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 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

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