Press Releases & Op-Eds


Senate Passes Pharmaceutical Access, Costs and Transparency (PACT) Act 3.0
November 16, 2023

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Comprehensive Tax Relief Package
September 28, 2023

Legislature Passes Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
August 1, 2023

Legislature Passes Bill Authorizing Chapter 90 Funding
July 28, 2023

Senate Passes Legislation to Provide Free ID Cards to People Experiencing Homelessness and Allowing Nonbinary Gender Option on Birth Certificates, Drivers’ Licenses 
July 28, 2023

Senate Passes $513 Million Supplemental Budget
July 27, 2023

Food System Caucus Prioritizes Eight Bills and Endorses Twenty Bills in the 193rd Session
July 17, 2023

Senate Resoundingly Approves Bill for Progressive Tax Relief
June 16, 2023

April 18, 2023
April 14, 2023
March 31, 2023
March 27, 2023

Senate Passes $368.7 Million Supplemental Budget
March 10, 2023

Senator Joan Lovely Appointed Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules
February 21, 2023

Senate Passes Comprehensive Rules Package
February 10, 2023 

Senate Passes Bill Supporting Parents Running for Public Office
December 20, 2022

Legislature Passes Bill to Prevent Student Loan-related License Revocation
November 23, 2022

Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Open Spaces
November 17, 2022

Legislature Enacts Sweeping Economic Development Bill
November 4, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation to Help People with Disabilities Live Independently
November 4, 2022

Senator Joan B. Lovely Recognizes Latinx Educators During Hispanic/ Latinx Heritage Month
October 28, 2022

Senate Enacts Bill to Limit the Use of Step Therapy
October 25, 2022

Massachusetts Legislators Urge DPU Action on Winter Energy Rate Increases
October 20, 2022

Massachusetts Legislature Legalizes Sports Betting
August 4, 2022

Senate Passes Judicial Modernization Legislation
August 3, 2022

Legislature Passes Landmark Mental Health Reform
August 2, 2022

Legislature Passes $11.3 Billion Transportation and Infrastructure Bill
August 1, 2022

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill Supporting Veterans and Military Families
July 31, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen Local Public Health Services
July 31, 2022

Senate Passes Bill to Limit the Use of Step Therapy
July 31, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation Giving Adoptees Access to Birth Certificates
July 30, 2022

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Veterans’ Home Governance Legislation
July 29, 2022

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Comprehensive Legislation Protecting Access to Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Care
July 28, 2022 

Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Special Needs Fund for Disabled Seniors
July 27, 2022

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Major Clean Energy Legislation
July 22, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation to Promote Economic Growth and Give Residents Relief
July 22, 2022

Massachusetts Legislature Passes FY23 Budget
July 20, 2022

Legislature Enacts Bill Establishing Negro Election Day
July 15, 2022

Senate Passes Wide-Ranging Transportation Infrastructure Bond Bill
July 15, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation Expanding Protections for Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Care
July 14, 2022

Senate Passes Animal Welfare Legislation
July 12, 2022

State Senate Passes Transformational Bill to Expand Access to High-Quality, Affordable Early Education and Child Care
July 8, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation for Children & Families
June 30, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation Repealing Archaic Laws
June 30, 2022

Senate Passes General Government Bond Bill
June 17, 2022

Senate Passes Landmark Voting Reform Legislation
June 10, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing Chapter 90-Plus Funding
June 10, 2022

Senate Passes Legislation to Require Certification for Technicians Handling Medical Equipment
June 10, 2022

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2023 Budget
May 27, 2022

Senate Ways and Means Releases Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Recommendations
May 12, 2022

Senate Passes Work and Family Mobility Act
May 6, 2022

Senate Passes Sports Betting Legislation
April 29, 2022

Senate Passes Major Climate Bill
April 15, 2022

Senate Unanimously Passes Women’s Rights History Trail Bill
April 8, 2022

Senate Passes CROWN Act
April 1, 2022

Senate Passes $1.65 Billion Supplemental Budget
March 25, 2022

Senate Passes Oversight Reform for Veterans’ Homes
March 11, 2022

Senate Passes Bills Supporting Equitable Health Care Access for Women
March 4, 2022

Topsfield Fire Department Receives S.A.F.E and Senior SAFE Program Grants
March 3, 2022

Senate Passes Bills to Recognize Holidays Honoring Black History
March 2, 2022

Local Fire Departments Receive S.A.F.E and Senior SAFE Program Grants 
February 24, 2022

