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SENATOR JIM WELCH’S MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER
Greetings,

Welcome to my newsletter. I hope that this will serve as an effective way to keep the residents and stakeholders of the Hampden District informed of the work being done in the Massachusetts Senate and across the Commonwealth.
 
If I can ever be of assistance to you or your family, please contact me via email.
This March the legislature kicked it into high gear with numerous important committee hearings. On March 22nd I testified in front of the Joint Committee on Education in support of the PROMISE Act. The PROMISE Act will help fix our broken education funding formula and help give our schools the resources they need to fully support our students.

Legislative News

With bills filed and committee assignments set, March saw the advancement of some critical pieces of legislation through the Senate.

The Senate passed An Act relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors. This bill will protect LGBTQ youth by banning the harmful and baseless practice of conversion therapy in Massachusetts.

Additionally, the Senate passed legislation that repeals the ineffective 'Cap on Kids' policy. With the passage of An Act to Lift the Cap on Kids, the Senate has moved to provide benefits for upwards of 8,700 children who were originally ruled ineligible.
In addition to bills, the Senate also passed a supplemental budget to address some funding deficiencies that came up during this fiscal year. One of the most pressing matters we tackled was a shortfall in federal fuel assistance (LIHEAP) allocation. In response, the Senate voted to add $30 million to the LIHEAP program, to protect our state's most vulnerable residents during the winter.
April Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.

District News

We also saw numerous exciting developments in the district including:
• I wrote an Op-Ed in The Republican detailing the need to build a new courthouse in Springfield. The wait for adequate trial court infrastructure in Hampden County has to end or our residents will continue to lack proper access to the justice system.
West Springfield hosted it annual Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Day ceremony. I was honored to attend and show my support.
Photo from the West Springfield's Vietnam Veteran's Day Ceremony.
Contact
District Office: 32-34 Hampden St, Downtown Springfield 01103
Boston Office: State House,
Room 413-B
Phone: (413) 737 7756
Email: James.Welch@masenate.gov
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
 
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I welcome your feedback and look forward to making this newsletter an important source of information for you and your families. Below you will find information on recent events in the district as well as updates on new legislation. You can also check out the latest news at www.jimwelch.com
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