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House Passes Legislation to Support and Honor Military Veterans

(BOSTON) – This week, I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass legislation to support Massachusetts’ veterans and military families including an important provision to make more veterans eligible for property tax exemptions by relaxing the residency requirements. This bill builds upon the Commonwealth’s legacy as a national leader for the number of programs and services it offers to military personnel, veterans and their families. The bill provides new financial supports to families including: Creates a $1,000 active-duty death benefit, in addition to any annuity the person would have received; Increases the amount a deceased veteran’s estate may receive to assist with

3-Week Look-Ahead: May 28th to June 15th

You are subscribed to Casey Arborway project updates from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. 3-Week Look-Ahead: May 28th to June 15th Since the look ahead covering the period of May 4th to May 25th, the project has: Achieved final lane configurations at the following locations: Washington Street southbound (towards Roslindale Square) adjacent to the Arborway Yard. Washington Street northbound (towards Green Street) adjacent to the former LAZ park-and-ride lot South Street northbound at the Arborway (at the red house corner). Advanced work in both the northern (towards Green Street) and southern (towards Roslindale Square) Forest Hills Station plaza; Continued construction of bic

House Passes Legislation to Temporarily Suspend a Gun License from Those Who Pose a Risk to Themselv

(BOSTON) – Representative Malia (D-11th Suffolk) joined her colleagues in the House to establish a process for family, household members or licensing authorities (petitioners) to petition the court for an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) for individuals who “pose a risk of causing bodily injury to self or others” by owning, possessing or having a firearm. An ERPO, if issued by the court, is in effect for up to one year and results in the immediate suspension and surrender of all firearms and ammunition. Licensing authorities are required to provide the recipient of ERPO with a list of services “relating to crisis intervention, mental health, substance abuse and counseling.” While licens

House Votes to Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 21

Measure aims to curb youth smoking and establish uniform law across the Commonwealth BOSTON - Representative Malia (D-11th Suffolk) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass legislation that seeks to reduce tobacco use and nicotine addiction among youth across the Commonwealth. An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction (H.4479) will prohibit the sale of all tobacco, including nicotine delivery products, and other vapor products to individuals under the age of 21. Additionally, the bill expands Massachusetts’ Smoke-Free Workplace Law to include e-cigarettes and vapes, thereby ensuring that all tobacco and vapor products w

Malia: House Budget Supports Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Funding and Bolsters Critical Com

Every year, the Massachusetts House begins the budget process by receiving the Governor’s proposed budget. The House adjusts the budget to include items most needed by constituents. As Chair of the Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Boston’s 11th Suffolk District State Representative, I heard your concerns and advocated for initiatives that will best serve our community. This year’s House budget makes notable investments for behavioral health, including new funding of more than $28 million for the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services and $13 million for the Department of Mental Health. It provides 46 new transitional support services beds – a 13% boost statewide – and 45 su

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