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  • 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 […]
  • Reopening Advisory Board
    Further details on today’s orders and members of the new Reopening Advisory Board ESSENTIAL SERVICES ORDER: Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 18th. Businesses and organizations not on the list of essential services are encouraged to continue operations through remote means that do not require workers, customers, or the public to enter or appear at the brick-and-mortar premises closed by the order. This order also extends the existing ban on gatherings […]
  • Nursing & Congregate Care facilities update:
    More details on new measures announced today for Nursing & Congregate Care facilities: The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a second round of funding up to $130 million for nursing facilities to support COVID-19 response efforts over the next two months, as well as increased funding of $44 million for residential congregate care service providers. This funding will support staffing costs, infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition to increased financial support, the administration has implemented required testing for staff and residents of nursing facilities. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES: The Commonwealth will offer support for temporary staffing assistance for all […]
  • Updates on loan programs and worker benefits
    This edition has important updates on small biz loan programs, unemployment benefits, stimulus checks and other types of assistance.  PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) UPDATE: The US Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. Congress appropriated an additional $310 Billion for the program and added some new regulations to steer more funds to customers of community banks and credit unions. For PPP loans you apply though your bank and they submit to SBA on your behalf. If you did not already start the process […]
  • New protections for homeowners and tenants
    Gov. Baker signed legislation into law to protect homeowners and tenants from eviction and foreclosure. An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 emergency ensures housing stability for residents and families. Here is a brief summary courtesy of Mass. Association of Realtors” Protections for Homeowners: The bill provides two important protections for homeowners: A moratorium on foreclosures for the sooner of 120 days from enactment or 45 days after the end of the state of emergency, and 180 days of mortgage forbearance for homeowners experiencing a financial impact from COVID-19. MAR advocated in support of […]
  • COVID-19 Quick Assistance Guide
    Update 4/21/20. Click image to download PDF
  • COVID 19 Update for Friday
    Gov. Baker just wrapped up his press conference, here are the highlights: 8750 tests yesterday, largest number on any single day. 4 Million pieces of PPE delivered across commonwealth to date, more to do. 18,000 beds statewide. • Effective today MEMA is distributing respirator masks to all police/fire/sheriffs/university police. 200,000 distributed State-wide. • Setting up regional isolation sites for homeless, MEMA opens 5 hotels across state for care and shelter. Homeless shelters can request PPE. Municipality can apply for grant to reimburse 75% for quarantine/isolation practices for personsexperiencing homelessness. Foster Parents: additional 100$ per child reimburse for April to June […]

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