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.
January is here and that means my 5th term as the Senator Representing the Hampden District has begun! I was sworn in on January 2nd and I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped and supported me in my journey as a public servant. I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve in the Massachusetts Senate.
January marked the start of the 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The start of a new legislative session is an exciting time. We welcome new faces and old friends into the Chamber and quickly get to work on passing legislation to move the Commonwealth forward. The first step that takes place in January is bill filing.
This session I have filed 36 bills. These bills cover a wide range of topics including health care cost control, access to fresh food, animal welfare, economic development, and much more.
A few legislative highlights include:
The PATIENT Act: This bill will protect patients from overly burdensome and unfair medical bills that can occur due to facility fees or out-of-network billing.
The SHOAR Act: This bill seeks to reign in health care costs and help out community hospitals by finally addressing the issue of provider price variation through market reform.
An Act Relating to the remedy for the sale of sick puppies and kittens: This bill will help pet owners recoup money from breeders and sellers who knowingly sell dog and cats with costly medical conditions.
An Act relative to protecting residential electric customers: This bill protects residents from the deceptive and predatory business practices of competitive electric suppliers.
Resolve establishing a special legislative commission on young professionals: This bill would establish a commission to look at ways communities around the state can better attract and retain young, talented workers.
Resolve establishing an advisory committee on the accessibility of fresh food retail in communities throughout the Commonwealth: This bill would establish an advisory committee to study the full impact food deserts have on our communities and propose legislation to address the systematic causes.
These are just a few of the bills I have filed. For an complete list visit my website here.
District Office: 32-34 Hampden St, Downtown Springfield 01103
Boston Office: State House,
Phone: (413) 737 7756
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm
We also saw numerous exciting developments in the district including:
• Emily Bill Park in Springfield received $400k in funding from the state to build new park amenities and improve the existing design.
• As reported by The Reminder, Hampden County is seeing increased tourism, which reflects the regions revitalization efforts and bodes well for local businesses!
• Early this month I hosted a West Springfield pride night at the Thunderbirds' games against the Providence Bruins. Thank you to everyone who came out!
Posing for a post-game photo with Boomer!
February Office Hours: Chicopee Public Library
Located at 449 Front Street on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm.
Office hours will be held on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.
West Springfield Public Library
Located at 200 Park Street on Wednesdays from 1pm - 4pm.
Office hours will be held on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.
West Springfield Senior Center
Located at 128 Park Street on Thursdays from 1pm - 3pm.
Office hours will be held on the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.
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