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Marijuana, Pregnant Worker Bills Signed

Today, Gov. Baker signed the marijuana bill. (see previous newsletter for description).

Yesterday, he signed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which guarantees reasonable accommodations and safety measures for pregnant workers.
New appointment

This week, Senate President Stan Rosenberg appointed me Assistant Majority Leader.  I'm excited by this new opportunity.  I'm sad that the position became available with the death of my dear friend and colleague, Ken Donnelly.  Inspired by his example, I aspire to continue his progressive leadership.  

The Senate welcomed Sen. Donnelly's successor, Cindy Friedman of Arlington.  Cindy was Ken's long-time chief of staff and will be a great advocate for the causes he cared about.

 
OPENAIR Circus next weekend
My favorite extracurricular activity for over 30 years has been the OPENAIR Circus.  You can watch over 100 children, teens and adults perform stilting, juggling of all sorts, unicycling, tumbling and more next Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2 at Nunziato Field, corner of Vinal Ave and Summer Street near Union Square.
 
Meet Zoe, our new Constituent Services Director

Zoe started as Constituent Services Director in June 2017. Born and raised in Somerville, Zoe is excited to be serving the community she grew up in. She is a graduate of Somerville High and Wellesley College where she earned a BA in Political Science. During her time in college, she spent two of her summers working on campaigns in Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford, including mine in 2016. She is also a former intern. We're excited to have her joining our staff! 

Interns share their experiences

This spring, I had several students interning in my office. They assisted my staff and me with many things, from marijuana research to constituent services, and generally keeping things in the office running smoothly. Because they played such a vital role, and to encourage other volunteers, we asked them to highlight their experiences.

"I did a lot of work on the Marijuana Committee, looking at regulations in other states and countries. It’s a really complex issue that’s constantly changing, so I feel very lucky to have been involved with that. I’ve also done some research on other issues, like raising the minimum wage and MBTA privatization. I’ve attended Labor and Workforce briefings and learned about bills like the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. I’ve been involved on the communications side as well, working on newsletters and testimony. I’m really glad I got to be involved with a lot of different tasks, and learn about issues I didn’t know much about."

Erik Brady, Tufts University '17

"My favorite part of this position was the contact that I had with constituents. The postcards, letters, emails, phone calls, and drop-in visitors that I have seen here have renewed my confidence in the power of a community. Though my internship has concluded, I feel compelled to continue doing work in civic engagement to help those whose stories I have heard during my time in this office." 



Dera Silvestre, Boston University '19

"During my senior spring at Tufts University, I worked as a communications intern in Senator Jehlen’s office. I worked closely with the Senator’s staff who shared their knowledge and insights with me. I am grateful I had the incredible opportunity this semester to learn from the Senator and her dedicated staff and gain skills I will take with me after graduation."


Alison Feinswog, Tufts University '17
 

"Because the Senator was made Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Marijuana, it was an exciting time of policy research and innovation. In May, I travelled to a marijuana growery and dispensary with the Senator. Every day brings the unexpected and promises excitement with constituents coming in, policy research to be done, and political discussions to be had."



David Westby, Tufts University '17
 
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