Malia: These Are My Legislative Priorities — Part I

January 2017 marked the official start of the 190th legislative session. Members of the Massachusetts legislature filed over 5,000 bills, and over the next two years, the House and Senate will review each bill to determine if it should become law. The legislative session begins when elected officials file legislation. This is best known as sponsoring a bill. Later, legislators formally register their support for a bill by becoming a co-sponsor. Co-sponsorship is a public and permanently searchable form of endorsement. It gives a bill the necessary internal support for its advancement towards becoming law.
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JP Dogs Walk Red Carpet at PetPals ‘Pawscar’ Awards

On February 11, PetPals hosted an Oscar Award Ceremony with their participating volunteer animals. These “Pawscars” were a fun and entertaining way for the residents and staff of the Rogerson House to experience cuteness right in their neighborhood. Every pet walked the red carpet and won a Pawscar award, bag of dog toys, and flowers for their human partner.
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MSPCA, PETA and Others in Lawsuit Against USDA for Removal of Documents from Website

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for allegedly violating the federal Freedom of Information Act this month when it removed animal welfare inspection reports and more from the USDA’s federal website — and they want the info back on the website.
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Public Art Project for Renovated Jamaica Plain Library To Be Discussed

Editor’s Note: The meeting referenced in this article initially scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, has been postponed. A rescheduled date has not yet been set. The original article is below.

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The Jamaica Plain Branch Library currently being renovated has been selected as the first beneficiary of a new city program focused on bringing public art to Boston’s neighborhoods. This Thursday, there will be a community meeting for residents to provide feedback on what type of public art they’d like to see at the library.
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Rally to Demand Promised Jackson Square Rec Center on Tuesday

[Editor’s note: Because of the weather, the rally has been moved to Tuesday. The headline and story have been updated to reflect this change.]

Youth of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury were promised a major recreation center in Jackson Square 16 years ago by the state during the Jackson Square redevelopment project. After many years of waiting, the youth leaders of the Hyde Square Task Force will be holding the “Where is the Love for Urban Youth?” rally on Tuesday.
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