October 7, 2021

Senate Approves VOTES ACT, Enacting Comprehensive Election Reform 

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate voted Wednesday to pass the comprehensive voting reform bill known as the VOTES Act, which permanently codifies the popular mail-in and early voting options used in Massachusetts in 2020, while also enacting same-day voter registration and increasing ballot access for service members serving overseas. .. continue reading

September 27, 2021

Citing Rising Healthcare Costs, Sen. Keenan Calls for MAC Act Passage 

BOSTON – Referring to its potential to help South Shore businesses recover from financial burdens of the pandemic, Senator John F. Keenan on Monday called on the passage of the More Affordable Care Act (S.782)… continue reading

July 21, 2021

Legislature approves $261 million supplemental budget, including Sen. Keenan’s MBTA amendment

BOSTON — Members of the Massachusetts Senate voted Wednesday to approve a $261.5 million supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), which addresses time-sensitive funding deficiencies and restructuring oversight of the MBTA. The supplemental budget includes most of an amendment offered by Senator John Keenan shaping the subcommittee work of the new MBTA Board of Directors… continue reading

July 13, 2021

MA Senate passes final budget, Sen. Keenan highlights local aid

BOSTON – The State Senate and House of Representatives voted Friday to pass and send to the Governor a $48.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2022 that reflects the Legislature’s commitment to advancing the recovery of the Commonwealth from the COVID-19 pandemic and funding essential statewide programs and services in a fiscally prudent way… continue reading 

July 8, 2021

Sen. Keenan Calls for Criminal Prosecution of Sackler Family

BOSTON – Senator John F. Keenan is calling for individual members of the Sackler family to
face criminal charges for their role in the opioid epidemic, following Thursday’s announcement
that the Commonwealth’s lawsuit against the family and its company, Purdue Pharma, is
resolved… continue reading

July 2, 2021

Senate Passes Infrastructure Funding Bill

BOSTON (07/02/2021) — The Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday passed legislation to invest $300 million in municipal transportation and infrastructure projects, including a nearly $4 million appropriation for the Norfolk and Plymouth district… continue reading

June 24, 2021

Senator Keenan Highlights Need to Connect Individuals in Housing Crisis to Financial Assistance

BOSTON — With financial hardship continuing to be a persistent side effect of the ongoing pandemic, Massachusetts renters and landlords are both being urged to pursue forms of financial relief currently available to them through the state government… continue reading

June 17, 2021

Cynthia Sierra Named Commonwealth Heroine

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) invited legislators to nominate a woman in their district to the Commonwealth Heroine Class of 2021. While never an easy task to pick just one person, Senator John Keenan and Representative Bruce Ayers, both of whom represent the City of Quincy, nominated Cynthia Sierra, the Chief Executive Officer of Manet Community Health Center. “At the outset of the pandemic, Cynthia quickly and efficiently prepared Manet to lead,” said Senator John Keenan… continue reading

june 16, 2021

Senate adopts record local aid and makes critical investments to move the Commonwealth beyond the pandemic

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2022 budget, funded at $47.7 billion, on May 27. Approved with unanimous bipartisan support, the budget makes significant investments in the Commonwealth’s recovery from the COVID pandemic, local aid for schools, seniors, first responders, libraries, the health care safety net, and critical programs for Veterans, children, and those with mental and behavioral health needs… continue reading

may 27, 2021

MA Senate passes budget, Senator Keenan highlights local aid and adopted amendments  

BOSTON – On Thursday, May 27, the Massachusetts Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2022 budget, funded at $47.7 billion. The budget makes significant investments in the Commonwealth’s recovery, local aid for schools, seniors, first responders, seniors, and libraries, the health care safety net, and critical programs for Veterans, children, and those with mental and behavioral health needs.

The Senate funded statewide Chapter 70 school aid at $5.5 billion, matching House appropriations and representing the highest level of funding to date for education. With an increase of $219.6 million over Fiscal Year 2021, this funding reflects the Legislature’s commitment to meeting the needs of students and educators, especially as they move to a return to classroom learning.  