Senate Passes Pharmaceutical Access, Cost and Transparency (PACT) Act 2022
February 11, 2022

Senator Joan B. Lovely Files Massachusetts Senate Citation Recognizing the Salem Beautification Committee
February 11, 2022

Legislature Approves Nero’s Law
February 9, 2022

Senate Passes Bill to Increase Access to COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines, and Masks
January 27, 2022

Senate Unanimously Passes Homeless ID and Relative Adoption Bills 
January 14, 2022

Massachusetts Military Support Foundation Partners with Senator Joan Lovely and Representatives Jamie Belsito, Jerry Parisella, Paul Tucker, and Tom Walsh on a Coats4Vets Distribution at North Shore Community College Friday, January 14 
January 6, 2022

Bill to Stabilize Supply of Egg and Pork Products Signed into Law
December 22, 2021

Peabody to Receive $800,000 for Flood Mitigation and Downtown Lighting Improvements
December 10, 2021

Legislature Passes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), FY21 Surplus Spending Bill
December 6, 2021

Legislature Passes Genocide Education Bill
November 30, 2021

Senate Passes Mental Health ABC Act 2.0
November 18, 2021

Senate Passes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Spending Bill
November 11, 2021

Senate Passes Redistricting Legislation
October 29, 2021

Senate Passes SPEED Act to Support Military Families Relocating to Massachusetts
October 22, 2021

Senate Advances Genocide Education Bill
October 22, 2021

Legislature’s Financial Services Committee Hears Alopecia Bill
October 13, 2021

Senate Passes Landmark Voting Reform Legislation
October 7, 2021

Massachusetts State Senate Passes Healthy Youth, Gender ID and Student Nutrition Bills
September 24, 2021

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill Authorizing $350 Million in Funding for Transportation Infrastructure
July 16, 2021

Massachusetts Legislature Passes FY22 Budget
July 12, 2021

Senate Passes Bill to Authorize $300 Million in Funding for Transportation Infrastructure
July 2, 2021

Senate Votes to Extend State of Emergency Measures
June 11, 2021

Senate Passes FY 2022 Budget
May 28, 2021

Senate Returns COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave to Governor’s Desk
May 21, 2021

Senate Ways and Means Releases FY 2022 Budget Recommendations
May 12, 2021

Hinds Leads Discussion on Future of Childcare, Education and Higher Education for Post-Pandemic MA
April 21, 2021

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Landmark Climate Legislation
March 19, 2021

Massachusetts Legislature Extends Vote-By-Mail Through June
March 15, 2021

Senator Joan Lovely Completes Work on Two-Year CSG Healthy States National Task Force
March 4, 2021

Legislature Passes Landmark Climate Bill
January 29, 2021

Nomination Remarks of Senator Joan B. Lovely for Senator Karen Spilka for Senate President for the 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
January 6, 2021

Legislature Passes Landmark Climate Change Bill
January 5, 2021

Senate Passes Sen. Lovely & Rep. Tucker Bill to Allow Salem to Provide Scholarships to Needy Students
December 31, 2020

MBTA to Continue Service on Newburyport/Rockport Line
December 16, 2020

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
November 19, 2020

Senate Ways and Means Releases Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Recommendations
November 12, 2020

First-of-its-kind Website Launched for Child-and-Youth-Serving Organizations to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
October 28, 2020

Legislature Passes Legislation to Extend Unemployment Benefits to 17,000 Low-Income Recipients
October 27, 2020

Sen. Lovely Files Bill Cosponsored by Reps. Hill & Walsh to Help Businesses Ordered Closed by Commonwealth
September 15, 2020

Senate Advances Maternal Health Package
July 31, 2020

Senate Passes ENDURE Act to Provide Relief to Small Businesses, Support for Workers, and Investments in Infrastructure
July 30, 2020

Senate Passes Bill to Increase Higher Education Opportunities for People with Disabilities
July 29, 2020

Senate Passes Bill for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in State House
July 24, 2020

Senate Passes Brewers Compromise
July 23, 2020

Massachusetts State Senate Passes Reform, Shift + Build Act
July 14, 2020

Senate Passes Bill to Expand Take-Out and Delivery Options in Restaurants
July 11, 2020

Senate Passes Patients First Act
June 26, 2020

Massachusetts State Senate Passes Resolution Celebrating Juneteenth
June 18, 2020

Senate Unveils Patients First Act
June 18, 2020

Senate Unanimously Passes Comprehensive Elections Bill to Address Voting Safety Concerns during COVID-19
June 17, 2020

