BOSTON — On April 26, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her Senate colleagues in voting in favor of legislation to protect individuals who default on their educational loans from professional licensure penalties.The bill, S.2266, An Act to prevent bureaucratic overreach in the collection of student debt, will repeal a state law passed in 1990, which created professional licensure consequences for educational loan defaulters.
“Paying back student loans has become an enormous financial burden for many residents across Massachusetts,” said Friedman. “Limiting a person’s ability to work makes it exponentially more difficult to make a living and pay back their loans. This bill dismantles potential obstacles to repaying student loan debt and implements protections for borrowers so that they can continue to work and pay off their debt.”
BOSTON — On April 26, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) voted with her Senate colleagues to pass a bill designed to protect the personal information of consumers in the case of data breaches, like the one seen at Equifax, and provide free credit freezes for all consumers.
“The Equifax data breach compromised the sensitive personal information of nearly 3 million Massachusetts residents last fall,” said Senator Friedman. “This legislation would fight consumer fraud, ensure transparency, and prevent identity theft by making it more difficult for companies to access and share credit information and making it easier for consumers to freeze or unfreeze their credit accounts.”
BOSTON – On April 23, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) and Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) welcomed a group of Burlington Girl Up Leaders to the Massachusetts State House. The young leaders had the opportunity to speak directly with their legislators about some of the obstacles they face as young women in high school and asked important questions about how they can make an impact on state government.
“It was wonderful to welcome the Girl Up Leaders to the State House today,” Sen. Friedman said. “I am thrilled by their eagerness to become more engaged in politics, public policy and their community, especially when it involves making a difference in the lives of other young women. I look forward to working with these bright young leaders in the future!”
On April 24, Massachusetts Center for the Book welcomed 30 students, grades 4-12, to a State House awards ceremony held in the Reading Room of the State Library. An Arlington student was among those honored. In Level 1 (grades 4-6), Amrit Chadha received honors for his letter to Rupi Kaur about “The Sun and Her Flowers.” A sixth-grader at Ottoson Middle School, Chadha also received State House citations and personal congratulations from both Sen. Cindy Friedman and Rep. Sean Garballey.
Representing the top 1 percent of participants from across Massachusetts, the honorees wrote letters addressed to an author, poet or playwright whose work had impacted them personally. Joined by family, teachers and librarians, the students were commended individually by their program judges and legislators. The top honorees in each of three grade levels will proceed to the national level of the competition.
I hope you are well as we continue to wait for a warmer spring season. As we enter the final six months of formal sessions for the 2017-18 legislative session, please take a look at my most recent newsletter, which includes an update on recent major legislative accomplishments and an overview of what I’ve been working on since the start of 2018.
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BOSTON – On April 18, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) joined Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Kathryn Polito and Representative Theodore Speliotis (D-Danvers) for a special ceremony to honor two members of the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey team at the Massachusetts State House. Among the athletes were Kali Flanagan of Burlington and Meghan Duggan of Danvers.
Flanagan helped Team USA win their first gold medal since 1998 in a 3-2 shootout victory over Team Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She is one of five current or former Boston College players on the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team.
“It was a pleasure to honor Kali for all of her hard work as a first-time Olympic Gold Medalist,” said Senator Friedman. “Her athletic ability and rare raw talent has made the Town of Burlington, the state of Massachusetts and our country so very proud of her and the team for their incredible accomplishment.”
BOSTON – On April 11, Senator Cindy Friedman (D-Arlington) joined her Senate colleagues in passing a three year, $600 million investment of “Chapter 90” funding for local road and bridge repairs, continuing the legislature’s strong commitment to supporting our cities and towns.
“This program is an essential tool that allows municipalities to fund local projects to make much needed repairs to damaged roads and bridges right at the start of construction season. I’m proud to have secured funding to support these essential projects in the 4th Middlesex that will make substantial improvements to our infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for our residents,” said Senator Friedman.
LEXINGTON — Minuteman High School in Lexington received an award from the state for its students’ academic performance. Minuteman was recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a “Massachusetts Commendation School” for progress and narrowing proficiency gaps.
Gov. Charles D. Baker presented Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon, Minuteman’s superintendent, with a plaque during ceremonies held April 5 at the Statehouse. Bouquillon also received an Official Citation from the Massachusetts Legislature.
A host of dignitaries attended the event. Joining Bouquillon at the celebration were members of the Minuteman legislative delegation, including State Sen. Cindy F. Friedman, D-Arlington, and State Rep. Jay R. Kaufman, D-Lexington.
BURLINGTON — Students and adults did not agree when it came to the contested races in the town election on April 7. Town Clerk Amy Warfield said last week that the approximately 125 children participating in the annual Student Vote elected Joe Morandi and Nick Priest in the selectmen’s contest; the adults went with Morandi and Mike Runyan.
To that end, she would be interested in working with the schools to provide more civics education in the classroom. In fact, there is a bill before the state legislature to re-instate civics in the curriculum. Warfield said she hopes that Burlington’s State Rep. Ken Gordon and State Sen. Cindy Friedman would consider partnering with her to provide civics information in the schools.
LEXINGTON, MA – The Minuteman High School building project reached a major milestone Thursday, as the final steel beam was put in place. The “topping off” ceremony saw the 24-foot beam, signed by students, teachers, elected officials and well-wishers, put into place over what will become the new high school’s main entrance. Jack McCarthy, executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, celebrated the workers on the project and singled out Ironworkers Local 7 for special recognition.
Also in attendance were state Sen. Cindy Friedman, state Sen. Dean Tran, Rep. Jay Kaufman, Rep. Jennifer Benson, town managers, select board members, area school officials, members of the Minuteman School Committee, the Minuteman School Building Committee, the school’s Program Advisory Committees, the Minuteman Futures Foundation and the Campaign for Minuteman’s Future.
Friedman praised state and town officials for keeping the project moving forward over the past 10 years. “We did it for all those people back there – all those kids,” Friedman said. “We are so proud of Minuteman.”