“Based on conversations with school leaders in my district,” Senator Keenan said, “I am aware that students, teachers and administrators need more support than ever, particularly as students return to classrooms after being home-schooled or learning remotely. It is my hope that schools in my district, and across the Commonwealth, will feel the relief that this funding is intended to bring.”… continue reading

February 17, 2021

State Senator John Keenan Looks Forward to New Committee Roles

BOSTON – Committee assignments have been announced for the current session of the Massachusetts State Legislature, and Senator John F. Keenan (D-Quincy) says he looks forward to working with new committee members in both the House and Senate on issues important to his district, from housing and transportation to creating a resilient post-pandemic Commonwealth. Keenan, who last session chaired the Senate Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, will now serve as chair of the Joint Committee on Housing and Vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation… continue reading

january 28, 2021

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $12.8 Million in Anti-Violence Grant Funding 

BOSTON – This week, the Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $13 million in state and federal grant funding to support the Violence Against Women Act, Services Training Officers Prosecutors (VAWA STOP) and the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr., Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI). The grants are targeted to prevent, and respond to violence against women and gang violence in communities across Massachusetts. The state funding for the grants was approved by the Legislature as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. “I am pleased to see this anti-violence funding in the district, particularly for an organization like DOVE, which does such important work,” said Senator John Keenan. “The pandemic has highlighted, as with many other causes, the need for heightened support of social service organizations.”… continue reading

NOVEMBER 24, 2020

Senator John F. Keenan to Host Virtual Office Hours in December 

BOSTON – Massachusetts Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy) will host virtual Office Hours on Monday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 9 from 6:00 – 7:30PM. Office hours, which in the past have been held in person in locations across Abington, Braintree, Holbrook, Quincy and Rockland, are now being held online to offer constituents a safe option to meet with the Senator..…. continue reading

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Senator John Keenan and Representative Danielle Gregoire Honored for Work to End Tobacco Harms

BOSTON – Tobacco Free Mass is giving its Tobacco Free Mass Legislative Champion Award for 2020 to Senator John Keenan and Representative Danielle Gregoire for their outstanding efforts to end the harms of tobacco use in Massachusetts. Senator Keenan and Rep. Gregoire were co-sponsors of An Act Modernizing Tobacco Control, the legislation that ended the sale of menthol cigarettes in Massachusetts, taxed e-cigarette and vape products, and made sure that insurance covers support and medicine to help people stop using tobacco..…. continue reading

September 21, 2020

Senator John F. Keenan Receives National Distinguished Advocacy Award for Championing Lifesaving Cancer Public Policy 

BOSTON – Massachusetts Senator John Keenan received the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, the most prestigious award presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), in recognition of his significant contributions to the fight against cancer. Sen. Keenan received the award along with Massachusetts State Representative Danielle Gregoire, and both were recognized for their role as champions of first-in-the-nation legislation that prohibits the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol flavors, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and cigars, in the Commonwealth.  ..…. continue reading

november 21, 2019

Senate Passes Landmark Legislation to Ban Flavored Tobacco,
Protect Young People from Nicotine Addiction

BOSTON – “For far too long, Big Tobacco has targeted our kids with flavored products,” said Senator John Keenan (D – Quincy), lead sponsor of the legislation to ban flavored tobacco products. “By banning the sale of the flavored products that attract young people, implementing a 75 percent excise tax on e-cigarettes, and expanding coverage of cessation treatment, we are telling Big Tobacco their days of hooking kids in Massachusetts are over. Hopefully, this effort will serve as a roadmap for the rest of the country. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in the Massachusetts Legislature in passing this landmark legislation.”.…. continue reading

October 10, 2019

Senator Keenan applauds advocates, lawmakers for $1.5 billion new investment in public schools

BOSTON – On Thursday, October 3, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously passed the Student Opportunity Act, voting to invest an unprecedented $1.5 billion dollars in public education across the Commonwealth. Following years of discussion on how to improve public school funding in Massachusetts, this bill makes significant new investments in employee health care costs and special education, and provides additional funds for low-income students and English language learners… continue reading

MARCH 7, 2019

John Keenan Meets with Holbrook Students to Discuss Teen Vaping, Flavored Tobacco Ban

HOLBROOK, MA – On Tuesday, March 5, State Senator John Keenan met with members of the Holbrook Middle-High School Civics Club to discuss the increase in teen vaping across Massachusetts. The Holbrook Civics Club has been working to raise awareness about the health risks associated with e-cigarettes and vape products such as JUUL, and joined Senator Keenan to discuss legislation that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide… continue reading

FEBRUARY 15, 2019

State Senator John Keenan Looks Forward to New Roles

BOSTON, MA – Committee assignments have been announced for the next session of the Massachusetts State Legislature, and Senator John F. Keenan (D-Quincy) says he looks forward to working with new committee members in both the House and Senate…. continue reading