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  • Legislature commits to Local Aid for towns and schools
    State Representative Josh Cutler is pleased to announce an important commitment for local aid funding to help our cities and towns during this challenging budget year. This commitment will result in an increase in Chapter 70 education funding and an assurance to maintain existing levels of unrestricted local aid. The agreement came about through cooperative discussions between the administration and the House and Senate. For FY21, the agreement commits to providing no less than the FY20 level of funding for unrestricted general government aid (UGGA, in the past called Lottery aid) and Chapter 70 education aid.  Additionally, it commits to Chapter 70 […]
  • Bill to expand tele-health services
    Tonight the Mass. House has approved a major health care bill (H. 4888) with a focus on expanding tele-health services. Under the legislation tele-health services would be accessible for primary care, behavioral health, and chronic disease management. This includes use of audio-video technology (i.e. Zoom) as well as audio-only telephone visits. Doctors would be able to prescribe medication for previously diagnosed conditions or make one-time prescriptions for acute illnesses. The legislation ensures insurance pay parity through July 31, 2021 for tele-health and makes pay parity *permanent* for all behavioral health services which is great news. Additional tele-health services will be […]
  • Economic Development bill approved
    Tonight the House has approved a major economic development bill (H.4879) which includes the legalization of sports wagering, new restaurant relief funds, housing production and grants for cultural organizations and small businesses. There’s a lot to it and I will share a lengthier summary later, but here is a quick overview. I’m also very pleased that it includes some amendments I filed to help promote our aquaculture and cranberry industries and also assist the Talking Information Center network for visually impaired residents. Thank you to Chairwoman Ann-Margaret Ferrante and her staff for all their hard work on this issue.
  • Overview of policing reform bill
    Today the Mass. House approved a policing reform bill (H. 4860) after three full days of spirited debate, 217 amendments and 800+ pieces of public testimony –– all of which reflect the significance of the issue at hand. I’d like to share an overview of the bill and also my own thoughts about why I supported it. Apologies in advance for the length, but there’s a lot to get to. However you feel about this issue I hope you can take a moment to read through to the end. Forty-six states in America certify their police officers. Massachusetts is one […]
  • House approves new DCF accountability, child welfare bill
    The House has approved new legislation to increase accountability at DCF, protect vulnerable children and families, and enhance data collection and reporting. Here is a summary of the bill courtesy of Rep. Denise Garlick. Bill Summary H.4841 — An Act Relative to Accountability for Vulnerable Children and Families Quality Improvement. This bill requires the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to create or update specific case management policies to improve agency operations and safeguard children in care. Reunification Reviews Requires DCF to establish a formal internal review policy that creates a managerial review process prior to a decision to reunify […]
  • Legislators secure $400K in relief funds for Whitman-Hanson schools
    Sen. Brady, Rep. Cutler and Rep. Sullivan amendments will direct additional funds to school district for remote learning and PPE expenses (STATE HOUSE, Boston, MA) – The Mass. House and Senate have both approved a supplemental budget to provide additional relief for COVID related expenses, including funds for personal protective equipment, field hospitals and contact tracing. Included are a pair of amendments filed by Senator Mike Brady (D-Brockton), Representative Josh Cutler (D-Pembroke) and Rep. Alyson Sullivan (R-Abington), to direct additional funds to the towns of Hanson and Whitman for the benefit of the regional school district. One amendment will provide […]
  • Legislature Passes Critical Legislation to Safeguard Fall 2020 Elections
    The Massachusetts Legislature has passed a bill that expands voter access and ensures voters have safe voting options for all remaining 2020 elections, including the September 1, 2020 state primary and November 3, 2020 general election, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. An Act relative to voting options in response to COVID-19 now moves to the governor’s desk. The legislation, for the first time in state history, would establish a vote-by-mail option and early voting period for the upcoming fall elections. In addition to those options, the bill also addresses polling place safety for those who choose to cast […]
  • Rep. Cutler announces $1.43M in road & bridge funding for 6th Plymouth District
    Rep. Josh Cutler is pleased to announce that the 6th Plymouth District is scheduled to receive $1,425,415 in road and bridge funding for Fiscal Year 2021 under the state’s Chapter 90 program. The funding was included as part of a $200M statewide bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives on a vote of 159-0 on June 30. House Bill 4803, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, was signed into law by Governor Baker on Thursday, following a final enactment vote in the Senate. The money will be broken down into the following funding amounts: Pembroke: $565,313Duxbury: […]
  • Pembroke Schools, Senior Funds Added to COVID Relief Bill
