Friedman votes on Student Opportunity Act, bill passes unanimously in the Senate

BOSTON – On October 3, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her Senate colleagues in unanimously passing the Student Opportunity Act, which would invest an unprecedented $1.5 billion in Massachusetts K-12 public education. This legislation would ensure public schools have adequate resources to provide high-quality education to students across the state, regardless of zip code or income level. Assuming inflation, over time the bill could provide an estimated $2.2 billion.

“This landmark legislation will benefit every single community in my district by ensuring that each municipality has the resources necessary to provide high quality education to all students,” said Senator Friedman. “I am especially proud that this bill includes two amendments I filed in support of our state’s successful Recovery High School system. I applaud my Senate colleagues for passing such a comprehensive piece of legislation that makes a historic investment in our public education system, and makes a strong effort to increase the educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable populations in our state.”

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Friedman, police chiefs push for bill to benefit severely injured police officers

BOSTON – On October 1, Senator Cindy F. Friedman testified in support of legislation she filed that would allow severely injured public safety officers who suffer violent and traumatic injuries in the line of duty to be eligible to receive 100% of their benefits.

“It is unconscionable and, frankly, insulting that we force police officers who have suffered a life-altering injury to go through such a burdensome and emotionally straining process to receive the benefits necessary to sustain themselves and their families after such a tragic event,” said Friedman. “I want to thank Chief Kyes, Chief Bongiorno, Bob DeNapoli, and Mario Oliveira for collaborating with our office on this initiative, and for advocating on behalf of police officers across our state. This legislation would appropriately and consistently compensate public safety officers who were injured while protecting our communities. Surely, it is the least we can do.”

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Friedman votes to protect children and first responders from harmful chemicals

BOSTON – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her colleagues in voting to ban certain toxic chemical flame retardants from children’s products, including toys and nap mats, as well as in upholstered furniture, window dressings, carpeting, and bedding made or sold in the state.

“Research has shown us that using these products in the midst of a fire do not work as marketed and can cause significant harm to our first responders,” said Friedman. “Moreover, we should never be in the business of exposing our children to dangerous substances often found in their toys. I applaud Senator Creem for leading on this initiative, and commend the Senate as a whole for taking this commonsense step to protect the public.”

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Friedman votes on bills to promote health care access, support unions, and end child marriage

BOSTON – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) recently joined her colleagues in voting on legislation that would increase access to mental health care for patients in Massachusetts and bring the state one step closer toward mental health parity. She also voted in favor of legislation that would end child marriage in the Commonwealth and voted against an amendment offered by the Governor on a bill that protects a public unions’ ability to effectively represent all workers in labor agreements.

“Taking action to eliminate ghost networks in Massachusetts is long overdue. It’s extremely frustrating and shameful that individuals seeking mental health care in Massachusetts are often unable to find accurate, reliable information about available doctors through their insurance carrier,” said Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington), co-chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. “I applaud the collaborative effort among elected officials, healthcare providers, patient advocates and insurers in getting this done so that we can ensure patients get the care they need in an efficient and timely manner.”

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Friedman advocates for bill to protect children from toxic chemicals

BOSTON – On July 8, Senator Cindy F. Friedman, D-Arlington, testified before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure on a bill she filed that would require the disclosure of toxic chemicals in children’s products. The bill was first filed in a previous session and spearheaded by Senator Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) and former Representative Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington), and has since been championed by Friedman.

“This is a commonsense proposal that simply asks that information be made publicly available about what is in products that are intended to be used by and for children,” said Friedman. “The passage of this bill would be a step toward transitioning to safer alternatives and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our children and other vulnerable populations in Massachusetts.”  

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Burlington delegation advocates for affordable access to early education and childcare

BOSTON ­­–Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) are advocating for legislation they filed which would call for more affordable, accessible and high-quality early education and child care for families in the Commonwealth. Their bills, H.470 and S.288, which are identical, are part of an ongoing effort to make childcare more affordable and available to all parents in the state.

“There is an urgent need for more affordable access to early childcare and education in the Commonwealth,” said Friedman. “Working families across my district struggle to access quality childcare that meets their needs, creating unnecessary stress for parents. This bill is the first step in a long process to ensure that every Massachusetts parent can go to work and get their child the care they need at a rate they can afford.”

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Friedman stands up for workers, votes on collective bargaining bill to support unions

BOSTON – Senator Cindy F. Friedman, D-Arlington, recently joined her colleagues in voting on legislation that would help 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.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling last year drastically restricted the ability of unions to organize and collectively bargain,” said Friedman. “I’m proud that the Senate has made it clear that our state supports the rights of unions and understands the benefits that they provide our workers. Working women and men across the Commonwealth should be able to fight for fair compensation and better work conditions, and this bill will help ensure that unions have the resources necessary to effectively advocate for them.”

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Friedman advocates for greater protections against sexual harassment and discrimination

BOSTON – On June 17, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of a bill she filed that would address a loophole in Massachusetts law to ensure that sexual harassment and anti-discrimination laws extend to the investment community.

“There is a shortage of women in this industry, and we know very clearly that it is not due to the lack of smart, capable or creative women who are every bit equal to their male counterparts,” said Friedman. “We need more women in this pipeline and more women investing. We must empower them by providing necessary protections against sexual harassment and discrimination.”

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Legislature Advances Fair Share Amendment

June 12, 2019 – (BOSTON) – During a constitutional convention this week, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her colleagues in voting to begin the process of amending the Massachusetts Constitution to place an additional 4 percent tax on annual taxable income in excess of $1 million to generate revenues for transportation and educational investments.

“The revenue raised by the Fair Share Amendment will allow our Commonwealth to make much-needed investments in public transportation and public education,” said Senator Friedman. “There is widespread public agreement that this initiative is the most effective and fair way to increase funding for our public schools, make higher education more affordable, and improve our crumbling transportation infrastructure. I was proud to work with my colleagues to move this important amendment to the next stage of the process.”

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Legislature passes bill to help cities and towns repair roads and bridges

BOSTON – Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) recently joined her colleagues in passing the so-called “Chapter 90” bond bill to fund local road and bridge repairs, and to continue the legislature’s ongoing commitment to invest in local communities. 

“When the winter season comes to a close, our roads and bridges across the Commonwealth are in desperate need of repair,” said Senator Friedman. “This program allows our cities and towns to fund local projects to improve our damaged infrastructure right at the start of construction season. I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure funding to support these essential projects in our community.”

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