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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 at my district office.
March was a special month for the Welch family. Thanks to the Dakin Humane Society, we were able to adopt Emmy: a lab mix and wonderful new family member.

Legislative News

March was another busy month in the Senate. We passed numerous pieces of legislation, but one was particularity relevant in light of Emmy joining the Welch family. We passed Senate Bill 2331, An Act protecting puppies and kittens. Among many things, this bill takes steps to stop puppy mills and prevents pet stores from selling cats or dogs that come from breeders (even those out of state) that violate the Animal Welfare Act.

The Senate passed bills that would improve Civics Education and include Financial Literacy into existing school curriculum. These bills take important steps towards preparing our youth to be productive and engaged citizens when they graduate and enter the working world. 
Additionally, the Senate moved to establish the MassMade Program by passing Senate Bill 178. The MassMade program will help Massachusetts businesses connect with in state manufacturers to produce goods here in the Commonwealth and promote goods that are made in state to keep consumers informed about where products are made.

Finally, in response to concerns about funding for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, Senate President Chandler and I wrote an Op-Ed promising to fight for increased funding for Regional Transit Authorities around the state. You can read the Op-Ed here.
Photo Courtesy of Don Treeger/The Republican
District News
We also saw numerous exciting developments in the district including:
• In mid March I met with Partners for Community Action in Springfield along with representatives from NABVETS to discuss Veteran's Services in the Greater Springfield area.
• MGM Springfield hosted a career fair and continues to look for qualified applicants to fill out its current job openings. For more info about employment click here.
• Students from West Springfield High School participated in the National Walk Out Day in an effort to call for action on gun violence.
West Springfield High School's Walk Out
Office Hours:
Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th.

West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th.

West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.
Indian Orchard Library
Located at 44 Oak St., Indian Orchard, MA 01151 on the 4th Wednesday from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 25th.
District Office: 32-34 Hampden St, Downtown Springfield 01103
Boston Office: State House, Room 413-B
Phone: (413) 737 7756
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
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
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