    Rep. Cutler & Sen. Moran amendments will help fund Instructional Technology Improvements and Senior Transportation in Pembroke (STATE HOUSE, Boston, MA) – The Mass. House and Senate have both approved a supplemental budget to provide additional relief for COVID related expenses, including funds for personal protective equipment, field hospitals and contact tracing. Included are a pair of amendments filed by Senator Susan Moran (D-Falmouth) and Representative Josh Cutler (D-Pembroke) to direct additional funds to the town of Pembroke. One amendment will provide $100,000 to the Pembroke Public Schools for technology and remote learning related expenses. Another amendment will direct $70,000 […]
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  • Landmark bill expands voting access
    The House just approved a major bipartisan bill to expand voting access in Massachusetts. No one should have to choose between risking their heath and exercising their constitutional right to vote and this legislation protects those rights and the integrity of our electoral process. There’s a lot to unpack here, but in summary the bill takes the following key steps: 1) Expands Early Voting option for the November general election for a period of 14 days (10/17 to 10/30) including two weekends; 2) For the first time adds an Early Voting option for the September Primary for a period of […]
  • House Passes Bill to Support Commonwealth’s Restaurants
    The Mass. House has passed legislation that provides more tools to the restaurants of Massachusetts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislative package adopted today aims to assist a sector that has been hard hit by COVID-19. The measures passed are intended to help restaurants weather the economic crisis in the wake of the pandemic. The package eases outdoor dining restrictions, expands alcohol delivery options to include mixed drinks, extends takeout options to February 2021, waives interest on late meals tax payments and caps the amount that can be charged a food delivery service. In 2019, the House […]
  • Job posting: District Legislative Aide
    Our office will have a position available soon. Here is the job posting and application details.
  • Statement about death of George Floyd
    Like all of you no doubt, I was saddened to watch the violence unfold in Boston last night. I hope it will not distract from the important and peaceful Black Lives Matter message delivered earlier in the day. The murder of George Floyd was a senseless and repugnant act and we should ensure that everyone can speak their voice and share their message of justice and equality without fear. The courage of those who marched should not be conflated with the cowardice of those who looted, any more than the actions of those who dishonor the badge should be conflated […]
  • Guidance for Restaurants and Lodging
    Some key guidance for restaurants & lodging just released. Here are more details.RESTAURANTS: Outdoor dining will begin at the start of Phase II. Indoor dining will begin later within Phase II, subject to public health data. Even when indoor seating is permitted, use of outdoor space will be encouraged for all restaurants. Social distancing guidance includes spacing tables six feet apart with a maximum party size of six people. The use of bars, except for spaced table seating, will not be permitted. For hygiene protocols, utensils and menus should be kept clean through single use or with strict sanitation guidelines, […]
  • Disability Workplace Forum
  • Gov’s Reopening Report released
    Public health data, key metrics established to track real-time progress, determine advancement to future phases while mandatory workplace safety standards, sector-specific guidance issued to all Phase 1 industries, businesses, customers and activities BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board’s report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The Administration also released a new “Safer At Home” Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a way to continue limiting the spread of COVID-19. Starting today, based on current public health data and trends, Massachusetts will begin […]
  • Rep. Khan & Rep. Cutler to host panel on Disability Workplace Matters
    Thursday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. VIRTUAL STATE HOUSE, MA — Residents seeking assistance regarding disability benefits, legal rights and workplace issues for persons with disabilities and their family members in the era of COVID-19 are invited to participate in an online forum hosted by Rep. Kay Khan and Rep. Josh S. Cutler. The forum will be held Thursday, May 21 at 10:30 a.m. and streamed live on PAC-TV at PACTV.org/live. It will also be rebroadcast on the Talking Information Center, a state-wide reading service for visually impaired listeners.  The panel will include experts from The Arc of Massachusetts, UMASS’s Work Without […]
  • Legal Aid Services Forum hosted by Rep. Josh Cutler
  • Legal Aid Forum
    Excited to share details on program I’ll be hosting with a panel of legal aid attorneys focused on topics of special importance during this time, including housing law, unemployment, access to benefits & elder law. Our panel includes civil legal aid attorneys from South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS) and the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. You can send in your questions ahead of time on any of these topics. You’ll be able to watch via streaming provided by PAC-TV and we will broadcast via Facebook. We’ll also be taking questions live as time permits. The forum is Thursday, May […]

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