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2017-2018 Legislative Session: Expanding Land Conservation

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Expanding Land Conservation

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives – Nov, 2016 Leading up to the beginning of a new formal legislative session in January, I’m focusing in on which bills will be priorities…

Strengthening Public Health and Safety ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH KATY IVES

Strengthening Public Health and Safety  ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH KATY IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – Oct. 2016 On July 31, the formal legislative session technically ended, meaning that between August and January, no formal voting on major bills takes…

High Court Ruling Is A Win for Electricity Ratepayers ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

High Court Ruling Is A Win for Electricity Ratepayers ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Kathleen Ives – Sept, 2016 In August, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made an important ruling, determining it to be unlawful for electric distribution companies to pass…

Closing the Loopholes on Drunk Driving Laws ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Closing the Loopholes on Drunk Driving Laws  ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives August, 2018 In July, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to promote the use of ignition interlock devices by OUI offenders, which test a driver’s…

Veteran Employment and Housing Security ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

Veteran Employment and Housing Security ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved omnibus veterans’ legislation in June known as the Veterans H.O.M.E. Act. State Senator Katy Ives – July, 2016 Senate Bill 2325, “An Act Relative to…

A Step Forward for the State’s Public Records Law ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

A Step Forward for the State’s Public Records Law  ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives – June, 2016 In May, the Massachusetts Legislature approved legislation that seeks to enhance government transparency and accountability by providing residents with greater access to…

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Suspension is Victory for Merrimack Valley – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Suspension is Victory for Merrimack Valley – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: State Senator Katy Ives May, 2016 Kinder Morgan, a Houston, Texas-based energy infrastructure company, submitted its first letter related to their Northeast Energy Direct Project (NED Project) to the…

Protecting Consumers from Fraud ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

Protecting Consumers from Fraud ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR KATY IVES

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives – April, 2016 Recently, the State Senate unanimously, and in a bipartisan fashion, passed a bill I filed to protect consumers from unknowingly entering a…

In Pursuit of Public Records Reform ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

In Pursuit of Public Records Reform ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: Senator Katy Ives – Jan. 2016 There have been a number of important legislative developments toward tackling public records reform. This month’s column is an opportunity to describe the…

Continuing our Focus on Veterans and the Opioid Epidemic ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

Continuing our Focus on Veterans and the Opioid Epidemic  ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

By: Senator Kathleen Ives Dec. 2015 The Massachusetts Senate recently completed the first year of a two-year legislative session by sending to the governor’s desk legislation for increased penalties for…

An Opportunity to Get Standardized Testing Right

An Opportunity to Get Standardized Testing Right

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is due to make a formal recommendation on whether to adopt the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)…

Stopping Addiction Before It Starts – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

Stopping Addiction Before It Starts – IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR IVES

By: Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives  – October, 2015 The State Senate recently passed additional reforms aimed at combatting the substance abuse epidemic in Massachusetts. Senate Bill 2020, which passed unanimously,…

Keeping People Healthy and our Environment Safe ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

Keeping People Healthy and our Environment Safe ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR IVES

By: Sentaor Kathleen Ives – Sept., 2015 In January, I filed Senate bill 1200, An Act to Reduce Exposure to BPA, which is currently before the Joint Committee on Public…

Advocating for Key Priorities in State Senate Budget ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Advocating for Key Priorities in State Senate Budget ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: Senator Katy Ives – August, 2015 The Massachusetts State Senate debated the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget last month, where I advocated for key provisions that will be beneficial…

Protecting Our Communities in the Age of Fracking Gas ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

Protecting Our Communities in the Age of Fracking Gas  ~ IN YOUR CORNER WITH SENATOR KATY IVES

By: State Senator Kathleen O’Connor Ives July, 2015 In June, I attended the Methuen City Council’s special meeting where Kinder Morgan, a Houston-based energy infrastructure company, presented their plan for…

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