Senate Passes Bill to Authorize Funding for Transportation Infrastructure, Creates New MBTA Leadership
June 12, 2020

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Residents from Mosquito-Borne EEE Virus
June 12, 2020

Senate Passes Legislation Authorizing Short-Term Borrowing During Historic Remote Session
May 14, 2020

Senate Passes Bill to Lower Signature Threshold for Some Candidacies Amid COVID-19 
April 16, 2020

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Renters, Homeowners and Small Businesses
April 10, 2020

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill to Provide Immediate Relief to Municipalities and Others During the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis
April 3, 2020

Massachusetts State Senate Approves Next Generation Climate Policy
January 30, 2020

Massachusetts Senate Passes Two Bills Making Curricular and Nutrition Improvements for Students
January 17, 2020

Senate Passes Major Bills to Improve Public Safety, Education and Enviroment
November 21, 2019

North Shore leaders collaborate on Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics and Civic Engagement
November 13, 2019

Anti-lead advocates stress need for urgent action at committee hearing
October 30, 2019

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2019 Closeout Supplemental Budget of $779.8 Million
October 24, 2019

Senate Passes Legislation Promoting the Safety, Health and Wellness of Children and Persons with Disabilities
October 17, 2019

Massachusetts Senate Unanimously Passes Student Opportunity Act
October 4, 2019

Senator Lovely Testifies on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Bills before Joint Committee on Education
September 4, 2019

Legislature Passes Balanced Budget with Targeted Investments in Education, Housing, and Environment
July 25, 2019

Senate Passes FY 2020 Budget
May 24, 2019

Senate Passes Local Infrastructure Funding Bill 
May 23, 2019

Massachusetts Gets a “D” for Policies Addressing Lead in School Drinking Water
March 21, 2019

Senator Lovely Named Assistant Majority Leader
February 14, 2019

Senate Passes Comprehensive Rules Proposals
February 1, 2019

Legislature Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Supplemental Budget
October 15, 2018

Update Regarding Waters River Bridge Cemetery Access Road Project
October 15, 2018

Senator Lovely Announces 81st Citizens’ Legislative Seminar in October
August 21, 2018

August 2, 2018

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill to Improve Mental Health Services for First Responders
July 30, 2018

State Senate passes sweeping economic development bill boosting support for small businesses, workers and infrastructure projects
July 26, 2018

Senate Passes Bill Unanimously to Help Families Struggling with Alzheimer’s
July 20, 2018

Massachusetts Senate Passes Major Legislation Aimed at Addressing Opioid Crisis
July 20, 2018

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities from Abuse
July 19, 2018

Senate Passes Budget; Bill Contains Key Provisions Supported by Sen.Lovely
July 19, 2018

Massachusetts Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill
July 12, 2018

Massachusetts Senate Passes Automatic Voter Registration
July 12, 2018

Senate passes legislation to establish a commission to study lead in school water
July 12, 2018

Senate Passes Legislation to Protect Youth from the Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction 
June 29, 2018

Julie Curtis of Danvers named as an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women
June 22, 2018

Senate Passes an Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future
June 14, 2018

Senate Approves Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation
June 8, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $5 Million in Grants to Address Climate Change Impacts
June 1, 2018

Senate Passes Life Sciences Bill to Continue Investment in Cutting-Edge Industry Critical to State Economy
May 31, 2018

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
May 24, 2018

Senate committee issues report on sexual harassment policies
May 15, 2018

Senator Lovely and Representative O’Day host 4th annual Perinatal Mental Health Awareness Day
May 11, 2018

Massachusetts Senate unanimously approves Foundation Budget reforms, sending bill to House
May 11, 2018

Senator Joan B. Lovely receives Triangle, Inc.’s 2018 Public Servant of the Year Award
May 7, 2018

Senate Approves “The BRAVE Act” for Veterans
May 3, 2018

Senate Passes Credit Protection Bill to Protect Consumers in the wake of Equifax Breach
April 27, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
April 12, 2018

Senate Approves $600 Million in Funding for Local Road Projects over Next Three Years
April 11, 2018

Senate Passes Housing Bond Bill
March 29, 2018

Senator Joan Lovely receives the Frederick E. Berry Early Intervention Champion Award
March 22, 2018

