save lives Salem News

BOSTON – Massachusetts needs two major things in order for a supervised drug use site to open here for the first time, a lawmaker backing the idea said Tuesday.

Sen. Will Brownsberger is the sponsor of a bill (S 1081) that would allow the Department of Public Health to approve the implementation of “safer drug consumption programs” in Massachusetts. Speakers at Tuesday’s panel described the sites as a way to prevent opioid deaths, encourage drug users to enter treatment, and provide a sense of safety and dignity for people who can otherwise be subject to stigma.

An opioid bill (H 4033) filed by Baker, which aims to expand access to treatment and strengthen education and prevention efforts, is before the Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery Committee. Sen. Cindy Friedman, the committee’s Senate chair, said last month that the committee wanted to take extra time to look at its substance use and behavioral health-related bills “and see what, if anything, we should move into the bill that the governor has filed.”

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Senator Friedman Lauds Passage of Worker Protection Bill by Legislature Press Release

BOSTON— On March 1, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) applauded the Massachusetts legislature for passing legislation that provides all state and municipal workers with the same protections provided under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

Sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore Marc R. Pacheco (D-Taunton), S.2167, An Act to further define standards of employee safety, ensures safe and healthy working conditions for all state and municipal workers. Senator Friedman voted in favor of the bill when the Senate passed the bill in October.

“Our public employees are often exposed to hazardous working conditions that result in needless injury,” said Senator Friedman, member of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. “This legislation is a commonsense measure that will provide necessary health and safety protections for all state and municipal employees in the workplace. I’m proud of the legislature for passing this long-overdue bill and for making worker safety a top priority.”

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Burlington Girl Scouts Gathered for ‘World Thinking Day’ Burlington Cable Access TV News (BCAT)

On Sunday, February 25, Burlington Girl Scouts gathered [at] Memorial School for the international World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day is in honor and recognition of the birthdays of the Boy Scout and Girl Guide founders Lord Robert Baden Powell and his wife Olave Baden Powell.

World Thinking Day is a special day to remind all Girl Scouts and Girl Guides that they belong to an international sisterhood striving to make the world a better place, a release about the event states. This year’s theme was “Impact,” where girls focused on how they can make an impact on their community.

This year the scouts were greeted by State Senator Cindy Friedman who explained to them how she is making an impact in our community through her work in the state government.

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Motherhood Matters, Youth Brigade Health Fair Wholistic Health Alliance (WHA)

Wholistic Health Alliance (WHA) organized ‘Motherhood Matters, Youth Brigade Health Fair’ event on February 4th, at Academy of Creative Arts in Burlington, MA. WHA believes that by facilitating the physical, mental and emotional well-being of Mothers and Youth, one can impact most public health parameters positively. The morning session started with a panel discussion featuring Mothers from different walks of life. Senator Cindy Friedman presided over this segment and shared some valuable and inspiring inputs from her role as a mother of 3 grown up children.

“The Wholistic Health Alliance does important work to promote healthy lifestyles for ourselves, our families, and our friends throughout the community. This weekend’s event was engaging and informative, and I look forward to watching the organization grow as it continues to educate the community about the value of ‘wholistic’ health.” said Senator Cindy Friedman.

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Senator Friedman honors Massachusetts Winter Olympic athletes Press Release

BOSTON – On Feb. 14, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) offered a Senate Resolution, with 18 Senate co-sponsors, to honor the thirteen Massachusetts Olympians that are competing in the 2018 U.S. Olympic Winter Games in the county of Pyeongchang in South Korea. The resolution was adopted and enacted during the Senate’s formal session in Gardner Auditorium at the State House.

The thirteen athletes are members of the ice hockey, bobsled, snowboarding and freestyle and alpine skiing teams. Among the athletes is Burlington native and ice hockey defender Kali Flanagan, who is one of five current or former Boston College players on the women’s U.S. Olympic ice hockey team.

“It’s an honor to recognize such talented and hard-working athletes from across our state and especially in my district,” said Senator Friedman. “Kali is an exemplary athlete, and I hope that her success inspires other young women to follow in her footsteps. I wish Kali, the women’s ice hockey team, and all of the Massachusetts athletes participating in this year’s Winter Olympics the best of luck.”

Click here to view Senator Friedman’s resolution

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