About John

An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control

On November 27, 2019, Massachusetts made history when Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control into law. This first-in-the-nation tobacco control legislation bans the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Massachusetts, imposes new regulations on the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping devices, and increases access to cessation products for all those looking … Continue reading An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control

My Statement on An Act relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth

Yesterday, the legislature passed S.2963, An Act relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth. This bill, which addresses issues of racial justice and police reform in Massachusetts, has been negotiated in Conference Committee for the past four months and reflects a compromise between previously passed House and Senate versions.  I believe that the text of Senate Bill … Continue reading My Statement on An Act relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth

My Statement on the Reform, Shift + Build Act

Thank you to all those who reached out about Senate Bill 2800, the Reform, Shift + Build Act. This bill has prompted many necessary discussions about racial justice and the role of law enforcement in the Commonwealth, including communications from hundreds of constituents. I appreciate the numerous and productive conversations I’ve had over the past week, which have reinforced the … Continue reading My Statement on the Reform, Shift + Build Act

Condemnation of racism and commitment to change starts in our homes and schools, in our neighborhoods and institutions, and at all levels of our government.

As I filmed short videos a few weeks ago for remote Memorial Day ceremonies, I talked about how I hoped we would look back at this Memorial Day, which came while we were in the grip of a pandemic, and see it as the time when elected officials put politics aside, and as a time when all of us came together as a Nation and … Continue reading Condemnation of racism and commitment to change starts in our homes and schools, in our neighborhoods and institutions, and at all levels of our government.