Massachusetts Passes Bill to Protect State, Municipal Workers
March 01, 2018

MA Senate Passes Bill to Protect Student Information
March 01, 2018

Senator Joan Lovely Named to New Leadership Position
February 28, 2018

Environment Committee gives favorable report to Ehrlich and Lovely bill to study lead in school water
February 16, 2018

Senate Passes Bill Funding State Capital Facility Repairs and Improvements
February 9, 2018

Senator Lovely files amendments to Capital Facilities Bond Bill
January 29, 2018

Senate creates committee to review sexual harassment policies
January 18, 2018

Governor Baker to Release $100M in Earmarked Funding
January 10, 2018

Legislature Passes Bill to Expand Language Opportunities for Students
November 16, 2017

Senate Votes to Expand Contraceptive Mandate
November 15, 2017

Senate Passes Bill to Establish Climate Change Adaptation Management Action Plan
November 8, 2017

Senator Joan Lovely Appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities
November 3, 2017

MA Senate Passes Legislation to Curb College Campus Sexual Violence
November 2, 2017

Senate Passes Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform
October 27, 2017

Manufacturing Caucus Hosts Second Annual Manufacturing Award Ceremony
October 27, 2017

Senate Approves Legislation to Address the Skills Gap and Help Unemployed Workers
October 27, 2017

Senate Passes Donoghue Bill Reforming Handicapped Placards
October 18, 2017

Senator Lovely honored by Associated Industries of Massachusetts
October 16, 2017

Senator Lovely Testifies in Support of Bills heard by the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities
October 10, 2017

Legislature Enacts Bill to Designate the First Week in August as Ice Bucket Challenge Week
July 28, 2017

Governor Baker Signs Bipartisan Pregnant Worker Protection Legislation
July 28, 2017

State Senator Joan Lovely Appointed Assistant Vice Chair of Ways and Means Committee
July 27, 2017

Legislature Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
July 20, 2017

Senator Joan Lovely’s Important Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Bill Heard by Joint Committee on Education
July 18, 2017

Senate Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
June 29, 2017

Senator Lovely’s Bill to Improve Massachusetts Foster Care System Heard by Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities
June 29, 2017

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Announces Unsung Heroines of 2017
June 26, 2017

Senate Releases Commonwealth Conversations 2017 Report
June 22, 2017

Hearing Held on Bill to Designate the First Week in August as Ice Bucket Challenge Week
June 13, 2017

Two of Bills Filed by Senator Lovely Heard by the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing
June 6, 2017

Senator Lovely and Representative O’Day to host 3rd annual Postpartum Depression Awareness Day
June 2, 2017

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
May 25, 2017

Senator Joan B. Lovely Hosts Legislative Briefing on Omnibus Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Bill
May 18, 2017

Senator Lovely Honored by Anti-Defamation League
May 17, 2017

Senate Ways and Means Releases FY 2018 Budget Recommendations
May 16, 2017

Senate Kids First Working Group Releases: Kids First: A Vision for a Stronger Commonwealth
May 4, 2017

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Reported Favorably
April 28, 2017

FY2018 Chapter 90 Bill Funding Authorized by Senate
April 10, 2017

Senator Lovely Preparing for Commonwealth Conversations Tour on the North Shore
March 28, 2017

Senator Lovely scores 100% on Mass Audubon’s Legislative Report Card
March 21, 2017

Senator Lovely and Triangle, Inc. Partner on Internship Program
March 16, 2017

Senator Joan Lovely Named to Leadership Position in Massachusetts Senate
February 15, 2017

Senator Lovely Files Legislation for 2017-2018 Session
January 24, 2017

Legislature Passes Bill to Convey Superior Court to Salem Redevelopment Authority
January 4, 2017

Senator Lovely Receives William Plante Jr. Open Government Award
December 2, 2016

31st Annual Survey Finds Recalled Toys in Online Stores
November 22, 2016

Senator Lovely to be honored by Tufts Dental Facilities
November 17, 2016

Senator Lovely to be Honored by North Shore Elder Services
November 15, 2016

Anti- Human Trafficking Bill Passes Senate
July 25, 2016

Legislature Passes Landmark Bill to Dismantle the Gender Wage Gap
July 25, 2016

Senate Passes Economic Development Bill
July 15, 2016

Legislature Passes Balanced Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
June 30, 2016

Senate Passes Omnibus Energy Bill
June 30, 2016

Senate Passes Bill to Regulate Transportation Network Companies
June 29, 2016

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
May 27, 2016

Senate Budget Includes New Home Works Program for Children in Shelter
May 27, 2016

