Liz Malia

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Malia: Fall Legislative Update — Community Prosperity Through Behavioral Health

This legislative session, the Massachusetts Legislature is tackling criminal justice reform. Presently, our penal system is riddled with policies that ruin lives for non-violent offenses, do nothing to prevent future imprisonment, and make it nearly impossible for people to get and stay on a path to future success and employment. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Malia & O’Malley: Thank You for South Street Summer Hot Dog Nights

State Rep. Liz Malia and District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley would like to thank Roche Bros., Stop & Shop, Fernandez Spa, Il Panino Cafe & Grill, Blue Frog Bakery, Read Boston, our District E-13 Community Service officers, Boston Tenant Coalition, the many loyal volunteers like Bette Jo Green and Jo Ann Whitehead, our wonderful summer interns, and the manager and residents of the South Street neighborhood who made 23rd Annual South Street Summer Hotdog Nights possible and successful! (more…) Continue Reading →

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New Massachusetts Law Protects Pregnant Workers

Nearly a year ago, the Massachusetts legislature passed the Equal Pay Act. That law took aim at some of the most pernicious sex and gender-based workplace discrimination we know. This year, we are establishing workplace protections for pregnant workers, because unfortunately gender-based employment discrimination doesn’t end with pay. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Malia: House Passes Balanced FY18 Budget

At the end of April, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a $40.4 billion FY18 budget. The spending bill protects vulnerable residents through investments in early education and care (EEC), higher education, mental health and substance use disorder initiatives, trauma prevention and intervention, homelessness programs, developmental disability services, veteran employment support, and anticipated criminal justice reforms.

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Malia: My Legislative Priorities – Part 2

Over the last three months, so many of you have written, called, and emailed to express what bills need support this legislative session. In addition to the progressive legislation I authored, I selected many of my colleagues’ bills to co-sponsor because of their significance to you and because they will make Massachusetts a more fair and prosperous state. (more…) Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Malia: Proposed Committee Name ‘Mental Health, Substance Use Recovery’ Emphasizes Real Possibility of Recovery

The language we use to describe ourselves and others matters. In an effort to replace harmful words and change attitudes, the Massachusetts House of Representatives gave initial approval to change the title of the state’s legislative joint standing committee on behavioral health Feb. 2nd. If adopted, the committee would be entitled the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. The proposal reflects an effort to eliminate terminology that promotes stigma and defines individuals by their substance use disorder. Continue Reading →

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