Thursday, January 31, 2013
Chandler was promoted by the senate president.
Thursday, January 31
Submitted by Naomi You, communications director, Office of Senate Majority Whip Harriette L. Chandler, First Worcester District Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, promoted Senator Harriette L. Chandler, D-Worcester, to senate assistant majority leader. Previously, she served as the senate majority whip. Senate President Murray also promoted Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst, to majority leader from his previous position as the senate president pro tempore. Senator Richard T. Moore, the former senate co-chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing was promoted to senate president pro tempore. Senator Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, was promoted from assistant majority whip to majority whip and senator Mark C…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Although the state is expected to fall short of projected revenue, the raises are justified since staff hasn't had a raise in four years, some say.
Despite recent news that the state is projected to take in less than expected in tax revenues, State House leaders last week announced 3 percent salary raises for staff of representatives and some senators, the Globe reported. But the increases are justified since the lawmakers' staff haven't had a raise since 2008, says Seth Gitell, a spokesman for House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "It’s been more than four years since the last cost-of-living adjustment,” Gitell said Monday, according to the Globe. “Previously, employees received cost-of-living increases every one or, in many cases, every one or two years. There hasn't been one in a long time.” Last week DeLeo gave raises to all 460 people who work in the House, and Senate President …
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This week, Sen. Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, voted in favor of the Human Trafficking and Pension Reform bills. Chandler said of her vote on the Pension Bill, “This bill will help improve the current pension system by saving taxpayers money, closing loopholes, and securing the financial future of the Commonwealth,” said Chandler. “Not only does it protects retirement savings of existing employees, but also provides additional relief for current retirees.” She also announced that the Senate was "getting tough on human trafficking laws," and "anyone involved in the organization of forced labor and sexual servitude would face tough criminal penalties under this legislation."
Friday, November 11, 2011
This week, Sen. Chandler voted in favor of improving laws against habitual sex offenders.
With only one formal session this week, the Senate voted on Senate Bill 728 “An Act Relative to Habitual Offenders, Sentencing and Improving Law Enforcement Tools” (also known as “Melissa’s Bill”). Senator Harriette Chandler voted in favor of this bill. Currently, convicted felons are eligible for parole after serving half of their sentences. Those who commit first-degree murders are not eligible for parole. Those convicted of second-degree murder must serve 15 years of his or her life sentence before being eligible for parole. Proposed legislation in the new bill includes: · Habitual offenders who have committed two crimes from the list of the most serious offenses would not be parole-eligible upon conviction of a third offense from the …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Northborough Patch gives you a smattering of political news, and how Northborough's representatives voted.
Amendments to the Expanded Gambling Bill FELONIES COMMITTED BY APPLICANTS This amendment would disqualify felons from receiving casino or casino vendor licenses. The amendment passed, 38-0. Sen. James Eldridge voted YES. UNDERAGE GAMBLING This amendment would allow adults between the age of 18 and 21 to gamble at a casino. The bill currently restricts anyone under the age of 21 from gambling. The amendment failed, 5-33. Sen. Eldridge voted NO. FREE DRINKS AT CASINOS This amendment would have brought casinos into compliance with the laws applicable to other bars in restaurants in the Commonwealth, including a prohibition on offering free drinks. The amendment failed, 12-26. Sen. Eldridge voted YES. LOCAL RESTAURANT PROTECTION This …