Senate Budget Includes Funding for Local Schools and Projects
May 27, 2016

Legislative Conference Committee Reaches Compromise on Public Records Overhaul
May 23, 2016

Senate Passes Transgender Anti-Discrimination Legislation
May 12, 2016

Senate Passes Comprehensive Agricultural Bill
May 12, 2016

Local Road Repair Funding Authorized
April 14,2016

Legislature Passes Substance Abuse Addiction Legislation
March 10, 2016

Senate Passes Public Records Reform
February 4, 2016

Senator Lovely Appointed to Ways and Means Committee
January 28, 2016

Senate Passes Pay Equity Legislation
January 28, 2016

Senate Approves Commission to Prevent Tenant Bullying
November 6, 2015

Senate Passes Opiate Addiction Prevention Bill
October 2, 2015

Senate Passes Motor Vehicle License Suspension Bill
September 25, 2015

House and Senate Reach Budget Compromise
July 9, 2015

Capital Spending Plan Includes Funding for Peabody’s Crystal Lake
June 22, 2015

Senate Adopts Sen. Lovely’s Amendments during Budget Debate
May 22, 2015

Sen. Lovely Adds Funding for McKinney-Vento Transportation Costs
May 22, 2015

Senate Approves Plan to Reduce State Personnel Costs
April 16, 2015

Senator Lovely Appointed to Work on Addiction for Second Consecutive Session
April 3, 2015

Local Senators to Host Listening Tour on the North Shore
February 13, 2015

Senator Lovely Named Senate Chair of State Administration Committee
January 29, 2015

Senator Lovely Files Bills Relative to Emergency Assistance Housing Program
January 16, 2015

Legislature Approves District Court Conveyance
August 4, 2014

House and Senate Approve Naming Essex Probate and Family Court After Judge Thaddeus Buczko
July 30, 2014

Senate Passes Bill to Promote Economic Growth
July 2, 2014

Senate Passes Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
May 23, 2014

Senator Lovely Files Trio of Amendments to Address Homelessness Issue
May 21, 2014

Senate Passes Bill to Increase Opportunities for Long-Tern Substance Abuse Recovery
May 13, 2014

Senate Acts to Protect Women’s Privacy Rights
March 7, 2014

Senate Passes Unemployment Insurance Reform Bill
February 11, 2014

Sen. Lovely to Study Drug Addiction Treatment Options As Part of New Special Committee
January 28, 2014

Senator Lovely Conducts Site Visits to Danvers Hotels
January, 15, 2014

Senator Lovely to Serve on Special Commission on Postpartum Depression
December 16, 2013

New Liquor License Enacted for Topsfield
November 20, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Regulate Compounding Pharmacies
October 30, 2013

Senate Continues Support for Veterans; Passes Bill to Expand Services
October 16, 2013

Senator Lovely Tours Mental Health Facilities
August 19, 2013

Senator Lovely Brings E-ZPass Van to North Shore
August 6, 2013

Legislature Passes Sales Tax Holiday Bill
July 31, 2013

Senate Passes $1.4 Billion Housing Bond Bill
July 30, 2013

North Shore Workforce Investment Board Receives State Funding to Begin New Skills Training Program
July 19, 2013

Peabody Civil Service Petition Becomes Law
July 15, 2013

River House of Beverly to Receive Additional Public Funds
July 10, 2013

Topsfield Historical Society to Receive State Grant to Preserve Civil War Memorial
June 18, 2013

Senator Lovely Increases Funding for Developmentally Disabled
May 24, 2013

Senate Passes Good Samaritan Bill
May 22, 2013

Senator Lovely Supports Increased Funding for Local Roads Projects
May 2, 2013

Senator Lovely Delivers Maiden Speech
April 13, 2013

Senator Lovely to Chair the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
February 5, 2013


“Rid Mass. schools of lead water pipes”
July 9, 2020

“Protecting those who carry Narcan”
June 29, 2020

“Pride Is Not Enough”
June 6, 2019

“Senate adopted its own ‘sunshine’ rules”
March 20, 2019

“Moving Senate policies forward”
February 25, 2018

“Compromise Reached on Pregnant Workers Fairness Bill”
February 28, 2017

“Senate Tax Plan Would Benefit All Residents”
May 29, 2015

“Lovely Looks Ahead to 2nd Term in State Senate”
January 13, 2015

“Transportation Investment to Play Crucial Role on Local Level”
July 18, 2013

“My Vote for Welfare Reform”
June 29, 2013

“Senator Lovely Getting Started”
January 12, 2013